Hall of Fame, Horses

Chestnut colt foaled in 1931. Died in 1958. By Display-Ariadne, by Light Brigade

Breeder:W.J. Salmon in the Mereworth Stud
Owner:Alfred G. Vanderbilt
Trainer:J.H. Stotler

Race History


Discovery is considered one of the greatest horses of the 20th century. He began racing for Vanderbilt at 3, winning the first of three Brooklyn Handicaps and Whitney Stakes and setting a world record in the Rhode Island Handicap.

At 4 Discovery became Champion Handicapper by winning the Merchants' and Citizens' Handicap under 139 pounds, the Brooklyn Handicap, Whitney Stakes, and Arlington Handicap. At 5 Discovery won the Brooklyn and the Whitney for a third time. Discovery retired to Vanderbilt's Sagamore Farm in Maryland, where he sired 25 stakes winners, including champion Conniver. He was also a successful broodmare sire with daughters who produced Native Dancer, Bold Ruler, and Bed o'Roses.

Discovery was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1969.

Discovery winning the 1935 Brooklyn Handicap

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