Dahlia in a morning workout
Dahlia spent most of her career racing in Europe and winning their most prestigious stakes. A champion grass horse, she was also the first female Thoroughbred to earn $1 million.
At 3, Dahlia won the Irish Oaks, England's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and the Washington, D.C. International at Laurel. As a 4-year-old Dahlia won England's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes again, as well as the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup (UK), the Man o'War Stakes (US) and the Canadian International. She was then named Champion Grass Horse of 1974. The highlight of Dahlia's 5th year was her repeat victory in the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup. At 6 Dahlia defeated males in the Hollywood Invitational.
Dahlia was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1981.
Dahlia and Lester Piggot win the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup