Silver Charm

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Silver Charm
Silver Charm 2.jpg
Silver Charm in 2006.
Sire Silver Buck
Grandsire Buckpasser
Dam Bonnie's Poker
Damsire Poker
Sex Stallion
Foaled (1994-02-22) February 22, 1994 (age 23)
Country USA
Colour Gray
Breeder Mary Lou Wootton
Owner Bob & Beverly Lewis
Trainer Bob Baffert
Record 24: 12-7-2
Earnings $6,944,369
Major wins

Del Mar Futurity (1996)
San Vicente Stakes (1997)
San Fernando Stakes (1998)
Clark Handicap (1998)
Dubai World Cup (1998)
Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (1998)
San Pasqual Handicap (1999)
Goodwood Stakes (1998)
Strub Stakes (1998)

American Triple Crown Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1997)
Preakness Stakes (1997)
United States Champion 3-Year-Old Colt (1997)
United States' Racing Hall of Fame (2007)
#63 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century

Silver Charm (foaled February 22, 1994) is an American Champion Thoroughbred race horse. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, he is best known for winning the 1997 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in the Triple Crown. He also won the Dubai World Cup (of which he is the oldest surviving winner), and stood at stud in both America and Japan.

Background and early career[edit]

Silver Charm was foaled in Florida on February 22, 1994 out of the mare Bonnie's Poker and sired by Silver Buck, who was a son of Buckpasser. He was a gray colt with no white markings and was bred by Mary Lou Wootton.[1] As a two-year-old Silver Charm was purchased by trainer Bob Baffert for $85,000, and then resold to Beverly and Robert Lewis, who kept him in training with Baffert.[2] Silver Charm's first win was as a two-year-old, in the Del Mar Futurity.[3] Silver Charm entered the 1997 Kentucky Derby with Gary Stevens as his jockey. Silver Charm drew the sixth post position out of a field of 13, and broke well at the starting gate. He came out between other horses going into the backstretch and took the lead with less than a furlong to go. He won the Derby, finishing a head in front of Captain Bodgit.[4] It was Baffert's second time entering the Kentucky Derby or any American classic race; his horse Cavonnier had come in second the year before.[5] Silver Charm won the Preakness Stakes in the same manner, pulling ahead of Captain Bodgit and Free House just before the wire.[2]

Silver Charm lost the third jewel of the Triple Crown by placing second in the Belmont Stakes to Touch Gold; he lost by three quarters of a length.[6] He was the winner of the 1997 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male Horse.

Later racing and stud career[edit]

At age 4, Silver Charm won the 1998 Dubai World Cup, and placed second in the Breeders' Cup Classic.[7] Following the end of his race career at age 5, he stood at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky. In 2004 he was purchased by the Japanese Breeders Association, and was sent to stud in Japan.[8] He stood at the Shizunai Stallion Station in December 2004. In 2008, he stood at the Shichinohe Stallion Station and in 2009, at the Iburi Stallion Station.

In the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century, Silver Charm was ranked #63.

In 2007, Silver Charm was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame.[9]


Silver Charm at Old Friends.

Silver Charm went to Japan to the Shizunai Stallion Station in 2004, with a so-called "buy-back clause" included in his sales contract. Since the slaughterhouse death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, the New York Owners and Breeder's Association has begun asking for a small voluntary per-race charge called the "Ferdinand Fee." These monies are intended for the Bluegrass Charities and the Thoroughbred Charities of America to help fund racehorse rescue and retirement groups and keep horses from slaughter when their breeding or racing careers are over. This has led racehorse owners to include buy-back clauses within their stallion contracts.

On October 29, 2014, it was announced jointly by Three Chimneys Farm and Old Friends Farm that Silver Charm would return from Japan and be retired permanently at Old Friends Equine, a horse retirement facility, in Georgetown, Kentucky. [10] Beverly Lewis and her son Steve paid to bring Silver Charm back to Kentucky, where he remains at Old Friends and can be visited by the public.[10]



Pedigree of Silver Charm
Silver Buck

gray 1978


bay 1963

Tom Fool
bay 1949
black 1947
War Admiral
Silver True

gray 1964

Hail To Reason
brown 1958
Silver Fog
gray 1944
Bonnie Poker

dark brown 1982


bay 1963

Round Table
bay 1954
Knights Daughter
bay 1953
What A Surprise

bay 1968

Wise Margin
bay 1950
Market Wise
One Ripple
Militant Miss
brown 1951
Miss Militant


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