Parlo and jockey, Eric Guerin after winning the 1955 Delaware Handicap (photo: Delaware Historical Society)

Foxcatcher Farm’s Champion Racehorse in 1954 and 1955

Parlo emerged as a champion Thoroughbred in 1954 with significant wins including the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on August 25, 1954. According The New York Times article, the 9-1 shot chestnut filly won the $29,600 race by a length and a half. Jockey, Eddie Arcaro disregarded trainer, Dick Handlen’s instructions. Arcaro and Parlo set the pace early holding off rivals down the stretch to capture the victory for William du Pont’s Foxcatcher Farm based at Fair Hill.

Other notable wins for Parlo that year included the Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park Racetrack, the Beldame Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in stakes record time, and the Firenze Handicap at Jamaica Race Course by seven lengths. This earned Parlo the 1954 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly crown. In 1955, Parlo won the Top Flight Handicap at Belmont Park and the Delaware Handicap setting track records in both races. She was named American Champion Older Female Horse from the Thoroughbred Racing Association for the second straight year.

Sired by the British champion Thoroughbred, Heliopolis, Parlo was bred by du Pont at his Walnut Farm near Boyce, Virginia. According to Equibase, she tallied a 34-8-6-3 career record with $309,240 in total earnings.