Precisionist (FL)

Bred and owned by Fred W. Hooper, Precisionist was a versatile campaigner, blessed with the speed of a sprinter and the ability to handle longer distances. Named the Eclipse Award winner for Champion Sprinter in 1985, Precisionist won a total of 13 graded stakes, including six Grade 1 events.

Precisionist (Chris McCarron up) in the post parade for the 1985 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Aqueduct (Barbara D. Livingston/Museum Collection)
Inducted

2003

Foaled

1981

Sire

Crozier

Dam

Excellently

Damsire

Forli

Breeder

Fred W. Hooper

Owner

Fred W. Hooper

Trainer

L. R. Fenstermaker
John W. Russell
William L. Donovan

Career

1983-1988

Earnings

$3,485,398

Racing Record

46

Starts

Year Starts First Second Third Earnings
Year Sts 1 2 3 $
1983 5 3 0 0 $74050 $74,050
1984 12 5 3 1 $631000 $631,000
1985 9 4 3 0 $1106100 $1,106,100
1986 10 5 2 2 $1262560 $1,262,560
1987 0 0 0 0 $0 $0
1988 10 3 2 1 $411688 $411,688

Biography

Bred and owned by Fred W. Hooper, Precisionist was a versatile campaigner, blessed with the speed of a sprinter and the ability to handle longer distances. Named the Eclipse Award winner for Champion Sprinter in 1985, Precisionist won a total of 13 graded stakes, including six Grade 1 events.

Precisionist came into his own as a 3-year-old in 1984, winning the San Miguel, San Rafael, Swaps, and Malibu stakes, as well as the Del Mar Invitational Handicap. He was even better the following year, eclipsing $1 million in seasonal earnings with wins in the San Fernando Stakes, Strub Stakes, Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, and Breeders’ Cup Sprint (earning a 125 Beyer Speed Figure). He also finished second in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Californian Stakes, and San Bernardino Handicap. By winning the Malibu, San Fernando, and Strub, Precisionist became only the fifth horse to win Santa Anita’s “Strub Series,” joining Round Table, Hillsdale, Ancient Title, and Spectacular Bid.

As a 5-year-old in 1986, Precisionist again surpassed $1 million in seasonal earnings via wins in the San Pasqual Handicap, San Bernardino Handicap, Californian Stakes, and Woodward Stakes (defeating Horse of the Year Lady's Secret and earning a 128 Beyer Speed Figure). He also finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

A cannon bone injury forced Precisionist’s retirement prior to a planned 1987 campaign, but he proved infertile for stallion duty — siring only four foals — and was slowly brought on a path back to the races. Returning as a 7-year-old in 1988 after 20 months away from the races, Precisionist won the Cabrillo Handicap and Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap and finished second in both the Citation and Native Diver handicaps. He also set a track record at Del Mar for one mile in an allowance win at 1:33⅕.

Precisionist was retired for good following his 1988 campaign with a career record of 20-10-4 from 46 starts and earnings of $3,485,398. He spent his retirement at a farm in Ocala, Florida, and at Old Friends in Georgetown, Kentucky. He died at Old Friends at the age of 25 on Sept. 27, 2006. Precisionist was buried at the cemetery at Old Friends.

Achievements

Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter — 1985

Breeders' Cup Highlights

Won the Sprint — 1985

Media

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