Fair Play (horse)

Fair Play (horse)

Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Fair Play

caption =
sire = Hastings
grandsire = Spendthrift
dam = Fairy Gold
damsire = Bend Or
sex = Stallion
foaled = 1905
country = USA flagicon|USA
colour = Chestnut
breeder = August Belmont, Jr.
owner = August Belmont, Jr.
trainer = Andrew J. Joyner
record = 32: 10-11-3
earnings = $86,950
race = Flash Stakes (1907)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1908)
Jerome Handicap (1908)
Brooklyn Derby (1908)
awards= Leading sire in North America
(1920, 1924, 1927)
Leading broodmare sire in North America
(1931, 1934, 1938)
honours = United States Racing Hall of Fame (1956)
Life-size statue at Elmendorf Farm
updated= October 4, 2006

Fair Play (1905-1929) was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who was successful on the track, but even more so as a sire.

His grandsire was Spendthrift, whose grandsire was the English Triple Crown champion, West Australian.

While successful on the track until an injury cut short his racing career, Fair Play gained his most fame as a sire.

Among his most famous progency are:

* Display - 1926 Preakness Stakes winner and sire of Discovery
* Man o' War - chosen #1 in the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
* Mad Play - 1924 Belmont Stakes winner
* Mad Hatter - 1921 U.S. Champion Older Male Horse
* Chance Play - 1927 United States Horse of the Year
* Chance Shot - 1927 Belmont Stakes winner; sire of Belmont Stakes winner Peace Chance
*Fairmount - U.S. Hall of Fame steeplechase champion

Following the death of owner August Belmont, Jr. in 1924, Fair Play was sold to Joseph E. Widener, proprietor of Elmendorf Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where he remained until his death in December 1929. Widener, a dedicated horseman, buried Fair Play in the Elmendorf Farm cemetery and erected a nearly life-size bronze statue at the head of his grave.


* [http://www.pedigreequery.com/fair+play Fair Play's pedigree and stats]
* [http://www.racingmuseum.org/hall/horse.asp?ID=69 Fairl Play at the United States National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame]

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