Gato Del Sol
Owner/Breeder: Hancock and Peters
State Bred: KY
Winnings: 39 Starts: 7 - 9 - 7, $1,340,107
Won Del Mar Futurity (G2)
2nd Hollywood Prevue S.
3rd Norfolk S. (G1), Balboa S.
Won Kentucky Derby (G1),
2nd Belmont S. (G1), Blue Grass S. (G1), San Felipe H. (G2)
Won Cabrillo H.
2nd Del Mar Invit. H. (G2)
2nd Oak Tree Invitational S. (G1), San Luis Rey S. (G1),
3rd Budweiser Million S. (G1), Santa Anita H. (G1), Carleton F. Burke H. (G2)
Won Caballero H.
2nd Premiere H.
Gato Del Sol was returned to the United States from Germany in 2000. He is now pensioned at Stone Farm. Owner Arthur Hancock bought him back to avoid a repeat of what happend to another famous racehorse, Exceller : an untimely death in a slaughterhouse.
Euthanized Aug.7, 2007 from the infirmities of old age. Rest in peace
Gato Del Sol Dead BH article 8/8
Gato Del Sol ABR Discussion
DRF Article By Bonnie of the Exceller Fund 8/29
Remembering Gato / Comments:
Beautiful horse, such a inspiring Derby winner.
Gato Del Sol - You were a beautiful horse and so loved. May you rest in peace in the home where you were born and lived your golden years.
If more TB-owners were like the Hancocks, we wouldn't have to worry so much about ex-race horses ending up in slaughter houses... RUN with Exceller, Ferdinand, Barbaro and the rest of the gang in forever green fields, Gato Del Sol! swedishkat