Kingston, by Spendthrift
|Spendthrift ch c
1876 (Australian* - Aerolite, by
Lexington). Sire Line
Bred at the Woodburn
Stud in Kentucky by A J
Alexander he was a full brother to Fellowcraft (ch c 1870), the damsire of Hamburg (b c 1895
Hanover), and half brother to Addie C. (b f 1883 King
Alfonso), the dam of the Kentucky Derby and Clark
Handicap winner Chant (b c 1891 Falsetto). He was
described as a "fine-tempered horse and easy to ride,"
with a "beautiful, clean-cut head, deep neck, short
back," although his shoulders were "a trifle heavy" and
he had "very thin-soled feet" which caused him trouble
on hard ground.
He ran as an
undefeated two year old for Mr Daniel Swigert in the west
(Kentucky) and was purchased for $15,000 in order to
provide opposition to Mr George Lorillard's eastern colts the
following year. He was the first racehorse to carry the
spotted jacket of James R Keene, and was followed by
others such as Domino (bl c 1891 Himyar), Foxhall (b c
1878 King Alfonso), Commando (b c 1898 Domino), Colin
(br c 1905 Commando), Sysonby (b c 1902 Melton) and
Peter Pan (b c 1904 Commando).
Although he was made
favourite to win both the Withers and the Belmont he was
pulled in the former to allow his stablemate Dan
Sparling to win as he had been heavily backed by his
owner. This resulted in the instigation of a provision
in the Rules of Racing for the following year to permit
a "declaration to win". In the Belmont Spendthrift
easily defeated Dan Sparling by six lengths. His best
race was thought to be the Lorillard Stakes when he was
kicked by Magnetism and left standing at the post with
fifty yards between himself and the rest of the field.
He managed to get within range before they had travelled
a mile and then caught them one by one, racing "like a
dead-game colt" until he finally collared Harold, who
"was staggering," and beat him by a length. His
sensitive feet prompted a rest prior to a voyage to
England in March of 1880. Unfortunately he caught a cold
which affected his wind and he went unplaced for the
Cambridgeshire. Sent back to America in 1881 he started
twice more without success and entered the stud in 1882.
A very successful
stallion he is perhaps best remembered as the great
grandsire of Man o' War
(ch c 1917 Fair Play).
His name is borne by the modern Spendthrift Farm,
formerly owned by Leslie Combs II, which included part
of his birthplace, the Elmendorf Farm owned by Combs's
great grandfather, Daniel Swigert. Spendthrift died in
the Castleton Stud of James R Keene in 1900.
In 1878 he
won a sweepstakes at Lexington over 1 mile,
beating Montreal [ex-Fireman] (ch g 1876
Monarchist), Scully and 3 others. Won the
Sanford Stakes at Louisville over 1 mile,
beating Montreal, Trinidad [ex-Chimneysweep] (br
c 1876 Australian*) and 5 others, including
Goodnight (b c 1876 Enquirer) and Strathmore (b
c 1876 Waverly). Won a sweepstakes at the same
place over 1 mile in 1:45. Won the Young America
Stakes, No 1, at Nashville over 3/4 mile,
beating Lord Murphy [ex-Patmus] (b c 1876 Pat
Malloy), Charlemagne [ex-Lamar] (ch g 1876 Pat
Malloy) and Cal. Morgan [ex-Equator] (b g 1876
Won a sweepstakes at the same place over 1 mile,
beating Lord Murphy.
In 1879 he
finished 2nd for the Withers Stakes at Jerome
Park over 1 mile, won by stablemate Dan Sparling
(b c 1876 Glenelg*), beating Report (ch g 1876
King Ernest), Harold (ch c 1876 Leamington*),
Plevna (b c 1876 Warminster*) and Mulrooney
[ex-Statesman] (b c 1876 Kingfisher). Said to
deserve credit for this race as he "was almost
pulled to a standstill to allow his companion
Sparling" to win. Won the Belmont Stakes at the
same meeting, beating Monitor (ch g 1876
Glenelg*), Jericho [ex-Grandcourt] (ch c 1876
Revolver), Pawnee (ch g 1876 Leamington*) and
Harold. Won the Lorillard Stakes at the same
meeting, beating Harold by 2 lengths, Magnetism
(b f 1876 Kingfisher), Report, Dan Sparling,
Monitor, Rochester (b g 1876 Vauxhall), Jericho,
Boardman (b g 1876
Scotland*), Plevna and Eunice (b f 1876
Vauxhall). Won the Jersey Derby at Monmouth
Park, beating Wilful (ch c 1876
"with ease". Finished 2nd for the Travers Stakes
at Saratoga, won by Falsetto (b c 1876
Enquirer), beating Harold, Jericho and Dan
Sparling. Finished 2nd for the Kenner Stakes at
the same meeting, won by Falsetto, beating
Jericho, Monitor and Harold. Won the Champion
Stakes at Monmouth Park, beating Report, Bramble
(b c 1875
Scotland*), Volturno (b c 1876 Billet*),
Harold and Bonnie Oaks (b c 1876 Billet*).
Finished 2nd for the Jerome Stakes at Jerome
Park, won by Monitor, beating Report and
Jericho; Spendthrift was said to be unfit.
Spendthrift was unplaced for the Cambridgeshire
finished 2nd for a race at Jerome Park, won by
Barrett (b c 1878
Scotland*). Was unplaced for another race at
the same place.
Rogers (b f 1885), bred in New York by Jas R
Keene, dam of the Clipsetta Stakes winner Eva
Russell (ch f 1900 Russell).
(br f 1885), bred in Kentucky by J R Keene,
dam of the Manhattan Handicap winner Broadcloth
(b c 1902 Woolsthorpe).
Lass (b f 1888), bred in the Spendthrift Stud,
dam of the Suburban Handicap winner Tillo (b c
(ch f 1889), bred in the Spendthrift Stud, dam
of the Matron Stakes winner Adoration (ch f 1904
Ornament) and 2nd dam of Falls City Handicap
winner King Gorin (ch c 1913 Transvaal).
f 1890), bred in the Spendthrift Stud and owned
in Canada by J E Seagram and later William Hendrie, dam of Queen's Plate and Breeders'
Stakes winner Lyddite (ch f 1899 Derwentwater),
the latter the dam of Queen's Plate winner
Shimonese (ch f 1905 Martimas) and Breeders'
Stakes winner Amberite (ch f 1909 Martimas).
f 1891), bred at the Bashford Manor Stud in
Kentucky by G J Long, won the Kentucky Oaks.
(ch f 1892), bred in Kentucky by Dr D J Neet,
dam of the Grand Union Hotel Stakes winner
Sighlight (b c 1902 Plaudit).
(ch f 1893 by Albert* or Spendthrift), bred by
F K Thompson, dam of the Debutante Stakes
winner Miss Inez (bl f 1902 Pirate of Penzance).
the West (br f 1895), bred by Hiram Berry, dam
of the Travers Stakes, Jerome Handicap and
Suburban Handicap winner Hermis (ch c 1899
Ground (br f 1900), winner of the Alabama
Stakes. Family 12-b.
br c 1884 (Spendthrift - Kapanga*,
by Victorious). Sire Line
Family 13. Bred by James R Keene, he stood about 15 hands
3 inches with a "sweet head, showing high
breeding, and rather upright shoulders, which
were heavy, like his sire's" and was said to be
"very well balanced, with excellent feet and
legs". His jockey noted that he was "the gamest,
most honest horse I ever rode". He won the
Camden Stakes and the Select Stakes as a two
year old, finishing second to the Dwyer
Brothers' Hanover (ch c 1884 Hindoo) for the
Sapling Stakes and to Tremont (bl c 1884 Virgil)
for the Junior Champion Stakes. At three he won
13 of 18 starts, partly due to Hanover, however
when Hanover began to train off the Dwyer
Brothers purchased him for $12,500 to "get him
out of Hanover's way". He went on to win 10 of
14 starts as a four year old , 14 of 15 as a
five year old, 10 of 10 as a six year old and 15
of 21 as a seven year old. He continued to race
until he was ten years old, his tally being 89
victories from 138 starts. In the stud he got A
P Goodring's Belmont Stakes
winner Ildrim (bl c 1897), and King's Courier
(ch c 1897) who was sent to England and there
won the Doncaster Cup and the Jockey Club Cup.
He was a Leading Sire in 1900 and
1910 and inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in
1955. Kingston died at Keene's Castleton Stud in 1912.
ch c 1891 (Spendthrift - Maid of
Athol*, by Clanronald). Sire Line
Family 2. Bred by R T
Holloway, winner of the Preakness Stakes.
|Brother to Kingston (USA)
ch c 1891 (Spendthrift -
Kapanga*, by Victorious). Sire Line
Family 13. Bred in
Kentucky by O H Chenault, sent to Canada and
there sired Robert Davies' Coronation Futurity
and Maple Leaf Stakes winner Loupania (ch f
1901) and Coronation Futurity winner Zelinda (b
ch c 1891 (Spendthrift - Spinaway,
by Leamington*). Sire Line
Family 11. Said to be be blessed with upright pasterns and
straight shoulders which "interfered with
continuous training" he nevertheless won the Suburban
Handicap and numbered Domino (bl c 1891 Himyar)
among his victims. In the stud he sired the dam of the 1912 Preakness
Stakes winner Colonel Holloway (br c 1909