Tank's Prospect

Tank's Prospect

Tank's Prospect
Sire Mr. Prospector
Grandsire Raise a Native
Dam Midnight Pumpkin
Damsire Pretense
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1982
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Edward A. Seltzer
Owner Eugene V. Klein
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas
Record 14: 5-2-2
Earnings US$1,355,645[1]
Major wins

El Camino Real Derby (1985)
Arkansas Derby (1985)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1985)

Tank's Prospect (1982-1995) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Preakness Stakes.


Bred by Edward A. Seltzer, he was purchased for $625,000 at the 1983 Keeneland July Selected Yearling sale by trainer D. Wayne Lukas for his client, Eugene Klein. Klein named the horse after Paul "Tank" Younger, a former National Football League player and executive with Klein's San Diego Chargers football team.

Racing career

At age two, Tank's Prospect won his first start, a six-furlong race at California's Santa Anita Park. While he did not win a major race that year, in the inaugural running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile he finished second to winner Chief's Crown and ahead of third-place finisher Spend A Buck. Racing at age three in 1985, Tank's Prospect won the El Camino Real Derby and Arkansas Derby[2] before running seventh in the Kentucky Derby. He then ran in the Preakness Stakes. Ridden by Pat Day, he caught the favorite, Chief's Crown, close to the finish and won by a head.[3] The winning time of 1:53.4 was, at the time, considered a stakes record,[4] although a commission in 2012 determined that Secretariat is the official record-holder at 1:53.0.[5] In the third leg of the Triple Crown, Tank's Prospect broke down at the top of the stretch in the Belmont Stakes and did not finish the race. The injury ended his racing career.

Stud record

Retired to stud duty, Tank's Prospect met with modest success. One of his best runners, Real Cash, won the American Derby and San Felipe Stakes.

Tank's Prospect was standing at Venture Farms in Aubrey, Texas, when he died on March 2, 1995, from a ruptured arterial blood vessel.


Pedigree of Tank's Prospect
Mr. Prospector

bay 1970

Raise a Native

ch. 1961

Native Dancer Polynesian
Raise You Case Ace
Lady Glory
Gold Digger

bay 1962

Nashua Nasrullah
Sequence Count Fleet
Miss Dogwood
Midnight Pumpkin

bay 1977


drk.brn. 1963

Endeavor British Empire
Imitation Hyperion
Me Next

bay 1960

Rough N' Tumble Free for All
Iltis War Relic
We Hail