Donerail is dead

One of the best damsires ever with 4 Hambetonian winners

Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder. His dam is the Donerail filly Spellbound Hanover   Foto: Nikolaus Matzka

Donerail CR Kay Suzie

The expected battle between Donerail and CR Kay Suzie unfortunately never took place. 
From the Austrian Trotting Magazine TRABER WELT

Donerail was certainly one of the illustrious trotters in modern history. Born in 1992, he was sold at at Lexington 1993 for 83.000 Dollars and trained by Stanley Dancer (1927 – 2005). He was a sensation as a 2year old but didn´t come back that strong in his sophomore season. From the second crop of the sensational Valley Victory, Donerail obtained high expectations in the breeding barn, which he probably could not quite fulfill. But as a damsire he was and is world class without a doubt. The colt was sold to Finland in 2007 until he was bought to Denmark last year and was retired from breeding. He was 25 years old.

Donerail’s stake winning offsprings
Donerail as damsire

Offsprings of Dr Ronerail
in New 


I found this horse with the interesting pedigree at Maple Leaf Farms, King Edward Island, Canada
Foto: Nikolaus Matzka

A look at the descendants of Donerail shows that he couldn’t manage to sire a Million Dollar Earner. His most winning offspring was the filly Spellbound Hanover, followed by Chasing Tail, who unfortunatley was a gelding, and Dr Ronerail, sold to New Zealand, but didn’t serve any mares there since 2012.

But Donerail as a damsire is a league of it’s own. He is damsire of 4 Hambletonian winners, Donato Hanover (by Andover Hall, winner 2007), Broad Bahn (by Broadway Hall, 2011), Royalty For Life (by RC Royalty, 2013) and Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder (by Muscle Hill, 2016). These four horses show also clearly that Donerail’s daughters produced champions with partners from every paternal line (Victory Song/Garland Lobell, Star’s Pride/Super Bowl and Speedy Crown/Valley Victory).

Donerail is also damsire of such exceptional trotters like Pampered Princess (by Andover Hall), Enough Talk (by Enjoy Lavec), Big Rigs (by Andover Hall), Hambletonian heat winner Here Comes Herbie (by Credit Winner), Make You Mine (by Self Possessed), Luckycharm Hanover (by Andover Hall), Murmur Hanover (by Majestic Son), Quick Credit (by Credit Winner), Southern Rocketop (by Psychic Spirit), Was It A Dream (by Striking Sahbra) or Whatever It Takes (by Credit Winner) and Feed Your Head (by Muscle Hill), eligible in this year’s Hambletonian. Outside Northern America Donerail’s daughters brought Panne de Moteur (by Credit Winner) and Crown Kemp (by Enjoy Lavec) in Sweden, the Finnish bred Daryl Boko (by Majestic Son) who raced in Australia and New Zealand, Mago d’Amore (by Lemon Dra) in Italy. Here, too, one can easily see how manifold Donerail could be used as a damsire.

Donerail´s offsprings in Finland

Pedigree Black River

Also interesting and not less „exotic“:
A section of the Austrian stud book of 2014, one can see the Donerail son Donerboots Mo on heavy duty...

Kattsboots Mo 2011 MR

Kattsboots Mo (Donerboots Mo – Keystone Demure – Speedy Crown),
a very fast Austrian filly

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The late Stanley Dancer
with Donerail

Foto: Dean A. Hoffman

Dean A. Hoffman: ”OK, here is the story behind this photo (right). In early February, 1995, I had just come back from the Prix d'Amérique in Paris and went to Florida to see some horses there. I stayed at the wonderful log cabin that Jim Simpson had at the training center north of Orlando. One day I went to see Carl Allen and photograph CR Kay Suzie. Great day. I got back to Simpsons in the afternoon and told Jim that I was leaving for Pompano because I had set up an appointment with Stanley Dancer to photograph Donerail going training miles at 8 am.”


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