Gallant Fox

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"Sunny" Jim. Fitzsimmons
Earl Sande
Belair Stud
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The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses, which take place in May and early June of each year.  The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered one of the most difficult accomplishments in horse racing, and possibly all of sports championships.  The grueling schedule requires a three year old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes.  In all of racing history, only thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown.

Gallant Fox Profile

By Kellie Reilly

The second colt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, Gallant Fox was a galvanizing factor in the three classics becoming a “Triple Crown."

Gallant Fox was dubbed “The Fox of Belair,” alluding to the Belair Stud inherited by his patrician owner/breeder, William Woodward. Sired by French classic winner *Sir Gallahad III, Gallant Fox was bred to excel as a 3-year-old.

Thus his state of physical development, and his tendencies toward curiosity and laziness, explain his 2-for-7 juvenile campaign. Yet Gallant Fox ended 1929 on a high note in the Junior Champion, his first try at a mile for Hall of Fame trainer “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons.

Hall of Fame jockey Earl Sande came out of retirement to ride Gallant Fox in 1930. Warming up with a decisive score in the Wood Memorial, The Fox headed to the Preakness, then contested before the Derby. Even a tough trip couldn’t derail him.

Gallant Fox had an easier time rallying from off the pace in the Kentucky Derby and wiring the Belmont. After extending his streak in the Dwyer and Arlington Classic, he was floored by 100-1 longshot Jim Dandy in the Travers. An early pace war on Saratoga’s heavy track left him vulnerable to the rail-skimming mudlark.

Rebounding to beat elders in the Saratoga Cup and edging Questionnaire in an epic Lawrence Realization, Gallant Fox crowned his career in the Jockey Club Gold Cup over just two rivals.

The Fox’s unique legacy was also siring Triple Crown winner Omaha.

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Stakes Win History

1st Jockey Club Gold Cup


2 Miles Dirt Sep 17, 1930
1st Lawrence Realization


1 3/4 Miles Dirt Sep 6, 1930
1st Saratoga Cup


1 3/4 Miles Dirt Aug 30, 1930
1st Classic

Arlington Prk

1 1/4 Miles Dirt Jul 12, 1930
1st Dwyer


1 1/2 Miles Dirt Jun 28, 1930
1st Belmont Stakes


1 1/2 Mile Dirt Jun 7, 1930
1st Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs

1 1/4 Mile Dirt May 17, 1930
1st Preakness Stakes


1 3/16 Miles Dirt May 9, 1930
1st Wood Memorial


1 Mile 70 yds Dirt April 26, 1930
1st Jr Champion


1 Mile Dirt Sep 28, 1930
1st Flash


5 1/2 F Dirt Jul 29, 1929

*Morning line odds are an independent handicapper’s estimate and do not necessarily reflect the actual chance each horse will win

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