The Triple Crown Project
Career History
(race data complete)
BIG SPRUCE
(br.c. 1969, Herbager -- Silver Sari x Prince John )
Classic participant in: 1972

Notes: Sire of 42 stakes winners. Broodmare sire of 32 stakes winners.

IMPORTANT VICTORIES & PLACINGS: (race data complete)

Finish Race Name
1stLexington H.
1stSan Luis Rey S.
1stGallant Fox H.
1stGallant Fox H.
1stGovernor's S.
1stMarlboro Cup H.
2ndSan Luis Rey S.
2ndSan Marcos H.
2ndManhattan H.
2ndCharles H. Strub S.
2ndSan Juan Capistrano H.
2ndCanadian International S.
2ndWashington D.C. International H.
2ndCanadian International S.
3rdSanta Anita H.
3rdBrighton Beach H.
3rdMan o' War S.
3rdSan Antonio S.
3rdSan Juan Capistrano H.


IMPORTANT OFFSPRING: (work in progress)

Name Sex, DOB, Pedigree Highlights
A BIG FORTUNEc., 1979 BIG SPRUCE -- Al Fortune x Turn RightMidwest Champoinship H.
ABROJObr.f., 1984 BIG SPRUCE -- Paloma Blanca x Blushing GroomCalifornia Oaks, Fleet Diver H., Thanksgiiving Day Invitational H., Pacifica Invitational H.
ACAROIDc., 1978 BIG SPRUCE -- Arachne x IntentionallyLexington S., Jersey Blues H., Cliff Hanger H., United Nations H., Manhattan H.; Sire of stakes winners.
AMYf., 1992 BIG SPRUCE -- Plane Scared x What a ThreatIn Peru: Pr Gustavo A Luna Vertiz
AMY (PER)f., 1992 BIG SPRUCE -- Plane Scared x What A TreatIn Peru: Pr Gustavo A Luna Vertiz
BACK BAY BARRISTER
(See 1984)
b.c., 1981 BIG SPRUCE -- Cherry Lady x BOLD LADPeter Pan S., Cape Cod S.
BARBARA SUEbr.f., 1984 BIG SPRUCE -- Maytide x NASKRACarris Memorial H., Chaparral Breeders' Cup H., Furl Sail H., Cornucopia H., Truly Bound S.
BERRY RUSHf., 1977 BIG SPRUCE -- Henna x RIDANLas Palmas H., Hillsborough H., Osunitas S.
BIG CARESSc., 1984 BIG SPRUCE -- Sensitive Caress x Caro (IRE)Blue and Gold H.
BIG ESTEROc., 1986 BIG SPRUCE -- Estero x Irish CastleTemple Gwathmey Steeplechase H.
BROADWAY HARRYc., 1980 BIG SPRUCE -- Cesica x Raise A NativeIndependence H.
CATATONICf., 1982 BIG SPRUCE -- Flapper x GraustarkHempstead H., Virginia Belle H., Snow Goose H., Betsy Ross H.
CHATAMc., 1984 BIG SPRUCE -- Cristalina (FR) x Green DancerIn England: City Trial Hurdle, Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup Steeplechase, Tommy Whittle Steeplechase
DANCE COUNTRYf., 1975 BIG SPRUCE -- Grand Char x CRIMSON SATANIn Argentina: Cl Marcos Levalle
DON'T HOLD BACKc., 1978 BIG SPRUCE -- Evelle x Gentlemans GameHawthorne Juveline S.
FOOLIN SPRUCEf., 1988 BIG SPRUCE -- Cute Little Moon x NASHUASprings Bonnet S.
JACK SLADEc., 1980 BIG SPRUCE -- Holding x PretenseClark H., Round Table H., Sea O Ering H., Swoon's Son H., W. L. Mcknight H.
JOY RETURNEDf., 1977 BIG SPRUCE -- Imajoy x ChieftainRed Rose H., Jeanne d'Arc Prep, Queen City Oaks H.
KUSSENc., 1981 BIG SPRUCE -- Spinning Khal x KhaledIn Italy: Pr Dei Tre Anni, Pr Nico Castellini
LOGJAMc., 1981 BIG SPRUCE -- Brave Countess x GALLANT MANColorado Derby
LORD NELSONg., 1986 BIG SPRUCE -- Fast Tripper x ExcellerIn Panama: Pr Sociedad De Duenos De Caballos, In Puerto Rico: Cl Jorge Washington
MAPLE TREEf., 1978 BIG SPRUCE -- Prism x Reflected GloryAutumn Days H.
MIGHTY AVANTIg., 1990 BIG SPRUCE -- Becky Greene x SHECKY GREENEBroad Brush S., James A. Bradley H.
POINCIANA (GB)c., 1989 BIG SPRUCE -- Andrushka x GIBOULEEIn Belgium: Pr Prosper Decloedt
PRINCE SPRUCEc., 1977 BIG SPRUCE -- Matoa x TOM ROLFEIn Italy: Coppa D'oro Di Milano, Pr. Viminale
RUBICOc., 1989 BIG SPRUCE -- Sheba Little x Known FactIn : Osterreichisches Derby
SCORNED TIMBERc., 1989 BIG SPRUCE -- Ante Please x Raise a BidLonacres Lads S., Tukwila S., Richmond S., Evergreen H., Seattle Slew H.
SPLENDID SPRUCE
(See 1981)
b.c., 1978 BIG SPRUCE -- Splendid Spree x DAMASCUSSanta Anita Derby, Will Rogers H.
SPRUCE ARROWg., 1982 BIG SPRUCE -- Arrowbend x Triple BendWadsworth Memorial H.
SPRUCE BOUQUETc., 1977 BIG SPRUCE -- Bowl of Flowers x SailorHawthorne Gold Cup H., Charles W. Bidwell Memorial S.
SPRUCE FIRf., 1983 BIG SPRUCE -- Queen Marian x MaribeauNew Jersey Breeders' S., Little Silver H., Boiling Springs S., Ma Capable S., Water Malone S., Queen Charlotte H. (twice), The Very One S., Honey Fox S., Politely S., Dark Mirage S., Matchmaker S.
SPRUCE LUCKf., 1981 BIG SPRUCE -- Beshore x Lucky MelModesty S.
SPRUCE NEEDLESc., 1977 BIG SPRUCE -- Knitted Gloves x White Gloves IIArlington H., Secretariat S., Arlington Classic, Spiral S., City of Miami H.
SPRUCE NOTEb.c., 1990 BIG SPRUCE -- Double Notice x NODOUBLEBudweiser Starter H., Coors Starter H.
STEP TOGETHERc., 1976 BIG SPRUCE -- Feet First x NATIVE DANCERIn Ireland: Power Gold Cup Steeplechase
SUPER MOMENT
(See 1980)
b.c., 1977 BIG SPRUCE -- Seductive II x Shantung (FR)Charles H. Strub S., Bay Meadows H. (three times), San Bernardino H., San Marcos H., Santa Catalina S.; Sire of stakes winners.
SWEET DIANEf., 1980 BIG SPRUCE -- Bold Pleasure x What A PleasureSilver Belles H., Princess S., La Canada S.
THE MESSANGERg., 1977 BIG SPRUCE -- Taratan x SUMMER TANRound Table H.
TONKA WAKHAN
(See 1980)
br.c., 1977 BIG SPRUCE -- Strike A Pose x IRON RULERMinstrel S., Preview S.
TREATY OAKf., 1979 BIG SPRUCE -- Cream Of Society x Creme dela CremeIllinois Matchmaker H.


IMPORTANT OFFSPRING OF HIS DAUGHTERS: (work in progress)

Name Sex, DOB, Pedigree Highlights
ALYNARch.c., 1991 ALYDAR -- Catatonic x BIG SPRUCEDolphin S.
BARBETTEbr.f., 2003 HIGH YIELD -- Barbara Sue x BIG SPRUCEJersey Lilly S., Possibly Perfect S.
BEAU'S PRINCESSb.f., 1992 Beau Genius -- Leallah M. x BIG SPRUCEHeartland Oaks
BIG PALb.c., 1989 Beau's Eagle -- Big Spirit x BIG SPRUCECalifornia Juvenile S., Gold Rush H., Tiburon H., Round Table H., San Matean H., James F. Lyttle Memorial H., Vallejo Day H.
DACTYLICf., 1989 ALYDAR -- Catatonic x BIG SPRUCESelene S.
DIAMOND ON THE RUNf., 1995 Kris S. -- Barbara Sue x BIG SPRUCEDavona Dale S.
DRASTICAf., 1988 Valid Likeness -- Tall Spruce x BIG SPRUCEIn Puerto Rico: Cl Cridores De Puerto Rico
DUKE'S CUPc., 1987 MAJESTY'S PRINCE -- Loving Cup x BIG SPRUCEContinental Mile S.
FASTASASPEEDNBULITc., 1993 Talinum -- A Shade Faster x BIG SPRUCEFoothill S., Governor's Cup H.
FOREST FAIRbr.c., 1984 NASKRA -- Fairest Forest x BIG SPRUCEHill Prince S., Ben Franklin S., Richard Stockton S.
GASSAN ROYALb.c., 2000 Royal Academy -- Catatonic x BIG SPRUCECrooked River H., Thoroughbred H., Queens Derby, Queens H., Oregon HBPA Au Revior H., Peineville HBPA H.
GERMANYb.c., 1991 Trempolino -- Inca Princess x BIG SPRUCEIn Germany: Kronimus-Rennen, Grosser Preis von Baden, Dr Poth Bayerisches Zuchtrennen, Grosser Preis der Gelsenkirchener Wirtschaft, Grand Prix Aufgalopp
GORGEOUS GOOSEgr.f., 2005 Mongoose -- Gorgeous Me x BIG SPRUCEBlue Norther S., Wilshire H.
JOY OF GLORYbr.c., 1989 General Holme -- Joy Returned x BIG SPRUCEParadise Mile H., Turf Paradise H., In France: Prix de Montretout
KEXc., 1983 IN REALITY -- Hemlock x BIG SPRUCEharry Jeffrey H.
LADY BEELZEBUBbr.f., 2001 DEVIL HIS DUE -- Sister Diane x BIG SPRUCEDrumtop S.
LOVELY HABITb.f., 1987 Habitony -- Big Spirit x BIG SPRUCECalifornia Cup Matron H., Impressive Style S., Campanile Invitational H., Sacramento H., Watch Wendy H.
MIA SPOSAf., 1995 Runaway Groom -- Sister Diane x BIG SPRUCENorfolk S.
MISS LODIch.f., 1999 Mr. Greeley -- Firtide x BIG SPRUCESafely Kept S.
NOSTALGIA'S STARbr.c., 1982 NOSTALGIA -- Aunt Carol x BIG SPRUCECharles H. Strub S., Hawthorne Gold Cup H., Gallant Fox H., San Gabriel H., Alibhai H., El Cajon S., Juanero S.
OWNED EXCLUSIVELYc., 1997 OLYMPIO -- Fariest forest x BIG SPRUCEDiamond State S.
PHENOMANETTEf., 1991 Cognizant -- Spruce Up x BIG SPRUCEHendrick Ranch H.
PRINCESS COMPOSERbr.f., 2002 COMPOSER -- Spruce Fir x BIG SPRUCEFlorence Henderson S., Fairway Fun S., Merrillville S.
RUSHING RAJc., 1986 Rajab -- Spruce Hill x BIG SPRUCECitation S., Great Lakes H.
SENZA PAURAf., 1997 Fly Till Dawn -- Inca Princess x BIG SPRUCEDenise Rhudy Memorial S.
SIDEWAYSgr.f., 1999 Defrere -- Baucis x BIG SPRUCEWillow Lake H., Columbine H.
SILVER WOLFf., 1988 Wolf Power (SAF) -- Aromeo Spruce x BIG SPRUCEWhite Swan S.
SIR STEPHENMICHEALg., 1989 Lord Rebeau -- Big Goldie x BIG SPRUCESmile S.
SPRUCE RUNch.c., 1998 Repriced -- Spruce Luck x BIG SPRUCERestoration S., Spend A Buck S., Bob Harding S., Elkwood S., Labor Day S.
STALWARSb.c., 1985 Stalwart -- Joy Returned x BIG SPRUCENational Jockey Club H. (twice), Sportsmans Park Budweiser Breeders Cup H., Jack R. Johnston Memorial S., Bradbury S.; Sire of stakes winners.
TO RIDLEYg., 1990 Steady Growth -- Loving Cup x BIG SPRUCECarolina Cup Steeplechase H., Iroquois Hurdle S.
TROPICAL BLOSSOMb.f., 1998 THUNDER GULCH -- Barbara Sue x BIG SPRUCEStar Ball H.


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