Breyer Model Race Horses
Breyer Race Horse
Funny, flirtatious and fan-friendly describes the mighty 17-hand
Zenyatta, who re-wrote racing history in 2009 by beating an all-male
field to become the first mare ever to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Indomitable on the track, this "super filly" has won all 17 of the 17
races she has run so far, outperforming former consecutive win record
holders Cigar and Citation.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Zenyatta models go to
three great charities: the fantastic Thoroughbred rescue/retirement home
Old Friends, The Race for Education - providing educational programs and
college scholarships to young people in the equine and agriculture
industry with significant financial need, and Canter California's
Thoroughbred adoption program. You can visit Old Friends at
www.oldfriends.org, The Race for
and Canter California at
www.canterusa.org/california for more information.
#1429 Rachel Alexandra -
2009 Eclipse Award
Winner--Three-Year-Old Horse of the Year! First filly to win Preakness
in 85 years. Set track records with 20 1/4 length win in Kentucky Oaks,
19 1/4 lengths in Mother Goose!
This elegant bay filly has the speed and
stamina to beat America’s fastest colts -- and set a few records of her
own. She has even posed for Vogue magazine, and has a line of vintage
wines named after her! A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro from the Forty Niner
granddaughter Lotta Kim, Rachel Alexandra was originally owned by
breeder Dolphus Morrison
(who named the filly after his granddaughter) and his partner Michael
Lauffer. At first, Morrison planned to sell the filly; but her speed
prompted him to race her. At age 3, Rachel Alexandra started setting the
track afire. First in the Martha Washington Stakes (where she set a new
stakes record), first in the Fair Grounds Oaks and first in the Fantasy
Stakes, she then made headlines with a 20 ¼-length victory in the
Kentucky Oaks, the Kentucky Derby for fillies. It was the largest
winning margin in that race’s 135-year history, and inspired the owner
of Curlin, Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson to buy the filly with
Harold McCormick and move her from trainer Hal Wiggins to Steve
Asmussen. In a bold move, the filly’s new owners entered her in the
second leg of racing’s Triple Crown -- the Preakness Stakes -- where she
would face colts for the first time. Calvin Borel, Rachel Alexandra’s
jockey in the Oaks, had piloted Kentucky Derby winner Mine that Bird,
and was expected to ride him in the Preakness. But so solid was his
faith in Rachel Alexandra that he opted to ride her in this race. "This
is the greatest horse I've ever been on in my life,” he said. Borel did
not regret it. Though she drew the unlucky #13 post position, Rachel
Alexandra defeated Mine That Bird, becoming the first filly in 85 years
to win the Preakness and the first Kentucky Oaks winner ever to do so.
It was just the beginning of a sizzling summer for Rachel Alexandra. In
New York, she sailed home in the Mother Goose Stakes by 19 ¼ lengths and
set a new track record that just missed Secretariat’s 1973 record. (With
this win, she also broke the record for margin of victory set by another
legendary filly, the late, great Ruffian.) “Rachel” followed that with a
romp in the mud in New Jersey’s Haskell Invitational Stakes, defeating a
field of colts that included Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird. Despite
the sloppy track, her winning time was just 0.21 seconds off the stakes
record. Rachel’s 2009 campaign concluded in September in spectacular
fashion when she held off late-surging colts at Saratoga to become the
first filly ever to win the prestigious Woodward Stakes, holding off
Macho Again by a head. She ran an electrifying race against the older
boys for her ninth consecutive victory and all but clinched Horse of the
Year honors. By then Rachel Alexandra had won 11 of her 14 races and
earned nearly $ 3-million as she looked forward to the 2010 campaign.
Ask anyone to name the world’s most
famous horse and the answer will most likely be Secretariat. His true
story is still the stuff of legend. His astonishing 31-length victory in
the Belmont Stakes, accomplished after winning the first two racing
jewels in the Triple Crown, has yet to be repeated. In the Kentucky
Derby, Secretariat set a speed record of 1:59 2/5, and he captured the
Preakness Stake with ease. Secretariat was the son of Bold Ruler out of
Something royal. Known as “Big Red”, the large, beautifully conformed
chestnut ran in the blue and white checkered colors of Meadow Stables.
He made it on two “Athletes of the Century” lists for his
accomplishments and brought fame to those who surrounded him including
trainer Lucien Lauren; jockey Ron Turcotte and the Chenery family who
owned him. Even today, “Big Red’s” star power still shines bright!
In the spring of 2004, among
the million-dollar equine superstars of racing was a small chestnut colt
named Smarty Jones. Undefeated in his first eight races, Smarty staked
his claim as one of the greatest racehorses of our time by winning the
2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Foaled on February 28, 2001, Smarty shares his birthday with owner
Patricia Chapman’s mother, Mildred McNair, nicknamed “Smarty Jones” by
her grandparents. Eventually Smarty was sent to train with John Servis
at Philadelphia Park, where he won his maiden race as a two-year-old,
and continued his unbeaten streak into his three-year old season,
racking up six consecutive victories before traveling to Louisville for
the Kentucky Derby.
May 1, 2004, Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in
Lexington, beating 18 of the best Thoroughbreds in the world. In 130
runnings, he is only the fifth unbeaten winner of the “Run for the
Roses.” Only two weeks later, Smarty won the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico
by a decisive 11 ½ lengths, the largest margin in Preakness history.
Pressed by challenger after challenger in the Belmont, the brave little
colt refused to relinquish his early lead and was overtaken in the last
few furlongs of the race, ending his gallant effort to capture the
Triple Crown. With his Derby win and Oaklawn Park Centennial Bonus,
Smarty Jones earned the largest payoff ever for winning a race and
vaulted to fourth on the all-time earners list. He captured the hearts
of racing fans everywhere, with record crowds in attendance at Pimlico
and Belmont to cheer him on.
$65.00 - Retired
Barbaro has been called the horse that
captured America’s heart and with good reason. From the moment he first
stepped onto a racetrack, Barbaro was magnificent. He romped to victory
in the 2006 Kentucky Derby after winning all six of his previous races.
Hopes of Barbaro becoming the first Triple Crown winner in nearly 30
years were crushed when he was injured at the start of the Preakness. A
huge outpouring of public supported followed as the University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s famed New Bolton Center
tried to save his life.
Breyer Animal Creations, makers of the world’s finest model horses,
stepped in to help by creating a Barbaro portrait model horse and
donating a portion of the proceeds to New Bolton.
Despite Barbaro’s will to survive and the valiant efforts made at the
New Bolton Center, he did not prevail. When the end came on Jan. 29,
2007, it was a merciful one.
“I thought Barbaro was special from the start, but it wasn’t until he
was injured that I realized what an amazing horse he really was and how
fortunate he was to have the team at the New Bolton Center to care for
him.” said Anthony Fleischmann, President of Reeves International, Inc.
Breyer’s parent company. “After the Preakness, we were inundated with
mail asking us to make a model of Barbaro and I realized Breyer could
both honor a great champion and do some good on behalf of Barbaro for
all the thousands of horses who rely on New Bolton when they are hurt.
We were honored when his owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson agreed.”
$165.00 LAST ONE
In an era when many race horses are retired to
stud after their three-year-old year, Forego stands out as a giant for
his ability to win graded stakes races while almost always carrying the
heaviest weight in the field. Though he started his career in 1973
(Secretariat's year), he did not peak until he turned four. He raced
frequently from ages 4-7, and earned the Eclipse Awards for Horse of the
Year for three consecutive years as well as the Eclipse awards for
Champion Older Male for four consecutive years. In all, this indomitable
horse won 34 times out of 57 starts.
Inspired by the movie Dreamer
Inspired by the movie Dreamer, every horse lover is going to want to
collect their own Sonador Traditional Series model, exclusively produced
by Breyer Animal Creations. Our chestnut Thoroughbred comes complete
with a blanket of yellow daisies and an authentic 11"x17" movie poster
suitable for framing. From the legendary Seabiscuit to last year's
Smarty Jones, people the world over love cheering on the underdog. The
come-from-behind winners that have battled the odds to achieve the
seemingly impossible have always been the ones that capture our
imagination and our hearts - Sonador is no different and will soon also
be a legend.