Pioneering - Stay With Bruce, by Grey Dawn (FR) | 1999 Gelding -
Honored at the National Bluegrass Festival
Dan’s life has been a roller coaster. Sired by the royally bred Pioneering (a son of Mr. Prospector and Secretariat’s magnificent daughter Terlingua), Dan was bred by Ledgeland Farms and sold by consignor Dan Mallory to Michael Pegram. Named after Las Vegas raconteur Dan Chandler (son of Governor, Senator and Baseball Commissioner A. B. “Happy” Chandler and uncle of U. S. Representative Ben Chandler) and trained by Bob Baffert, the big chestnut colt certainly began his career among powerful names.
As a 2 year old he won the Gold Rush Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion. As a 3 year old he took the 2002 Derby trail via a win in the Golden Gate Derby (G3) and a close second in the El Camino Derby, scoring the earnings to run in the Kentucky Derby. As it turned out, Dan was scratched out of the Derby, but in June he captured the Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs. For the next six years Dan continued racing, but eventually, his best racing behind him, he descended through the claiming ranks.
In early 2008 Jim Ponte and Tim Ford expedited his retirement to Old Friends. Dan’s return to Kentucky was celebrated at the Old Friends 2008 Homecoming, where the Gallatin County Youth Bluegrass Band performed their “Ballad of Danthebluegrassman,” and he was honored at the National Bluegrass Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park. His roaming days now done, Dan has settled contentedly into life at Old Friends. His gentle disposition and gleaming chestnut coat have made him a big favorite with kids and adults alike.
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Modified On: 7/23/2013
Bred in KY by Ledgelands Farm. Foaled March 31, 1999
47 Starts, 8 Wins, 5 Places, 3 Shows. Career Earnings: $423,794
Racing Owners: Mike Pegram, others
Trainers: Bob Baffert, others
Jockeys: J. J. Steiner, Victor Espinosa, others
Biggest wins: Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields 2002, Golden Gate Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields 2002, Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs 2002.
Also of interest: Dan competed against Easy Grades in the 2002 Santa Anita Derby. In 2003 he beat Discreet Hero at Churchill Downs. In 2005 he raced against Siphonizer at Hollywood Park. Though he did not run in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, he appears in the program.
Joined Old Friends: February 2008