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Sword Dancer

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Sword Dancer (Keeneland-Morgan)
Sword Dancer
Induction Year: 
1977
Foaled: 
1956
Breeder: 
Brookmeade Stable
Owner: 
Brookmeade Stable
Trainer: 
Elliott Burch
Sire: 
Sunglow
Dam: 
Highland Fling
Damsire: 
By Jimminy
Career Years: 
1958-1960
Starts: 
39
First: 
15
Second: 
7
Third: 
4
Earnings: 
$829,610.00

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Bio

A small chestnut bred in Virginia by Isabel Dodge Sloane’s Brookmeade Stable, Sword Dancer won only three times in 14 starts as a juvenile in 1958 before breaking through and emerging as Horse of the Year as a 3-year-old when he won six major stakes.

 

Trained by Elliott Burch, Sword Dancer finished second in both the Kentucky Derby (by a nose) and Preakness Stakes before winning the Metropolitan Handicap by 3¼ lengths and the Belmont Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Sword Dancer then won the Monmouth Handicap, Travers Stakes, Woodward Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup. He defeated Hillsdale by a head in the Woodward with Round Table third. In the Gold Cup, he trounced Round Table by seven lengths.

 

Returning as a 4-year-old, Sword Dancer won the Grey Lag Handicap, Suburban Handicap and repeated in the Woodward, setting a track record of 2:01.2 in defeating Bald Eagle and T. V. Lark. Sword Dancer was retired with a record of 15-7-4 from 39 starts and earnings of $829,610.   

 

Standing stud at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky, Sword Dancer sired Hall of Fame member Damascus and champion filly Lady Pitt. He later stood in France. Sword Dancer died at the age of 28 on Nov. 16, 1984.

 

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