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#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 03, 2018 7:42:40 PM(UTC)

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She was foaled at the renowned Hamburg Place owned by John Madden and was very well bred. Princess Doreen was from one of the first American crops of Spanish Prince, the King’s Stand Stakes winner. Although her dam, Lady Doreen didn’t exactly set the racing world on fire, she was a half sister to Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton and a full sister to the talented Sir Martin, a stakes winner on both sides of the Atlantic.

Princess Doreen was a hard-knocking mare who raced from 1923-1927 and started 94 times winning 34 races. She raced against the best of her generation including Preakness winners, Display and Nellie Morse, Belmont winner Crusader, Kentucky Derby winners Zev and Black Gold, Hall of Fame member Sarazen and many other talented runners.

As a two year old her best finish was a second in the Fort Thomas Handicap. The following year Princess Doreen came into her own. She accounted for five stakes, among them: the Kentucky Oaks, the Coaching Club American Oaks and the Falls City Handicap and placed in another five including the Alabama and the Latonia Oaks. Later that year, she was invited to participate in the Third International Special alongside Epinard, Mad Play and Sarazen.

Her best season would be in 1925 as a four year old. Princess Doreen started 25 times and won or placed in 17 important stakes with her best races: the 1 1/2 mile Bowie Handicap, the Autumn Handicap while carrying top weight of 133 and her second victory in the Covington Handicap carrying 130.

In 1926, she continued her winning ways accounting for easy victories in the Saratoga Handicap and the Inaugural Handicap. In the Saratoga Handicap her win was particularly sweet as she defeated her perennial rival, two-time Horse of the Year, Sarazen.

1927 would be her last racing season. She started 12 times winning four races among them the Greater Chicago Handicap and a second Independence Handicap. Princess
Doreen retired as the top money winning mare with earnings of $174,745 surpassing the previous record set by Miss Woodford.

She was recognized as the Champion Three Year Old Filly in 1924 and Champion Older Mare in both 1925 and 1926. Induction into the Racing Hall of Fame came in 1982.

Princess Doreen faced top competitors her entire career. Some defeated her, but in almost every case, she evened the score. She raced in an age of giants and more than held her own.
#2 Posted : Thursday, January 04, 2018 8:38:00 PM(UTC)

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Thanks Buckpasser, yet another I knew nothing about. Never ceases to amaze how they ran against everyone, & so many times in a year, and how many were fine with that. If you're going through your stacks of racing literature looking for interesting horses of old to write, more please! always appreciated. 🐎
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