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Reigh Count

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Reigh Count, Chick Lang up (Churchill Downs Inc.)
Reigh Count
Induction Year: 
1978
Foaled: 
1925
Breeder: 
Willis Sharpe Kilmer
Owner: 
Mrs. John D. Hertz
Trainer: 
Henry McDaniel, Bert S. Michell
Sire: 
Sunreigh
Dam: 
Contessina
Damsire: 
Count Schomberg
Career Years: 
1927-1929
Starts: 
27
First: 
12
Second: 
4
Third: 
0
Earnings: 
$178,170.00

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Bio

Bred by Willis Sharpe Kilmer, Reigh Count was one of the first horses purchased by Mrs. John D. Hertz. A chestnut son of Sunreigh out of the Count Schomberg mare Contessina, Reigh Count was one of the top racehorses of the late 1920s.

 

As a 2-year-old in 1927, Reigh Count won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and the Walden Handicap. He was almost perfect as a 3-year-old, winning seven of his eight starts, including the Kentucky Derby, Miller Stakes, Huron Handicap and Lawrence Realization, as well as victories against older horses in the Saratoga Cup, Lawrence Realization and Jockey Club Gold Cup.

 

In breaking Exterminator’s track record in the Saratoga Cup, Reigh Count defeated the older standout Display. He beat Preakness winner Victorian in the Lawrence Realization and bested the likes of Chance Shot, Display and Diavolo in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

 

As a 4-year-old, Reigh Count raced in England, winning the Coronation Cup and finishing second in the Ascot Gold Cup.

 

At stud, Reigh Count sired 1943 Triple Crown winner Count Fleet. Reigh Count died on April 8, 1948 at Stoner Creek Stud in Kentucky at the age of 23.

 

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