Lord Avie

Lord Avie (April 25, 1978 – December 28, 2012[1]) was an American thoroughbred champion racehorse.

Lord Avie
SireLord Gaylord
GrandsireSir Gaylord
DamsireGallant Man
CountryUnited States
BreederViking Farms Ltd.
OwnerSKS Stable
TrainerDaniel Perlsweig
Record16: 8-4-4
Major wins
Juvenile Stakes (1980)
Young America Stakes (1980)
Cowdin Stakes (1980)
Champagne Stakes (1980)
Hutcheson Stakes (1981)
Florida Derby (1981)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1980)
Lord Avie Stakes at Gulfstream Park


A descendant of the great Nearco through his sire Lord Gaylord, his dam, Avie, was a daughter of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Gallant Man. In March 1980, Lord Avie was bought as a two-year-old at a Hialeah Park Race Track sale for $37,000 by a consortium of twelve investors from New Jersey who raced him under the name SKS Stable.[2] He was trained by former jockey Daniel Perlsweig.

Racing careerEdit

Lord Avie won top races at age two, including the Young America Stakes, Cowdin Stakes and Champagne Stakes. He was voted the 1980 Eclipse Award as American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt.[3]

Racing at age three, on February 4, 1981, Lord Avie won the Hutcheson Stakes at Florida's Gulfstream Park. The colt went on to win the Florida Derby and was then installed by odds makers as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. However, Lord Avie came out of the Florida Derby with a pulled suspensory ligament and did not race in any of the Triple Crown races.[4] He returned to racing in mid-July with an allowance race win at Monmouth Park Racetrack followed by a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Handicap and then a third in August's Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.[5] In the Travers, Lord Avie reinjured his leg. On August 24, 1981, his retirement from racing was announced. Lord Avie won eight races, placed 4 times and showed 4 times in 16 starts, with career earnings of $705,977.[6]

Stud careerEdit

Lord Avie was sent to stand at stud at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, having been syndicated for $10 million with the potential to escalate to $20 million, though the escalation was never triggered.[4] He was the sire of seventy-four stakes winners including Grade 1 winners Magical Maiden, Fly For Avie, and multi-millionaire Cloudy's Knight, who was voted 2007 Canadian Champion Male Turf Horse. From his daughters, he is the damsire of 2007 American Champion Older Male Horse Lawyer Ron. Due to advancing age and declining fertility, Lord Avie was pensioned after the 2002 breeding season at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, where he had stood since 1989. By that time, he had sired 578 starters whose 429 individual winners had earned a total of $35,058,780 in their careers[7]


Pedigree of Lord Avie, brown stallion, 1978
Lord Gaylord
Sir Gaylord Turn-To Royal Charger
Source Sucre
Somethingroyal Princequillo
Miss Glamour Gal Ambiorix Tourbillon
Wild Music Spy Song
Gallant Man Migoli Bois Roussel
Mah Iran
Majideh Mahmoud
Evilone Tom Fool Menow
High Stepper Hyperion
Show A Leg (family: 1-1)


  1. ^ http://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/the-lord-reigned-lord-avie-1978-2012/
  2. ^ Lowitt, Bruce. "Lord Avie Heads Pack in Run For The Roses", Ocala Star-Banner, March 9, 1981. Accessed October 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Eclipse Winners Search Results, Bloodhorse.com. Accessed October 9, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Tuite, James. "Lord Avie Out of Race", The New York Times, March 20, 1981. Accessed October 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Leggett, William. "Another Jim Dandy Finish: History repeated itself at Saratoga as a 24-1 shot, Willow Hour, held off Pleasant Colony to win a soggy Travers", Sports Illustrated, August 24, 1981. Accessed October 9, 2009.
  6. ^ Pedigree of Lord Avie, Thoroughbred Database. Accessed October 9, 2009.
  7. ^ Staff. "Champion Lord Avie pensioned at 24", Thoroughbred Times, September 17, 2002. Accessed October 9, 2009.