Tom Fool

Tom Fool

Grand Sire:
Dam Sire:
Bull Dog
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Duval A. Headley
Greentree Stables
John M. Gaver, Sr.

Major Race Wins
Grand Union Hotel Stakes (1951)
East View Stakes (1951)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1951)
Grey Lag Handicap (1952)
Empire City Handicap (1952)
Wilson Stakes (1952, 1953)
Jerome Handicap (1952)
Pimlico Special (1953)
Whitney Handicap (1953)
Suburban Handicap (1953)
Carter Handicap (1953)
Brooklyn Handicap (1953)
Metropolitan Handicap (1953)

Awards / Honors
U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (1951)
United States Horse of the Year (1953)
U.S. Champion Sprint Horse (1953)
U.S. Champion Older Horse (1953)
2nd New York Handicap Triple (1953)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1960)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1965)
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (1977)

Tom Fool was an American thoroughbred horse racing Champion and Hall of Fame inductee.

Owned by Greentree Stables, the bay colt was the son of Menow out of the mare Gaga. Tom Fool was trained by John M. Gaver, Sr. and ridden by Ted Atkinson. In his first season racing as a two-year-old, he had five wins and two seconds in seven starts, a performance that earned him Champion 2-Year-Old Colt honors for 1951.

Much was expected of Tom Fool in his three-year-old season, but after he finished second in the Wood Memorial Stakes, the horse's veterinarian discovered he had been running with a high fever and the illness forced Tom Fool out of racing for more than two months. While the 1952 racing season was a difficult one, he still managed to win the majority of his races. In 1953, as a healthy four-year-old Tom Fool showed his greatness. Undefeated in ten races, he became only the second horse to win New York's Handicap Triple: the Metropolitan, Suburban, and Brooklyn Handicaps. En route to being voted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, Tom Fool also won the Whitney Stakes and captured the Pimlico Special in his final race.

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