Cigar, Famous Race Horse
Contrary to popular belief, the record-breaking Thoroughbred Cigar was not named for the tobacco product of that name. Instead, he was named for an intersection on navigational maps used by aircraft. These intersections are often given five-letter names to aid in navigation, and his original owner was the former owner of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation who frequently used these navigational locations as names for his horses.
After a slow start to his career, Cigar hit his stride his five-year-old year, winning all ten of his starts, all of which were top-rated stakes races. In his six-year-old year, after winning a stakes race at home in the US, he traveled to Dubai for their first-ever Dubai World Cup, an invitational race for the world's greatest racehorses, with a purse of four million dollars. He was the victor by a narrow margin, making him the highest-dollar earning Thoroughbred in history up to that time. He also managed 16 straight victories against top-rated stakes horses, tying the record held by Citation. He was awarded Horse of the Decade title for the 1990s and inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in 2002, the first year he was eligible for that honor. He was tried at stud, but when he proved infertile, he was retired to Kentucky Horse Park, where he enjoyed wonderful care and the attention of adoring fans for his remaining days. He passed away in 2014.
[Cigar enjoying his retirement at KHP. Photo credit: bloodhorse.com]
Breyer's tribute model was sculpted by Susan Carlton Sifton in 1998 and was discontinued in 2005.
This fellow is still attached in his original box. The glue has dried up, detaching the box front plastic from the cardboard along the top, but it still protects him well.
Breyer Model #476
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