Glidelia – 1877 (Mar. 23) ch. f. by Bonnie Scotland (GB) – Waltz by Lexington
Breeder: J. Franklin and A. C. Franklin (Gallatin, TN)
Owner: Captain William M. Conner (likely 04/1878 to 01/1883); Commodore Norman W. Kittson (Erdenheim Stud, PA; 01/1883 to 1888); William Astor (Ferncliff Stud, NY; 1888 to 10/1890); J. B. Haggin (Rancho del Paso Stud, CA; from 10/1890)
Trainer: George Rice
RECORD: (29) 15-5-4 (number of starts/wins confirmed) / at least $12,137.50
1st: Day Boat Line S. (6f,SAR), Mermaid S. (1 1/8 mi.,Coney Island), Alabama S. (9f,SAR), West End Hotel S. (1 ½ mi.,MTH), Hunter S. (1 ¾ mi.,Jerome Park), Vestal S. (1 ½ mi.,PIM), Breckenridge S. (2 mi.,PIM), Merchants’ S. (1 ¾ mi,Pittsburg Park), Iron S. (2 mi.,Pittsburg Park), Grand Prize of Saratoga (NTR-1 ¾ mi.,SAR)
2nd: Monmouth Oaks (1 ¼ mi.,MTH), Clarendon Hotel S. (1 ¼ mi.,SAR), Kenner S. (2 mi.,SAR), Long Branch H. (1 ¼ mi.,MTH), Shrewsbury H. (1 ¼ mi.,MTH)
3rd: Windsor Hotel S. (5f,SAR), Westchester Cup (2 ¼ mi.,Jerome Park), Ocean S. (1 1/8 mi.,MTH), Monmouth Cup (2 ¼ mi.,MTH), Louisville Cup (2 ¼ mi.,Louisville)
NTR at Saratoga (08/05/1882): 1 ¾ mi. in 3:01 (Grand Prize of Saratoga)
EARLY YEARS: 1877-1878
Bred by J. Franklin and A. C. Franklin of Gallatin, TN, Glidelia, out of the Lexington mare Waltz and descending from the powerful Cotillion/Gallopade (GB) line, was one of five Franklin bred Bonnie Scotland (GB) yearlings sold at auction on 04/30/1878 at Nashville.
In addition to Glidelia, the lot of five included Biloxi, John Happy, and future Hall of Famer Luke Blackburn, with Glidelia selling to John W. Edwards of Nashville for $300. Later publications list Glidelia selling to Captain William M. Conner at this sale, and it is likely that Edwards was acting as agent on behalf of Conner.
1879: (4) 1-0-1
1st: Day Boat Line S. (6f,SAR); 3rd Windsor Hotel S. (5f,SAR)
Racing exclusively at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, Glidelia’s career would get off to a relatively slow start. Debuting in the Saratoga Stakes (6f) on July 29, Glidelia would finish fourth in the field of six behind Sensation, Grenada, and Beata. Her luck would not improve in the Kentucky Stakes (6f) on August 7, where she would once again finish fourth, this time behind Oden, Minos, and Girofle in the seven horse field.
Slightly on the improve in her third start, the Windsor Hotel Stakes (5f) in early August, she would finish third behind Grenada and Luke Blackburn. Glidelia’s first win would not come until her fourth and final start of 1879, where in the Day Boat Line Stakes (6f) on August 16, she would defeat Carita by one length, during a race in which heavy rains resulted in the track reportedly being “more like a stream than anything else.” Her old nursery mate Luke Blackburn would finish third in the seven horse field.
1880: (9) 6-3-0 / $11,837.50
1st: Mermaid S. (1 1/8 mi.,Coney Island), Alabama S. (9f,SAR), West End Hotel S. (1 ½ mi.,MTH), Hunter S. (1 ¾ mi.,Jerome Park), Vestal S. (1 ½ mi.,PIM), Breckenridge S. (2 mi.,PIM); 2nd: Monmouth Oaks (1 ¼ mi.,MTH), Clarendon Hotel S. (1 ¼ mi.,SAR), Kenner S. (2 mi.,SAR)
“The quartet of 3-year olds are headed by Capt. Conner’s ch. f. Glidelia, by imp. Bonnie Scotland, out of Waltz, by Lexington. That she is a good racer there can be no doubt, and if she does not capture some of the stakes in which she is entered, there will be many persons disappointed. Her debut was made in the Saratoga Stakes, when she was unplaced to Sensation. Then she ran third to Oden in the Kentucky Stakes, and the Captain stoutly asserted that the race was not true, and thought that Glidelia out to have won. She had another trial in the Windsor Hotel Stakes, and ran a close third. Finally she won the Day Boat Line Stakes, which was run in a heavy rain, and the track was more like a stream than anything else. There were only two at the finish, and Glidelia beat Carita by a length. The stake was worth $1,125. She is entered for the Chesapeake, Vestal and Breckenridge Stakes, at Baltimore; the Monmouth Oaks and West End Hotel Stakes, at Long Branch; the Alabama, Clarendon Hotel, and Kenner Stakes, at Saratoga, and also in the Coney Island St. Leger. If Glidelia turns out to be as good as Stampede, who won the Kenner Stakes for the Captain in 1874, the latter and his numerous friends will be well satisfied.” (The New York Times, 04/25/1880)
Glidelia’s first race of 1880 would not come until the Mermaid Stakes (1 1/8 mi.) at Coney Island on June 23, where she would win by three lengths in 1:59 ½. She would then head to Monmouth Park for the Monmouth Oaks (1 ¼ mi.) on July 8, finishing second by a head to Nancy.
Despite reports of a cough, Glidelia would go off as the favorite in the Alabama Stakes (9f) at Saratoga on July 20, defeating second place finisher Kitty J. by 1 ½ lengths in 2:00. Remaining at Saratoga for the Clarendon Hotel Stakes (1 ¼ mi.) on August 10, she would finish second to Girofle in a disputed dead heat over the “very dusty” going.
“… and then Girofle parted company with Cinderella and came after the leaders. She caught Dawn at the three quarter pole, and as soon as they got into the straight work she came along after Glidelia, and caught her after passing the furlong pole. Then Donahue had recourse to the whip, and Glidelia responded gamely, and there was a close and exciting struggle between them all the way to the goal, which they reached so evenly that it was declared a dead heat by the spectators, but the man in the “pigeon-hole” decided in favor of Girofle.” (The New York Times, 08/11/1880)
She would then finish second to Luke Blackburn in the Kenner Stakes (2 mi.) at Saratoga on August 12 before winning her next three starts: the West End Hotel Stakes (1 ½ mi.) at Monmouth Park on August 19 by three lengths over Edelweiss, the Hunter Stakes (1 ¾ mi.) at Jerome Park on October 6 by one length over Girofle, and the Vestal Stakes (1 ½ mi.) at Pimlico on October 21 by one length over Lavacca.
With a three race win streak on the line, Glidelia would dead heat with Grenada for the win in the Breckenridge Stakes (2 mi.) at Pimlico on October 23.
“The dead heat between Grenada and Glidelia was declared off, the owners dividing stakes.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 10/24/1880)
1881: (5) 0-?-3(?) / at least $300
3rd: Westchester Cup (2 ¼ mi.,Jerome Park), Ocean S. (1 1/8 mi.,MTH), Monmouth Cup (2 ¼ mi.,MTH)
“The next and last of the Bonnie Scotlands put up was the brother to the fast Glidelia, owned by Mr. Wm. Conner, of New Orleans. His presence on the ground also indicated business, and had the good John McCullough seen the manner in which he went for that colt he would have been afforded another illustration of Billy Conner’s nerve, pluck and horse-sense. Again the Bruce brothers started the bidding, Ben naming $2,500 and Saunders raising it to $2,600. Conner was sticking “like a little man” as somebody was carrying him along by hundreds up to $4,500. “Five thousand” was Mr. Conner’s response to the suggestion of Phil Dwyer sotta voce: “Go on, Billy, give it to him,” and when the colt was knocked down to the manager of the McCullough Combination, said the little man of Brooklyn, “We got ’em both, anyhow.” Mr. Conner’s purchase is a bay, own brother to his Glidelia, dam Waltz by Lexington. He has a narrow white stripe in his face, and is a Bonnie Scotland all over, and of high racing form.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 05/01/1881)
The year of 1881 would be one of relatively poor form for Glidelia. In the Westchester Cup (2 ¼ mi.) at Jerome Park on June 7, while leading near the finish, her saddle girth would break, resulting in her ultimately finishing third behind Parole and McCullough.
Spending the summer at Monmouth Park, she would finish third to Hindoo and Monitor in the Ocean Stakes (1 1/8 mi.) on July 2, fifth in a 1 ¾ mile “free handicap sweepstakes” at Monmouth Park on July 7, and third behind Monitor and Parole in the Monmouth Cup (2 ¼ mi.) at Monmouth Park on July 9.
Glidelia would also run unplaced (or at least no better than third) in an unknown race at some point between June-July, likely at Monmouth.
“Last year the weakness in Glidelia’s legs almost put a stop to her training, and she was never in condition, the consequence being that she went five times to the post, but failed to win a cent, and in July she was put out of training. A good, long rest and careful nursing on the part of her trainer, George Rice, brought the mare out again this year in greatly improved shape, though the weak forelegs were always a source of anxiety.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 08/19/1882)
During the month of October, it was reported that Glidelia was sold at auction in Nashville to Milton Young for $750. This sale appears to have been called off, as Glidelia would remain with Conner for the rest of her racing career. Conner had previously purchased Glidelia’s yearling full brother Bolero for $5,000 at the Belle Meade spring yearling sale, in turn selling the colt to the Keenes for $8,000 during a sale at Nashville in November.
“The presence in this city for several days past of Col. S. D. Bruce, editor of the Turf, Field and Farm, and Harry Keene, a brother of J. P. Keene, has been exciting interest among turfmen. Their mission was made known to-night when Mr. Keene announced that he had purchased for his brother the yearling colt Bolero, by Bonnie Scotland, dam Waltz by Lexington, and a full brother to Glidelia. The price paid was $8,000, a remarkably heavy figure for a yearling. The colt was purchased at the Belle Meade sale for $5,000, by Col. Billy Conner, the well known theatrical manager, of New York. Bolero is regarded as a most promising youngster, and will, in the future, uphold the distinction American horses have gained in England.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 11/19/1881)
1882: (11) 8-2-1
1st: Merchants’ S. (1 ¾ mi,Pittsburg Park), Iron S. (2 mi.,Pittsburg Park), Grand Prize of Saratoga (NTR-1 ¾ mi.,SAR); 2nd: Long Branch H. (1 ¼ mi.,MTH), Shrewsbury H. (1 ¼ mi.,MTH); 3rd: Louisville Cup (2 ¼ mi.,Louisville)
NTR at Saratoga (8/5/1882): 1 ¾ mi. in 3:01 (Grand Prize of Saratoga)
“It is intimated that Glidelia has a bad foot, and cannot be trained for her early spring engagements.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 03/20/1882)
“Glidelia moves like a queen and if her suspicious ankle will stand the preparation for the cup course, she will be a dangerous competitor in the Louisville all aged stakes.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 03/27/1882)
“Glidelia did some good work recently, and her legs are still as good as before.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 05/01/1882)
While expectations for Glidelia’s 5-year-old campaign were tempered due to considerations for unsoundness, she would kick her season off with a two length win over Burnham in a 1 ¼ mile club purse at Louisville on May 16. Remaining at Louisville, she would then finish third behind Hindoo and Checkmate in the Louisville Cup (2 ¼ mi.) on May 19 before traveling to Pittsburg Park (Pittsburgh, PA).
At Pittsburg Park, she would compete twice in quick succession, winning the Merchants’ Stakes (1 ¾ mi.) on May 31 and the Iron Stakes (2 mi.) on June 2. The Iron S. would become an inadvertent match race between Glidelia and Belle of Nelson when additional entrant Bend Or (1878) scratched due to lameness.
Heading to Monmouth Park for the early summer, Glidelia would then finish second by 1 ¼ lengths to Monitor in the “very heavy” going of the Long Branch Handicap (1 ¼ mi.) on July 1, second by a length to Glenmore in the Shrewsbury Handicap (1 ¾ mi.) on July 4, and win a 1 ½ mi. “free handicap sweepstakes” on July 8 by six lengths over Fair Count.
Moving to Saratoga with the opening of the summer meet, she would win a 1 ¾ mi. purse on July 19 by 1 ¼ lengths over Spark, win a 1 ½ mi. purse on July 27 by one length over Monogram, and win a 1 ½ mi. handicap sweepstakes on August 1 by a half-length over General Monroe.
In the Grand Prize of Saratoga (1 ¾ mi.) on August 5, she would defeat Bend Or (1878) by a head in a track record setting time of 3:01. This record would stand until broken by Hotspur in 1891 (3:00 ¾).
“Time- 3:01, being a quarter of a second faster than Checkmate’s famous record. … The excitement at the finish was tremendous. Glidelia and her jockey were repeatedly cheered.” (The New York Times, 08/06/1882)
The excitement over what was arguably the finest performance of Glidelia’s career was short lived, as on August 13, she would break down during a routine workout at Saratoga and would be subsequently retired.
“Capt. Wm. M. Conner’s famous mare Glidelia broke down while at exercise at Saratoga on Sunday morning, and her case being a hopeless one it has been decided to breed her to Mr. George Lorillard’s Sensation.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 08/19/1882)
“Glidelia, the best daughter of Bonnie Scotland, was sold during the past week by Capt. Wm. M. Conner to Maj. J. R. Hubbard, for Commodore Kittson, and will join Maggie B. B., Susan Beane, Megara, and her own dam Waltz, at the Erdenheim stud, near Philadelphia. Capt. W. M. Conner, known from Maine to the Gulf as one of the most genial of American turfmen, has resolved to retire from the management of John McCullough’s theatrical company and will succeed Mr. T. F. Walton as proprietor of the St. James Hotel in New York.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 01/08/1883)
The Glidelia Stakes (1 ¼ mi.) was run at Covington, KY from at least 1883-1885 and won by Rena B. (1883), Fallen Leaf (1884), and Lizzie Dwyer (1885).
While initially sold to Comm. Norman W. Kittson of Erdenheim Stud following her retirement, Glidelia would sell to William Astor’s Ferncliff Stud for $4,100 following a dispersal of Erdenheim’s stock in 1888. Astor would in turn disperse his stock in October 1890, with Glidelia selling to J. B. Haggin for $6,000. She would produce at least six foals through 1896, at which time both her and her Sir Modred (NZ) colt of that year were reported as deceased.
Glidelia’s first three foals were reported to have died young – it is uncertain if this pertains to her foals of 1884, 1885, and/or 1886, or other foals.
Unnamed – 1886 b. c. by Reform. Sold to J. S. Stewart for $900 at the Sheepshead Bay paddock sale on 07/02/1897.
Galliard – 1887 b. f. by Reform. Descendants show up in the American Trotting Register.
Eureka – 1889 ch. c. by Woodlands (GB)
Galaxy II – 1891 b. f. by Galore (GB)
Unnamed – 1895 b. c. Maxim (NZ)
Unnamed – 1896 b. c. by Sir Modred (NZ). Reported as deceased same year.