Prospect Point (horse)

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Prospect Point
SireFirst Dawn
GrandsireBold Ruler
DamOur Vivian
DamsireTronado (ARG)
CountryUnited States
BreederForest Retreat Farms and Lloyd I. Miller
OwnerClaudie M. Godsey (racing career) Gail Earle (retirement)
TrainerClaudie M. Godsey
Record72: 7-8-10

Prospect Point (March 4, 1978 – September 23, 2016) is the longest lived Thoroughbred on record. He lived to the age of 38 years and 203 days before dying in September 2016.[1]

Background and Family[edit]

Prospect Point was bred in Kentucky by Forest Retreat Farms and Lloyd I. Miller.[2] He was sired by First Dawn, an unraced minor stallion bred by the great Ogden Phipps. His paternal granddam, Lovely Morning, was a half sister to American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horses and Gr.I winners Successor and Bold Lad.[3] His damsire, Tronado, was an Argentinean bred who won graded stakes in both the United States and Argentina, most notably winning the Donn Handicap and Arlington Handicap.[4]

During his racing career, Prospect Point was owned by Claudie M. Godsey, who also trained him. Godsey still trains horses as of 2017.[5]

Racing career[edit]

In a racing career of five years, Prospect Park started 72 times, winning 7 races, finishing second in 8, and finishing third in 10. He collected $28,553 in earnings.[6]

Though he raced primarily at Ellis Park, he also raced at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Waterford Park (now Mountaineer Park), and Latonia Park (now Turfway Park). He never contested a stakes race or handicap.

Prospect Point broke his maiden on February 24, 1981 in a maiden claiming race. The race was his 9th start. His last win came on August 21, 1984, at Ellis Park, in a claiming race. He last raced on July 10, 1985 in the fifth race at Waterford Park, a $1,500 claiming race, in which he finished 11th.

He was retired some point after 1985.


According to eventual owner Gail Earle, attempts were made to turn him into a polo pony after his retirement, but he did not take to the sport.[1]

Earle, a resident of Pageland, South Carolina, acquired Prospect Point in 1988, and used him as a hunter-jumper until 1993, when he developed lameness issues. Afterwards, he was still ridden for recreational purposes. Prospect Point was ridden until age 32, after which he became a pasture horse.

In his advanced age, Prospect Park was noted to be quite healthy, happy and bright, which is rare for older horses. His main health issues were poor eyesight and arthritis, which prevented him from frolicking, something he often wanted to do. Like many older horses, he was slow, and had lost a few teeth over time. His favorite activity was playing with his pasture mate, a donkey.[7]


Prospect Point’s health began to rapidly deteriorate in mid 2016. The horse had lost his appetite “out of the blue," and still refused to eat after being placed on antibiotics, losing a great amount of weight in the process. His body shutting down, Earle did not want him to suffer, so she made the decision to euthanize him.

Prospect Point was euthanized on September 23, 2016 at the age of 38 years and 204 days.[8]

It is unknown as to why Prospect Point lived as long as he did. The average life expectancy for a Thoroughbred is between the ages of 25-28.[7]

Merrick and Tango Duke[edit]

The second longest lived Thoroughbred on record is Merrick, a track record-setting gelding born in 1903, who died in 1941. He lived to the age of 38 years and 52 days.[9] Merrick is the horse for which the Merrick Inn in Lexington, Kentucky is named after, and he is buried there.[10]

Reports have also stated that an Australian gelding named Tango Duke lived until the age of 42.[10]


Pedigree of Prospect Point, bay horse, March 4, 1978[11]
First Dawn
Bold Ruler
Nasrullah Nearco
Mumtaz Begum
Miss Disco Discovery
Lovely Morning
Swaps Khaled
Iron Reward
Misty Morn Princequillo
Grey Flight
Our Vivian
Tronado (ARG)
The Yuvaraj Fairway
Her Majesty Diadoque
Heat Wave
Mr. Busher War Admiral
Baby League
Elope Heliopolis
Late Date


  1. ^ a b "At 38, Is Prospect Point the Oldest Ever? | TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  2. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Prospect Point Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  3. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Lovely Morning Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  4. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Tronado Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  5. ^ "Claudie Godsey profile". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  6. ^ "Prospect Point profile". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  7. ^ a b "Finley: Prospect Point may be oldest living thoroughbred". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  8. ^ "'Oldest Thoroughbred' Prospect Point Dies at 38 | TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  9. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Merrick Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  10. ^ a b "Oldest Living Thoroughbred Tells All | Raceday 360". Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  11. ^ "". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)