Peaks and Valleys
|Peaks and Valleys|
|Dam||Strike a Balance|
|Breeder||Pin Oak Stud|
|Owner||Pin Oak Stable|
|Trainer||James E. Day|
|Illinois Derby (1995)
Derby Trial Stakes (1995)
Meadowlands Cup (1995)
Molson Export Million (1995)
|Canadian Champion 3-Yr-Old-Colt (1995)
Canadian Horse of the Year (1995)
|Last updated on July 10, 2008|
Bred by Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, he was the son of Carter Handicap winner Mt. Livermore, a son of the very important Champion sire, Blushing Groom. Peaks and Valleys' dam was Strike a Balance, a daughter of the French Champion sire, Green Dancer.
At age three in 1995, Peaks and Valleys won the Derby Trial but skipped the American Triple Crown races. Under future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, he also won the Grade I Molson Export Million Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack and the Grade I Meadowlands Cup at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He also beat Da Hoss by two lengths to win the Illinois Derby in Chicago. After his win in the last of these races, Krone described him as "a magnificent horse with a long, smooth stride." Although he finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, his 1995 performances earned Peaks and Valleys the Sovereign Award for Champion 3-Year-Old Male Horse and Canadian Horse of the Year titles.
At the end of the year, Peaks and Valleys was retired and entered stud for the 1997 season. He first stood at Pin Oak's stud farm in Kentucky before being sent to Gardiner Farms in Caledon, Ontario. Among his offspring are multiple U.S. stakes winner Dollar Bill (b. 1998), Zurbaran (b. 1999) who earned Horse of the Year honors in India, and Pinpoint (b. 2002), winner of the Sir Barton Stakes.
- http://www.pedigreequery.com/peaks+and+valleys Peaks and Valleys's pedigree and partial racing stats
- http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/stallion-directory/stallion.aspx?stallion_no=1356631 Peaks and Valleys at the Thoroughbred Times Interactive Stallion Directory