Halo (February 7, 1969 – November 28, 2000) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and an important Champion sire.

SireHail To Reason
DamsireCosmic Bomb
Foaled(1969-02-07)February 7, 1969
DiedNovember 28, 2000(2000-11-28) (aged 31)
CountryUnited States
ColourBlack Bay
BreederJohn R. Gaines
OwnerCragwood Stable
TrainerMacKenzie Miller
Record31: 9–8–5
Major wins
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1972)
Tidal Handicap (1974)
United Nations Handicap (1974)
Leading sire in North America (1983, 1989)
Last updated on July 2, 2007

Background Edit

Bred in Kentucky by John R. Gaines, founder of the Breeders Cup, Halo was out of the mare Cosmah (who was the Kentucky Broodmare of the Year in 1974), which made him a half-brother to the Hall of Fame filly Tosmah. His sire was Hail To Reason, the U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and a great-grandson of the extremely important sire Nearco.[1]

Purchased by Charles W. Engelhard, Jr., owner of Nijinsky, Halo raced under his Cragwood Stable banner.

Racing career Edit

After having little success at age two racing on dirt tracks, in his three-year-old campaign his U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer MacKenzie Miller switched him to racing on turf, where he achieved better results. Although never a superstar horse, Halo raced for four years and in 1974, at age five, won the Grade I United Nations Handicap.

Stud record Edit

After retiring from racing, in 1975 Halo was sent to stand at stud at the Maryland division of Windfields Farm, where his progeny included Sunny's Halo and, through his mating with the mare Ballade, Devil's Bag, Glorious Song, and Saint Ballado. In 1984, new majority owners moved Halo to stand at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm in Paris, Kentucky, where he continued to produce notable offspring, the star of which was Sunday Silence. In all, Halo sired seven champions and 62 stakes winners including two Kentucky Derby winners. Twice, he was the leading sire in North America.

Halo was pensioned in 1997 and died at Stone Farm in 2000 at age thirty-one.[2]

Offspring Edit

Halo was the sire of:[3]

Grandsire of:

Damsire of:

Pedigree Edit

Pedigree of Halo, black stallion, foaled February 7, 1969[4]
Hail To Reason
brown 1958
b. 1951
Royal Charger
ch. 1942
Sun Princess
Source Sucree
br. 1940
Admiral Drake
b. 1948
Blue Swords
b. 1940
Blue Larkspur
Flaming Swords
Galla Colors
b. 1943
Sir Gallahad
Rouge Et Noir
bay 1953
Cosmic Bomb
dkb/br. 1944
br. 1925
Banish Fear
br. 1932
Blue Larkspur
ch. 1947
gr. 1933
Mah Mahal
b. 1937
Peace Chance
Mother Goose (Family 2-d)

Halo is inbred 4x4 to Blue Larkspur, meaning Blue Larkspur appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.

References Edit

  1. ^ http://www.pedigreequery.com/halo Halo's pedigree and partial racing stats
  2. ^ http://www.stonefarm.com/halo.html Halo's profile at Stone Farm
  3. ^ http://www.galopp-sieger.de/galoppsieger/stammtafel_html?startPferd=HaloHail%20to%20Re&fart=&ftype=&tiefe=5&suchePferd=Halo&efil= Halo's progeny for five generations at Galopp-Sieger.de
  4. ^ "Halo pedigree". www.equineline.com. Retrieved 2018-06-03.