|Foaled||4 April 1993|
|Died||14 May 2010|
|Breeder||Anna Maria Barnhart|
Blue Grass Stakes (1996)
Preakness Stakes 2nd (1996)
|U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1996)
U.S. Champion Older Male Horse (1997 & 1998)
United States Horse of the Year (1998)
|United States Racing Hall of Fame (2004)
#32 – Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Skip Away Handicap at Gulfstream Park
Skip Away Stakes at Monmouth Park
|Last updated on 22 January 2011|
Skip Away (April 4, 1993 – May 14, 2010), a gray Thoroughbred race horse, was named America's Champion 3 Year Old Male in 1996 and twice (1997, 1998) named America's Champion Handicap Horse. He was also U.S. Horse of the Year in 1998. He won 10 Grade 1 races for $9,616,360 in prize money.
He was bred by Anna Marie Barnhart and foaled and reared at Hilmer Schmidt’s Indian Hill Farm in Florida, the son of Skip Trial, out of the Diplomat's Way mare Ingot Way. Skip Away was purchased for the modest sum of $30,000 at a two-year-olds in training sale in Ocala by Hall of Fame trainer Hubert "Sonny" Hine for his wife Carolyn, who had particularly wanted a gray horse because vision problems made it difficult for her to see any other kind on the race track.
Skip Away won one of six starts as a two-year-old, placing in the Cowdin and Remsen Stakes at Belmont Park. His first stakes win came as a three-year-old, when he defeated eventual Preakness Stakes winner Louis Quatorze by six lengths in the Blue Grass Stakes while setting a new stakes record over a wet-fast track at Keeneland Race Course.
After an unaccountably poor performance in the Kentucky Derby, Skip Away finished second in both the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, losing the latter by a length to Editor's Note after a prolonged duel down the long stretch. He won the 1996 Haskell Invitational Handicap and in October of that year, he defeated Cigar, winner of 17 of his previous 18 races, in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Seizing the lead entering the stretch, Skip Away won by a head over the steadily closing champion.
Formal Gold defeated Skip Away in four of their six meetings in 1997. After Skip Away was soundly defeated as a four-year-old by Formal Gold in the Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth Park and in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park, he was given a new rider, Jerry Bailey, who replaced Shane Sellers. With Bailey at the reins, Skip Away adopted a new front-running style and won nine consecutive races, including a six-length victory in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Classic, contested that year at Hollywood Park Racetrack, setting a record time of 1:59:16 under another new rider, Mike Smith.
As a five-year-old, Skip Away won seven consecutive races including five Grade I events, such as the 1998 Pimlico Special, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Woodward Stakes. Although he failed to repeat his Breeders' Cup win at Churchill Downs, he was voted the Eclipse Award as both Champion Handicap Horse and Horse of the Year for 1998. He was retired to stud that fall with 18 wins and 34 in-the-money finishes from 38 career starts and earnings of $9,616,360.
During his 12 years at stud, Skip Away sired 489 foals and from the nine crops of racing age, he had 21 stakes winners, who earned $19,424,552 His more notable offspring include Skipshot (Swaps Stakes), Skip Code (Grey Stakes) and Sister Swank (Valley View Stakes).
Skip Away was inducted into National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2004. In the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. Thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, Skip Away was ranked No.32.