1985 - 2016


Top Sire and Leading Broodmare Sire

Lifetime Race Record: 15-8-6-0, $2,307,000

Bred and owned by Ogden Phipps
Trained by Claude (Shug) Mcgaughey

1993 - Leading Freshman Sire
1994 - Leading Juvenile Sire

Marquee Races Won

Super Derby
Dwyer Stakes
Peter Pan Stakes
Swale Stakes

Accomplished Progeny

Bob and John

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Kentucky Derby Contender; Sire

Cash Run

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Breeders' Cup Winner;

Catch the Ring

Graded Stakes Winner; Campion 3YO

Dream Supreme

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire; Millionaire

Dubai Millennium

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Millionaire; Sire


Champion 2YO Breeders' Cup Winner; Dam of Champion Surfside

Heavenly Prize

Champion 3YO; Hall of Fame Inductee; Dam of Stakes Winner Good Reward; Millionaire


Belmont Stakes Winner; Sire

Pleasant Home

Breeders' Cup Winner; Multiple Graded Stakes Winner

Seeking the Pearl

Champion in France; Millionaire

Longtime Claiborne client Ogden Phipps enjoyed a stellar year in 1988 and dominated the Eclipse Awards — Phipps was recognized as both Champion Owner and Champion Breeder, Claude (Shug) McGaughey won the trainer title, Personal Ensign and Easy Goer earned divisional honors, and another homebred, Seeking the Gold, enjoyed Grade 1 success in the Dwyer and again in the $1 million Super Derby. Runner-up efforts in the Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1, Travers-G1, Haskell-G1, and Wood Memorial-G1 added to an outstanding 3-year-old campaign. At year end, Seeking the Gold was the third-highweighted sophomore on the Daily Racing Form Free Handicap — just one pound below Claiborne’s Forty Niner and two below Champion Risen Star.

Seeking the Gold retired to stud at Claiborne as Mr. Prospector’s third-leading money winner with earnings of $2.3 million. He quickly rose to the elite sire ranks: In just his first two crops, he had 15 stakes winners including Flanders and Heavenly Prize, who combined to win seven Grade 1 races in 1994 when both earned divisional Eclipse Awards. Some of Seeking the Gold’s other important offspring include Dubai Millennium, winner of the Dubai World Cup as well as Group 1 races in France and England; Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1 winner Pleasant Home; Belmont Stakes-G1 winner Jazil; Wood Memorial-G1 winner Bob and John; Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies-G1 winner Cash Run; and French Champion Seeking the Pearl.

Seeking the Gold resided at Claiborne Farm where he sired 19 crops before he was pensioned. He was represented by 91 stakes winners, including five champions. Also a leading broodmare sire, Seeking the Gold is the sire of the dams of 157 stakes winners, and he consistently ranks among the top 20 on the Leading Broodmare Sires List.

Pensioned after the 2008 breeding season.
Died in 2016, buried at Claiborne Farm