Selima (horse)

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Sire Godolphin Arabian[1][2]
Dam Shireborn
Damsire Hobgoblin
Sex Mare
Foaled 1745
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Owner Benjamin Tasker, Jr.
Earnings 2,500 pistoles
Selima Stakes at Laurel Park Racecourse
Last updated on September 12, 2008

Selima was one of the most important Thoroughbred horses of the 18th century and became one of the foundation mares of the American Thoroughbred.[1][2] She was imported to the Province of Maryland between 1750 and 1752 by Benjamin Tasker, Jr.[1]


In 1752, Selima won the biggest prize of the era, 2,500 pistoles at Gloucester, Virginia which marked "the beginning of the remarkable racing contests between the rival colonies of Maryland and Virginia."[1]


She produced 10 foals including Selim, Ebony and Stella.[1]

The annual Selima Stakes, now raced at Laurel Park Racecourse, was named after Selima in 1926 and first held at the Maryland State Fair with a $30,000 challenge cup for two-year-old fillies.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Deubler, Cindy (May 2002), "Belair Museums stand in path of "Progress"", Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred: 22–27 
  2. ^ a b Remly, Lynn L. (Fall 2002), "Art Among the Oats: Belair Stable Museum", Equine Images, 2000 (81): 5–56 
  3. ^ Carson, Jane (1965), Colonial Virginians at Play, Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg, p. 125, ISBN 0-87935-122-5, OCLC 526839 

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