|Potoooooooo ch c 1773 (Eclipse
- Sportsmistress, by Warren's Sportsman). Sire Line
Bred by Willoughby Bertie
(1740-1799), 4th Earl
of Abingdon, Pot8os was the first foal of his dam, Sportsmistress
(ch f 1765 Sportsman), who also produced the Derby winner Sir
Thomas (ch c 1785 Pontac) along with the winners Jocundo (b c
1777 Marske), Roscius (ch c 1781
and Sulky (ch c 1786 Garrick).
Potatoes acquired the peculiar
spelling of his name when his lad was asked to write it on a corn bin or
stall door. The lad's version, Potoooooooo, was said to amuse his
lordship enough to adopt it, and so it appears in the General Stud Book.
Later writers shortened it to Pot-8-O's and similar variants.
A horse of great quality, power
and endurance, many of his races were run over the Beacon Course,
upwards of four miles. Not surprisingly he was considered the best horse
of his time, winning twenty-eight races over the span of seven years,
including the Jockey Club Purse three times, and the Craven Stakes.
(Some sources say he ran more than forty times and won over thirty
races). He was sold to Richard, 1st Earl Grosvenor, for 1500 guineas at
five years of age, after his first race in 1778.
He stood at Oxcroft Farm near
Balsham, Cambridgeshire, for a fee of 20 guineas along with Justice
(br c 1774 Herod). He was moved to
Upper Hare Park near Newmarket in 1796. A great success in the stud, he sired
165 winners of £57,595 and 3 Cups. His best son was
(ch c 1773) who ensured the continuance of the
sire line down to the present day.
Potoooooooo died at Upper Hare Park in
November of 1800.
At 4: 2nd in a 100 guineas each sweep, plus one hogshead of
claret each, at Newmarket, won by Lord Grosvenor's Yellow Jack
(ch c 1773 Dux), beating thirteen others over the Beacon
Course, 2nd in a 1025 guineas sweepstake at Nottingham,
won by Mr Swinfen's
colt (ch c Chrysolite), 3rd in a 100 guineas each sweep at
Newmarket, won by Lord Grosvenor's Grey Robin (gr c 1773
beating sixteen others, 5th in the Great Subscription Purse
at York, won by Sir Thomas Gascoigne's Cannibal (ch c 1773
At 5: won 1200 guineas at Newmarket, Second Spring, beating
Grey Robin and Lord Ossory's Titan (b c 1773
over the Beacon Course, won the 140 guineas at Newmarket, won
£50 at Swaffham, walked-over for 175 guineas at Ipswich, 2nd
Jockey Club Plate, won by Sir Thomas Gascoigne's Magog (gr c
1773 Matchem), 2nd in the 140 guineas
at Newmarket, October, won by Dictator, beating
6th and last for the Oxford Cup, won by Dorimant
(ch c 1772 Otho).
At 6: won a 50 sovereigns purse at Newmarket, beating the Duke
of Grafton's Caractacus (b c Herod),
won the 140 guineas subscription at Newmarket, Second Spring,
beating Sir J Shelley's Comet (ch c 1774
won a 150 guineas sweep, beating the Hon R Vernon's Pastorella
(b f 1774 Otho) and three others over
the Beacon Course, won a 300 guineas each sweep at Newmarket
October, beating Lord Derby's Laburnum (br c 1774
won the 140 guineas subcription at Newmarket, October, beating
the Hon R Vernon's Freeholder (b c 1772 Chrysolite), walked-over
for the Clermont Cup at Newmarket, walked-over for the Gold
Cup at Newmarket, October.
At 7: won the 140 guineas subscription at
Newmarket, Second Spring, beating Mr O'Kelly's King
Fergus (ch c 1775 Eclipse) and
Lord Ossory's Dorimant (ch c
won the Jockey Club Plate, beating Mr Shafto's
(b c 1773 Syphon)
over the Beacon Course, won a 500 guineas sweep at
Newmarket, October, beating Laburnum, won 150 guineas,
beating Woodpecker, walked-over for the Clermont Cup,
walked-over for the Gold Cup at Newmarket, October,
walked-over for the 140 guineas at Newmarket, October,
3rd in a 1400 guineas handicap sweep at Newmarket, First
Spring, won by Sir C Davers's Woodpecker (ch c 1773
Herod), beating Mr Douglas's Bourdeaux
(gr c 1774 Herod).
At 8: won a 200 guineas each handicap sweep at Newmarket, First
Spring, beating Woodpecker and Lord Derby's Guildford (ch c
1775 Herod) and two others, won a 400
guineas sweep at Newmarket, Second Spring, beating Sir C Davers's
Buccaneer (ch c 1776 Herod), walked-over
for the Jockey Club Plate at Newmarket, Second Spring, was paid
85 guineas not to start at Newmarket, First October, for the
140 guineas subscription, won by Lord Clermont's Hollandaise
(gr f 1775 Matchem), who had previously
won the St Leger for Sir Thomas Gascoigne, with Lord Derby's
Bridget (ch f 1776 Herod), who had
won the Oaks, and three others in the field, 2nd for the 140
guineas, Newmarket, Second October, won by Woodpecker.
At 9: won the Craven Stakes at Newmarket,
beating Hollandaise, the Duke of Cumberland's Io (b f
1778 Pyrrhus), and Mr O'Kelly's
Mercury (ch c 1778
won £50 at Newmarket, First Spring, beating two others, won
the Jockey Club Plate, beating Buccaneer and Mercury, won a
50 sovereigns purse, beating Hollandaise and Lord Ossory's Alaric
(br c Paymaster), over the
Beacon Course, walked-over for the Clermont Cup and 200 guineas,
and the next day walked-over for the 140 guineas subscription
purse, 2nd in the 140 guineas subscription at Newmarket, First
October, won by Sir John Lade's Crop (gr c 1778
beating the Duke of Grafton's Puzzle (b f 1778
ran once unplaced.
At 10: won 200 guineas each and the Whip at
Newmarket, Second Spring, beating Sir J Lade's Nottingham (br c 1776 Tantrum),
lost a 300 guineas match to Lord Egremont's Derby winner Assassin
(b c 1779 Sweetbriar) at Newmarket,
First Spring, 3rd and last in a 200 guineas sweep, won by Mr
Parker's Anvil (b c 1777
followed by Lord Egremont's Boxer (gr c 1776
Notable Pot8os Mares
|1. Co-Heiress (ch f 1786), 3rd
dam of the half-brothers,
Blacklock (b c 1814
St Leger winner Theodore (b c 1819
Blacklock was a Champion Sire in 1829. His best known son was
Voltaire (br c 1826).
|2. Dabchick (br f 1798), 2nd
dam of One Thousand Guineas winner Catgut (br f 1816 Juniper or Comus).
|3. Sister to Edwin (b f
1794), taproot mare of Family
3-i, and 4th dam of the Derby and St Leger winner The Flying
Dutchman (br c 1846 Bay Middleton).
|4. Mandane (ch f 1800), a
winner of two races, she was the taproot mare of
11-g, the dam of the St Leger winner Altisidora (ch f 1810 Dick
Andrews), the Oaks winner Manuella (b f 1809 Dick Andrews), and the
stallions Brutandorf (b c 1821 Blacklock) and Lottery (br c 1820
|5. Nightshade (b f 1785),
winner of Oaks Stakes and 3rd dam of the Ascot Gold winner Sir
Huldibrand (br c 1818 Octavius).
|6. Outcast (b f 1793), winner
of 4 races at five years of age.
b f 1800 (Pot8os - Prunella, by Highflyer). Sire Line
Family 1-e. Bred by the 3rd Duke of Grafton, she won thirty-one races, including
the Jockey Club Plate, four King's Plates, and placed 3rd in the
Oaks Stakes. She became the dam of One and Two Thousand Guineas
winner Pastille (b f 1819 Rubens) and
Two Thousand Guineas winner Pindarrie (b c 1817 Phantom).
|8. Pot8os Mare (f 1793), dam
of the Oaks winner Maid of Orleans (b f 1806
and the Woodcote Stakes winner Rivulet (ch f 1813
Pot8os Mare was also the 3rd dam of the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks
winner Galata (br f 1829 Sultan).
|9. Pot8os Mare (b f 1796),
2nd dam of the Two Thousand Guineas winner Interpreter (b c 1815
and 2nd dam of the Two Thousand Guineas winner Nectar (b c 1813
|10. Sister to Timidity* (ch f
1792) was quite an influential matron in America where she produced Cole's
Bright Phoebus (c 1804 Messenger*), one of few who beat
Archy (b c 1805 Diomed*), and Millers
Damsel (gr f 1802 Messenger*), the dam of American
Eclipse (ch c 1814 Duroc).
(b c 1787) was a stallion in America, where his
daughters contributed to the build up of several native families.
Alderman Mare (b f 1799) was the 2nd dam of Boston
(ch c 1833 Timoleon) who was probably the
greatest American racehorse of the 19th century and also the sire of
(b c 1850).
(ch c 1787),
sire of the One Thousand Guineas winner Rhoda (b f 1813) and the
stallion Teddy the Grinder (b c 1798).