Reviewer (horse)

Reviewer (April 30, 1966 – June 6, 1977) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known as the sire of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame filly Ruffian.

SireBold Ruler
DamsireHasty Road
CountryUnited States
ColorDark Bay
BreederOgden Phipps
OwnerOgden Phipps
TrainerEdward A. Neloy
Record13: 9-3-1
Major wins
Sapling Stakes (1968)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1968)
Bay Shore Stakes (1969)
Swift Stakes (1969)
Roseben Handicap (1970)
Nassau County Handicap (1970)


Foaled in Kentucky, the dark bay colt was owned and bred by Ogden Phipps. He was a son of Bold Ruler, an important Champion sire, and his damsire was Hasty Road, who won the 1954 Preakness Stakes.[1]

Racing careerEdit

Trained by Hall of Fame inductee Edward A. Neloy, in 1970 the then four-year-old Reviewer set a new Belmont Park track record of 1:46 4/5 for 1⅛ miles in winning the Nassau County Handicap.[2] He finished his racing career with a record of 13: 9-3-1, and he won $247,223.[3]

Stud recordEdit

Ruffian was foaled in Reviewer's first crop.[4] The filly was euthanized in 1975 following surgery to repair a broken leg sustained in a race. Reviewer himself broke three legs during his career before being retired to stud; he suffered a fourth broken leg in a paddock accident at Claiborne Farm and was subsequently euthanized. His line was known as "soft- boned runners". Shenanigans, Ruffian's mother, was euthanized on May 21, 1977, when she broke two legs after waking from an intestinal surgery. Among his other progeny, Reviewer sired the 1976 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Revidere and the good runner Drama Critic (b. 1974).


  1. ^ "Preakness won by Hasty Road". Eugene Register-Guard. May 23, 1954. Retrieved 2012-08-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Monday's Winners". Dayton Daily News. 1970-06-23. Retrieved 2020-10-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Reviewer". Equibase Co., LLC. 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2020-09-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Avalyn Hunter. "Ruffian (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 31 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Pedigree of Reviewer, bay stallion, 1966
Bold Ruler
Nasrullah Nearco Pharos
Mumtaz Begum Blenheim
Mumtaz Mahal
Miss Disco Discovery Display
Outdone Pompey
Sweep Out
Hasty Road Roman Sir Gallahad
Traffic Court Discovery
Flitabout Challedon Challenger
Laura Gal
Bird Flower Blue Larkspur
La Mome (family: 5-c)