Gold Digger (May 28, 1962 - February 21, 1990) was an American Thoroughbred racemare who won back-to-back runnings of the Gallorette Handicap[1] but is most famous for being the Dam of Mr. Prospector.

Gold Digger
DamsireCount Fleet
BreederLeslie Combs II & Brownell Combs
OwnerDorothy L. Combs
TrainerE. Jouett Reed
Record35: 10-2-4
Major wins
Columbiana Handicap (1965)
Marigold Stakes (1965)
Yo Tambien Handicap (1965)
Gallorette Handicap (1965, 1966)

Background Edit

Gold Digger's name came from the highly publicized 1955 murder of William Woodward Jr. who owned Gold Digger's sire, Nashua. The word "gold digger" refers to a person who engages in a relationship for money instead of love.

Career Edit

Owned by Combs wife Dorothy (née Enslow), Gold Digger was trained by Jouett Reed. Gold Digger's first race was on January 1, 1964 in which she finished 3rd in the Matron Stakes. 1964 proved to be a winless year for Gold Digger. She won the 1965 Columbiana Handicap in February 1965.[1]

Gold Digger captured the September 1965 Marigold Stakes at Latonia Race Track in Kentucky, then in October won the Yo Tambien Handicap at Chicago's Hawthorne Race Course.[2] She then won the November 1965 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.[1] She got her last victory on May 7, 1966, capturing the Gallorette Handicap for the second time.[1]

Gold Digger was retired from breeding in 1984 and was euthanized on February 21, 1990.

Stud career Edit

Gold Digger's descendants include: c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
1970 Mr. Prospector c Gravesend Handicap (1974)
Whirlaway Handicap (1974)
1971 Gold Standard c Los Feliz Stakes (1974)
Cortez Handicap (1976)
1977 Lillian Russell f Mint Julep Handicap (1981)
Cleopatra Handicap (1981)

Pedigree Edit

Pedigree of Gold Digger (USA), 1962[3]
Nashua (USA)
b. 1952
Nasrullah (GB)
b. 1940
Nearco Pharos
Mumtaz Begum Blenheim
Mumtaz Mahal
Segula (USA)
b. 1942
Johnstown Jamestown
La France
Sekhmet Sardanapale
Sequence (USA)
b. 1946
Count Fleet (USA)
b. 1940
Reigh Count Sunreigh
Quickly Haster
Miss Dogwood (USA)
b. 1939
Bull Dog Teddy
Plucky Liege
Myrtlewood Blue Larkspur

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Gold Digger". Equibase. March 28, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Gold Digger". American Classic Pedigrees. March 28, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Gold Digger". Retrieved March 30, 2019.