Horse Racing in Toronto


Budpath was a chestnut, male Thoroughbred born in 1938.[1] He was owned and bred by Harry C. Hatch and trained by Lloyd Gentry.[2] His sire was Buddy Bauer and his dam was Luress.[3]
While Budpath did race as a two-year-old, including finishing third in the Cup and Saucer at Long Branch, he was most successful as a three-year-old.[4] During 1941, he was always in the top three. He won the King’s Plate at Old Woodbine, the Canadian Derby, and the Hare Memorial; he was second in the Polo Park Handicap and the Little Saratoga; his worst finish came in the Orpen Memorial when he came in third.[5] He earned $14,840 in those six races.[6]  

Robert Watson, who rode Budpath to victory in the King’s Plate, commented the following about the race: “I knew Budpath was the winner when he hit the quarter-mile pole. He responded to every move I made with him […] I called on Budpath for his best. He pricked his ears, and I hit him once with the whip and he drew away from the one-length lead to a bigger margin, and I knew we were home.”[7]
According to Jim Coleman, Budpath “never won another race” after he was defeated by My Fend in the Polo Park Handicap and was retired to stud at the Hatch Farm."[8]
Overall, Budpath won five races, finish second three times, and third two times, giving him a total earning of $16,740.[9]
[1] “Two Decisive Victories,” The Globe and Mail, October 19, 1940, page 14.
[2] “Two Decisive Victories,” The Globe and Mail, October 19, 1940, page 14; “This fellow in Smart Hands,” The Globe and Mail, April 5, 1941, page 18.
[3] Ibid. 
[4] “Two Decisive Victories,” The Globe and Mail, October 19, 1940, page 14.
[5] Appas Tappas, “Thundering Hoofs,” The Globe and Mail, December 3, 1941, page 16.
[6] Ibid.
[7] Appas Tappas reporting on what Robert Watson said. “Budpath picks up Nail after King’s Plate Win: Thundering Hoofs,” The Globe and Mail, May 19, 1941, page 18.
[8] Jim Coleman, The Globe and Mail, July 1, 1944, page 12.
[9] "Budpath," Equibase, accessed March, 14, 2019. URL:

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