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Fair Play

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Fair Play (NMR Collection)
Fair Play
Induction Year: 
1956
Foaled: 
1905
Breeder: 
August Belmont II
Owner: 
August Belmont II
Trainer: 
A. Jack Joyner
Sire: 
Hastings
Dam: 
Fairy Gold
Damsire: 
Bend Or
Career Years: 
1907-1909
Starts: 
32
First: 
10
Second: 
11
Third: 
3
Earnings: 
$86,950.00

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Bio

Fair Play was arguably the best colt August Belmont II ever raced in America. A chestnut son of Hastings out of the Bend Or mare Fair Gold, Fair Play set track records as a 3-year-old at both Belmont Park and Gravesend and later became a three-time leading sire.

 

Trained by A. Jack Joyner, Fair Play broke his maiden in his second career start in 1907 at Brighton Beach. He won three times as a juvenile, including the Montauk and Flash stakes. He also finished second in the Hopeful and third in the United States Hotel.

 

Fair Play finished first or second in 15 of 16 starts as a 3-year-old in 1908. He set a track record for 1¼ miles at Gravesend and for 1 5/16 miles at Belmont Park. Fair Play, however, was always behind the undefeated Colin and finished second to him in the 1908 Belmont Stakes, missing victory by only a head. It was the fifth and final meeting between Colin and Fair Play, as Colin retired following the Belmont.

 

With Colin on the sidelines, Fair Play dominated the second half of the 1908 season, winning the Brooklyn Derby, Coney Island Jockey Club Stakes (equaling the track record of 2:31⅕ for 1½ miles), Lawrence Realization, First Special (setting a track record of 2:03⅖ for 1 ¼ miles), Jerome Handicap (setting a track record of 2:10⅖ for 1 5/16 miles) and Municipal Handicap. He finished his sophomore season with a record of 7-8-1 from 16 starts and earnings of $70,215.

 

Betting on a race became illegal in New York when the Percy Grey law was repealed in 1908 and Belmont sent many of his horses, including Fair Play, to run in England. As a 4-year-old, Fair Play was winless in six starts overseas, finishing no better than fourth. He was retired with a career record of 10-11-3 from 32 starts and earnings of $86,950.

 

Fair Play went on to become America’s leading sire in 1920, 1924 and 1927. His equine masterpiece was the immortal Man o’ War. Other standouts sired by Fair Play included Display, Mad Hatter, Chance Shot, Chance Play, Mad Play and the great steeplechaser Fairmount.

 

Fair Play died Dec. 16, 1929 at Elmendorf Farm near Lexington, Ky., at the age of 24.

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