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House of Words , the Last Foal of Princess Rooney

House of Words - Grey Thoroughbred Gelding
Grey Thoroughbred Gelding
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House of Words
SOLD - Belvidere, Illinois 61008
Breed: Thoroughbred Sex: Gelding
Color: Grey Birth Date: Mar 24, 2004
Height: 15.3 hh Weight: 1000.0 lbs
Registry: Jockey Club Reg. #: N/A
Markings: Dappled

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The following is a story about HOUSE OF WORDS dam:Princess Rooney

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Princess Rooney

Sire Verbatim

Grandsire Speak John

Dam Parrish Princess

Damsire Drone

Sex Filly

Foaled 1980

Country United States

Colour Gray

Breeder Parrish Hill Farm

Owner Paula J. Tucker

Trainer Neil D. Drysdale

Record 21: 17-2-1

Earnings $1,343,339

Major wins

Gardenia Stakes (1982)

Frizette Stakes (1982)

Melaleuca Stakes (1982)

Kentucky Oaks (1983)

Ashland Stakes (1983)

Vanity Invitational Handicap (1984)

Spinster Stakes(1984)

Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (1984)

Breeders' Cup Distaff (1984)


U.S. Champion Older Mare (1984)


United States Racing Hall of Fame (1991)

Calder Race Course Hall of Fame (1995)

Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder Race Course

Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Last updated on August 9, 2008

Princess Rooney (1980 - October 7, 2008) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse who was the first winner of a Breeders' Cup race to be inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame. [1]

Racing at age two, Princess Rooney won all six of her starts that marked the beginnings of a three-year racing career in which she would finish out of the money only once. In 1983, at age three, she won five of her six races, including the Kentucky Oaks and finished second one time. At age four, Princess Rooney won five races then secured her first Eclipse Award as the United States' Champion Older Mare with a victory in the 1984 Breeders' Cup Distaff. [2]

Retired after her Breeder's Cup win, in 1985 Princess Rooney was in foal to leading sire Danzig [3] when Texan George Aubin purchased her at the Keeneland Sales November auction for $5.5 million, at the time the third-highest amount ever paid for a broodmare. Princess Rooney turned out to be less than a success in breeding and ten years later was sold for $130,000 to the Gentry Brothers Farm near Lexington, Kentucky in 1995. In 2004 she produced her last foal, House of Words. House of Words is a 2008 winner.

Princess Rooney was euthanized at Gentry Brothers Farm near Lexington October 7, 2008 due to complications of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). She had been diagnosed with EPM at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital August 1, 2008. [4]

Two of Princess Rooney's daughters, Rooneys Princess and Rose Tiara, are broodmares at Gentry Brothers. Rooneys Princess' yearling is a Tale of the Cat colt, Rosa Tiara's yearling is a Lion Heart filly.

In 1991, Princess Rooney was inducted into the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

House of Words has been rehabbing at All The Kings Horses in Caledonia Il and is now coming around. He is sweet and loves to be rubbed and petted. A grand looking 'dappled' grey he will make someone a great pasture buddy. After recovery from his leg injury he will be just fine for pasture care. If interested, please call Bonnie at 815-979-4277 or email me at and we will entertain any offers. Prices are negotiable

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Three Good Legs Stable - Thoroughbred farm which is a total of 40 acres. 30 acres of hay fields with 2 large pastures. 10 acres with house and buildings including large barn, 2 storage buildings, 3 run in sheds with paddocks, 126 by 60 indoor arena with attached lean to, lean to has 6 stalls with room for 8 more, tack room, wash rack and bathroom, round pen, 2 pastures. House has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 1/2 car garage, full basement, large kitchen and walk in closets.

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