Royal Orbit

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Royal Orbit
Sire Royal Charger
Grandsire Nearco
Dam Admirals Belle
Damsire War Admiral
Sex Stallion
Foaled 25 April 1956
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Louis B. Mayer
Owner Halina Gregory Braunstein
Trainer Reggie Cornell
Record 20: 7-5-7
Earnings $239,640
Major wins

Los Feliz Stakes (1958)

Triple Crown wins:
Preakness Stakes (1959)
Last updated on May 18, 2007

Royal Orbit (foaled 1956) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known as the winner of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown races.


Royal Orbit was a chestnut horse bred by film mogul Louis B. Mayer. He was sired by the imported British stallion Royal Charger out of Admiral's Belle, a daughter of the 1937 U.S. Triple Crown winner, War Admiral. Royal Orbit was purchased at the July Keeneland Sales by businessman Jacques Braunstein and raced by his widow, Halina Gregory Braunstein. He was trained by Reggie Cornell.

Racing career[edit]

Royal Orbit was a top two-year-old colt racing in California, notably winning the 1958 Los Feliz Stakes and finishing second to Tomy Lee in the Del Mar Futurity. The following year he was second to the Hall of Fame filly Silver Spoon in the Santa Anita Derby. In his only out-of-the-money finish in twenty career races, Royal Orbit ran fourth to winner Tomy Lee in the 1959 Kentucky Derby under jockey William Harmatz. However, Royal Orbit and Harmatz came back to win the 85th running of the Preakness Stakes and in the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown series, he finished third to winner Sword Dancer.

Stud record[edit]

Retired at the end of the 1959 racing season, Royal Orbit stood in Kentucky and at the Maryland branch of E.P. Taylor's Windfields Farm. His offspring would meet with modest success, the best of which was multiple stakes winner, Quicken Tree. In 1971 he was sent to a breeding farm in Ireland. Two years later he was shipped to Argentina where he spent a year before going to Brazil in 1975.


Pedigree of Royal Orbit (USA), chestnut stallion, 1956[1]
Royal Charger (GB)
Nearco (ITY)
Pharos Phalaris
Scapa Flow
Nogara Havresac
Sun Princess (GB)
Solario Gainsborough
Sun Worship
Mumtaz Begum Blenheim
Mumtaz Mahal
Admiral's Belle (USA)
War Admiral (USA)
Man o'War Fair Play
Brushup Sweep
Annette K
Belle Cane (NZ)
Beau Pere Son-in-Law
Duck's Egg Absurd
Tame Duck (Family:7-e)[2]


  1. ^ "Royal Orbit pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Jeu des Mots - Family 7-e". Retrieved 2013-01-02.