Prized was one of the best and most versatile runners of 1989 and 1990.
As a two year old, the Florida bred colt had showed talent. Trained by Neil Drysdale and ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, at three he won the Bradbury Stakes at Santa Anita and Swaps Stakes (G2) at Hollywood Park, outrunning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence. These victories confirmed him as a power to be reckoned with on the dirt.
As it happened, the Molson Million, usually a turf race, was contested on the dirt in 1989, and winning this prestigious Canadian race confirmed the dark bay son of Kris S. as one of the year’s top North American stakes horses—on the dirt. He had never raced on the grass.
In 1989, Prized made an incredibly audacious first start on the grass in the ’89 Breeders’ Cup Turf. And he won. This feat makes him the only horse to ever capture this championship race in his first start on the grass and the first horse in racing history to win two million dollar races on two surfaces in a single season. The following year, more turf wins in the 1990 San Luis Rey Stakes (G1) and Arcadia Handicap (G3) gained him a lifetime record of 17 starts, 9 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds with track earnings of $2,262,555.
At stud at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky and O’Sullivan Farms in West Virginia, he sired the durable star Brass Hat and is the damsire of Paddy O’Prado.
Breeder: Meadowbrook Farm,
Winnings: 17 Starts: 9 - 2 - 3, $2,262,555