Hall of Fame, Horses

Battleship
Chestnut colt foaled in 1927. Died in 1958. by Man O'War-Quarantaine, by Sea Sick

Inducted:1969
Breeder:Walter J. Salmon Jr.
Owner:Walter J. Salmon Jr.
Mrs. Marion duPont Scott
Trainer:Jack Pryce 1929-1931, flat racing
Reg Hobbs in England, after '31, steeplechase

Race History
YearAgeStartsFirstSecondThirdEarned
192922100$650
193038320$5,780
1931412603$11,950
193364300$2,150
193476410$8,600
193695110$808
19371013520$4,553
1938115101$37,150
 Totals:552464$71,641

Battleship, painting by W. Smithson Broadhead NMR Collection

Battleship, painting by W. Smithson Broadhead
NMR Collection

Battleship was sired by Man o'War out of the mare Quarantaine, by Sea Sick. Battleship's career began with three years of flat racing for Walter J. Salmon Jr. The chestnut colt won stakes at 3 and at 4, most notably the James Rowe Memorial and the Great Lakes Handicaps.

Later in his fourth year, Battleship was purchased by Mrs. Marion duPont Scott for $12,000 and sent to England to be retrained for steeplechase racing.

Battleship won three steeplechase races at 6. The following year he won the American Grand National under 147 pounds at Belmont Park. He spent the next season resting at Montpelier and undergoing treatment for a bowed tendon.

The highlight of Battleship's career was winning the English Grand National at Aintree as an 11-year-old. He was the first American-bred to win the race in American colors and carried 160 pounds to victory.

While Battleship only produced 58 foals, 19% of those were stakes winners. He sired steeplechase champions Shipboard and War Battle, as well as 1952 American Grand National winner Sea Legs.

Battleship was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1969.

Battleship (#2) vs. Rocky Run in the American Grand National ©Keeneland-Morgan

Battleship (#2) vs. Rocky Run in the American Grand National
©Keeneland-Morgan

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