Hall of Fame - Cantab Hall

2,1:56.1; 3,1:54 Earnings: $1,442,303

H, 2001 By Self Possessed-Canland Hall, by Garland Lobell

 

Background & Current Status:

Bred by: Walnut Hall Ltd. & Berto Stable

Sale history: 2002 Tattersalls yearling ($310,000)

Owned (during his racing career) by: Brittany Farms, Lindy Racing Stable, Jerry Silva and Sampson Street Stables

Trained by: Ron Gurfein

Current status: Stallion (Hanover Shoe Farms)

 

Racing Credentials:

In 2003: Undefeated in 10 starts and voted overall "Trotter of the Year" and "2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year;" the year's richest ($461,337) and fastest (1:56.1) 2-year-old colt trotter.

 

Major Stakes Victories:

$420,000 Breeders Crown (elim and final), American-National (at both 2 and 3), Bluegrass Stakes, International Stallion Stakes, elims of Canadian Trotting Classic and Stanley Dancer Memorial.

One would expect greatness from a $310,000 yearling from one of trotting's most desirable families, and Cantab Hall delivered. He went through his freshman season undefeated in 10 starts, won every major stake in sight and became the first 2-year-old in history to be voted overall "Trotter of the Year."

He came back to win close to a million dollars at 3, winning four major stakes on the season but disappointing his fans in the classics, finishing second in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian to Windsong's Legacy and second in the $530,000 World Trotting Derby to Tom Ridge, although timed in that race in a scintillating 1:50.4.

Cantab Hall, a son of Brittany-bred Self Possessed from a full sister to World Champion Cameron Hall, is one of the most dominant trotting sires of the modern era. He was the leading money-winning trotting sire for three consecutive years and has produced the winners of more than $75-million.

His offspring include such greats as Father Patrick, Wild Honey, Explosive Matter and Lifetime Pursuit. His sons and daughters are hot commodities in the auction ring, as he sired the sport's top-priced yearling in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He was elected to the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2018.