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Round Table set course records on the turf and on the dirt at 1 1/16, 1 1/8, 1 1/4, and 1 5/8 miles. He was Champion Grass Horse 1957-59, and Champion Handicap Male and Horse of the Year in 1958.
At 3 Round Table won eleven consecutive races, including the Will Rogers, El Dorado, Cinema, Hollywood Gold Cup, American Derby, and the first of two Hawthorne Gold Cups. At 4 Round Table was named Horse of the Year after winning the San Fernando, San Antonio, Santa Anita, Caliente, Argonaut, Laurence Armour, and Arlington Handicaps, among others. When the season ended, he had been the sport's leading money winner for two consecutive years. In his final season Round Table won nine stakes, including the United Nations while carrying 136 pounds. Round Table retired as a leader in career earnings and became one of the most important sires of the 20th century.
Round Table stood at Claiborne Farm and produced 20.6% stakes winners. He was the first million dollar winner to sire a million dollar winner: Royal Glint. Other stakes winners he produced include: Drumtop, Apalachee, Targowice, and King Pellinore.
Round Table was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1972.
Round Table winning the Santa Anita Handicap
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