Johannesburg (horse)

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Sire Hennessy
Grandsire Storm Cat
Dam Myth
Damsire Ogygian
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1999
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder W. G. Lyster III & Jayeff 'B' Stables
Owner Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Record 10: 7-1-0
Earnings US$1,014,584[1]
Major wins
Norfolk Stakes (2001)
Anglesey Stakes (2001)
Phoenix Stakes (2001)
Prix Morny (2001)
Middle Park Stakes (2001)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001)
Cartier Champion Two-year-old Colt (2001)
United States Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (2001)
Last updated on April 1, 2007

Johannesburg (foaled on February 23, 1999) is a Kentucky-bred United States and European Champion Thoroughbred racehorse.


Johannesburg was trained by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle.

Racing career[edit]

Johannesburg was unbeaten as a 2-year-old, winning 7 races, 4 of them Group 1s, including the Phoenix Stakes, Prix Morny, Middle Park Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile. For his performances in the 2001 racing season, he earned the Cartier Award for Two-Year-Old European Champion Colt.

He had 3 starts as a 3-year-old, including an 8th place finish in the Kentucky Derby and 9th in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Stud record[edit]

Johannesburg was retired to the Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, the American arm of the giant Irish breeder Coolmore Stud. For a time, he shuttled between Ashford Stud and Coolmore Australia near Jerrys Plains, New South Wales for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, but as of 2009 stands exclusively in Kentucky. His progeny include the Group 2 winner Hamoody and Scat Daddy, winner of the 2007 Grade I Florida Derby and sire of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. He also sired Group 1 AJC Oaks and Group 2 ATC Chairmans Handicap winner Once Were Wild when at stud in Australia.


Pedigree of Johannesburg
Storm Cat Storm Bird Northern Dancer
South Ocean
Terlingua Secretariat
Crimson Sun
Island Kitty Hawaii Utrilo II
T. C. Kitten Tom Cat
Ogygian Damascus Sword Dancer
Gonfalon Francis S
Grand Splendor
Yarn Mr. Prospector Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Narrate Honest Pleasure


  1. ^ Johannesburg's pedigree and racing stats