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Granville

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Granville, Jimmy Stout up (Keeneland Cook)
Granville
Induction Year: 
1997
Foaled: 
1933
Breeder: 
Belair Stud
Owner: 
Belair Stud
Trainer: 
James E. "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons
Sire: 
Gallant Fox
Dam: 
Gravita
Damsire: 
Sarmatian
Career Years: 
1935-1936
Starts: 
18
First: 
8
Second: 
4
Third: 
3
Earnings: 
$111,820.00

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Bio

Recognized as Horse of the Year in 1936 — the first year of formal voting — Granville was a son of Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox out of the Sarmatian mare Gravita.

 

A homebred for the Belair Stud of William Woodward, Sr., Granville was trained by James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons and arrived at the races as a 2-year-old in 1935. After four unsuccessful attempts, Granville broke his maiden Sept. 7, 1935 at Aqueduct for his only victory as a juvenile.

 

At 3, Granville won his season debut in an allowance at Jamaica before finishing second in the Wood Memorial. He then lost rider Jimmy Stout in the Kentucky Derby before suffering narrow defeats in the Preakness Stakes and Suburban Handicap.

 

Granville finally broke through on the big stage when he won the Belmont Stakes, which began a six-race win streak. Following the Belmont, Granville won the Arlington Classic, Kenner Stakes, Travers Stakes, Saratoga Cup and Lawrence Realization in succession. In the 1¾-mile Saratoga Cup, Granville defeated Discovery by eight lengths in arguably the best performance of his career. An ankle injury prompted his retirement after the Lawrence Realization.

 

Overall, Granville finished with a record of 8-4-3 from 18 starts and earnings of $111,820. Following his retirement, Granville stood at Kentmere Farm in Virginia and later at John Hay Whitney’s farm near Lexington, Ky., and Word Ranch in New Mexico. He sired only two stakes winners. 

 

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