War Cloud

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War Cloud
Sire Polymelus
Grandsire Cyllene
Dam Dreamy
Damsire Persimmon
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1915
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Breeder Jack Barnato Joel
Owner A. Kingsley Macomber
Trainer Walter B. Jennings
Record 28: 11-4-3
Earnings $40,170
Major wins

Walden Stakes (1917)
Annapolis Stakes (1917)
New Rochelle Handicap (1918)
Dwyer Stakes (1918)
Autumn Handicap (1919)

Triple Crown Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1918)
Last updated on November 13, 2006

War Cloud (1915–1923) was a British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who was the first horse to compete in all three U.S.Triple Crown races.


Bred by Jack Barnato Joel, one of Britain's most prominent Thoroughbred owner/breeders, War Cloud was sold as a yearling and brought to race in the United States.

Racing career[edit]

Successful racing at age two, War Cloud was the heavy favorite going into the 1918 Kentucky Derby after the U.S. Two-yr-Old Champion Colt Sun Briar was sidelined with ringbone disease. Ridden by Johnny Loftus, War Cloud finished fourth to longshot Exterminator.

The $17,500 Preakness Stakes attracted a very large field and was in two divisions. In the first division, War Cloud went off as the second favorite at post time at roughly 8/5, carrying 110 pounds (three more than any other runner), behind Lanius, who was the betting favorite at 7/5 and carried 107 pounds.[1] Starting from post position five, War Cloud settled in third, stalking the leaders, George Starr and Flags, as they passed the stands for the first time. War Cloud then moved to the outside and passed the leaders going around the clubhouse turn, going in :48 flat for the first half mile. He widened his lead to two lengths down the backstretch, completing 3/4 mile in 1:13 flat. In the stretch, 53/1 longshot Sunny Slope challenged. War Cloud, ridden hard by jockey Johnny Loftus, held on to win by 3/4 of a length. After War Cloud and Sunny Slope, it was another ten lengths back to favorite Lanius in third, with Johren fourth. The second division was won by Jack Hare, Jr.

In the final leg of the Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes, War Cloud finished second to Harry Payne Whitney's colt, Johren. In the Dwyer Stakes at Aqueduct Race Track in July however, War Cloud showed "brilliant speed" to defeat Jack Hare, Jr. and Johren in front of a huge crowd.[2] After racing successfully at age four, War Cloud was shipped to France to race in his five-year-old season but did not perform well.


He was brought back to stand at stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, but broke a leg in 1923 and was euthanized. He is buried in Claiborne's equine cemetery.


  1. ^ "PREAKNESS SHARED BY EAST AND WEST". New York Times. 1918-05-16. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ "WAR CLOUD BEATS RIVAL TURF STARS". New York Times. 1918-07-12. Retrieved 2012-03-04.