1961 - 1985


"The Fabulous"

Lifetime Race Record: 11-8-1-0, $294,003

Bred and Owned by Mrs. G. Weisweiller.
Trained by William Head.

1964 - Champion 3-Year-Old Colt in France
1964 - French Derby Winner
1980 - Leading Broodmare Sire in France

Marquee Races Won

Prix du Jockey Club
Grand Criterium De Saint Cloud
Prix De Conde
Prix du Prince d'Orange
Prix Lupin
Prix Noailles

Accomplished Progeny

Dauphin Fabuleux

1984 Canadian Horse Of The Year, Canadian Champion 2-Year-Old

Ben Fab

Canadian Champion Male Turf Horse

The Bart

Won the Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap, Century Handicap, San Gabriel Handicap, Tanforan Handicap, Ulster Derby, Royal Whip Stakes


Won the Eddie Read Handicap, Citation Handicap, American Handicap, Sword Dancer Handicap, Man o’ War Stakes, Round Table Stakes

French Charmer

Won the San Clemente Stakes, Del Mar Oaks

1964 French Derby winner and Champion 3-year-old *Le Fabuleux won 8 of 11 career starts and was twice second-highweight on the French Free Handicap. In addition to his classic success, *Le Fabuleux won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud-G2, Prix Lupin-G2, Prix du Prince d’Orange-G2, Prix Noailles-G2, and Prix de Conde-G3. He entered stud in 1966 in France where he was among that nation’s leading sires for several seasons beginning in 1970. He was imported by A. B. (Bull) Hancock Jr. for the 1972 season and was reportedly syndicated into 32 shares at $65,000 each.

Certainly there are many meaningful patterns in all of the pedigrees of stallions stood and families collected by Hancock over the years. One example is his keenness for the blood of St. Simon. *Nasrullah and Round Table were inbred to St. Simon; *Princequillo and *Le Fabuleux were St. Simon line sires. Thus, collecting compatible breeding stock and planning for the long-term benefit of the breed paid handsome dividends for Hancock and for Claiborne’s clients.

*Le Fabuleux quietly but consistently sired stakes winners in crop after crop at Claiborne, achieving chef-de-race status and reaching the benchmark for great stallions – 10% stakes winners from foals. He is the sire of Horse of the Year Dauphin Fabuleux, two-time Canadian Champion Ben Fab, Ogden Phipps’ Grade 1 winner Effervescing, John Henry’s famous nemesis The Bart, Irish St. Leger winner Meneval, French St. Leger winner Bourbon, and top sire French Charmer. One of his most famous offspring, Gana Facil, was a modestly successful racehorse who won six of 19 career starts but secured her place in the history of the breed as the dam of Horse of the Year Unbridled. Other Grade 1 winners out of daughters of **Le Fabuleux include Unbridled’s brother Cahill Road, as well as Manila, Nastique, Zilzal, Joyeux Danseur and Le Glorieux.

*Le Fabuleux died at Claiborne on July 8, 1985.