Hall of Fame, Horses

Tom Fool
Bay colt foaled in 1949. Died in 1976. By Menow-Gaga, by Bull Dog

Breeder:Duval A. Headley
Owner:Greentree Stables owned by John Hay Whitney and Mrs. C.S. Payson
Trainer:John Gaver

Race History

Tom Fool, painting by Richard Stone Reeves
NMR Collection

Tom Fool was Champion 2-Year-Old in 1951 and Horse of the Year in 1953. Preceded by Whisk Broom II in 1913, Tom Fool was only the second horse to claim New York's Handicap Triple: the Metropolitan, Suburban, and Brooklyn.

Tom Fool's most important victories at 2 included the Sanford, Grand Union, and The Futurity. At 3 he won the Grey Lag, Empire City, and Jerome Handicaps, among others. Tom Fool ended his career with a ten race winning streak. He defeated Royal Vale in the Metropolitan and the Suburban carrying 130 and 128 pounds, respectively. He also won the Carter Handicap under 135 pounds and the Brooklyn under 136.

Hall of Fame jockey Ted Atkinson, who rode many great horses, considered Tom Fool his best mount. After his racing career Tom Fool sired 275 foals, including 13% stakes winners. His most famous offspring were Buckpasser and Tim Tam.

Tom Fool was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1960.

Tom Fool wins the 1953 Whitney
©Bert Morgan

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