Shut Out (horse)

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Shut Out
Sire Equipoise
Grandsire Pennant
Dam Goose Egg
Damsire Chicle
Sex Stallion
Foaled (1939-02-27)February 27, 1939
Died April 23, 1964(1964-04-23) (aged 25)
Country USA
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Greentree Stable
Owner Helen Hay Whitney
Trainer John M. Gaver, Sr.
Record 40 Starts: 16 – 6 – 4
Earnings $317,507
Major wins

Grand Union Hotel Stakes (1941)
Classic Stakes (1942)
Yankee Handicap (1942)
Blue Grass Stakes (1942)
Travers Stakes (1942)
Pimlico Special (1943)
Wilson Stakes (1943)
Laurel Stakes (1943)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1942)
Belmont Stakes (1942)
Last updated on November 20, 2008

Shut Out (February 27, 1939 – April 23, 1964) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.


Shut Out was a chestnut stallion sired by Hall of Famer Equipoise, the multiple stakes-winning champion his fans called "The Chocolate Soldier." Shut Out was bred by Greentree Stable in Lexington, Kentucky, owned by Mrs. Payne Whitney (Helen Hay Whitney), who had also bred his dam, Goose Egg, by the French stallion Chicle.

Racing career[edit]

The year Shut Out was born, Greentree Stables also produced top runner Devil Diver, who beat Shut Out in the 1941 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds. Hall of Fame conditioner John Gaver, training for Greentree, gave Eddie Arcaro his choice of Kentucky Derby mounts: Devil Diver or Shut Out. Arcaro chose Devil Diver, who came in sixth. Shut Out, under jockey Wayne D. Wright, won the race. Arcaro switched mounts for the Belmont Stakes, riding Shut Out to victory.

Shut Out's other main rival that year was Alsab, 1941's U.S. Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. Alsab also took 1942's three-year-old honors. Yet Shut Out came close to winning the 1942 Triple Crown, losing the Preakness Stakes to Alsab while finishing fifth after a troubled trip. He also won the prestigious Travers Stakes, again under Arcaro. Shut Out held a 3 to 2 margin over Alsab when Alsab finished fourth in his career finale, while Shut Out was third in an overnight handicap in 1944.

Stud record[edit]

Shut Out died in 1964 after a respectable career at stud, siring a number of stakes winners for Greentree such as One Hitter.


Pedigree of Shut Out, chestnut stallion, foaled February 27, 1939[1]
chestnut 1928
ch. 1911
Peter Pan
b. 1904
Royal Rose
b. 1894
Royal Hampton
Belle Rose
ch. 1922
b. 1901
Ben Brush
Balancoire II
b. 1911
Goose Egg
bay 1927
b. 1913
b. 1903
Maid of the Mint
Lady Hamburg II
dkb/br. 1908
Lady Frivoles
ch. 1921
Fair Play
ch. 1905
Fairy Gold
b. 1911
Rock Sand
Orienta (Family 16-g)


  • The History of Thoroughbred Racing in America, by William H.P. Robertson, Bonanza Books, New York
  1. ^ "Shut Out pedigree". Retrieved August 9, 2017.

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