Crafty Admiral

Crafty Admiral (June 6, 1948 – 1972) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who was the 1952 American Champion Older Male Horse and Leading broodmare sire in North America in 1978.[1]

Crafty Admiral
SireFighting Fox
GrandsireSir Gallahad III
DamAdmiral's Lady
DamsireWar Admiral
CountryUnited States
BreederHarry F. Guggenheim
Owner1) Hugh A. Grant
2) Charfran Stable
(Charles & Frances Cohen)
Trainer1) Bert Williams
2) Robert Odom
Record39: 18-6-4
Major wins
Brooklyn Handicap (1952)
Palm Beach Handicap (1952)
Merchants and Citizens Handicap (1952)
Whirlaway Handicap (1952)
Washington Park Handicap (1952)
Gulfstream Park Handicap (1952, 1953)
McLennan Handicap (1953)
Olympic Handicap (1953)
New York Handicap (1953)
Royal Palm Handicap (1953)
Empire City Gold Cup (1953)
American Champion Older Male Horse
Leading broodmare sire in North America (1978)


A very late foal, Crafty Admiral's dam, Admiral's Lady, died after producing the colt. He was purchased for $6,500 as a yearling by Hugh Grant at a special auction of Harry Guggenheim horses held in the paddock at Belmont Park. In late 1951, Grant sold him to Charles and Frances Cohen, a husband-and-wife team who raced under the name of Charfran Stable.[2]

Racing careerEdit

Crafty Admiral set a new track record for seven furlongs in winning the 1952 Palm Beach Handicap at Hialeah Park Race Track.[3]

At studEdit

Retired to stud in Kentucky in 1954, Crafty Admiral sired twenty-six stakes winners including Crafty Lace, Crafty Khale and Admiral's Voyage who was the damsire of Danzig. Through his daughter, Won't Tell You, he is the damsire of 1978 U.S. Triple Crown champion Affirmed whose earnings help make Crafty Admiral that year's Leading broodmare sire in North America.[4]


Pedigree of Crafty Admiral
Fighting Fox
Sir Gallahad Teddy Ajax
Plucky Liege Spearmint
Marguerite Celt Commando
Maid of Erin
Fairy Ray Radium
Admiral's Lady
War Admiral Man o' War Fair Play
Brushup Sweep
Annette K.
Boola Brook Bull Dog Teddy
Plucky Liege
Brookdale Peter Pan


  1. ^ Reilly, Kellie "Crafty Admiral -- 1952 Champion Handicap Horse",, accessed June 21, 2013.
  2. ^ New York Times - December 21, 1952
  3. ^ Pittsburgh Press - January 24, 1952
  4. ^ Bowen, Edward L.. Legacies Of The Turf: A Century Of Great Thoroughbred Breeders, Volume 2, p. 80 (20034) Eclipse Press ISBN 978-1581501179