Khaled (horse)

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Khaled
Sire Hyperion
Grandsire Gainsborough
Dam Eclair
Damsire Ethnarch
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1943
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Breeder H. H. Aga Khan III
Owner 1) H. H. Aga Khan III
2) Rex C. Ellsworth (at stud)
Trainer Frank Butters
Record 12: 6-1-1
Earnings US$32,825
Major wins
Coventry Stakes (1945)
Middle Park Stakes (1945)
St. James's Palace Stakes (1946)
Honours
Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park

Khaled (1943–1968) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse best known as a sire in the United States. Bred and raced in England by the H. H. Aga Khan III, Khaled was sired by Hyperion, the 1933 Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes winner and a six-time Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland. Hyperion was a son of 1918 English Triple Crown champion Gainsborough. Khaled was out of the mare Eclair, and his damsire, Ethnarch, was a son of The Tetrarch. The United Kingdom's National Horseracing Museum called The Tetrarch a "phenomenon" and reported that he was voted Britain's two-year-old of his century. In its description of the colt, the National Sporting Library's Thoroughbred Heritage website in the United States uses terminology such as "probably the greatest two-year-old of all time" and that he was "possibly the greatest runner ever."

While Khaled won important races in England, his greatest success was at stud in the United States for Californian Rex Ellsworth. Brought to Ellsworth's farm in Chino, California, in 1947, Khaled raced in 1948 with limited success. After being retired to stud, he produced sixty-one stakes winners, with Swaps being the most successful. He won the 1955 Kentucky Derby, was voted American Horse of the Year in 1956, and in 1966 was inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame. As a stallion, Swaps notably sired the 1963 Kentucky Derby winner, Chateaugay and Hall of Fame inductee Affectionately.

Some of the horses sired by Khaled were:

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