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Unbreakable (1935–1952) was an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was successful on the racecourse, but some way below the best of his generation. His best wins came in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood as a two-year-old and in the Victoria Cup Handicap two years later. After his retirement from racing he became a highly successful breeding stallion: through his grandson Native Dancer he appears in the pedigrees of most modern Thoroughbreds.

Unbreakable
SireSickle
GrandsirePhalaris
DamBlue Glass
DamsirePrince Palatine
SexStallion
Foaled1935
CountryUnited States
ColourBlack
BreederJoseph E. Widener
OwnerJoseph E. Widener
TrainerCecil Boyd-Rochfort
Record14: 5-3-2
Major wins
Richmond Stakes (1937)
Victoria Cup (1938)

BackgroundEdit

Unbreakable was a black horse bred in the United States by his owner, Joseph E. Widener. He was sent to race in England, where he was trained by Cecil Boyd-Rochfort. The colt was sired by the British-bred stallion Sickle out of the French mare Blue Glass,[1] making him a half-brother to the Belmont Stakes winner Hurryoff.[2]

Racing careerEdit

As a two-year-old, Unbreakable won three races including the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood in July.[3] In the following year he competed at the highest level, finishing fifth to Pasch in the 2000 Guineas and eighth behind Bois Roussel in The Derby.

Stud recordEdit

Unbreakable sired the Preakness Stakes winner Polynesian who in turn sired Native Dancer. One of the most highly rated American horses of the 20th century, Native Dancer was the grandsire of Mr. Prospector and the damsire of Northern Dancer.

PedigreeEdit

Pedigree of Unbreakable, black stallion, 1935[4]
Sire
Sickle
brown 1924
Phalaris
br. 1913
Polymelus
b. 1902
Cyllene
Maid Marian
Bromus
b. 1905
Sainfoin
Cheery
Selene
b. 1919
Chaucer
br. 1900
St. Simon
Canterbury Pilgrim
Serenissima
b. 1913
Minoru
Gondolette
Dam
Blue Glass
brown 1917
Prince Palatine
b. 1908
Persimmon
b. 1893
St. Simon
Perdita
Lady Lightfoot
b. 1900
Isinglass
Glare
Hour Glass
blk. 1909
Rock Sand
br. 1900
Sainfoin
Roquebrune
Hautesse II
br. 1891
Archiduc
Hauteur (Family 4-i)

Unbreakable is inbred 4 × 4 to Sainfoin and St. Simon, meaning those stallions appear twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Unbreakable pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  2. ^ http://www.bloodlines.net/TB/Families/Family4i.htm
  3. ^ Abelson, Edward; Tyrrel, John (1993). The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books Publishing. ISBN 1-873626-15-0.
  4. ^ "Unbreakable pedigree". Equineline.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.