Southern Halo

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Southern Halo
SireHalo
GrandsireHail To Reason
DamNorthern Sea
DamsireNorthern Dancer
SexStallion
Foaled1983
CountryUnited States
ColourBay
BreederE. P. Taylor
OwnerStavros Niarchos
TrainerD. Wayne Lukas
Record24: 5-7-3
Earnings£344,875[1]
Awards
Champion Sire in Argentina (1994–2001, 2003, 2007) [2]

Southern Halo (1983–2009) was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In his racing career he ran twenty-four times winning five races and finishing second in the Grade I Swaps Stakes and Super Derby. He is chiefly notable for his remarkable career at stud where he was leading sire in Argentina on ten occasions and the sire of 170 stakes winners, 56 of them Group/Grade I winners, and 16 of them were champions.

Background[edit]

Southern Halo was bred in Maryland by E. P. Taylor. As a yearling he was sent to the Keeneland sales where he was bought for $600,000 by the British Bloodstock Agency. He was originally sent into training in Ireland.[3]

Racing career[edit]

Southern Halo made little impact as a racehorse in Europe, finishing unplaced on both his starts. He was then sent to race in the United States where he was trained by D. Wayne Lukas. Southern Halo proved to be more successful racing in America. Although he recorded no major wins he finished placed in several stakes races including the Swaps Stakes, the Super Derby and the Silver Screen Handicap.

Stud career[edit]

Southern Halo was retired to stud in Argentina, where he became one of the most successful stallions in the history of South American thoroughbred racing.[3] Among his best progeny is the American Grade I winner and very successful sire More than Ready. He also sired American Grade I winner Miss Linda, and Canadian champion Edenwold. Southern Halo died in November 2009 in his paddock at the Haras la Quebrada near Buenos Aires.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Southern Halo (USA), bay stallion, 1983
Sire
Halo (USA)
1969
Hail To Reason
1958
Turn-To Royal Charger
Source Sucree
Nothirdchance Blue Swords
Galla Colors
Cosmah
1953
Cosmic Bomb Pharamond
Banish Fear
Almahmoud Mahmoud
Arbitrator
Dam
Northern Sea (USA)
1974
Northern Dancer
1961
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Almahmoud
Sea Saga
1968 
Sea Bird Dan Cupid
Sicalade
Shama Bold Ruler
Lea Lark(FamilyPampeluna: 16-g)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern Halo Horse Pedigree". Pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
  2. ^ "Leading Sires of Argentina". Tbheritage.com. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
  3. ^ a b "Prominent Sire Southern Halo Dead at 26". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 2011-12-30.