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Bee Bee Bee

Bee Bee Bee
Sire Better Bee
Grandsire Triplicate
Dam Paula
Damsire Nizami
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1969
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay
Breeder William S. Miller
Owner 1) William S. Miller
2) William S. Farish III (at age 3)
Trainer Del W. Carroll
Record 31: 11-8-2
Earnings US$281,098
Major wins
Hawthorne Juvenile Stakes (1971)
Survivor Stakes (1972)
Patriot Stakes (1972)
American Triple Crown wins:
Preakness Stakes (1972)

Bee Bee Bee (foaled 1969 in Maryland) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1972 Preakness Stakes. To date Bee Bee Bee is one of only eight Maryland-bred colts to win the Preakness, and one of only eleven from the state to win a triple crown race.

He was sired by multiple stakes winner Better Bee, who was a grandson of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Reigh Count. His dam was Paula, a granddaughter of the great Nearco. Bee Bee Bee was bred by former Illinois racing commissioner William S. Miller of Chicago who dispersed his racing stable following a bribery scandal involving Chicago mayor, Richard J. Daley. As a result, during the 1971-72 winter Bee Bee Bee became the property of William S. Farish III who late in the decade became the owner of Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky.

In the fall of 1971, two-year-old Bee Bee Bee was competing at Timonium Racetrack, a half-mile track far from the limelight that shone on the best-bred stars at top tracks along the Eastern seaboard. After winter racing in Florida, the colt was brought back to Maryland by his new owner where he won two minor races at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

1972 Preakness Stakes

Although nominated for the [1]

Bee Bee Bee was confronting Kentucky Derby winner Riva Ridge and standouts Key to the Mint and No Le Hace. On the day preceding the Preakness, Pimlico Race Course was hit by heavy rains. At race time, the track was listed as sloppy. Riva Ridge, who had not previously run on a sloppy track, remained the heavy favorite. Sent off at odds of 19:1, jockey Eldon Nelson sent Bee Bee Bee into an early lead and the duo never looked back. Relishing the muddy conditions, the colt held off a late rally by No Le Hace to earn the most important victory of his career. Riva Ridge proved not to perform well and finished fourth. Bee Bee Bee did not run in the 1½ mile Belmont Stakes, but his Preakness win turned out to be the one that denied the Triple Crown to Riva Ridge as he won the ensuing Belmont Stakes.

In late June 1972, Bee Bee Bee made his first start since the Preakness, winning the Patriot Stakes by five lengths at Liberty Bell Park Racetrack in Philadelphia.

Retired to stud, in 1974 Bee Bee Bee was sent to a breeding farm in Japan. As of 1992 he had fathered 404 colts, of which 223 were winners and eight were graded-stake winners.


Pedigree of Bee Bee Bee
Better Bee

drk.brn. 1954


ch. 1941

Reigh Count Sunreigh
Fairday Fair Play
S. Bee

black 1943

Haste Maintenant
Miss Malaprop
Sevres The Scout
Anna M. Humphrey

brown 1953


bay 1946

Nearco Pharos
Mumtaz Begum Blenheim
Mumtaz Mahal

bay 1948

Haltal The Porter
False Modesty
Golden Rose Sickle


  • Bee Bee Bee's pedigree and partial racing stats
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