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Reigh Count
Sire Sunreigh
Grandsire Sundridge
Dam Contessina
Damsire Count Schomberg
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1925
Country United States United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Willis Sharpe Kilmer
Owner Mrs. Fannie Hertz. Racing colours: Yellow, black circle on sleeves, yellow cap.
Trainer Henry McDaniel
Bert S. Michell
Record 27: 12-4-0
Earnings $180,795
Major wins
Walden Handicap (1927)
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (1927)
Kentucky Derby (1928)
Saratoga Cup (1928)
Lawrence Realization (1928)
Miller Stakes (1928)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1928)
Coronation Cup (1929)
Awards
U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt
United States Horse of the Year (1928)
Honours
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1978)
Reigh Count Drive in Florence, Kentucky

Reigh Count (1925-1948) was an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 1928 Kentucky Derby and the 1929 Coronation Cup in England.

Reigh Count was bred by Willis Sharpe Kilmer and born at Court Manor near New Market, Virginia. He compiled a Championship year at age two, when he won four of fourteen races. A controversial ending of the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park (the richest race in the United States at the time) possibly deprived him of another win. Just before the finish line, he held the lead. But due to either misjudgment of the finish line by his jockey or speculatively, the intentional instructions of his owner, his stablemate Anita Peabody won by the barest of margins. The next day's New York Times photo captured the jockeys, side-by-side, looking at each other at the wire.

At age three, Reigh Count was the dominant horse in America, winning six races including the Kentucky Derby. Jockey Chick Lang's victory three years earlier in the Queen's Plate made him the only Canadian jockey in history to ever win the most prestigious race both in Canada and in the United States. An injury kept Reigh Count out of both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. However, later in the summer in the Lawrence Realization, he defeated Preakess winner Victorian. Later, he took on and defeated older horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, which had a field that included Chance Shot, Display, and Diavolo. Reigh Count's performances in 1928 earned him United States Horse of the Year honors.

Shipped to race in England at age four, in June 1929 Reigh Count won the Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs then finished second in the Ascot Gold Cup at Ascot Racecourse. TIME magazine reported on December 16, 1929 [1] that his owner had turned down an offer of $1 million for Reigh Count, saying: "I think a fellow who would pay $1,000,000 for a horse ought to have his head examined, and the fellow who turned it down must be absolutely unbalanced." Had the offer been accepted, it would have been by far the largest amount ever paid anywhere for a race horse.

Retired to stand at stud at his owner's Stoner Creek Stud in Paris, Kentucky, Reigh Count produced 22 graded stakes race winners including:

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