Andrew G. Blakely
W. S. Crawford
Sun Beau was an American Thoroughbred Champion Hall of Fame racehorse. Sired by Sun Briar, his damsire was Fair Play who sired Man o' War. Sun Beau accomplished a great deal in five years of racing despite having eight different trainers.
Racing as a two-year-old in 1927, Sun Beau developed slowly, winning only once in four starts. Trained by Charles W. Carroll, at age three, jockey John Craigmyle rode him to an 11th place finish in the 1928 Kentucky Derby and to a 5th place finish in the Preakness Stakes. However, Sun Beau began to show improvement and wound up the season with eight wins. At age four, the colt set a record for a 1¼ mile race while winning the first of three consecutive Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicaps at Hawthorne Race Course near Chicago. Several more important victories earned him the first of three straight U.S. Champion Older Male Horse titles.
Sun Beau continued to race at ages five and six, winning nine races in each year, the most of any year he had raced. Retired as the all-time leader in race earnings, he was sent to stud duty at his owner's Remlik Farm near Urbanna, Virginia. He sired only six Graded stakes race winners, none of which achieved his level of success. The last of his progeny was born in 1944.
In 1996, Sun Beau was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.