- Carotene (horse)
Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Carotene
grandsire = Honeway
dam = Carrot Top
damsire = High Hat
foaled = 1983
colour = Chestnut
record = 40: 12-8-5
earnings = $1,267,092
Breeders' Stakes(1986) Toronto Cup Stakes(1986) Wonder Where Stakes(1986)
Nassau Stakes (1987)
Matchmaker Handicap (1987)
New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap(1987) Yellow Ribbon Stakes(1987) Pan American Handicap(1988)
awards= Canadian Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly (1986)
Canadian Champion Turf Horse (1986, 1987, 1988)
Canadian Champion Older Female Horse (1987, 1988)
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame(2003)
Carotene Stakes at
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Carotene (foaled 1983 in
Ontario) is a Canadian ThoroughbredHall of Fame racehorse who holds the filly or mare record for winning the most Sovereign Awards. Bred by David Willmot's Kinghaven Farms, she was a daughter of the British sire Great Nephewwho also sired Epsom Derbywinners Grundy and Shergar. Carotene's dam was Carrot Top, a mare David Willmot purchased in foal from the Whitney familyat the 1982 dispersal sale of their bloodstock in the United Kingdom.
- 1985 & 1986 Racing Seasons -
Carotene was trained by
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fameinductee Roger Attfieldand raced from a base at Woodbine Racetrackin Toronto. In 1985, the two-year-old filly won her only start. The following year, she won the Toronto Cup Stakes, and the Wonder Where Stakes. She ran second in the 1986 E. P. Taylor Stakesand after going to Californiato race, finished third in the Yellow Ribbon Stakesat Santa Anita Park.
In the 1986 Canadian Triple Crown races for three-year-olds dominated by males, she finished second to
Golden Choicein the Prince of Wales Stakeson dirt, then under jockey Richard Dos Ramos, won the third and longest leg of the series run on turf, the 1½ mile Breeders' Stakes. Sent to Japanfor the 1986 Japan Cup, Carotene finished ninth to winner Jupiter Ireland.
- 1987 Racing Season -
At her home base at Woodbine Racetrack, Carotene won the 1987 Nassau Stakes and was second in the Niagara Handicap and the King Edward Stakes. In the United States she beat males in the New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap at
Rockingham Park, won the Matchmaker Handicap at Atlantic City Race Courseand topped one of the best field of fillies ever assembled for the Yellow Ribbon Stakesat Santa Anita Park.
Carotene's performances earned her two more Sovereign Awards as the 1987 Canadian Champion Turf Horse and Canadian Champion Older Female Horse.
- 1988 Racing Season -
After her 1987 season in Canada, Carotene's handlers sent her south to
Floridafor the winter racing season where jockey Don Seymourrode the five-year-old to victory in the 1988 Grade I Pan American Handicapat Gulfstream Park. In that race she again defeated males and did it in a winning time that was just one-fifth of a second off the course record.
At home at Woodbine Racetrack, Carotene's best result was a second place finish in the Jockey Club Cup Handicap. In other races in the United States, she ran second in the
Santa Barbara Handicapand third in the 1988 San Juan Capistrano, the Matchmaker Handicap and the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicaps. At the end of the 1988 racing season she was voted her third straight Sovereign Award for Champion Female Turf Horse and her second straight Canadian Champion Older Female Horse.
As a broodmare, Carotene had the first of her eight foals in 1990 and her last in 2003.
* [http://www.pedigreequery.com/carotene Carotene's pedigree and racing stats]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE4DB1738F93AA15751C0A96E948260 February 29, 1988 "New York Times" article on Carotene's win in the Pan American Handicap]
* [http://www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com/thoroughbred/2003/Carotene.asp Carotene at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame]
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