STRAWBERRY ROAD CHAMPION RACEHORSE
He was sired by Whisky Road and his dam was Giftisa. He brought in total earnings of US $ 1,713,958.
Apart from racing in Australia, he also raced in Germany, Japan, France and USA. Strawberry Road started 45 races, won 17 times, was runners up 7 times and came third 7 times.
Strawberry Road’s major wins were at the 1983 Rosehill Guineas, the Queensland Derby of 1983, the AJC Derby of 1983, the 1983 Cox Plat, the 1985 Prix d’Harcourt and Grand Prix de Saint Cloud and in the Arcadia Handicap of 1986.
He won 9 major races, was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year in 1983. Strawberry Road was awarded with 2 other awards: the German Champion Older Horse in 1984 and being the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland hall of famer.
Strawberry Road’s trainer was Doug Bougoure while he was owned by 5 different people: John Singleton and Ray Stehr from Australia, Bruce McNall from the United States and Daniel Wildenstein from France.
As Two Year Old Strawberry Road Had 2 Starts
His first win was on 11th August 1982 at the Queensland Maiden Handicap which was held at the Eagle Farm.
After his win at the Eagle Farm, Strawberry Road was rested. This move helped him a big deal, as he went on to win four races in a row and made his way up from being an Improver to join a graduation.
Later on, Strawberry Road made yet another great move, with a move to the stakes company.
After losing the race to Marscay at the Hobartville Stakes (over 1400 metres), Strawberry Road went on to have his first win in a principal race (Group One) at the Rosehill Guineas.
His loss to Marscay was understandable, considering the fact that Marscay had won the Golden Slippers Stakes the previous year; and therefore a clear favourite. The circumstances surrounding the race at Hobartville Stakes race could also have been a factor for his second place finish.
Strawberry Road did not have a great start as he was already behind the leaders at the straight. Strawberry Road won his second Group One race at the AJC Derby.
Strawberry Road Wins The Queensland Derby
After his success at the 2 major stakes, Strawberry Road was clearly on a roll as he went on to win four races in succession, climaxing in his win in the Queensland Derby.
Strawberry Road was not done yet, as he went on to win 10 races in during that season. After a successful season, he was honoured by being named the 1982-83 Australia Champion Racehorse.
Strawberry Road then went on to have a relatively successful season in Melbourne. He made up for his loss at the Caulfield Stakes with wins in the Centennial Stakes, the Cox Plate and the Freeway Stakes. Strawberry Road was not as successful in the autumn, as he only managed to win 13 races out of the 26 starts he had.
His three second place finishes and three third place finishes made him to be out of favour to a large extent and after John Singleton and Ray Stehr bought him, he was sent to France. Upon arriving in France, he was taken to Germany in 1984 where he emerged victorious in the Grosser Preis von Bade.
His most notable race in France was a disappointing fifth place finish at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. His new owners entered him in various international races. However; the initial stages of his campaign at the international stage were not as successful.
Strawberry Road was third in the Washington D.C International Stakes, finished fourth in the Breeders Cup Turf in America and finished in seventh place in the Japan Cup where Lester Pigott was his jockey.
He went back to France in while being trained by Patrick Biancone in 1985. Strawberry Road won the Prix d’Harcourt and then under his new owner, Mr. Daniel Wildenstein, he was number one at the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud.
Still keen on sending him to international stage, Wildenstein decided to enter him into the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the United States. Unfortunately though, Strawberry Road lost by a neck to Pebbles.
Bruce McNall and Allen Paulson seemed to have been impressed by Strawberry Road’s performance and they bought him and entrusted Charlie Whittingham, who was a Hall of Fame trainer with the responsibility of training him.
In 1986 at Santa Anita Park in California, Strawberry Road won the Arcadia Handicap under his new trainer, in what was to be his last win before being retired to stud.
Upon his retire at the Brookside Farm in Kentucky; Strawberry Road did his owner, Allen Paulson proud with the siring of a number of successful progenies.
He produced a total of 233 progenies who went to win various races. Dinard was a progeny born in 1988 who won the Santa Anita Derby of 1991, Escena won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff of 1998, Fraise was the winner of the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Turf and Ajina took home the 1997 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Strawberry Road Dies In 1995
Unfortunately for Strawberry Road, it was the end of the road for him in 1995.
It was a bacterial infection that led to a serious illness that weakened him and made him fall at stud, fracturing his femur, with the resultant pain ultimately necessitating euthanasia.