Neji (horse)

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Neji
Sire Hunters Moon IV
Grandsire Foxhunter
Dam Accra
Damsire Annapolis
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1950
Country Great Britain
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Marian duPont Scott
Owner Rigan McKinney
Lillian Bostwick Phipps (from age 3)
Trainer Pete Bostwick
Mike Smithwick (at age 6)
Daniel L. Moore (age 9 in England)
Record 49: 17-11-9
Earnings $274,047
Major wins
Brook National Handicap (1954 & 1955)
Temple Gwathmey Handicap (1955 & 1957)
American Grand National (1957 & 1958)
Awards
American Steeplechase Champion (1955, 1957, 1958)
Honours
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1966)
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (1977)
Last updated on October 20, 2006

Neji (1950–1982) was an American Champion Thoroughbred steeplechase racehorse. Foaled in England, Neji was purchased at age three by Lillian Bostwick Phipps who brought the gelding to race in the United States under future Hall of Fame trainer Pete Bostwick.

In the mid to late 1950s, Neji dominated American steeplechase racing, winning its most prestigious races, including three Grand Nationals. He was voted American Steeplechase Champion in 1955 but in 1956 his season was marred by a leg injury. However, he came back to win Champion honors in 1957 and then for a third time in 1958. The next year his owner sent him to race in England but he met with little success in his three races there. Returning to the U.S., he raced successfully in 1960 and was retired at the end of that racing season with an earnings record that stood for the next 22 years.

In 1966, Neji was inducted in the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

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