SILKY SULLIVAN (USA) ch. H, 1955
DP = 14-4-0-1-3 (22) DI = 4.50 CD = 1.14 - 27 Starts, 12 Wins, 1 Places, 5 Shows Career Earnings: $157,700
Owner: Tom Ross & Phil Klipstein Breeder: Merryman Farm State Bred: CA Winnings: 27 Starts: 12 - 1 - 5, $157,700
1st: Santa Anita Derby, Golden Gate Futurity 2nd: California Breeders' Champion S. 3rd: Berkeley S., Golden State Breeders' H., Bing Crosby H. 4th: California Breeders' Trial S.
In the 1958 Kentucky Derby (as co-favorite), the TV network used a split-screen to cover the race, waiting for the come-from-behind colt to make his move. It never came & he finished 12th in a field of 14.
Sired some sturdy runners, but produced only a few graded winner. His best sons were Mr. Payne & Son of Silky, but only Mr. Payne came close to replicating his father's thrilling "come-from-behind" style.
In retirement he made a special appearance each St. Patrick's Day at Golden Gate Fields, parading on the track and prancing for the fans.
Died in 1977
Buried in Golden Gate's infield (1 of only 2 horses to receive this honor).