The American Thoroughbred

The American Thoroughbred

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...during the lifetime of the elder August Belmont. After his death, the battle began to waver and the English Derby winner of 1883 went down to undeserved obscurity. Lexington was sixteen when he got Kingfisher; seventeen when he got Harry Bassett; nineteen when he got Tom Bowling, the best of all his progeny; and twenty-six when he headed the list of winning sires for the last time, for he died in that same year, "Full of years and full of honors." Leonatus, by Longfellow out of Semper Felix (grand dam also of that great performer, Longstreet) must rank about even with The Bard among the sons of Longfellow and superior to all the others. He was foaled in 1880 and won the Kentucky Derby at three years old, with Drake Carter and Cardinal McCloskey as the two placed horses in the race. He lost one race at two years old, but was never beaten afterwards. I have heard people say he never won a really fast race, which is true, but he beat two horses that were afterwards record-breakers, notably Drake Carter, whose three-mile race, in 5:24, is still unbeaten. The truth is, he carried his horses so fast in the fore part of his races, that he left them nothing with which to finish. Leonatus was never a premier sire, but always a prominent one. He got Libertine, whose mile on a circular track was the record up to the current year, when Hermis lowered it to 1:38 with 133 pounds up. He also got Pink Coat, winner of two Derbys. From 1893 to 1899 he was a very conspicuous sire, getting an average of $45,000 worth of good winners every year; and it was a fitting end for so great a horse that, on the very day of his death, his son Pink Coat won the American Derby at Washington Park, while another son, Tillo, carried off the Suburban Handicap more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236823141
  • 9781236823144