Pearl Cap

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Pearl Cap
Sire Le Capucin
Grandsire Nimbus
Dam Pearl Maiden
Damsire Phaleron
Sex Filly
Foaled 1928
Country France
Colour Bay
Breeder Edward Esmond
Owner Mlle Diana Esmond
Trainer Frank Carter
Record Not found
Earnings Not found
Major wins
Prix Herod (1930)
Prix Robert Papin (1930)
Prix Morny (1930)
Prix La Rochette (1930)
Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1931)
Prix de Diane (1931)
Prix de Minerve (1931)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1931)
Prix Vermeille (1931)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1931)
Honours
Prix Pearl Cap at Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Last updated on June 1, 2007

Pearl Cap (foaled 1928) was a French champion Thoroughbred racehorse who is considered one of her country's greatest racing fillies.

Background[edit]

Owned and bred by the Esmond family, she was raced under the name of Miss Diana Esmond. She was trained by Frank Carter, a member of the prominent racing family that began in France with Thomas Carter (1805-1879), who immigrated from Peckleton, Leicestershire in England in 1831 and founded the English Racing Colony in Chantilly, Oise.

Pearl Cap is described by France Galop as being "light-framed" and "lop-eared." On the race track, she won races from 1100 metres to 2400 metres. (0.68 to 1.5 miles).

Racing career[edit]

Racing at age two in 1930, Pearl Cap won five races, including victories over colts in the Prix Robert Papin as well as in the prestigious (now Group One), Prix Morny. Her performances that year earned her France's champion two-year-old filly honors. In her three-year-old season, the filly again beat her male counterparts in major races. She finished second to Prince Rose in the Grand International d'Ostende at Hippodrome Wellington in Ostend, Belgium, a race her sire Le Capucin won in 1924. After winning three Group One (today) races in France, including the Prix de Diane, in October Pearl Cap defeated Prince Rose at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris when she became the first filly to ever win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Breeding record[edit]

Retired to broodmare duties, Pearl Cap was a disappointment as a broodmare until the age of sixteen, when she produced the 1947 Epsom Derby winner, Pearl Diver.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Pearl Cap, bay mare, foaled 1928[1]
Sire
Le Capucin
b. 1920
Nimbus
b. 1910
Elf
ch. 1893
Upas
Analogy
Nephte
ch. 1903
Flying Fox
Fanny
Carmen
b/br. 1905
Sidus
br. 1897
St. Simon
Star Of Fortune
La Figlia
b. 1897
Saraband
Vivandiere
Dam
Pearl Maiden
br. 1918
Phaleron
b. 1906
Gallinule
ch. 1884
Isonomy
Moorhen
Mrs. Butterwick
b. 1890
St. Simon
Miss Middleton
Seashell
ch. 1908
Orme
b. 1889
Ormonde
Angelica
Rydal Fell
b. 1903
Ladas
Rydal (Family 16-b)

Pearl Cap was inbred 4x4 to St. Simon, meaning that St. Simon appears twice in the fourth generation of her pedigree.

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