Lyphard at Gainesway Farm in 1981
|Foaled||May 10, 1969|
|Breeder||J. O. Burgwin|
|Prix Herod (1971)
Prix Daru (1972)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1972)
Prix Lagrange (1972)
Prix de la Forêt (1972)
|Champion 1st-season Sire in France & England (1976)
Leading sire in France (1978 & 1979)
Leading broodmare sire in France (1985)
Leading sire in North America (1986)
American bred in Pennsylvania, Lyphard was a son of Northern Dancer out of the mare Goofed. He was auctioned as a weanling at November's Keeneland Sales to Tim Rogers, a horseman from Ireland, who then put him up for sale at Newmarket in England. There, renowned French trainer and breeder Alec Head purchased him on behalf of Madame Germaine Wertheimer, widow of the prominent French horseman and owner of the famous House of Chanel, Pierre Wertheimer. Germaine Wertheimer gave Lyphard his name in honor of the Ukrainian-born French ballet dancer and choreographer Serge Lifar.
Retired after the end of the 1972 racing season, he was sent to stand at stud at the Haras d'Etreham near Bayeux in Normandy. There, his offspring included the filly Durtal (foaled 1974), who won the Cheveley Park Stakes, plus the colt Pharly (1974), who won several important races in France, including the Group One Prix de la Forêt, Prix Lupin and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.
Madame Wertheimer died in 1974. In 1978, Lyphard was sent to stand at Gainsway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where he became famous as the sire of a number of important horses. In all, he produced 115 graded stakes race winners, including:
- Dancing Maid (foaled 1975), won Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix Vermeille
- Three Troikas (1976) – won the 1979 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
- Lichine (1979) – sold for record-setting $1.7 million at Keeneland Sales in July 1980
- Dancing Brave (1983) – 1986 European Horse of the Year
- Manila (1983) – won the 1986 Breeders' Cup Turf, was voted U.S. Champion Male Turf Horse, and was ranked the best long-distance turf horse in American racing history by Steve Davidowitz of Daily Racing Form
- Rainbows For Life (1988) – Multiple stakes winner, three-time Sovereign Award winner, holds course record for 1⅛ miles on turf at Hawthorne Race Course set in 1991, champion sire in Czech Republic in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006, champion sire in Slovakian Republic in 1999
- Jolypha (1989) – Champion 3-Year-Old Filly in France, who won the 1992 Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille and was a strong third in that year's Breeders' Cup Classic behind Eclipse Award Champion Pleasant Tap and the race winner, the future U.S. Hall of Fame colt A.P. Indy
Lyphard was the damsire of Hatoof, winner of the 1992 1,000 Guineas and the 1994 U.S. Champion Female Turf Horse. Lyphard was also the grandsire of 1993 Epsom Derby winner Commander in Chief. Among his other descendants are Deep Impact, Japan's Horse of the Year in 2005 & 2006, and the No.1 ranked horse in the world in 2006, Invasor.
Retirement and Death
In 1996, Lyphard was pensioned from stallion duty at age 27 and lived another nine years. He was one of the oldest horses in the world at the time he was humanely euthanized on June 10, 2005 as a result of the infirmities of his very old age.
Among all the records of foaling and death dates for thoroughbred horses, Lyphard is recognized as one of the longest lived ever. At 36 years and 31 days, he is the second longest lived known stallion behind Bargain day at 37 years and 17 days (June 7, 1965 - June 24, 2002). Other longer lived thoroughbreds include the gelding Merrick (January 25, 1903 - March 13, 1941) and the supposed Australian Tango Duke Legend (October 8(?), 1935 - January 25, 1978) and Stop The Music (March 23, 1970 – July 8, 2005).
- http://www.pedigreequery.com/lyphard Lyphard's pedigree and racing stats
- http://www.gainesway.com/news/default.asp?p=stallion&i=194 Lyphard's history at Gainesway Farm
- "Record $1.7 Million Is Paid For Colt on Niarchos's Bid". New York Times. July 23, 1980.