Million Dollar Babies (12)-Cardigan Bay

Million Dollar Babies (12)

Bruce Stewart

In this series we profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.

Cardigan Bay – Hal Tyrax – Colwyn Bay (3 win Josedale Dictator mare)

Breeder: Davey Todd

Province of Origin: Southland

Lifetime: 154-80-25-22 $1,001,353

Biggest wins: $100,000 1966 International Pace and $26,000 1963 Interdominion Grand Final.

Number of Group One wins: N/A

Longest winning streak: New Zealand (7)

Sold: Privately

Notes:

  • First pacer to win $1,000,000
  • At the Roxburgh meeting in April 1961 Cardigan Bay won the Roxburgh Handicap while another Southland great Robin Dundee won the Central Otago Stakes on the same day.

New Zealand Record:

  • At three (1959-1960): 8 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – £375 ½
  • At four (1960-1961): 4 starts – 3 wins – 1 second £1,040 ¼
  • At five (1961 – 1962): 9 starts – 7 wins – 4 seconds £7,815
  • At six (1962-1963): 12 starts – 7 wins – 4 seconds £9,005
  • At seven (1963-1964): 14 starts – 10 wins -1 second – 1 third £18,757 ½

Total: 47-29-8-1 £36,993 ¼

Australia record:

  • At five (1961 – 1962): 2 starts – 2 wins £1,330
  • At six (1962 – 1963): 11 starts – 9 wins – 1 second £20,760
  • At Seven (1963 – 1964): 7 starts – 3 wins 2 thirds £2,850

Total: 20-14-1-2 £24,940

First New Zealand win: 2nd April 1960 at Winton in a division of the three year old stakes.

Last New Zealand win: 18th January 1964 at Alexandra Park in the M.G.Pezaro Memorial starting off 60 yards.

American record:

  • At eight (1964): 17 starts 7 wins – 4 seconds – 4 thirds $160,750
  • At nine (1965): 17 starts 9 wins – 6 seconds $208,000
  • At ten (1966): 21 starts 10 wins – 3 seconds – 7 thirds $268,725
  • At eleven (1967): 13 starts – 4 wins – 2 seconds – 4 thirds $109,900
  • At twelve (1968): 19 starts – 7 wins – 1 second and 4 thirds $95,766

Total: 87-37-16-19 $843,141

Grand Total: 154-80-25-22 $1US 1,000,837

Biggest day: On September 14th 1968 at Freehold Raceway New Jersey Cardigan Bay capped his great career winning the $15,000 Freehold Special the last race of his life to push his earnings to $1,000,837 and becoming harness racing’s first million dollar earner.  Robin Dundee was second in that race.

Major New Zealand Wins:

  • 1961 and 1963 Auckland Cup.
  • 1963 New Zealand Cup
  • 1961 and 1963 New Zealand Free For All
  • Alan Matson Handicap
  • Olliver Handicap