- Concern (horse)
Concern Sire Broad Brush Grandsire Ack Ack Dam Fara's Team Damsire Tunerup Sex Stallion Foaled 1991 Country United States Colour Bay Breeder Robert E. Meyerhoff Owner Robert E. Meyerhoff Trainer Richard W. Small Record 30: 7-7-11 Earnings $3,079,350 Major wins Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Classic (1994)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Concern (foaled 1991 in Maryland) is a multi-millionaire American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by top stallion Broad Brush, who in turn was a son of Ack Ack. His dam was Fara's Team. Concern was best known for his wins in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic and the grade two Arkansas Derby. Born at owner Robert Meyerhoff's Fitzhugh Farm in Phoenix, Maryland. To date, Concern is one of only three Maryland-bred horses ever to surpass the three million dollar mark in earnings. The other two were the incomparable Cigar and Awad. He finished racing with a record of 7-7-11 in 30 starts and career earnings of $3,079,350.
Two year old season
At age two, Concern developed late in the year. He raced a total of four times winning both a maiden special weight race in his second attempt and an allowance race. He placed third in the $60,000 Rollicking Stakes for 2-year-old Maryland-breds at Laurel Park Racecourse.
Three year-old season
Concern established himself as one his crop's top three year olds by winning two big races but also placed in-the-money in every one of his twelve starts as a sophomore. He started the season off with three stakes placings in the spring at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. In each successive stakes he improved beginning with a third place finish in the Great West Stakes. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in the grade three Rebel Stakes to Judge T. C. In April, Concern scored the second biggest win of his career under jockey Garrett Gomez in the $500,000 grade two Arkansas Derby. He ran the 1-1/8 mile derby in 1:48.1 in a field of nine defeating Blumin Affair and Silver Goblin.
His connections then made the decision to bypass the Kentucky Derby in favor of being fresh for the hometown $750,000 grade one Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. In the second leg of the Triple Crown, Concern was taken way back early trailing 15 lengths down the backstretch. Then he unleashed his patented close from the clouds rush. Unfortunately dual classic winner Tabasco Cat and Derby winner Go for Gin were just too far out in front of him. He made up about a dozen lengths but had to settle for a fast closing third in the "Run for the Black-Eyed Susans."
After his Preakness placing, Concern wheeled back in only three weeks to place third in the grade three Round Table Stakes at Arlington Park. Only two weeks later Concern raced in the $300,000 grade two Ohio Derby and finished second in the field of nine to Exclusive Praline. With very little rest, Concern fought a tough race but could finish no better than third in the $500,000 Haskell Invitational to Holy Bull. Later that summer he attempted to run down Holy Bull again in a thrilling stretch run duel in the $750,000 grade one Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. He was close but finished a second by a neck but defeated Dual Classic winner Tabasco Cat.
In the Autumn of 1994, Concern raced in the Old Rosebud Stakes and finished third. Three weeks later he came back and lost narrowly to Soul of the Matter in the $750,000 grade one Super Derby. Then he shipped up to Canada to race in the grade two Molson Export Million Stakes against older horses on Turf. Like many of the races that year he ran a good race but placed third to Dramatic Gold.
Concern is perhaps remembered by many for his dramatic come-from-behind running style as he did in coming from last to first in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic.
Four year-old season
At age four, Concern won the $200,000 grade two New Orleans Handicap in March at Fair Grounds Race Course. Mike Smith piloted him to the win over Fly Cry and Tossofthecoin. In the summer of 1995, he won the $275,000 grade one Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park. In that race he beat Tossofthecoin again and Tinners Way under jockey Smith. He also placed third in three different grade one races in his four year-old season. Those races included the Pimlico Special Handicap to Cigar, the Oaklawn Handicap to Cigar and the Meadowlands Cup to Peaks and Valleys.
A descendant of the great sire Nearco, Concern was retired to stud in 1996 at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Maryland until 2003. He now stands at Oklahoma Equine in Washington, Oklahoma. While Concern has sired a number of winners, his offspring have had some success in graded stakes races but never to the level that their sire accomplished. The best of his progeny has actually been Good Night Shirt, a steeplechase runner who was voted the 2007 and 2008 Eclipse Award as American Champion Steeplechase Horse.
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