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Hastings (USA)




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Hastings br c 1893 (Spendthrift - Cinderella*, by Blue Ruin or Tomahawk1). Sire Line Matchem. Family 21-a.

Bred at Versailles, Kentucky, by Dr J D Neet, he was a half brother to Kentucky Derby and Clark Handicap winner Plaudit (br c 1895 Himyar) and half to Slippers (br f 1904 Meddler), dam of Preakness winner Buskin (b g 1910 Hamburg) and grandam of Kentucky Derby winner Whiskery (br c 1924 Whisk Broom) and Preakness winner Victorian (b c 1925 Whisk Broom). A notoriously cranky character he was said to have inherited his disposition from his dam.

During his three year turf career he won ten of his twenty-one starts. As a two year old he was said to be a good racehorse although he improved as a three year old and was at his best as a four year old. First racing in the colours of the Gideon and Daly partnership he was purchased at auction by August Belmont II for $37,000 after his third outing as a two year old. Having seen Hastings easily win his first three starts Mr Belmont hoped to win the Futurity with Hastings but he went "slightly amiss" and could do no better than finish fifth behind his former stablemate Requital (b c 1893 Eothen). The following year he renewed a rivalry from the previous year with Handspring (ch c 1893 Hanover) in two races described as "hair raising". Hastings lost the Withers by only a head but defeated Handspring by the same margin for the Belmont Stakes.

In the stud he got two classics winners, the Preakness Stakes winner Don Enrique (b g 1904) and the Belmont Stakes winner Masterman (ch c 1899) along with many other winners. He also has the distinction of being the most recent thoroughbred to contribute to the breed of the American Saddlebred. More than a century later he is perhaps best remembered as the grandsire of Man o' War (ch c 1917 Fair Play). He was a Leading Sire in 1902 and 1908.

Hastings died in Kentucky in the Nursery Stud in 1917.

1 Cinderella's sire is erroneously given by many sources as "Tomahawk or Blue Ruin". The General Stud Book, Volume 16, page 306, corrects this to read "Blue Ruin or Tomahawk". The last covering sire is normally assumed to be the sire.

Hastings Spendthrift Australian* West Australian
Aerolite Lexington
Cinderella* Tomahawk King Tom
Manna Brown Bread
Race Record

In 1895 running for Gideon and Daly he won a 4 furlong maiden at Coney Island, in a time of 48 seconds. Won a race by 2 lengths 5 days later at the same place. Won the 5 furlong Surf Stakes at Coney Island, beating Handspring (ch c 1893 Hanover) "in a canter" by 3 lengths with Handspring conceding 7 pounds, in a time of 1:00.8. Running for August Belmont finished 5th for the 8 furlongs Futurity at Sheepshead Bay, won by Requital (b c 1893 Eothen) with Requital receiving 3 pounds, with Crescendo (ch c 1893 Flambeau) placing 2nd, and Silver II (ch c 1893 Salvator) placing 3rd.

In 1896 he finished 2nd for the Withers Stakes at Morris Park in May, won by the Dwyer Brothers' Tremont Stakes winner Handspring by a head, both carrying 122 pounds, beating Sherlock (ch c 1893 Eberlee) with 112 pounds. Won the Toboggan Handicap carrying 114 pounds beating Hanwell (b c 1862 Hanover) with 110 pounds and Sherlock with 102 pounds, in a time of 1:12 3/4 for a straight 6 furlongs. Won the 11 furlongs Belmont Stakes at Morris Park, receiving 3 pounds from and beating Handspring by a head, with Hamilton II (br c 1893 Iroquois) carrying 100 pounds finishing 3rd, in a time of 2:24 1/2. Finished 2nd for the 8 furlong Tidal Stakes, won by Margrave (ch c 1893 St. Blaise). Finished 4th for the Realization Stakes at Sheepshead Bay, won by Requital carrying 119 pounds, with Peep o' Day (b c 1893 Ayrshire) carrying 119 pounds placing 2nd, and Merry Prince (ch c 1893 Prince Royal) carrying 110 pounds placing 3rd.

In 1897 he finished 4th for the Metropolitan Handicap at Morris Park in May, won by Voter (ch c 1894 Friar's Balsam) carrying 99 pounds, with The Winner (b c 1893 Favor) carrying 115 pounds placing 2nd, and Casseopia (ch f 1894 Friar's Balsam) carrying 99 pounds placing 3rd. Ran a dead heat for first place in the 6 furlong Kearney Handicap with Clifford (br c 1890 Bramble) with each carrying 122 pounds. Finished 4th for the 6 furlong Fall Handicap at Coney Island, won by Ornament (ch c 1894 Order), with Cleophus (ch f 1894 Wagner) placing 2nd, and Voter finishing 3rd. Finished 2nd by a head for the 8 furlong Ocean Handicap, won by Belmar (gr c 1892 Belvidere) who received 2 pounds. Finished 2nd for the Omnium Handicap carrying 123 pounds, won by Ben Brush (b c 1893 Bramble) carrying 126 pounds by 3/4 of a length, beating Clifford carrying 127 pounds by a length. Won a 6 furlong race in September carrying 120 pounds, beating Ornament with 114 pounds. Finished 2nd for the First Special Stakes at Brooklyn, won by Ben Brush, with each carrying 120 pounds. Finished 2nd for the Culver Handicap carrying 130 pounds, won by Flying Dutchman (ch c 1892 Wagner) carrying 122 pounds. Won a 5 furlong race at Morris Park in October carrying 130 pounds in a time of 0:59 1/4. Won the 7 furlong Westchester Highweight Handicap carrying 140 pounds, beating Cassette (br f 1893 Uncas) carrying 106 pounds, Lady Marian (ch f 1895 Rayon d'Or) carrying 107 pounds and Premier (ch c 1893 Sir Modred) carrying 121 pounds. Finished 2nd for a 9.5 furlong overnight handicap carrying 122 pounds, won by Sir Walter (b c 1890 Midlothian) carrying 117 pounds. Finished 2nd for his final start at Morris Park over 8 furlongs in November carrying 126 pounds, won by Semper Ego (b c 1893 Logic) carrying 104 pounds.
Notable Hastings Mares
1. Gloriosa (ch f 1900), dam of the Prix Robert Papin winner Gloster (b c 1910 Prestige). Family 4-f.
2. Masthead (ch f 1900), bred by August Belmont and owned by H T Oxnard, Blue Ridge Stud, Upperville, Virginia, dam of the Carter Handicap winner Old Koenig (b c 1918 Golden Maxim). Family 4-r.
3. Golden View (ch f 1906), dam of the Travers Stakes, Lawrence Realization and Dwyer Stakes winner Rock View (b c 1910 Rock Sand). Family 9-e.
4. Pyramid (ch f 1908), bred by August Belmont and owned by A B Hancock, Paris, Kentucky, 2nd dam of Alabama Stakes, Gazelle and Jerome Handicaps winner Priscilla Ruley (bbr f 1921 Ambassador) and 3rd dam of Ebor Handicap and Doncaster Cup winner Alcazar (b c 1931 Achtoi), the Manhattan, Aqueduct and Brooklyn Handicaps winner Isolater (b c 1933 Blandford) and the Oaks and Champion Stakes winner Hycilla (ch f 1941 Hyperion). Family 2-n.
5. Flamma (b f 1909), owned by T. R. Condran, winner of the Kentucky Oaks and the Ladies Handicap. Family 5-f.
6. Nettie Hastings (ch f 1912), bred by W L Powers and owned by A E Hundley & Son, Monietta Stud, Danville, Kentucky, dam of Blue Grass Stakes winner Bo McMillan (ch c 1920 Ballot) and the stallions Peter Hastings (b c 1925 Peter Pan) and Sweep All (b c 1928 Sweep). Family 10.
Other Notable Offspring
Masterman (USA)
ch c 1899 (Hastings - Lady Margaret, by The Ill-Used*). Sire Line Matchem. Family 4-r. Bred by August Belmont II, won the Belmont Stakes, sold to John F Ryan and sent to Canada.
Magistrate (USA)
ch c 1901 (Hastings - Lady Margaret, by The Ill-Used*). Sire Line Matchem. Family 4-r. Bred by August Belmont II, won the Tremont Stakes.
Glorifier (USA)
ch c 1902 (Hastings - Glory, by The Ill-Used*). Sire Line Matchem. Family 4-f. Won the Metropolitan Handicap and the Carter Handicap.
Don Enrique (USA)
b g 1904 (Hastings - Bella-Donna*, by Hermit). Sire Line Matchem. Family 10-c. Bred by August Belmont II, won the Preakness Stakes.

Fair Play (USA) ch c 1905 (Hastings - Fairy Gold, by Bend Or). Sire Line Matchem. Family 9-e.

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