Equipoise for race horses

As a six-year-old, Equipoise was kept in training with the aim of beating Sun Beau 's earnings record. In the spring, he won the Philadelphia Handicap at Havre de Grace and the Dixie Handicap at Pimlico before being rested till autumn. On November 6, he overcame a wet and muddy Belmont track (described as a "sea of slop" [22] ) to beat Faireno in the Whitney Gold Trophy. At the start of 1935, the seven-year-old Equipoise was sent to California for the inaugural running of the world's richest race, the Santa Anita Handicap , which was to be his final race. He showed some promise in defeat in two prep races and started favorite despite top weight of 130 pounds against what was described as "the greatest field of horses ever assembled". [2] Equipoise's challenge ended in disappointment: according to Sonny Workman, he "simply wouldn't run" as he finished seventh to the Irish-bred Steeplechase specialist Azucar. [23] Whitney later revealed that Equipoise had suffered a recurrence of the tendon injury which had kept him off the track in the previous summer. [24] He was retired to stud with earnings of $338,610, the second highest in racing history up to that time. [5]

Died at Spendthrift Farm in 1983.

ch. 1961 [B] NATIVE DANCER (USA)
gr. 1950 [IC] POLYNESIAN (USA)
br. 1942 [I] UNBREAKABLE (USA)
blk. 1935 SICKLE (GB) br. 1924 BLUE GLASS (FR) br. 1917 BLACK POLLY (USA)
b. 1936 POLYMELIAN (GB) ch. 1914 BLACK QUEEN (USA) blk/br. 1930 GEISHA (USA) *
gr. 1943 DISCOVERY (USA)
ch. 1931 [S] DISPLAY (USA)   b. 1923 ARIADNE (USA) br. 1926 * MIYAKO (USA)
gr. 1935 JOHN P GRIER (USA) ch. 1917 LA CHICA (USA) gr. 1930 RAISE YOU (USA) *
ch. 1946 CASE ACE (USA)
b. 1934 TEDDY (FR)
b. 1913 [S] AJAX (FR) b. 1901 RONDEAU (GB) b. 1900 SWEETHEART (USA) *
ch. 1920 ULTIMUS (USA) ch. 1906 [B] HUMANITY (FR) ch. 1916 * LADY GLORY (USA)
ch. 1922 MAN O' WAR (USA) ch. 1917 [S] LADY COMFEY (IRE) br. 1913 * BELOVED (USA)
br. 1927 WHISK BROOM (USA) ch. 1907 BILL AND COO (USA) blk/br. 1919 EXCLUSIVE (USA) *
ch. 1953 SHUT OUT (USA)
ch. 1939 EQUIPOISE (USA)
ch. 1928 [IC] PENNANT (USA)
ch. 1911 PETER PAN (USA)   b. 1904 [B] ROYAL ROSE (GB) b. 1894 * SWINGING (USA)
ch. 1922 BROOMSTICK (USA) b. 1901 [I] BALANCOIRE (FR) b. 1911 * GOOSE EGG (USA)
b. 1927 CHICLE (FR)
b. 1913 SPEARMINT (GB) b. 1903 [P] LADY HAMBURG (USA) br. 1908 OVAL (USA)
ch. 1921 FAIR PLAY (USA)   ch. 1905 [SP] OLYMPIA (USA) ch. 1911 GOOD EXAMPLE (USA)
br. 1944 PILATE (USA)
ch. 1928 [C] FRIAR ROCK (USA)
ch. 1913 ROCK SAND (GB) br. 1900 [CS] FAIRY GOLD (GB) ch. 1896 * HERODIAS (GB) *
gr. 1916 THE TETRARCH (IRE) gr. 1911 [I] HONORA (GB) ch. 1907 PARADE GIRL (USA) *
b. 1933 DISPLAY (USA)
b. 1923   FAIR PLAY (USA)   ch. 1905 [SP] CICUTA (GB) b. 1919 PANOPLY (USA)
b. 1917 PETER PAN (USA)   b. 1904 [B] INAUGURAL (USA) ch. 1910

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Equipoise for race horses

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