The Brook Ledge Horse Racing Hall of Fame
From four-star eventers to beloved backyard ponies, Brook Ledge Horse Transportation ships thousands of horses every year to destinations around the U.S., Canada, and beyond. If you've never traveled with them before, rest assured that Brook Ledge treats each and every horse in their care as if it's their own—which is why they're the preferred mode of transport for some of the most famous horse racing names to come around in the last decade.
Here are just a few of the celebrated champions in the Brook Ledge Racing Hall of Fame. Read on!
Shipped with Brook Ledge in 2018
- Winner of the American Triple Crown (2018)
- Retired with an undefeated record after the Belmont Stakes in 2018—the only Triple Crown winner to do so besides Seattle Slew
- Bred by John D. Gunther; trained by Bob Baffert; ridden by Mike Smith
Justify is the first Triple Crown winner in history not to race as a two-year-old. In 2016, he was sold at the Keeneland Yearling Sales for $500,000 to the partnership of WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing. Although he was initially sent to Rodolphe Brisset at Keeneland for training, he pulled a muscle in his first year and was instead given time to recover and grow into his 16.3-hand frame. He was later sent to Bob Baffert to train for his three-year-old season, and the rest is history!
Justify (c) Rick Samuels/ Brook Ledge
2. American Pharoah
Shipped with Brook Ledge in 2015
- Winner of the American Triple Crown (2015)
- Winner of the Breeder's Cup Classic (2015) and the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred Racing
- Bred and owned by Ahmed Zayat and Zayat Stables; trained by Bob Baffert; ridden by Victor Espinoza
The miss-spelling in 'Pharaoh' in AP's name is the result of a social media contest held by Ahmed Zayat's son, Justin, in which he allowed fans to submit name ideas for the Zayat's young colt. Justin most likely copy and pasted the winning entry into AP's Jockey Club registration—hence the creative spelling. "I didn't happen to realize at the time that it was [spelled] wrong," joked Justin. "Most English teachers in the world now are unhappy with me, but I'll live with that."
3. California Chrome
Shipped with Brook Ledge in 2014
- Winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (2014)
- Winner of the Dubai World Cup (2016)
- Bred by Perry Martin & Steve Coburn; trained by Art Sherman & Alan Sherman; ridden by Victor Espinoza
The original syndicate that owned California Chrome was comprised of his breeders, the Martin and Coburn families, who paid $8,000 to purchase the colt's mother, Love the Chase, as a broodmare. Love the Chase had only a modest racing record at the time, prompting one associate to remark that only a "dumb ass" would buy her. In response, the Martins and Coburns named their new syndicate DAP Racing (a.k.a. Dumb Ass Partners Racing) adopting a buck-toothed donkey as the logo on their silks. Guess who had the last laugh?
California Chrome (c) Summer Gotwals/ Brook Ledge
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