Sea Hero

The Story Behind Sea Hero’s Presence In The Saratoga Paddock

When the Turkish Jockey Club announced the death of classic winner and stallion Sea Hero in mid-July, the statue of the horse that resides in the Saratoga Race Course paddock was adorned with a blanket of flowers in the colors of owner and breeder Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables. Social media was filled with pictures of […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale: The Story Behind The Sea Hero Statue

The Paulick Report is on the grounds at the two-day Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and is pleased to offer a special print publication for the auction. In this edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills digs into the tale of how the racehorse Sea Hero came to be the bronzed focal point […]

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Lamoreaux: The ‘Wonder Horse’ Who Launched 1989 Saratoga Season

The year was 1989.  That would be 30 years ago.  The date was August 2 to be precise.  It was opening day at Saratoga where a then record 30-thousand plus patrons showed up, brought by talk of a new “wonder horse.” It would be a Saratoga year that would see the last of  Angel Cordero […]

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Kentucky Derby Winner Sea Hero Dies In Turkey At Age 29

Sea Hero, winner of the 1993 Kentucky Derby, has died in Turkey from the infirmities of old age, according to a report from the Turkish Jockey Club. He was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner at 29 years old. Born in Virginia the son of Polish Navy raced as a homebred for Paul Mellon’s Rokeby […]

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Creative Solutions: Derby History Scattered With Custom Shoes And Hoof Treatments

From Triple Crown winners Sir Barton in 1919 to American Pharoah in 2015, coping with foot problems sometimes has been a key factor in who won the Kentucky Derby. Sir Barton was notorious for his soft, shelly feet. The chestnut son of Star Shoot tended to throw a shoe each time he ran, having finished […]

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Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly Kentuckian, and when he and Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables won with Sea Hero in 1993, I thought everything was […]

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National Sporting Library & Museum To Host ‘Sea Hero Symposium’

On Saturday, May 30, the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) will host a symposium and reception celebrating the recent gift of the bronze sculpture Sea Hero. Through the generous bequest of Paul Mellon, the large-scale bronze of the champion thoroughbred Sea Hero is now part of the NSLM art collection. The 1995 bronze is […]

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For Sale: Mellons’ Upperville Estate on the Market for $70 Million

Rokeby Stables, the 2,047-acre breeding farm owned by the late Paul and Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon, has been listed for sale with Washington Fine Properties, according to an article in the Fauquier Now News. Asking price – a cool $70 million. The farm is located in Upperville, Virginia, and produced such standouts as Kentucky Derby winner, […]

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Sea Hero sire Polish Navy dies at 27

A grade I winner in his own right, Polish Navy, who is best known for siring 1993 Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero, was euthanized today at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement near Georgetown, KY.

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