Tanya (horse)

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Circa 1904
GrandsireSt. Gatien
CountryUnited States
BreederWilliam Collins Whitney
OwnerHarry Payne Whitney
TrainerJohn W. Rogers
Record12: 6-2-1
Major wins
Hopeful Stakes (1904)
National Stallion Stakes (1904)
Spinaway Stakes (1904) Triple Crown Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1905)
American Co-Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1904)
American Co-Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1905)
Last updated on August 3, 2007

Tanya (1902–1929) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse bred and raised in Kentucky. She was bred by William Collins Whitney and foaled at his Brookdale Farm in Lincroft, New Jersey. Sired by the outstanding English stallion Meddler, she was out of the mare Handspun.

Before Tanya could set foot on a track, William Whitney died. She, along with several other racers for the Whitney stable, was leased to Herman Duryea. As a 2-year-old, she won the Hopeful Stakes, the National Stallion Stakes, and the Spinaway Stakes under his colors.

1905 Belmont Stakes[edit]

Tanya is best known as one of three fillies to win the Belmont Stakes. Purchased for $7,000 by Whitney's son, Harry Payne Whitney, Tanya was trained by future Hall of Fame inductee John W. Rogers. The filly took the first running of the Belmont at the new Belmont Park on May 24, 1905, beating second-place finisher Blandy and her half-brother Hot Shot, another Meddler colt, who came in third in a time of 2:08 3/5. The Belmont Stakes distance was one mile and a quarter in 1905. Tanya was the second filly in history to win the Belmont Stakes, after Ruthless won the inaugural race in 1867. The race would not be won by another filly for more than a century, when Rags to Riches won the race in 2007.


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