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Exceller's pedigree http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1059/533591447_a25192718f_m.jpg This beauty was the inspiration for The Exceller Fund

Exceller (1973 - 1997) is widely considered one of the best horses to race in the United States and not win a year-end championship. Despite his exemplary achievements as a racehorse, and his unique accomplishment in being the only horse to ever defeat two Triple Crown winners (Affirmed and Seattle Slew), Exceller is now remembered more for the tragic manner of his death and the horse rescue movement it helped inspire. Exceller was exported to Sweden and later killed in a slaughterhouse. [1]


Exceller won major stakes races in Europe, Canada and America, here is a list of his Major Racing Wins: Prix Royal-Oak (1976), Grand Prix de Paris (1976), Coronation Cup (1977), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1977), Canadian International Stakes (1977), Hollywood Gold Cup (1978), Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap (1978), San Juan Capistrano Handicap (1978), Sunset Handicap (1978), Oak Tree Invitational Stakes (1978), Jockey Club Gold Cup (1978).

Jockey Club Gold Cup (1978) Video of the great race where Exceller beat Seattle Slew & Affirmed.

Honours: U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (1999) and ranked #96 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century

Wikipedia entry

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Exceller ran best, like many European horses, "covered up"--deep in the pack early. In the late stages of the race he produced a powerful burst of speed and caught the leaders in the stretch. From a race enthusiast's point of view, Exceller's final quarter mile times are nothing short of amazing: he regularly sprinted the final quarter in under 25 seconds. His fractions of 23 2/5 seconds at the end of the Hollywood Gold Cup and Oak Tree Invitational is amazing when you consider that 23 seconds is a quick first quarter in such a race.

Exceller left behind 16 crops of foals in the United States, including 19 stakes winners and 40 stakes horses, none of them of his quality. His runners were headed by the fillies Slew's Exceller [2] and Squan Song [3], a grand daughter of the great Damascus. More info on Squan Song


OTHER EXCELLER OFFSPRINGS:

Martello Son of Exceller Wins Swedish Grand National Steeplechase

No Genius Ran and WON 'til age 12 - then began his second career as the first show horse for the owner's daughter

Stormy Mistress

Krotz Won the group 3 Badener Meile in Germany. She then returned to the U.S. to breed.

Jutebox, Exceller grandson Unraced, sent to slaughter, rescued and is now Zebra's playmate!

Comic Genius - successful grandson of Exceller Squan Song's son by Unbridled

Almata Daughter of Exceller. Donated to The Exceller Fund by Franks Farms to ensure a safe retirement.

Luckymata Son of Almata - grandson of Exceller. Set a track record at Indiana Downs. Retired from racing and donated to The Exceller Fund


More info on Exceller's offsprings in Sweden From Bjorn Zachrisson of Scandinavian Racing bureau


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1143/533487992_fb1eb28e01_m.jpg 3 year old Swedish Warmblood gelding out of Exceller-daughter OBEXA.

Mancini M, SWB, Exceller grandson, born 2004. (Bred to be a jumper, by Camiell-Flamingo Z)

Video of Mancini's 3 year old test

New pictures of Mancini M, now a 4 year old:

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And video of his first few horse shows:

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video 2

Exceller articles

EXCELLER: A CAUSE CELEBRE Paulick Report 9/25/08 Excerpt: This Saturday, to honor Exceller’s Jockey Club Gold Cup victory, a number of racetracks across the U.S. will host a “Toast to Exceller Day,” in order to raise awareness and donations for the Exceller Fund and many other equine charity groups. A special cocktail, “The Exceller,” is being sold at several tracks, including Mountaineer, Finger Lakes, Laurel Park and Presque Isle Downs, with proceeds benefting the Exceller Fund.

DRF Article By Bonnie of the Exceller Fund 8/29

Exceller article in Swedish horse magazine "Ridsport" Oct, 2007