Creme Fraiche

Creme Fraiche (horse)

Creme Fraiche (foaled 1982 in Kentucky) was an American thoroughbred gelding racehorse. He was sired by Rich Creme, co-holder of the world record of 1:19.2 for 7 furlongs on dirt in the 1980 Triple Bend Handicap, out of the Terrible Tiger mare, Likely Exchange.

Bred by Pamela Firman and her nephew, G. Watts Humphrey, Creme Fraiche was originally sent as a yearling colt to the 1983 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale where he was sold to Brushwood Stable for $160,000. He was sent from there to Virginia's Hickory Tree Farm for breaking where he proved too unruly and was gelded.

Although thought to be a "late bloomer", Creme Fraiche was a hardy three year old, winning not only the Derby Trial but taking the Belmont Stakes, with Eddie Maple astride, as only the first gelding to win the classic race and the fourth winner for his trainer, Woody Stephens. By the end of his three year old season, he had five graded stakes wins.

As a four year old, he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup, defeating Turkoman, and ended the year with almost $1 million in additional earnings.

At five, he again won the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Meadowlands Handicap and finished that year with a career high of $1,323,666 in earnings.

At six, he won both the January and December Tropical Park Handicap but then seemed to lose some of his old speed, and never won another graded race again, with only a third at age six in the W. L. McKnight Handicap as his best effort.

Retirement

Retired at age seven, Creme Fraiche was sent to Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable near Malvern, PA. for pensioning. He stayed there being visited by fans bringing his favorite treat of mints until he had to be put down due to a severe case of laminitis on October 9, 2003 at the age of 21. He was buried at the farm in the memorial garden at Bryn Clovis.

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