Successor (horse)

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Sire Bold Ruler
Grandsire Nasrullah
Dam Misty Morn
Damsire Princequillo
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1964
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Wheatley Stable
Owner Wheatley Stable
Trainer Edward A. Neloy
Record 25: 7-6-6
Earnings US$532,254
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1966)
Tremont Stakes (1966)
Garden State Stakes (1966)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1967)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1966)

Successor (March 27, 1964 – August 1, 1971) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse.


He was bred and raced by Gladys Phipps and her brother Ogden L. Mills under their Wheatley Stable banner. A full brother to Bold Lad, his sire was eight-time Leading sire in North America, Bold Ruler and his dam was the Champion racing mare, Misty Morn.

Racing career[edit]

Successor was the American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt of 1966. Among his wins, Successor defeated the previously unbeaten Dr. Fager by a length to earn a victory in the Champagne Stakes, recording the second fastest time in the race's history.[1] On his final start of the year he won the Garden State Stakes on a sloppy track in November to confirm his position as the year's leading two-year-old.[2]

Successor did not race again until March 13, 1967 when he ran out of the money in the Swift Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack. Unplaced in the Blue Grass Stakes, Successor finished sixth to winner Proud Clarion in the Kentucky Derby. The colt went on to earn two seconds and two third-place finishes in major races that year and scored a popular win[3] on October 18 in the 1 5/8 mile Lawrence Realization Stakes.

Stud record[edit]

On February 17, 1968 Successor was sold for $1,050,000 to Hastings Harcourt's Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California.[4] Retired to stud duty, Successor died prematurely after only a few years at age seven. Among his limited progeny, Right Honorable won the Del Mar Derby.


Pedigree of Successor
Bold Ruler
Nasrullah Nearco Pharos
Mumtaz Begum Blenheim
Mumtaz Mahal
Miss Disco Discovery Display
Outdone Pompey
Sweep Out
Misty Morn
Princequillo Prince Rose Rose Prince
Cosquilla Papyrus
Quick Thought
Grey Flight Mahmoud Blenheim
Mah Mahal
Planetoid Ariel
La Chica