Brave Raj

Brave Raj

Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Brave Raj

caption =
sire = Rajab
grandsire = Jaipur
dam = Bravest Yet
damsire = Bravo
sex = Stallion
foaled = 1984
country = United States flagicon|USA
colour = Dark Bay/Brown
breeder = Wallace S. Karutz
owner = 1) Ben Perkins, Sr. 2) Dolly Green
trainer = Melvin F. Stute
record = 9: 6-1-0
earnings = $933,650
race = Del Mar Debutante Stakes (1986)
Sorrento Stakes (1986)
My Dear Girl Stakes (1986)
Susan's Girl Stakes (1986)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (1986)
awards = American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1986)
honours =

Brave Raj (1984-2006) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who raced only one year but who earned 1986 American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly honors and won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

A descendant of the great Nearco through both her sire Rajab and her dam, Bravest Yet, Brave Raj was bred in Florida and purchased by trainer Ben Perkins, Sr. for $24,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's February sale of 2-year-olds. After racing once, Brave Raj was acquired by California oil heiress Dolly Green who entrusted her conditioning to trainer Mel Stute.

Brave Raj's 1982 earnings set a world record for fillies in her age group. However, a knee injury ended her racing career and she was retired to broodmare duty at Patchen Wilkes Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where she produced ten winners, including two who won stakes races. She died at Patchen Wilkes Farm on January 28, 2006, one week after losing a foal.


* [ Brave Raj's pedigree and partial racing stats]
* [ January 31, 2006 obituary for Brave Raj at "Thoroughbred Times"]

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