John Henry

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Bay Gelding

Foaled March 9, 1975, at Golden Chance Farm in Paris, Kentucky

Died October 8, 2007 at the Kentucky Horse Park

By Ole Bob Bowers, out of Once Double, by Double Jay

Breeder: Golden Chance Farm

Owner: Samuel and Dorothy Rubin (Dotsam Stables)

Trainer: Ron McAnally

Favorite Treat: chocolate doughnut holes

Titles / Awards

Received seven Eclipse Awards
Champion Turf Horse (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984)
Horse of the Year (1981, 1984)
Only horse to win Horse of the Year more than once but not in consecutive years
Champion Older Horse (1981)
Only horse to win the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) twice (1981, 1982)
Only horse to win the Arlington Million (G1) (1981, 1984)
Inducted into the National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (1990)
Oldest horse to win Horse of the Year – at age 9
Oldest horse to win a Grade 1 race – at age 9
Won more grade stakes than any other Thoroughbred-25
Voted Racehorse of the Decade for the 1980s
The richest gelding of any breed in history
Retired as the world’s richest Thoroughbred-1986
Voted 23rd best racehorse of the 20th century
Lifetime earnings: $6,591,860

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Notable Wins

Round Table Handicap (G3)
Chocolatetown Handicap
Henry P. Russell Handicap
San Gabriel Handicap (G3)
San Marcos Handicap (G3)
Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap (G2)
San Luis Rey Stakes (G1)
San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (G1)
Hollywood Invitational Handicap (G1) (three times)
Brighton Beach Handicap (G2)
Oak Tree Invitational Stakes (G1) (three times)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (G1)
Sword Dancer Stakes (G3)
Arlington Million Invitational
Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)
Santa Anita Handicap (G1)
American Handicap (G2)
Hollywood Turf Cup (G1)
Golden Gate Handicap (G3)
Sunset Handicap (G1)
Budweiser Million (G1)
Turf Classic (G1)
Ballantine’s Scotch Classic Handicap

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

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Hall of Champion Resident

November 1986 to October 2007