Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin
tales of California gold, Baldwin
headed west, eventually
Santa Anita in the San Gabriel Valley. He
established the first Santa Anita race track,
situated near the present racecourse.
Richard "Boss" Croker
Croker retired from his
"Tammany Hall" political
organisation to Berkshire, in
England, where he
planned to enjoy racing his horses.
by the Newmarket Jockey Club he removed himself
and his horses to his native Ireland, whereby Orby
first Irish-trained Derby winner.
Emperor Of Norfolk, sire of Americus
Norfolk, grandsire of Americus
|Americus b c 1892 (Emperoror
Of Norfolk - Clara D., by Glenelg) Family A2. Sire Line
Bred by Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin, Americus was
foaled in 1892 at historic Rancho Santa Anita, Los Angeles
county, California. First christened Rey del Carreras (King of
the Races), a transcription error resulted in his name entering
the official registry Rey del Caredes. He is found under both
names, and a remarkably wide variety of spelling variants
thereof, in North American racing records. In 1894 he ran as Rey
del Caredes. In 1895 it was as Rey del Carreras until October
when he was sold to Richard Croker and renamed
The heavily muscled, 16h, bright bay colt was from
the third crop of Baldwin's American Derby winner Emperor of
Norfolk (b c 1885 by Norfolk out of Marion by Malcolm).
Americus’ dam, the Glenelg mare Clara D. (1875) was bred in
Kentucky by M. H. Sanford, purchased as a yearling by Baldwin,
and brought to California. She would accumulate a fine record
during her three years on the California tracks, winning
sweepstakes at over a mile as a two year old , at over a mile
and a half and in mile heats at maturity. However, Baldwin’s
main motivation in purchasing Clara D. (and later her full
sister) was almost certainly the opportunity for close
inbreeding to Lexington when crossed with his in-house
stallions. Clara D.’s dam (The Nun ch f 1866 Lexington – Novice
by *Glencoe) was a full sister to Norfolk. Ergo, Americus was
2x2 to full siblings, unusually close inbreeding for the time if
not the place.
|"...the last of the really great flying inbred
products of Santa Anita"
|Inbreeding to Lexington, one of the
greatest (and fastest) four mile heat horses, might reasonably
be expected to yield stayers and frequently did so. Americus’
full brother Caracas (1891) “amounted to nothing” at any
distance on the flat but made something of a name for himself
going 4 miles over fences. However, the two closely in-bred
colts, Americus and Domino, whose descendants were preeminent in
fixing Lexington’s presence in the breed (in spite of the fact
that neither horse left many foals), were both far better known
for speed than stamina. Hall of Fame jockey Fred Taral named
them as the two fastest horses he’d ever ridden. The only time
Americus and Domino raced together, going 5.5f at Sheepshead Bay
in June, 1895, Domino finished first, 3 lengths ahead of
Factotum who just barely got his nose ahead of Americus.
Americus’ racing career for Baldwin’s Santa Anita Stable began
inauspiciously 28 Jun 1894 at the Washington Park (Chicago)
summer meeting in 1894 with a last place finish in the Kenwood
Stakes (5f). Two days later there he came back to win
wire-to-wire in a 5f purse race. A week after that he drew his
first national attention when it was reported that he “just
quit” while several lengths in front with a furlong to go in
Wash. Park’s Worlds’ Fair Stakes, ceding a sure win to Lissak.
This was the first of many reports spanning his full career of
erratic behavior at the start or finish of a race. Americus took
the Edgewater Handicap at Latonia and raced at Hawthorne before
heading back home to California. In November at San Francisco he
won at 6f and placed at 5f in purse races, closing out his 2yo
career there in the ~6f stakes race named for his grandsire.
There, Americus and another grandson of Norfolk’s, the W. S.
Hobart-bred favorite Rey Alfonso (1892 b c by Prince of Norfolk
– Haidee by Alfonso), used themselves up in a blistering contest
for the early lead, finishing 4th and 6th respectively.
After a few months rest, Americus and the best of the rest of
the Santa Anita racing stable were sent east, stopping first at
Memphis, though Americus did not run there. He made his first
start of 1895 in Louisville where he won a 5f purse race by 6
lengths and ran 2d in the Schulte Stakes. Rather than continuing
on the midwestern circuit that year Baldwin decided to take his
stable to New York. There, most, maybe all, tracks were governed
by racing associations following the rules of the newly minted
(1894) Jockey Club (then usually referred to as “of New York”,
now the governing authority for North American TB registration
and racing eligibility). Preeminent among that organization’s
interests was restoring honesty and integrity to the racing
environment. The Santa Anita horses had come under considerable
criticism for “idiosyncrasies of form”, even in California. The
Jockey Club refused to issue a license to the trainer that came
to NY with the Santa Anita horses. Baldwin fumed and protested
but eventually brought in Sam Hildreth, who had the Jockey
Club’s license and blessing, as trainer.
Hall-of-Fame inductee Hildreth effected immediate improvement in
Americus’ form, also restoring a little luster to Baldwin’s
American Derby winner Rey El Santa Anita (b c 1891 by *Cheviot –
Alaho by Grinstead) whose record so far as a 4yo contrasted
dismally with his 3yo brilliance. During roughly 120 days under
Hildreth’s guidance, running 5-9f, frequently under unusually
heavy imposts, Americus racked up no fewer than 11 wins, 6
seconds, 3 thirds, and was off the board only once. He won the
Atlantic S., Brookwood H., Culver H., and Flying S., finished 2d
in the Billow S. and Travers S., and ran 3d in the Fall H.,
Ocean H., and Reapers S. His preferred running style remained
using his exceptional early speed to open a near insurmountable
lead but Hildreth seems to have coaxed him to rate somewhat, at
least enough to allow him to finish 2d at 9f in stakes company.
Reports of erratic behavior diminished but did not disappear
altogether. Twenty lengths ahead coming out of the turn toward
home in the Brookwood H., he covered the last furlong at a pace
characterized in one account as an “amble”, allowing Counter
Tenor to finish 2d by only 4 lengths.
drama did not discourage the growing interest of prominent
turfmen Richard Croker and Mike Dwyer in securing Americus for
their own stables. The two had partnered in assembling a stable
of Thoroughbreds that was taken to race in the UK in January,
1895. The early results of that venture were modest at best. The
partnership was terminated by May but both men continued
separately acquiring American-bred TBs to race in the UK. By
early September of 1895 rumors were flying about future plans
for Americus and his stablemate Rey El Santa Anita. All centered
on the horses being taken to race in the UK, but varied as to
whose colors they would carry there, Baldwin’s, Crokers’ or
Dwyer’s, and whether if the horses went with Croker or Dwyer it
would be by lease or sale. The first week of October the New
York Times reported that Americus had been sold to Croker for
$20,000. Although he cites the sale price as $35,000, Hildreth
confirmed the timeframe of the sale when replying to questions
later in the month from the press regarding an inquiry that
resulted in Baldwin’s horses being barred from all Jockey
Americus’ only role in the events
leading to the inquiry was having been scratched, over
Hildreth’s objection that he was fit and ready, from the
Woodlawn H., run at Gravesend on 13 Oct 1895. Hildreth further
stated that if he hadn’t been scratched he’d have been carrying
Croker’s colors in that race. After Americus was scratched, Rey
El Santa Anita, still racing for Baldwin, was added as a late
entry. Again this was over Hildreth’s objections but in this
case that the horse was neither fit nor ready. Having performed
well enough under Hildreth’s tutelage to add a couple of recent
stakes wins to his resume, Rey El Santa Anita had been looking a
lot more like his sparkling 3yo self. He quickly became the
betting favorite for the Woodlawn but, in a driving rainstorm,
he ran 3d of 3, finishing over 4 lengths behind the winner
Rubicon. A week later at Morris Park, on a fast track, at much
longer odds, and carrying 10# more, he won in a romp going the
same distance (1 mile). Marked difference in track conditions
notwithstanding, this none too subtle change in form over 7 days
raised concerns among the Westchester Racing Assn. stewards.
They refused to accept further entries for Baldwin’s horses and
referred the matter to the Jockey Club which quickly affirmed
and extended the ban to all its sanctioned tracks. Infuriated,
Baldwin requested a review. The request was declined and the
Jockey Club took the somewhat unusual step of releasing their
reply to that request to the press.
Their action may have
had as much to do with suspected infractions of the past as
those of the present. Regardless, the Jockey Club’s ruling seems
to have been received with approbation by a public wherein there
was widespread skepticism in regard to the integrity of the
horseracing industry and, where Baldwin was concerned, a
perception that the man considered himself above the rules.
Along with the privilege of racing in New York, Baldwin also
lost his trainer. Hildreth made no secret of feeling that he was
in a position where he had to choose between leaving Baldwin’s
employ or losing his New York license. The Santa Anita stable
soon departed the state, minus not only Americus but Rey El
Santa Anita as well. Per Hildreth, he was sold to Croker in late
October for $25,000. If so, there may have been a buy back
clause. Lightly and unsuccessfully raced in England in 1896 and
part of 1897 as just “Santa Anita” he had returned to the US and
was covering mares in California by spring, 1898. Never a
popular sire, he left no progeny of note but spent the rest of
his life in comfort and contentment at Rancho Santa Anita, dying
there in 1919. His remains and those of Baldwin’s three other
American Derby winners are now interred in the paddock area of
Santa Anita racetrack.
For Americus the move was a
permanent farewell to the new world and a critical step toward
his future as a near ubiquitous fixture in TB back pedigree. In
late 1895 he and Rey El Santa Anita were shipped to England with
several of Croker’s other recent acquisitions and there settled
into the owner’s facility at Wantage, Berkshire. The record
reflects only two starts by Americus in 1896. Once again he
debuted inauspiciously, finishing well back in the pack for the
Great Jubilee Stakes in May. In September he ran a respectable
2d to Grig for the Portland Plate at Doncaster. His calendar was
more crowded for 1897. He carried Croker’s Yale blue and gold to
victory for the Riddlesdown Plate at Epsom and the Southdown
Plate at Brighton and ran well enough to place 2d no fewer than
Americus didn’t race in 1898 but did
commence stud duty that year at Wantage. He covered several of
Croker’s mares in 1898 and was available to outside mares but
few came calling. His modest success on the track and
unfashionable pedigree offered little to commend the horse to
English breeders. Looking 'the stallion all over' and 'fat as a
showyard bull', as one account put it, Americus returned
to the track in 1899. He
took the Charlwood H. at Gatwick that year. In 1900 Americus
divided his time between light breeding duty and a heavier
racing schedule. He secured the Eton H. at Windsor, and added
several 2d place finishes to his resume. His record for 1899 and
1900 also reflects several additional reports of erratic
behavior at the start or near the finish of several races.
Widely regarded as the likely winner of the Challenge S. at
Newmarket, and carrying 27# less than when he’d defeated
Sonatura previously, Americus finished 2d to him by 4 lengths.
The race was one of two that day that resulted in official
inquiries. As reported in the Racing Calendar, the stewards
found that there was insufficient evidence to determine that
Americus had been pulled or to lift the license of his jockey,
American Lester Reiff, who had also been material to the inquiry
into the other race that day.
Croker retired Americus
back to the breeding shed at Wantage for good at the end of the 1901 flat racing season.
That year he had covered one or two outside
mares and several of Croker’s. In 1902 his son Gladwin (b g 1899
out of Democracy by St. Simon) made a favorable impression on
the track, winning the Portland Plate. This no doubt had
something to do with the fact that his sire attracted a few more
outside mares in 1903. Later that year Croker relocated his
stable to French (or French Furze) House on the Curragh in his
native Ireland. Americus seems to have been slightly more
popular with Irish breeders but was still significantly
underutilized. He was sent to stand in Italy in 1906 and was
still there in 1907 when his 2yo daughter Americus Girl (out of
Palotta 1893 by Gallinule) began
displaying her stakes-winning ways.
His reputation as a
sire enhanced, Americus returned to Ireland for 1908, standing
at Croker’s new facility at Glencairn. Palotta was brought to
his court again, as were more other outside mares than he’d seen
cumulatively in all previous years in the UK stud. By then,
however, all of Croker’s hopes for the future were pinned on
Orby, the 1904 ch c by Ormonde out of Croker’s American-bred
Rhoda B. by Hanover who had made his breeder’s dream of winning
the Derby Stakes at Epsom come true. Orby would be retiring to stud
at Glencairn in 1909. The focus was on making him as successful
in the breeding shed as he’d been on the track. While Americus’
progeny earnings were more than respectable for a horse with so
few foals, this was not the splendid outcome Croker had
envisioned when he established his stable in 1891. An offer was
made and Americus was sold to Hauptgestüt Trakehnen, the German
state-owned stud, in September, 1908. He died at one of the
Trakhenen breeding farms 25 Mar 1910, his death duly noted in
their stud records.
Orby would go on to become Croker’s
most successful sire but it was Americus that would leave the
permanent imprint on the Thoroughbred. Through the daughters of
Lady Josephine (ch f 1912 by Sundridge out of Americus Girl) he
entered the pedigrees of several of the most influential sires
of the mid 20th century, including Fair Trial, Mahmoud,
Nasrullah, and Royal Charger.
|In 1894 (racing for
Baldwin's Santa Anita Stables)
field, 28 Jun 1894, Wash. Park, Chicago, Kenwood
Stakes (5/8 mi.), Bellicoso won, Handsome 2d,
Won wire-to-wire easily by
two lengths (111#, Van Kuren up, 1:01, $700) 30
Jun 1894, Wash. Park, Chicago, $1K purse (5f),
Diggs (115#) 2d, Rosita (115#) 3d.
Finished 2d by a neck (118#, Miller up, time not
given, $2500), 07 Jul 1894 Wash. Park, Chicago,
Worlds’ Fair Stakes (5.5f), Lissak (113#) won,
Handsome (118#) 3d by 2 lengths.
the field (4th) Quickstep Stakes, Wash. Park,
Won Edgewater Handicap (118#),
Latonia 04 Oct 1894.
Finished 2d to Frank
K. special race at Hawthorne Oct. 1894, Leo Lake
Won (106#, Carr up; 1:11-1/4) San
Francisco 21 Nov 1895 ~6f, Nellie Peyton 2d, El
Among the field, Norfolk
Stakes, San Francisco 24 Nov 1894.
9) 9-3-2-0 $7630
(still racing for
Won by 6 lengths (105#,
McClain up, 1:01-1/2, $300) 13 May 1895
Louisville (5f), Uncle Luke 2d, Merry Monarch 3d
by a head.
Finished 2d by a head (115#,
Williams up, 1:42-1/4, $200) 20 May 1895
Louisville (1 mi.), Schulte Stakes, Simon W.
won, The Commoner 3d by a neck.
2d by ½ legnth (114#, Doggett up, :59-4/5, $100)
Sheepshead Bay 15 Jun 1895 (5f), The Butterflies
(109#) won, Ridicule (109#) 3d by 3 lengths.
Finished 3d by a head (109#, Doggett up,
1:08, $50), Sheepshead Bay, 18 Jun 1895,
sweepstakes $15/eac. $600 added (5.5f), Domino
(122#) won, Factotum (112#) 2d. by 3 lengths.
Won by half a length (120#, Taral up, 1:13,
$540), Brighton 04 Jul 1895, sweepstakes $15/ea.
$600 added (6f), Hanwell (113#) 2d, Aurelian 3d
by 4 lengths.
Won by half a length (106#,
Penn up, 1:16, $620) Brighton 08 Jul 1895 (6f),
Wernberg 2d., Sir Excess 3d by a head.
Finished 2d by ¾ length (114#, Taral up,
1:41-1/2, $75), Brighton, 12 Jul 1895,
sweepstakes $10/ea. $10 addt’l. for starters,
$500 added (1 mile), Sir Excess (117#) won,
Stonenellie (116#) 3d by 5 lengths.
(1:30) Saratoga 22 Jul 1895 (7f), Brandywine
2d., Sufficient 3d.
Won by ½ length (106#,
Taral up, 1:16, $620), Brighton , 25 Jul 1895.
(¾ mi.) handicap, $20/ea. $600 added. Wernberg
(122#) 2d., Sir Excess (112#) 3d by a head,
Hurlingham (116#, Hermanita (103#) and Hanwell
(97#) also ran. Newspaper accounts reflect him
running at Brighton and Saratoga on same day.
Most plausibly, the "Rey" that was still at
Brighton on 25 Jul was Rel Santa Anita, not Rey
Saratoga 25 Jul 1895 (1 mi.), Brandywine 2d,
Fannie Louise 3d.
Finished 2d (109#,
Martin up, 1:55-1/2), Saratoga, 27 Jul 1895,
Travers Stakes (1-1/8 mi.), Liza (104#) won,
Maurice (111#) 3d.
Finished 2d (108#,
Martin up, 1:14-3/4), Saratoga, 03 Aug 1895,
Kearney Stakes (5f), Clifford (127#) won,
Finished 2d (115#, Perkins
up, 1:30, $?[$2000]), Saratoga, 08 Aug 1895,
(7f), Annisette (106#) won. Lissak (120#) 3d,
Won by 4 lengths (122#, Taral
up, 1:11-2/5, $1500), Sheepshead Bay, Flying
Stakes (6f), 28 Aug 1895, Ina (103#) 2d, The
Bluffer (119#) 3d by 6 lengths.
3d by ½ length (122#. Sims up, 2:02-2/5, $150),
Sheepshead Bay, Reapers Stakes (9.5f), Flying
Dutchman won, Dolabra 2d by 1-1/2 lengths.
Among the field, Sheepshead Bay, 08 Sep
1895, Omnium Handicap (1-1/8 mi.) won by
Won by 3 lengths (121#,
Taral up, 1:01-1/2, $1200), Gravesend, 21 Sep
1895, Atlantic Stakes (5f), Applause (117#) 2d,
Handspring (106#) 3d by 3L, Floretta IV and
Wernberg also ran.
Won by 4 lengths
(121#, Taral up, 1:15, $500), Gravesend, 24 Sep
1895, handicap for all ages (3/4 mi.), Illusion
(91#) 2d, Jack of Spades (114#) 3d by 4 lengths,
(Note: Domino was scratched from this race and
retired. Rey del Carreres was scratched from
Ocean View H. same day & entered in this race.)
Won by 3 lengths, 20 lengths ahead coming
out of final turn, (129#, Doggett up, 1:51-3/4,
$1200), Gravesend, 26 Sep 1895 Brookwood
Handicap (8.5f), Counter Tenor (123#) 2d,
Dolabra (108#) 3d by 5L, Belmar (95#), Primrose
(108#) & Monaco (108#) also ran.
Won by 3
lengths (135#, Taral up, 1:15, $1500),
Gravesend, 01 Oct 1895 Culver Handicap (¾ mi.)
Crescendo (100-1/2#) 2d, Brandywine (110#) 3d by
2 lengths. Ina, and Hermanita also ran.
Finished 2d by a neck to Handspring (140#, Taral
up, 1:14-1/2, $200), Gravesend, 10 Oct 1895.
Billow Stakes (¾ mi.), Rubicon 3d by 1-1/2
lengths. Hawarden also ran.
(20 of 22)
22-10-6-4 $9060, incl Flying S, Atlantic S,
Culver H & Brookwood H
Unplaced for the
Kempton Park Great Jubilee Stakes, won by T
Worton's Royal Hunt Cup winner Victor Wild (ch c
1890 Albert Victor), 2° to Capt Greer's July Cup
winner Kilcock (br c 1892 Kilwarlin), 3° to H
McAlmont's The Lombard (b c 1892 Petrarch), 15
Finished 2° for the 500 sovs
Portland Plate at Doncaster, won by Leopold De
Rothschild's Grig (b f 1892 Crafton), beating
Sir J Blundell Maple's Palaverer (b c 1893
Wisdom), 21 started.
(2 of 2)
Finished 2° for the 500
sovs Great Surrey Handicap over 5 furlongs at
Epsom, won by D Seymour's Sirdar (ch c 1894 Wild
Sherry), beating B I Barnato's Miss Primrose (br
f 1894 Galopin).
Among the field for the 500 sovs Princess Of
Wales's Handicap over 5 furlongs at Sandown
Park, won by T Cannon's Deep Sea (b g 1892 Pearl
Diver), having been "left at the post."
by 4 lengths the 200 sovs Riddlestown Plate over
5 furlongs at Epsom, beating Lord Rosebery's
Alizarine (ch f 1895
and J L Murray-Shireff's Heligoland (b c 1895
Finished 2° for the 800 sovs
Queen's Stand Plate over the TYC at Ascot, won
by Prince Soltykoff's Woolsthorpe (b c 1888
Tibthorpe), beating Martin D Rucker's Red Heart
(ch c 1892 Hilarious or Cherry Ripe).
the field for the 300 sovs Stewards' Cup over
the TYC at Goodwood, won by H McCalmont's
Amphora (ch f 1893 Amphion), 2° to Lord W
Beresford's Diakka (b c 1893 The Sailor Prince),
and 3° to Sir S Scott's Ardvourlie (bl f 1893
Barcaldine). Also among the field were R
Lebaudy's Count Schomberg (ch c 1892 Aughrim)
and E Smithwick's Lesterlin (br c 1892
Finished 2° for the 150 sovs
Singleton Plate over the TYC at Goodwood, won by
Lord Wolverton's Ugly (b c 1892 Minting),
beating Sir S Scott's Ardvourlie and Prince
Soltykoff's Speed (b c 1891 Hampton) among
Finished 2° for the 300 sovs Marine
Plate over the TYC at Brighton, won by W Mills's
Othery (ch f 1893 King Monmouth), beating A F
Calvert's Sheeroe (ch f 1894 Blitz).
Won by 8
lengths the 200 sovs Southdown Plate over 6
furlongs at Brighton, beating Mr Jersey's
Milford (ch c 1890 Saraband) and T Simpson Jay's
Rampion (ch c 1893 Amphion).
Finished 2° by a
short head for the 300 sovs De Warrenne Handicap
over 5 furlongs at Lewes, won by D Seymour's
Sirdar, beating Mr Mills's Othery.
field for the 500 sovs Palatine Handicap over 5
furlongs at Manchester, won by L Pilkington's
Canonbury (ch f 1894 Crowberry), 2° to Mr
Mills's Othery, 3° to Sir J Blundell Maple's
Omladina (br f 1893 Royal Hampton).
field for the 200 sovs Elvaston Castle Plate
over 5 furlongs at Nottingham, won by E Melly's
Bewitchment (br f 1894 Juggler), 2° to W Mills's
Alas (ch f 1893 Despair) and also 2° to D
Seymour's Suppliant (bbr c 1893 Atheling or
Among the field, having been left
at the post, for the 200 sovs Kennett Plate over
the Rous Course at Newmarket, won by Lord
Wolverton's Ugly, 2° to J M Hanbury's Tears Of
Joy (b f 1895 Amphion), 3° to C Trimmer's
Bentworth (b c 1892 Despair).
Finished 3° for
the 200 sovs Southfield Plate over the Ab M at
Alexandra Park, won by Lord Cadogan's Lowly (b f
1894 Common), 2° to F W Day's Castle Or (b g
Did not run.
Finished 4° for the
Stewards Cup at Goodwood, won by Horatio
Bottomley's Northern Farmer (b c 1894 Laureate),
2° to Sir J Blundell Maple's 1000 Guineas winner
Nun Nicer (br f 1895 Common), 3° to C A Mills's
Mazeppa (b f 1896 Wolf's Crag), beating July Cup
winner Eager (b c 1894 Enthusiast) and the Duke
of Devonshire's Middle Park Plate winner
Dieudonné (ch c 1895 Amphion).
Among the field, "left at the post," for the
September Handicap at Manchester, won by A L
Duncan's London (br g 1893 Donovan), 2° to
Horatio Bottomley's Le Blizon (ch c 1896
Xaintrailles), 3° to W Mills's Othery (ch f 1890
Won by 3 lengths carrying
top weight of 8st 10l, the 5f Charlwood Handicap
at Gatwick, beating R Maguire's Filassier (bbr g
1893 Hackler) and T Sherwood's Marta Santa (b c
Among the field, "left at
the post," for the Temple Handicap at Sandown
Park, won by Filassier, 2° to D Seymour's
Suppliant (bbr c 1893 Atheling or Ashplant), 3°
to G Cottrill's Remember Me (ch f 1892 Bread
Finished 2° for the
Stewards' Cup over 6 furlongs at Goodwood, won
by J A Drake's Royal Flush (ch c 1893 Favo),
beating J G Clarke's Melbourne Cup winner The
Grafter (br c 1893 Gozo). Among the field were
Mr Neumann's Eager (b c 1894 Enthusiast) and Mr
Joel's Mazeppa (b f 1896 Wolf's Crag).
a length the 200 sovs Eton Handicap over 5
furlongs at Windsor, beating G Cottrill's
Impious (ch g 1895 Chittabob) and Capt Leethan's
Amphlett (b f 1897 Amphion).
Finished 2° for
the Scurry Handicap over 5 furlongs at Hurst
Park, won by E Foster's Marceline (ch f 1895
Marcion), beating J S Curtis's Pearl Rover (ch c
1895 Pearl Diver).
Finished 2° for the
Pegasus Cup over 5 furlongs at Cork Park, won by
J C Sullivan's Berrill (b c 1896 Rouge Dragon),
beating T S Coppinger's St. Helena (b f 1897 St.
Among the field for the Portland
Plate at Doncaster, won by HRH Prince Of Wales's
Lucknow (ch c 1895 St. Angelo), 2° to L
Neumann's Eager, 3° to J A Drake's Sir Hercules
(b c 1896 Sir Hugo).
Finished 2° of two for
the Challenge Stakes over the Bretby Stakes
Course at Newmarket, won by Sir E Cassell's
Sonatura (ch f 1897 Amphion).
carrying the top weight of 9s 6l, for the 1mile
Manor Welter Plate at Gatwick, won by W M
Brutton's Morningdew (b c 1895 Adieu), beating W
Bradford's Simonswood (b c 1897 St. Simon) and 8
Finished 3° for the 6f July Cup at
Newmarket, won by Sir J Blundell Maple's Lord
Bobs (ch c 1898 Bend Or), 2° to the Duke of
Devonshire's Dieudonne (ch c 1895 Amphion),
beating 2 others.
Among the field, carrying
top weight of 9st 10l, for the 5 furlong
Singleton Plate at Goodwood, won by J Hare's Le
Blizon (ch c 1896 Xaintrailles), 2° to Sir J
Blundell Maple's Ardeer (br c 1897 Ayrshire), 10
Among the field, carrying top weight of
8st 12l, for the 5 furlong Princess's Plate at
Kempton Park, won by Le Blizon, 2° to Ivor E
Hughes's Engineer (bbr c 1898 Crafton), 14 ran.
Among the field, carrying top weight of 9st 6l,
for the 1 mile East Anglian Plate at Ayr, won by
Sir J Blundell Maple's Vidame (br g 1898
Raeburn), 2° to J C Dyer's Sandbag (b c 1898
Carbine), 9 ran.
Finished 3°, carring top
weight of 9st 6l, for the 5 furlong Stubbles
Handicap at Lingfield Park, won by M Marshall's
Nipperkin (br c 1898 Pioneer), 2° to Sir W
Ingram's Court Belle (b f 1898 Despair), 9
Photograph by W A Rouch
|Futurity (b f 1904), raced by Lord
Carnarvon, won 3 of 10 starts as a two year old,
including the Tattenham Plate at Epsom. She also
finished 2° for the Hurst Park Foal Plate,
beating William Clark's Linacre (b c 1904 Wolf's
Crag), who was later a prominent stallion in
Australia. She was sent to Germany at two,
where she became the 3° dam of Princess Aly
Khan's King George
Stakes winner Neuvy (bbr c 1935 Xandover), and 3°
dam of Austria-Preis winner Figaro (ch c 1938
|Americus Girl (ch f 1905),
ran for her breeder, winning 12 of 29 races over 4 years having
a value of £8,372. She was the ancestress of
such luminaries as Nasrullah (b c 1940
Nearco), Tudor Minstrel (br c 1944 Owen Tudor),
Mahmoud (gr c 1933 Blenheim), Royal Charger (ch c 1942
Nearco) and Fair Trial (ch c 1932 Fairway).
Also see Mumtaz
|Alabama (ch f 1906), bred by
Richard Croker and half-sister to Orby, was the 4° dam of Austria-Preis
winner Tornado (b c 1951 Torcello),
4° dam of Österreichisches Galopper-Derby winner
Apollo (b c 1953 Angelico), and 4° dam of
Austria-Preis winner Formosa (b f 1954
|Caspia (b f 1906), ran for C
J Blake, winning the Shandon Plate at Cork and finishing 2° for
the Midsummer Plate at the Curragh and for the International
Foal Stakes at Leopardstown as a two year old. As a three year
old she finished 2° for the Irish Oaks in her only start. She
was the 2° dam of Irish 1000
Guineas winner Glenshesk (b f 1920 Junior), and
several other winners including Victoria Cup
winner Carados (b c 1915 Glasgerion).
|Mrs. K. (ch f 1906), bred by
Mrs Kelly, did not race. She was ancestress of a small
American family of winners including Coaltown (b
c 1945 Bull Lea) and CCA Oaks winner Wistful (ch
f 1946 Sun Again).
|Benanet (b f 1909), was owned
by George Joseph Edwardes. She ran for 3 years, winning the
Irish Breeders Produce Stakes at Phoenix Park, the Finsbury
Mid-Weight Handicap at Alexandria Park and the Whitsuntide
Handicap at Wolverhampton. She was the dam of Souviens-Toi (ch
c 1917 Santoi), winner of the Prix Boiard and a
useful stallion in France.
|Lady Americus (b f 1909),
bred by A H Ledlie, won the Redfern Two Years Old Plate at
Kempton Park, and the Coventry Stakes at Ascot as a two year
old. She made 2 unsuccessful starts at three. Mr Ledlie reduced
his stud in in 1912, and in December sold Lady Americus to Sir
Ernest Cassel for 2500gs. She was the ancestress of Queen Mary
Stakes winner Belle Travers (b f 1936 Mr. Jinks), British
Champions Sprint Stakes
(previously called the Diadem Stakes) winner Zanzibar (ch c 1955 King's Bench),
Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner Bun Penny (b c
1958 Hook Money) and many others.