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SirePrince Rose
GrandsireRose Prince
BreederLaudy L. Lawrence
OwnerAnthony Pelleteri
Boone Hall Stable
(claimed at age 2)
TrainerHoratio Luro
Record33: 12-5-7
Major wins
Saratoga Handicap (1943)
Saratoga Cup (1943)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1943)
Merchants and Citizens Handicap (1944)
Questionnaire Handicap (1944)
Leading sire in North America (1957 & 1958)
Leading broodmare sire in North America
(1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1976)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1971)
Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame (2005)
Last updated on October 30, 2021

Princequillo (1940–1964) was a Thoroughbred racehorse conceived in France and born in Ireland. He is known for his performances in long-distance races and his successes as a sire.


His sire, Prince Rose, stood at the Haras de Cheffreville stud farm in France and was mated to the mare Cosquilla. When World War II broke out, the pregnant mare was shipped to Ireland, where she gave birth to Princequillo. Considering the danger from German bombing and the likelihood there would be no racing for some considerable time, Cosquilla's owners shipped her and her colt to the United States.[1]

Racing career[edit]

In July 1942, Princequillo made his American racing debut. After a few races, he was purchased by Boone Hall Stable, owned by Prince Dimitri Djordjadze of Georgia and his American-born wife, Audrey Emery. They placed him under the care of future Hall of Fame trainer Horatio Luro. Princequillo won several important races at longer distances. He broke the Saratoga Race Course record for 1¾ miles and his performances were such that he is considered to be the best long-distance runner, with the exception of Kelso, in American racing history.

Stud career[edit]

Retired after his four-year-old racing season, Princequillo was purchased by Arthur B. Hancock and sent to the Hancock family's Ellerslie Stud in Albemarle County, Virginia and later to their Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky. At stud, he sired 64 stakes winners and became one of the most important large-heart-producer stallions.[citation needed]

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins/Achievements
1947 Hill Prince Stallion American Horse of the Year
1952 Misty Morn Mare American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1955), U.S. Champion Handicap Female
1954 Round Table Stallion American Horse of the Year
1956 Quill Mare American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1958)

Princequillo was the Leading sire in North America for 1957 and 1958 and Leading broodmare sire from 1966 through 1970 and again in 1972 and 1973. Among his daughters' progeny are Mill Reef, Fort Marcy, High Echelon,[2] Triple Crown winner Secretariat, and Secretariat's chief rival Sham. His son Prince John was Leading broodmare sire in 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1986. Princequillo's descendants include, Secretariat, Triple Crown Winner in 1973, Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and U.S. Horse of the Year winners A.P. Indy and Cigar, the second greatest money winner of all time. Zenyatta, John Henry, California Chrome and American Pharoah are also in his line of progeny. He garnered the nickname Mr. Fixit at stud thanks to his ability to sire foals with good conformation and soundness.[3]

Princequillo died of a heart attack in 1964 and is buried at Claiborne Farm.


Pedigree of Princequillo, bay horse, 1940[4]
Prince Rose
Rose Prince Prince Palatine Persimmon
Lady Lightfoot
Eglantine Perth
Rose de Mai
Indolence Gay Crusader Bayardo
Gay Laura
Barrier Grey Leg
Bar The Way
Papyrus Tracery Rock Sand
Miss Matty Marcovil
Quick Thought White Eagle Gallinule
Merry Gal
Mindful Minoru
Noble Martha (family 1-b)[5]


  1. ^ Princequillo Retrieved 30 May 2009
  2. ^ Belmont Stakes Winners & Pedigrees
  3. ^ "*Princequillo". Claiborne Farm. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Pedigree of Princequillo". www.equineline.com. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines Morel - Family 1-b". www.bloodlines.net. Retrieved 22 August 2020.

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