Darcy's White Turk
|Cub ch c 1739 (Fox
- Worlock's Galloway, by Snake). Sire Line
White Turk. Family 17.
Cub was bred by Cuthbert Routh at
his Snape Hall stud in Bedale, Yorkshire, from the mare Worlock's
Galloway whom Mr Routh had purchased from Captain Worlock in 1732. Described by
Mr Pick as an "indifferent racer," he made his first start for
Mr Routh in 1744 at Newmarket, where he placed 2nd to Mr Grisewood's
(gr c 1739 Old
Teazer). He was purchased by Mr Fulke Greville in April of
1744 for 150 guineas, plus another 50 guineas if he won the first Plate
he started for [Early Records:34] which he failed to do.
Cub is erroneously entered in the
American Stud Book as being imported. This was based on a speculation
appearing in the American Farmer in 1820, as Cub never left
England. The American horse standing in New York and Pennsylvania was
McCarty's Cub (ch c 1773).
Cub covered from 1752 to
1756 in the hands of Mr Tate at Andover near Wichcomb,
Gloucester, for a fee of 1 guinea, then at Mickleham, Surrey,
for 1758 and 1759 for 1 and 2 guineas respectively. From 1761
onwards Cub's stud career was spent
in the Leedes stud at Milford, near Tadcaster, in Yorkshire. Commanding a
fee of 3 guineas which rose to 5 guineas he stood alongside such stallions as Swiss (br c 1757
Snip), the full brother to
Snap, Cadormus (b c 1752
Cade), Vane's Lofty
(b c 1753 Godolphin Arabian), the Northumberland Brown Arabian (br c
1755), and the 16 hand hunter sire Young Babraham* (b c 1760
Babraham) who was
later sent to South Carolina [Heber 1767:216].
Cub's stud career may have been as
indifferent as his turf career but for two remarkable daughters. Both
unnamed, the first remained in England and the second went to America.
The English Cub Mare (ch f 1764)
was a half sister to A-la-Grecque the taproot of
Family 23-a. Cub Mare
became the dam of Turk Mare, the taproot of
Family 23-b. From the English Cub Mare descend,
among others, the Kentucky Derby winners Tim Tam (b c 1955), Zev (br c
1920), and Affirmed (ch c 1975) as well as the Queen's Plate winner
Bunty Lawless (b c 1935), Hamburg (b c 1895), Yankee (b c 1899),
Discovery (ch c 1931) and the superlative Domino (br c 1891).
In America Cub was represented by
(a) his daughter, the legendary Cub Mare* (f 1762), the taproot of
Family 4-r, and (b) Moll Brazen* (gr f 1761) dam of Thornton's
Shakespeare (gr c 1771) and several useful daughters, including the dam
of McCarty's Cub (ch c 1773).
Cub Mare* was bred by Mr Leeds
and imported by James DeLancy, possibly along with Wildair* (b c 1753)
in the fall of 1765, and entered his stud in New York. Trevathan
describes her as the "Selima of the Northern turf" and as one
of the "most valuable mares ever imported" [The American
Thoroughbred:125], while Gerry calls her the "Grandmother of the
American turf" [The Matriarchy of the American Turf:1]. Descending
from her are the Kentucky Derby winners Black Gold (bl c 1921), Manuel
(b c 1896), Halma (bl c 1892) and Donau (b c 1907), and the Preakness
Stakes winners Sly Fox (ch c 1895), Cairngorm (b c 1902), Watervale
(b c 1908), Margrave (ch c 1893), Refund (ch c 1885) and Vanguard
(b c 1879). Also to her credit are the Belmont winners Mad Play (ch c
1921), Masterman (ch c 1899), George Kinney (b c 1880), Delhi (br c
1901) and Jean Bereaud (b c 1896). Her contribution to German breeding
includes the Deutsches Derby winners Nereide (b f 1933), Nordlicht
(ch c 1941), Neckar (bl c 1948) and Niederlander (b c 1947). To
France she gave the Prix de Diane winner Pellsie (b f 1919) and to
Ireland the Irish Derby winner Shareef Dancer (b c 1980). Italy owes
her for the Derby Italiano winner Niccolo dell'Arca (b c 1938), and
along with Italy, the world owes her a tremendous debt for the Derby
Italiano winner Nearco (br c 1935).
Far from proving indifferent, the
portly little Cub's contribution to the stud books of the world was
enormous and enduring.
|Miss Darcy's Pet
|Young Bald Peg
|In 1744 he finished 2nd for an £80 Plate at
Newmarket in March, won by Mr Grisewood's
Teazer (gr c 1739
Old Teazer), beating Lord Portmore's
Lady Caroline (ch f 1739
Torismond (gr c 1739
Bolton Starling), Mr Naylor's b g
Darby, Mr Panton's Trusty (b c Lonsdale
Arabian) and Mr Wall's Brocklesby Betty.
Finished 2nd for £50 at Wells in August, won by Mr Aislabie's Bucephalus
(ch g 1738 Robinson Crusoe).
|Cub does not appear to have run in 1745.
|In 1746 he won a £50 plate at Epsom in May,
defeating 5 other horses. Finished 2nd for a £50 at
Basingstoke in September, won by Mr Aislabie's Arthur o' Bradley [ex-Bucephalus], beating Mr Martindale's
Torismond and Lord Lymington's b c
by Bartlet's Childers.
Won a 100gs match at Newmarket in October from Mr Grisewood's
|In 1747 he won a 50gs match at Newmarket in April
defeating Mr Grisewood's Trifle (gr c 1738
Fox). Won £50 at
Epsom in May, beating Mr Meredith's Monkey (b c 1741 Lonsdale Bay
Arabian) and Mr Bradley's Arthur O'Bradley.
|In 1748 finished 3rd for £50 at Derby in August, won
by Lord R Manners's ch c Mixbury,
with 2nd placing to Sir R Burdett's
Spot (b c 1742
beating Mr Milnes's Pilot (gr c 1739 Quiet Cuddy);
the latter fell and was distanced.
|In 1749 he finished 3rd for £50 at
Winchester in June, won by Mr Canning's
b f Smiling Molly, with Mr Swymmer's br
f Molly placing 2nd.