Celt – 1905 ch. h Commando-Maid of Erin by Amphion (GB)
“Celt is a horse of friendships and has taken a small calico pony into his affection so completely that he will not work or race unless his small friend is sent on the track with him.” – Daily Racing Form, 10/27/1908
Owner: James R. Keene then Arthur Hancock
Record: (6) 4-1-1
At 2 (1907): 1st Junior Champion S. (defeated Firestone); 2nd Flatbrush S. (to Colin)
At 3 (1908): 1st Jockey Club Weight for Age (defeated Jack Atkin), Brooklyn H. (defeated Fair Play, King James, Montgomery)
At 4 (1909): 1st Jockey Club Weight for Age; 3rd Brooklyn H. (to King James, Restigouche)
Established NTR at Gravesend (06/01/1908): 1 1/4 mi in 2:04 1/5, carrying 106 lbs. Of Celt’s record time, it was noted, “The time was the fastest time ever made for the distance with the exception of 2:02 4/5, made by Broomstick at Brighton Beach.” (The Nashville Tennessean, 06/02/1908)
Leading sire of 1921. Sire of 30 stakes winners and through daughter Marguerite, was broodmare sire of Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox.
Died of a heart attack in August 1919. At the time of his death, he was reportedly valued at close to $100,000 (The Washington Post, 08/19/1919).