Seeking The Gold

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Seeking The Gold
Sire Mr. Prospector
Grandsire Raise A Native
Dam Con Game
Damsire Buckpasser
Sex Stallion
Foaled 7 April 1985
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Ogden Phipps
Owner Ogden Phipps
Trainer Shug McGaughey
Record 15: 8-6-0
Earnings $2,307,000
Major wins
Super Derby (1988)
Peter Pan Stakes (1988)
Dwyer Stakes (1988)
Swale Stakes (1988)
Last updated on July 31, 2016

Seeking The Gold (7 April 1985 – 28 July 2016) was an American thoroughbred horse and a successful sire. He was bred and owned by Ogden Phipps, and later became one of numerous top class runners sired by Mr. Prospector. Seeking the Gold's dam Con Game, a daughter of Buckpasser, also produced the Remsen Stakes winner Fast Play and the Jamaica Handicap winner Stacked Pack.

Racing career[edit]

Seeking The Gold showed his best form as a three-year-old in 1988. He won the Super Derby, Peter Pan Stakes, Dwyer Stakes, and Swale Stakes. He was narrowly beaten by Forty Niner in both the Haskell Invitational Stakes and the Travers Stakes,[1] and finished second to Alysheba in the 1988 Breeder's Cup Classic.

Stud record[edit]

Seeking The Gold was pensioned in November 2008 after standing stud at Claiborne Farm for a fee that was as high as USD $250,000 before being lowered to USD $125,000 (live foal) in 2005.[2] Seeking The Gold sired at least 85 stakes winners, of which 18 were G1 winners. His progeny include:


After being pensioned from stud duty in November 2008, Seeking the Gold was allowed to continue to reside in one of the stallion barns at Claiborne Farm, where he continues to reside at age 29 as of fall 2014.[2]


Seeking The Gold was humanely euthanized at Claiborne Farm on 28 July 2016 due to the infirmities of old age. On hearing of the horse's death McGaughey said "He was a very, very successful racehorse. One of my all-time favorites. He gave 110% every time."[3]


  1. ^ William Nack (1988-08-29). "Forty Niner nipped Seeking the Gold in the Travers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Seeking the Gold Pensioned". The Blood-Horse. 11 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Eric Mitchell (29 July 2016). "Seeking the Gold Dies at 31". The Blood-Horse.