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Iron Liege
Sire Bull Lea
Grandsire Bull Dog
Dam Iron Maiden
Damsire War Admiral
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1954
Country United States United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Calumet Farm
Owner Calumet Farm
Trainer Horace A. Jones
Record 33: 11-9-5
Earnings $404,169
Major wins
Forerunner Stakes (1957)
Sheridan Handicap (1957)
Jersey Stakes (1957)
McLennan Handicap (1958)
American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1957)
Infobox last updated on: August 6, 2007.

Iron Liege (1954-1972) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1957 Kentucky Derby.

A son of Calumet Farm's leading sire Bull Lea, and out of the mare Iron Maiden, his damsire was the 1937 U.S. Triple Crown champion, War Admiral.[1]

In winning the 1957 Kentucky Derby, Iron Liege defeated greats such as Bold Ruler and Round Table, both future Hall of Fame inductees. However, his Derby win was marred because Bill Shoemaker, the jockey of the leading horse, Gallant Man, misjudged the finish line and stood up too early in his irons, which caused his horse to slow and allowed Iron Liege to win by a nose.[2]

Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Bill Hartack, he was trained by another Hall of Famer, Jimmy Jones.


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