Indian Skimmer (horse)

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Indian Skimmer
Sire Storm Bird
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Dam Nobilaire
Damsire Vaguely Noble
Sex Filly
Foaled 1984
Country United States
Colour Gray
Breeder Ashford Stud and Ronald J. Worswick
Owner Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer Henry Cecil
Record 16: 10-1-3
Earnings US $1,394,814
Major wins
Pretty Polly Stakes (GB) (1987)
Musidora Stakes (1987)
Prix Saint-Alary (1987)
Prix de Diane (1987)
Sun Chariot Stakes (1988)
Champion Stakes (1988)
Irish Champion Stakes (1988)
Prix d'Ispahan (1989)
Gordon Richards Stakes (1989)
Last updated on October 3, 2007

Indian Skimmer (foaled 1984 in Kentucky) is an American-bred British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred by MIT graduate Ronald J. Worswick in partnership with Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, the gray filly is out of the mare Nobilaire and sired by Storm Bird. Her grandsire was Northern Dancer, the top sire of the 20th Century and her damsire was Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, Vaguely Noble. She was named for the rare Indian Skimmer (Rynchops albicollis), a bird.[citation needed]

Raced by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Indian Skimmer won important Group One races against the top fillies of the day, including a victory over the great Miesque in the 1987 Prix de Diane. In 1988 she beat some of the best colts in England, Ireland and France. Sent to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, she finished third to Great Communicator in that year's Breeders' Cup Turf.

Retired from racing at the end of the 1989 season. As a broodmare, she produced the Mr. Prospector colt, Manshood, who is the sire of the champion South African mare, Ipi Tombe.