Bred by Walnut Hall LTD and Berto Stable, trotter Cantab Hall was foaled on January 20, 2001 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was purchased by Ron Gurfein for a partnership that included Brittany Farms and Jerry Silva at the 2002 Tattersalls Yearling Sale for $310,000, the top price at the sale. Trained by Gurfein and driven by Mike Lachance, Cantab Hall raced in 2003 and 2004.
As a two-year-old in 2003, Cantab Hall won all 10 of his starts, earning $461,337, and was voted Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Trotter of the Year. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, American-National, International Stallion Stakes and the Bluegrass. In his 2004 sophomore season, Cantab Hall finished on the board in 11 of 13 starts while earning $980,966. His major victory came in his second American-National win.
As a stallion, Cantab Hall was the leading trotting sire for 3 consecutive years (2012-2014), as well as in 2016 and 2017. He has sired winners of over $75 million to date, including 8 millionaires, with 216 $100,000 winners and 147 in 1:55. His most successful offspring include 2013 Dan Patch, O’Brien Two-Year-Old and 2014 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, world champion Father Patrick 3,1:50.2f ($2,558,133), at 2, winner of the 2013 Breeders Crown, Wellwood Memorial and Peter Haughton Memorial, and at 3, winner of the 2014 Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial and Stanley Dancer Memorial; world champion Wild Honey 3,1:50.4 ($1,589,235 and approx. $200,000 in Europe), at 3, winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final and Kentucky Filly Futurity; world champion Explosive Matter 3,1:52.3 ($1,510,542), at 2, winner of the 2008 Matron Stakes and at 3, winner of the 2009 Colonial and Bluegrass; and world champion Uncle Peter 4,1:50.3f ($1,290,660), at 2, winner of the 2011 Breeders Crown.
As a broodmare sire, Cantab Hall has sired the dams of winners of over $16 million to date, with two millionaires: Dan Patch, O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and world champion, Southwind Frank 3,1:52.1 ($1,950,887), at 2, winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial and William Wellwood Memorial, at 3, winner of the 2016 Colonial and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial; and Dan Patch, O’Brien Two-Year-Old and Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year (2016, 2017) Ariana G 3,1:51.1 ($1,892,657), winner of the 2016 and 2017 Breeders Crown and 2017 Hambletonian Oaks.