Bred in Virginia, by his owner’s Rokeby Stable, Sea Hero was by Polish Navy ( by Danzig) out of Glowing Tribute, (by Graustark). With Sea Hero, winning the Kentucky Derby, Paul Mellon became the only owner to ever win the 3 Classics, the Kentucky Derby, The Epsom Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triumph.
Sea Hero’s dam, Glowing Tribute was a multiple stakes winner on grass ( including The Diana at Saratoga) and the 1993 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year. In addition to Sea Hero, Glowing Tribute had 6 additional stakes winners, including Hero’s Honor, Glowing Honor, ( who won the Diana TWICE) Mackie and Coronation Cup.
Another “tribute” to Mr. Mellon at Saratoga, is the Mellon Turf Course. One of three separate courses at the oval, the “Mellon” is the OUTER turf course and is one mile and 98 feet.
When I see Sea Hero in the paddock this year, I will be reminded of the incredible tribute that this is, and how significant Paul Mellon and his racing dynasty was to our sport. In addition, as important as Mr. Mellon was to horse racing, I think horse racing was very important to Paul Mellon. Click here, to read the entire original poem entitled "Thoroughbreds", by Paul Mellon.
In his own words:
"Though some may think and I'll agree
That only God can make a tree,
Before God thought of trees, it's said,
His mind was on the Thoroughbred."