Steppenwolfer (March 16, 2003 - June 21, 2018) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by Aptitude, who in turn was the son of the 1992 U.S. Horse of the Year and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, A.P. Indy, out of the mare, Wolfer.

2006 Belmont Stakes
GrandsireA. P. Indy
DamsireWolf Power
CountryUnited States
BreederNursery Place & Partners
Owner1) Lawana and Robert Low
2) Polaris Stable
Trainer1) Daniel Pietz (flat)
2) Sanna Hendriks (steeple-chasing)
Record23: 3-3-5
Last updated on August 10, 2007

He was a contender for the Triple Crown in 2006, but fell short by finishing third to Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby.

Steppenwolfer was gelded in 2009 and was retrained for steeplechasing. He did not win any of his starts in 2009 or 2010. Steppenwolfer was sold to Gail Thayer of Unionville, Pennsylvania and was re-trained as a foxhunter. The stipulations of his sale to Thayer state that he may never be re-sold.[1]


Steppenwolfer was owned by Robert and Lawana Low. He was trained by Daniel Pietz and is ridden by Robby Albarado. He was bred in Kentucky by Nursery Place & Partners. He was first owned by two very successful horseman John Mayer the owner of Nursery Place Farm and his wife's brother Happy Broadbent. He was walked as a yearling by the two sons of John Mayer, Griffin the older of the two and Walker the younger, and then sold as a two-year-old for $25,000.


Finish Race Distance Track Condition
3rd Kentucky Derby One and a quarter miles (Dirt) Churchill Downs Fast
2nd Arkansas Derby
3rd Rebel Stakes One and One-Sixteenth Miles Oaklawn Park Fast
2nd Southwest Stakes One Mile Oaklawn Park Fast
1st Allowance One Mile Oaklawn Park Good
1st Allowance Optional Claiming One and One-Sixteenths Mile Fair Grounds Race Course at Louisiana Downs Fast
3rd Allowance Optional Claiming One and One-Sixteenths Miles Fair Grounds Race Course at Louisiana Downs Fast
1st Maiden Seven Furlongs Aqueduct Racetrack Fast
5th Maiden Six Furlongs (Turf) Belmont Park Good


  1. ^ Salk, Susan (April 26, 2013). "Steppenwolfer's life after Derby loss is rosy". Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Off Track Thoroughbreds. Retrieved 12 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)