Pink Star

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Pink Star
Pink Star.jpg
Pink Star after his 1907 Kentucky Derby win with jockey Andy Minder.
SirePink Coat
DamMary Malloy
DamsirePat Malloy
SexStallion, eventually Gelding
CountryUnited States
ColourDark Bay
BreederJ. Hal Woodford
OwnerJ. Hal Woodford
TrainerWilliam H. Fizer
Record16: 3-1-2
Major wins
Kentucky Derby (1907)

Pink Star (foaled 1904 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and was the winner of the 1907 Kentucky Derby. He was a grandson of 1883 Kentucky Derby winner Leonatus and his sire, Pink Coat, was an American Derby winner.[1]

Pink Star won the Kentucky Derby by two lengths over Zal on a very wet track, with the mud being a fetlock deep in some places. Ridden by Andy Minder, his win was a long shot victory and Pink Star was described by contemporary sources as a lumbering and ugly mount.[1] Pink Star finished in last place for the 1907 Latonia Derby, developing a fever and respiratory infection shortly after the running that permanently impacted his breathing.[2]

By May 1908, Pink Star had been gelded and retired from racing due to poor performance and having a bad temperament. He lived the remainder of his life as a plow horse at the farm of J. Hal Woodford in Louisville, Kentucky.[3] He was noted to be dead by 1914.[4][2]


  1. ^ a b Jim Bolus, Run for the Roses: 100 Years at the Kentucky Derby, Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1974.
  2. ^ a b Staff (10 May 1908). "One Year Ago: Pink Star was a Derby winner, now he pulls a plow". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  3. ^ Interior Journal. May 15, 1908. pg 4
  4. ^ Staff. "Stake dates are announced". Daily Racing Form. Triangle Publications. Retrieved 22 July 2014.