Olympia (horse)

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Sire Heliopolis
Grandsire Hyperion
Dam Miss Dolphin
Damsire Stimulus
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1946
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Ivan H. Parke
Owner Fred W. Hooper
Trainer Ivan H. Parke
Record 41: 15-12-4
Earnings US$365,632
Major wins
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1948)
Joliet Stakes (1948)
Primer Stakes (1948)
San Felipe Stakes (1949)
Flamingo Stakes (1949)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1949)
Derby Trial Stakes (1949)
Withers Stakes (1949)
Experimental Free H. No. 2 (1949)
Experimental Free H. No. 1 (1949)
Paumonok Handicap (1950)
Camden Handicap (1950)
Roseben Handicap (1950)
Leading broodmare sire in North America (1974)

Olympia (1946–1974) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won top races at age two through four then became a foundation sire for Florida breeder, Fred W. Hooper. Bred by Hall of Fame jockey turned trainer, Ivan H. Parke, he was sired by Champion sire Heliopolis and out of the mare, Miss Dolphin.[1]

After a very successful two-year-old season, Olympia won the San Felipe Stakes,[2] the Flamingo Stakes,[3] the Wood Memorial Stakes [4] and the Derby Trial Stakes [5] that resulted in him being sent off as the heavy betting favorite for the 1949 Kentucky Derby in which he would finish sixth.[6]

Olympia developed into a top class sprinter who retired from racing with a record of 15-12-4 from 41 starts and earnings of $365,632.

Champion broodmare sire[edit]

Olympia was retired to stud duty, Olympia stood at Danada Farm in Lexington, Kentucky but on his death at age 28 in 1974 was buried at Hooper Farm in Ocala, Florida. [7]

Among his successful progeny were two Champions. Decathlon (f. 1953) was voted the 1956 & 1957 American Champion Sprint Horse and Pucker Up (f. 1953) the 1957 American Champion Older Female Horse.[8] Olympia's other good runners included:

Olympia was the damsire of Darby Dan Farm's very good runner True Knight (f. 1969) who was instrumental in Olympia becoming the 1974 Leading broodmare sire in North America.[10]