Tim Tam (horse)

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Tim Tam
SireTom Fool
DamTwo Lea
DamsireBull Lea
ColourDark Bay
BreederCalumet Farm
OwnerCalumet Farm
TrainerHorace A. Jones
Major wins
Fountain of Youth Stakes (1958)
Florida Derby (1958)
Forerunner Stakes (1958)
Derby Trial (1958)
Everglades Stakes (1958) American Triple Crown wins:
Kentucky Derby (1958)
Preakness Stakes (1958)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1958)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1985),
Last updated on September 17, 2006

Tim Tam (April 19, 1955 – July 30, 1982) was an American thoroughbred racehorse. He won two of three races in horse racing's Triple Crown, the 1958 Kentucky Derby and the 1958 Preakness Stakes.


TimTam was a dark bay horse sired by Tom Fool and out of Two Lea (both sire and dam listed on the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century; Tom Fool at #11 and Two Lea at #77), the dark bay colt was owned and bred by Calumet Farm. Tim Tam was trained by Jimmy Jones.

Racing career[edit]

Tim Tam won the Everglades Stakes, the Flamingo Stakes, the Fountain of Youth Stakes, the Florida Derby, the Forerunner Stakes and the Derby Trial en route to winning the 1958 Kentucky Derby.

After winning the Preakness Stakes, Tim Tam was considered to have a strong chance to capture the American Triple Crown. However, in the Belmont Stakes, coming down the home stretch toward the lead that seemed to assure victory, Tim Tam fractured a sesamoid bone and hobbled the last yards across the finish line in second place. His injury ended his career but he went on to be a successful sire.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud, he sired 14 stakes race winners, among them the Hall of Fame filly Tosmah.


Although his racing season was cut short, Tim Tam still was elected American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse.

In 1985, Tim Tam was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

The Tim Tam chocolate biscuit manufactured by Arnott's in Australia was named after the horse.


Pedigree of Tim Tam
Tom Fool

bay 1949


brown 1935

Pharamond Phalaris
Alcibiades Supremus
Regal Roman

bay 1942

Bull Dog Teddy
Plucky Liege
Alpoise Equipoise
Laughing Queen
Two Lea

bay 1946

Bull Lea

brown 1935

Bull Dog Teddy
Plucky Liege
Rose Leaves Ballot
Two Bob

ch. 1933

The Porter Sweep
Ballet Girl
Blessings Chicle
Mission Bells
  • Tim Tam was inbred 3 × 3 to Bull Dog, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the third generation of hi pedigree.