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Chestnut colt, 1927.
By Man O'War - *Quarantaine by Sea Sick.
Godolphin Arabian sire line

Family # 10-e

Man o'War His sire, Man o'War

Bred in Kentucky by Walter J. Salmon Sr. at his Mereworth Farm, Battleship raced for his breeder through his three-year-old campaign. He was a winner at two, and victorious in the James Rowe Memorial Handicap (7f. Bowie) early in his three-year-old year. A starting gate injury put him out of commission until the next year, when he won the Great Lakes Handicap (8.5f. Hawthorne).

With flat total of 22 starts, 10 wins and $18,380 in earnings, Battleship was purchased from Salmon for $12,000 by Mrs. Marion duPont Scott, who had previously bought her first steeplechaser, another Man O'War son named Annapolis, from Salmon earlier in the year. Battleship trained over fences as a five-year-old and raced for DuPont as a six-year-old in 1932, winning the Billy Barton Steeplechase and National Hunt Club Handicap. At seven, he won the premier steeplechase event, the American Grand National Steeplechase.

He was sent to England as an eight-year-old in 1935 but was not raced again until the following year. He started 18 times during the 1936-37 National Hunt season in England, winning several minor events including the Lonsdale Handicap Steeplechase of 1937. In 1938, he started five times, the highlight of which was victory in the Aintree Grand National Steeplechase, making his owner the first American ever to own an American-bred Grand National winner. The win was hard fought, but he defeated Royal Danieli by a short head in a desperate stretch run. This was his final season racing, ending his flat and jump career with totals of 55 starts, 24 wins and earnings of $71,641.

Sea Legs Shipboard
War BattleTop left: Sea Legs
Top right: Champion Shipboard
Left: Champion War Battle

Retired to stud at DuPont's Montpelier Stud in Virginia, Battleship sired only 57 registered foals in 15 crops, presumably due to lack of opportunity, being a steeplechase sire. Of these few, 11 won stakes, which is an amazing percentage of class from so few foals. Two of these, War Battle and Shipboard, both geldings, were the champion steeplechasers of 1947 and 1956 respectively, the latter out of a mare by Annapolis, so inbred 2x3 to Man O'War. Battleship's other leading earners were Tide Rips and Floating Isle. A promising gelded son, Sea Legs, looked to be on his way to a championship year in 1953, winning the International, Corinthian, and Meadow Brook Steeplechases, but broke down during the running of the Temple Gwathmey chase. Tide Rips stood at stud but sired nothing of importance, and unfortunately, Battleship's daughters also did little as broodmares to carry the name forward.

Battleship was a very small horse, standing 15.2 hands, but resembled his sire Man O'War somewhat especially about the head, and was built on strong, muscular lines, although looking more like a sprinter than a long distance runner. Battleship died in 1958 at the age of 31 at Montpelier in Virginia.

--Anne Peters

BATTLESHIP, chestnut colt - Family # # 10 - e.
Man O'War
ch. 1917
Fair Play
ch. 1905
br. 1893
*Fairy Gold
ch. 1896
Bend Or
Dame Masham
b. 1910
*Rock Sand
br. 1900
*Merry Token
Merry Hampton
b. 1915
Sea Sick
b. 1905
Elf II
ch. 1893
Saf Saf
Le Sancy
War Dance
b. 1887
War Paint
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