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 February 22, 1994
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
Last updated on May 30, 2006

Silver Charm (Foaled February 22, 1994) is an American Champion Thoroughbred race horse. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, he is remembered most for winning the 1997 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in the Triple Crown.

Late racing career and retirement[edit]

Silver Charm lost the third jewel of the Triple Crown by placing second in the Belmont Stakes to Touch Gold by half a length. He was voted the 1997 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male Horse. Racing at age 4, Silver Charm won the 1998 Dubai World Cup. For some time, he stood at Three Chimneys Farm. Then, purchased by the Japan Breeders Association, Silver Charm was retired to stud in Japan. 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 elected to the United States' Racing Hall of Fame.

Stud career and retirement[edit]

When Silver Charm went to Japan to the Shizunai Stallion Station in 2004, a clause in his sales contract called a "buy-back clause" was included. Ever since the death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, who was sent to a slaughterhouse in Japan when his breeding days were done, the New York Owners and Breeder's Association, based in Saratoga Springs, New York, has begun asking for a small voluntary per-race charge (collected from owners of New York Breds) called the "Ferdinand Fee." These monies are intended for the Bluegrass Charities and the Thoroughbred Charities of America to help them fund racehorse rescue and retirement groups. Some owners are now including buy-back clauses within their stallion contracts. Silver Charm is one of those stallions, as is Roses in May.

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 in Georgetown, Kentucky. [1] Beverly Lewis and her son, Steve, paid to bring Silver Charm back to Kentucky.


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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