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Coventry (horse)

Sire Negofol
Grandsire Childwick
Dam Sun Queen
Damsire Rock Sand
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1922
Country United States
Colour Black
Breeder Edward Francis Simms
Owner Gifford A. Cochran
Trainer William B. Duke
Record 5: 1-1-0
Earnings $52,825
Major wins
American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1925)

Coventry (foaled 1922 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred by Edward Simms, the owner of Xalapa Farm in Paris, Kentucky, who had purchased his sire Negofol from the Haras du Quesnay in Normandy, France, owned by the estate of the wealthy American Willie K. Vanderbilt's.

Consigned to the 1923 yearling auction, Coventry was sold for $25,000 to New York carpet manufacturer Gifford A. Cochran. In 1925, Coventry's training was handled by future U.S. Hall of Fame member Bill Duke, who knew the colt's breeding, having returned from France that year where he had been training Thoroughbreds since 1888. Duke had trained Coventry's sire, Negofol, for Willie Vanderbilt's racing stable and had won important races with him, including the French Derby. Back home in the United States, in 1925 Duke also trained Coventry's stable mate, a colt owned by Gifford Cochran named Flying Ebony whose ability to run extremely well on muddy racetracks resulted in his winning of the May 16 rain-soaked Kentucky Derby.

Coventry made just five lifetime starts, winning once. The one win came in the Preakness Stakes. Ridden by Clarence Kummer, the colt went off at the longest odds of any Preakness winner in history, paying backers $45.60 for a $2 wager. That record stood for exactly fifty years until Master Derby in 1975 paid $48.80. In his next race, the Withers Stakes at New York's Aqueduct Racetrack, Coventry broke down and was retired to stud. He had very limited success as a sire. Hand To Hand and Durango were his best runners, each winning a number of minor races.


Pedigree of Coventry
Negofol bay 1906

brown 1890

St. Simon Galopin
St. Angela
Plaisanterie Wellingtonia

ch. 1899

Hoche Robert the Devil
Nebuleuse Manoel
Sun Queen black 1909
Rock Sand

brown 1900

Sainfoin Springfield
Roquebrune St. Simon
St. Marguerite

bay 1896

Rayon D' or Flagelot
Soubrette Alarm
Susan Beane


  • Pedigree for Coventry
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