Bull Lea - Sire of Seven Hall of Fame Inductees

Sire of Seven Hall of Fame Inductees

Bull Lea entered stud in 1940 at Calumet Farm's operation in Lexington, Kentucky. He became the Leading sire in North America for five years and Leading broodmare sire for four years. He was also the first sire in the history of American Thoroughbred horse racing to have offspring with earnings of more than $1 million dollars in a single season.

Bull Lea sired fifty-eight stakes winners, seven of which are Hall of Fame members. His progeny includes:

  • Armed (1941–1964):
    $817,475, U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee; 1947 U.S. Horse of the Year
  • Twilight Tear (1941–1954):
    United States Racing Hall of Fame inductee; in 1944 she became the first filly to be voted U.S. Horse of the Year honors
  • Faultless (1944):
    won 1947 Flamingo, Withers and Blue Grass Stakes plus the American Classic, the Preakness Stakes
  • Bewitch (1945–1959):
    $462,605, United States' Racing Hall of Fame inductee; 1947 U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Filly; 1949 U.S. Champion Older Female Horse
  • Citation (1945–1970):
    $1,085,760, United States Racing Hall of Fame inductee; 1947 U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt; 1948 U.S. Triple Crown Champion, 1948 U.S. Horse of the Year; rated #3 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
  • Coaltown (1945–1965):
    $415,676, United States Racing Hall of Fame inductee; 1948 U.S. Champion Sprint Horse; 1949 Handicap Horse of the Year; 1949 Co-United States Horse of the Year; rated #47 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
  • Two Lea (1946–1973):
    United States' Racing Hall of Fame inductee, 1949 Co-Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly, 1950 U.S. Champion Older Female Horse
  • Bull Page (1947):
    Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee; 1951 Canadian Horse Of The Year
  • Next Move (1947–1968):
    1950 Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly; 1951 U.S. Champion Older Female Horse
  • Hill Gail (1949–1968):
    won 1952 Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby
  • Mark-Ye-Well (1949–1970):
    multiple stakes winner including the Arlington Classic, American Derby, Lawrence Realization Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap
  • Real Delight (1949–1969):
    1952 Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly; 1952 U.S. Co-Champion Older Female Horse
  • Gen. Duke (1954–1958):
    won Everglades Stakes, Florida Derby, Fountain of Youth Stakes
  • Iron Liege (1954–1972):
    won 1957 Kentucky Derby

Damsire of:

  • Tim Tam (1955–1982):
    United States' Racing Hall of Fame inductee, won 1958 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes
  • Idun (1955):
    1957 U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Filly; 1958 U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly
  • Flaming Page (1959) :
    Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee; won 1962 Queen's Plate; dam of English Triple Crown Champion, Nijinsky
  • Gate Dancer (1981–1998):
    won 1984 Preakness Stakes

Grandsire of:

  • Fabius (1953):
    won Preakness Stakes
  • Silver Spoon (1956–1978):
    United States Racing Hall of Fame inductee; 1959 U.S. Co-Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly
  • New Providence (1956–1981):
    Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee; Canadian Triple Crown Champion

Bull Lea died on June 16, 1964 at Calumet Farm and is buried there with a statue overlooking his grave.

Pedigree of Bull Lea
Sire
Bull Dog
Teddy Ajax Flying Fox
Amie
Rondeau Bay Ronald
Doremi
Plucky Liege Spearmint Carbine
Maid of the Mint
Concertina St. Simon
Comic Song
Dam
Rose Leaves
Ballot Voter Friar's Balsam
Mavourneen
Cerito Lowland Chief
Merry Dance
Colonial Trenton Musket
Frailty
Thankful Blossom Paradox
The Apple

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