Prince Rose (Hervé Denaigre), oil on canvas
painted by Bob Demuyser (1920-2003)
|Grand Prix de Bruxelles (1931)|
Grand International d'Ostende (1931 & 1932)
Prix du President de la Republique (1932)
|Leading sire in France (1946)|
|Grand Prix Prince Rose at Hippodrome Wellington|
|Last updated on February 2, 2007|
Bred in England by Lord Durham, Prince Rose was sired by Rose Prince out of the mare Indolence. His grandsire was Prince Palatine, a two-time British Horse of the Year and his damsire was Gay Crusader, winner of the 1917 English Triple Crown.
At age three, Prince Rose won the Grand Prix de Bruxelles, beat the great French filly Pearl Cap in the Grand International d'Ostende then was third to her in the 1931 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In 1932, Prince Rose won the Prix du President de la Republique at Hippodrome de Saint-Cloud.
Retired to stud duty after winning sixteen races in twenty starts, Prince Rose sired seven offspring in Belgium before being sent to the Haras de Cheffreville breeding Farm in France in 1938 where he would produce another thirty-five. The most notable of his French-bred was the colt Prince Chevalier who won a number of important races in France and became a leading sire there and in England. Another son, Prince Bio won the 1944 Prix Noailles and the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, among others. However, most important for horse racing in the United States, in 1939 Prince Rose had been mated with the mare Cosquilla who, because of the onset of World War II, was shipped to safety in Ireland. There, Cosquilla foaled Princequillo who would eventually be sent to race in the U.S. and who would become a very influential stallion. Prince Rose was killed by military gunfire in 1944.
Prince Rose is the grandsire of the U.S. Champion filly Misty Morn and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame colts Hill Prince and Round Table. Other important descendants of Prince Rose include Mill Reef, Fort Marcy, Sham, and U.S. Triple Crown champion Secretariat.
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