Assagai (horse)

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Sire Warfare
Grandsire Determine
Dam Primary
Damsire Petition
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1963
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay
Breeder Robin F. Scully
Owner Cragwood Stable
Trainer MacKenzie Miller
Record 30: 11-7-2
Earnings $344,921
Major wins
Bernard Baruch Handicap (1966)
Long Branch Stakes (1966)
United Nations Handicap (1966)
Tidal Handicap (1966)
Man O' War Stakes (1966)
Long Island Handicap (1967)
United States Champion Male Turf Horse (1966)
Last updated on July 3, 2007

Assagai (1963–1986) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.


Assagai was a bay horse bred in Kentucky, he was sired by Warfare and out of the mare, Primary. Purchased by the international business tycoon Charles W. Engelhard, Jr., he was trained by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, MacKenzie Miller.

Racing career

At age three, Assagai was the top turf horse in the U.S. whose multiple Grade I wins in 1966 resulted in him being voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Turf Horse.

Sent back to the track at age four, Assagai's most important win of 1967 came in the Long Island Handicap. He also finished second to Poker in the 1967 Bowling Green Handicap but ahead of the future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion, Buckpasser.

Stud record

Retired to stud duty, Assagai met with some success. His son Big Whippendeal won the G1 Century Handicap at Hollywood Park and another of his colts, Almost Grown, won the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course near Chicago.

In 1986, at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, Louisiana, the twenty-three-year-old Assagai was humanely euthanized due to laminitis.