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Sire Mt. Livermore
Grandsire Blushing Groom
Dam Big Dreams
Damsire Great Above
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1987
Country United States
Colour Dark Brown
Breeder Blanche P. Levy & Murphy Stable
Owner Robert P. Levy
Trainer Warren A. Croll, Jr.
Record 22: 15-2-1
Earnings $1,229,696
Major wins
Morven Stakes (1989)
Hutcheson Stakes (1990)
Jerome Handicap (1990)
Withers Stakes (1990)
Lafayette Stakes (1990)
Derby Trial (1990)
King's Bishop Stakes (1990)
Spectacular Bid Stakes (1990)
Swale Stakes (1990)
Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (1991)
Carter Handicap (1991)
Vosburgh Stakes (1991)
Forego Handicap (1991)
U.S. Outstanding Sprint Horse (1990 & 1991)
Last updated on August 26, 2007

Housebuster (foaled March 7, 1987, in Kentucky – May 15, 2005) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was sired by graded stakes race winner Mt. Livermore and was out of the Great Above mare Big Dreams.

Bred by Blanche P. Levy and owned by her son, Robert, Housebuster was originally trained by Ronald Benshoff before being turned over to "Jimmy" Croll. From the outset he was trained as a sprinter, with no race longer than a mile.

Housebuster won 15 of his lifetime 22 starts, often by wide margins. He won the Jerome Handicap by 13 lengths, the Grade III Lafayette Stakes by 11, and the "DeFrancis Dash" by 5, beating Breeder's Cup Sprint champ Safely Kept.

In the 1990 Metropolitan Handicap, he placed second by a neck to U.S. Horse of the Year Criminal Type, beating Hall of Fame Eclipse Award Champion Easy Goer while receiving 14 pounds in weight.

His outstanding record made him the U.S. Outstanding Sprint Horse for 1990 and again in 1991. He became the first horse to win the sprint title in successive years since Great Above's dam, Ta Wee, in 1969-70.

In 2013, Housebuster was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY.


Retired due to an injury in the 1991 Breeder's Cup Sprint, Housebuster was originally sent in 1992 to Jonabell Farm to stand at stud and sired several good runners. However, as his fee dropped, he was sold and sent to Japan in 1998.

He returned to the U.S. in 2001 and stood at The Blue Ridge Farm in Virginia from 2002-2004 before being moved to O'Sullivan Farms in West Virginia in 2005. He died there on May 15, 2005.

Some of his graded stakes race winners include 2002 Hong Kong Horse of the Year Electronic Unicorn, Bahamian Pirate, Morluc, and Midnight Bet.


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