Sir Gaylord

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Sir Gaylord
Sire Turn-To
Grandsire Royal Charger
Dam Somethingroyal
Damsire Princequillo
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1959
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Meadow Farm
Owner Meadow Stables
Trainer Casey Hayes
Record 18: 10-0-4
Earnings US$237,404
Major wins
Sapling Stakes (1961)
Great American Stakes (1961)
National Stallion Stakes (1961)
Tyro Stakes (1961)
Stepping Stone Purse (1962)
Everglades Stakes (1962)
Bahamas Stakes (1962)

Sir Gaylord (February 12, 1959 – 1981) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who later became a successful sire.


He was bred and raced by Christopher Chenery. Sir Gaylord was sired by the British-bred, American-raced Turn-To out of the mare Somethingroyal and was therefore the half-brother of Secretariat.

Racing career[edit]

One of the leading two-year-old colts of 1961, Sir Gaylord was the favorite going into the 1962 Kentucky Derby. Shortly before the Derby, on May 4, he suffered a hairline fracture of the sesamoid bone in his right foreleg during a workout which ended his racing career.[1]

Stud career[edit]

Sir Gaylord was successful as a sire. He stood at stud in the United States until 1972, when he was sent to Haras du Quesnay (France). His best-known progeny included 1968 Epsom Derby winner and champion broodmare sire Sir Ivor (1965) and Habitat (1966), a top-level stakes winner in England and France and also a successful sire.[2]


Sir Gaylord died in France of renal failure in the spring of 1981.


Pedigree of Sir Gaylord
Royal Charger Nearco Pharos
Sun Princess Solario
Mumtaz Begum
Source Sucree Admiral Drake Craig an Eran
Plucky Liege
Lavendula Pharos
Sweet Lavender
Princequillo Prince Rose Rose Prince
Cosquilla Papyrus
Quick Thought
Imperatrice Caruso Polymelian
Sweet Music
Cinqpace Brown Bud


  1. ^ [1] Sir Gaylord's pedigree and partial racing stats. Accessed February 3, 2011.
  2. ^ [2] Biography of Sir Gaylord. Accessed February 3, 2011.