- Brantôme (horse)
Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Brantôme
sire = Blandford
grandsire = Swynford
dam = Vitamine
damsire = Clarissimus
sex = Stallion
foaled = 1931
colour = Bay
Haras de Meautry
owner = Baron Édouard Alphonse de Rothschild
record = 14: 12-0-0
earnings = $1,979,631
Prix Robert Papin(1933)
Grand Critérium (1933)
French 2000 Guineas (1934)
Prix Lupin(1934) Prix Royal-Oak(1934) Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe(1934) Prix du Prince d'Orange(1935) Prix du Cadran(1935)
French Champion 2 Year-Old French Champion 3 Year-Old
updated= September 23, 2006
Brantôme (1931-1952) was a French
Thoroughbred racehorseand prominent sire. Owned by the Haras de Meautrystable of Édouard Alphonse de Rothschild, he was named for the city of Brantôme, Dordogne. He was unbeaten at ages 2 and 3 and is ranked among the best French horses ever.
Sired by Irish stallion Blandford (1919-1935) out of the mare Vitamine, as a two year-old, Brantôme won the
Prix Robert Papin, Grand Critérium and the Prix Mornyand was voted two year-old Champion of the year. His major victories at age three include the French 2000 Guineas, the Prix Lupin, the Prix Royal-Oak, the country's most prestigiouis horse race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triompheplus other significant races. Undefeated, he was voted the three-year-old Champion of the year. In 1935, at age four, Brantôme suffered his first loss. Entered in the Ascot Gold Cupin England, eleven days before the race Brantôme got loose from the stables and was not caught until after he had galloped into downtown Chantilly. The horse lost three shoes and sustained a bad cut. Despite this, his owner still sent him to compete in the Ascot Gold Cupwhere he finished out of the money.
After winning twelve of the fourteen races he competed in, Brantôme was retired to stand at stud. During the
German occupation of France in World War IIthe Nazis seized some of the best racehorses in France. They shipped more than six hundred thoroughbreds out of the country. Some went to Hungary, but most were shipped to Germanyfor racing or for breeding at the German National Stud. Among them was the champion Brantôme who would be recovered in 1945 at the end of the War.
Brantôme was the sire of
Vieux Manoirwho was the grandsire of All Alongand Ivanjica as well as Val de Loirewho was a Leading sire in Francethree times and the damsire of Shergar. Brantôme was also the great-grandsire of Exbury.
Brantôme died on July 3, 1952 at the age of twenty-one.
* [http://www.pedigreequery.com/brantome Brantome's pedigree and racing stats]
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