Honeymoon (horse)

Honeymoon (foaled 1943 in California) was an American Thoroughbred race horse who was the first California-bred filly to surpass the $100,000 mark in earnings and who retired with earnings of $387,760. The June 22, 1946 issue of the Los Angeles Times called Honeymoon the "best filly ever bred in California."[1]

SireBeau Pere
DamsireChance Shot
CountryUnited States
BreederLouis B. Mayer
Owner1) Louis B. Mayer
2) W-L Ranch Co. (1947)
Trainer1) Graceton Philpot
2) Wayne B. Stucki (1949)
Record78: 20-14-9
Major wins
California Breeders' Champion Stakes (1945)
Cinema Handicap (1946)
Drexel Handicap (1946)
Golden State Breeders' Handicap (1946)
Hollywood Derby (1946)
Hollywood Oaks (1946)
Santa Maria Handicap (1946)
Sequoia Handicap (1946)
Vanity Handicap (1947)
Beverly Handicap (1948)
Top Flight Handicap (1948)
Vineland Handicap (1948)
Queen Isabella Handicap (1948)
California Thoroughbred Hall of Fame (1988)
Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park.


Honeymoon was bred and raced by Hollywood movie mogul Louis B. Mayer and was trained by Graceton Philpot.

Racing careerEdit

After an outstanding three-year-old campaign in which Honeymoon won seven important California stakes races she was sold for $135,000 in February 1947 as part of Mayer's dispersal sale. Her new owner was W-L Ranch Co., a racing partnership of two other high-profile Hollywood individuals, Harry Warner and Mervyn Le Roy.[2]

In early 1949 a foot injury severely hampered Honeymoon's racing career and after an unsuccessful comeback in 1950 she was retired.[3]

Retirement and breeding recordEdit

As a broodmare she produced just three foals. However, her daughter Honey's Gem was a quality runner whose wins included the 1959 Milady Handicap, the 1959 Beverly Handicap in which she set a North American record of 1:34 flat for a mile on dirt,[4] and the 1960 Ramona Handicap. Honeymoon's son, Honey's Alibi, was a multiple graded stakes race winner who was the damsire of the great Dahlia, an international champion and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee.

Harry Warner died in July 1958 and his estate sold off his racing interests in early 1959. As part of the dispersal sale, Honeymoon was purchased for $20,000 by Thomas A. Miller of La Jolla, California.[5]


Following its creation, in 1988 Honeymoon was inducted in the California Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.[6] In 1956 Hollywood Park Racetrack, the site of a number of her wins, renamed the Sea Breeze Stakes in her honor.


Pedigree of Honeymoon
Beau Pere
Son-in-Law Dark Ronald Bay Ronald
Mother In Law Matchmaker
Be Cannie
Cinna Polymelus Cyllene
Maid Marian
Baroness La Fleche Landas
La Fleche
Chance Shot Fair Play Hastings
Fairy Gold
Quelle Chance Ethelbert
Quelle Est Belle
Dustwhirl Sweep Ben Brush
Pink Domino
Ormonda Superman
Princess Ormonde


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times, June 22, 1946
  2. ^ February 27, 1947, New York Times
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times, September 10, 1949
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times, July 12, 1959
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times January 6, 1959
  6. ^ February 2006 California Thoroughbred magazine article on the California Hall of Fame containing profiles of the Thoroughbred inductees of 1988.