Cousin (1949)

Cousin (1949 b. c. by Priam (FR) – My Auntie by Busy American)
Breeder: Coldstream Stud (Elmer Ellsworth Dale Shaffer)
Owner: Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
Trainers: William C. “Bill” Winfrey (in the United States) and Gerald Balding, Sr. (in England)
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‘This horse isn’t what you would say crazy,’ says his trainer, Bill Winfrey. ‘He is what you would say contrary.’ … ‘I’ve been working with horses a great many years,’ Winfrey said. ‘I rode them 20 years ago. I’ve seen all kinds of actors, but nothing like Cousin.’ … ‘We don’t tell this horse when to run,’ Winfrey says. ‘He tells us.’ (The Washington Post, 04/28/1952)


Record (in United States): (13) 6-1-1 / $95,400
1st: Great American S. (AQU,6f), Flash S. (SAR,5.5f), Saratoga Special (SAR,6f), Hopeful S. (SAR,6.5f)
2nd: Grand Union Hotel S. (SAR,6f)

Record (in England, on flat/grass): at least (4) 0-1-1
Record (in England, over jumps): at least (4) 2-1-1
Total earnings: at least £307
2nd: Arlington Stakes (NBY,1 mi.)


Bred by E. E. Dale Shaffer’s Coldstream Stud, Cousin was from the first North American crop of the Pharis (FR) horse Priam (FR) and the final foal produced by the Busy American mare My Auntie.

PRIAM (FR) (1941)
Priam, by the Pharos (GB) son Pharis (FR) and out of the Asterus (FR) mare Djezima (FR), was a 2-year-old champion in France and multiple stakes winner in England and France before retiring to stud in his native France in 1947. Dam Djezima was out of the Durbar (FR) mare Heldifann (FR), a full sister to Durban (FR), the dam of noted racehorse and sire Tourbillon (FR). As such, expectations were high for the success of Priam in the breeding shed.

Priam would stand at stud for one year in France before being purchased in 1948 as part of a four-horse French stallion syndicate formed by William G. Helis, Sr., Henry Knight, Charles W. Moore (Circle M Farm), Ed S. Moore, E. E. Dale Shaffer (Coldstream Stud), Isabel Dodge Sloane (Brookmeade Stable), and Warren Wright (Calumet Farm), and exported to the United States. The other three stallions included in the syndicate were Adaris (FR) (1936), Goya (FR) (1934), and Hierocles (FR) (1939).

Known as Priam II in the United States, he would begin stud duties at Almahurst Farm, where in addition to Cousin, he would sire the stakes winning gelding Landlocked (1950) and the ill-fated stakes winning/track record-setting Troilus (1956).

Priam’s lasting influence would come not as a sire of sires, but as a broodmare sire. From his first North American crop would come daughter Trojan Lass (1949), the dam of future Reine-de-Course Alabama Gal (1957), herself the dam of stakes winner and sire Gummo (1962) as well as stakes winner and producer Spearfish (1963), the dam of graded stakes winner King’s Bishop (1969) and group winner and producer Gaily (1970).

Daughter Secret Valley (1956), a half-sister to Reines-de-Course On the Trail (1964) and Java Moon (1970), would foal graded stakes winner Triumphant (1969) and his full sister Secret Promise (1964), herself the dam of multiple stakes producing daughters Necessity (1970), True Reality (1973), and Away From Home (1978). True Reality’s daughter Lara’s Star (1981) is the dam of stakes winner Starry Dreamer (1994), herself the dam of current leading sire War Front (2002) and his half-brother Ecclesiastic (2001).

MY AUNTIE (1933)
My Auntie, by the stakes winning North Star (GB) stallion Busy American (1919) and out of the Leonardo II mare Babe K. (1924), was a full sister to stakes winner Busy K. (1934). Babe K. would produce four foals (all by Busy American) on the U.S. mainland before being sent to Puerto Rico. My Auntie would have moderate success on the track, racing from the ages of two to five while earning $7,775 on her way to a record of (36) 10-9-1, including a third place finish in the first edition of the Arkansas Derby in 1936.

While Busy American and Leonardo wouldn’t exactly set the world on fire in the stud, My Auntie was a product of the influential Tea’s Over/Toggery female line, and upon retirement to the breeding shed would become a highly successful broodmare herself – producing four stakes winners (Carolina Queen, Cousin, Johns Joy, and The Doge) and one stakes placed horse (Moretto) in eight foals. All eight of her foals would race, with seven winners. A full list of her progeny is included at the end of this post.

A photo of My Auntie’s (since moved) grave at Coldstream Stud as taken by Barbara Livingston is viewable here.

A FAMILY OF CHAMPIONS
Babe K. was by the stakes winning Sweep stallion Leonardo II (1918) and out of the Fair Play mare Cri de Coeur (1918). Cri de Coeur was out of the Rock Sand (GB) mare Toggery (1909), thus a full sister to Mlle. Dazie (1917), the dam of champion Jamestown (1928 c. by St. James).

Toggery was out of the Hanover mare Tea’s Over (1893), making her a half-sister to the champion King Eric brothers Dick Welles (1900) and Ort Wells (1901). Both Dick Welles and Ort Wells would later enter the stud, with Dick Welles siring champion and Hall of Fame inductee Billy Kelly (1916). Toggery was also a half-sister to Tea Enough (1911 f. by Ogden (GB)), the third dam of classic winner Hoop Jr. (1942), as well as a full sister to Tea Biscuit (1912), dam of the ill-tempered stakes winner Hard Tack (1926 c. by Man o’ War), himself the sire of champion and Hall of Fame inductee Seabiscuit (1933) and stakes winning filly Sea Snack (1943), among others.

Both Cri de Coeur and Toggery were later named Reines-de-Course for their influence on the breed. Additional Reines from the immediate family include Albania (1933), Precious Lady (1952), Questar (1955), and Tudor Jet (1964).


COUSIN’S EARLY YEARS
My Auntie would pass away shortly after Cousin’s birth on March 1, 1949, leaving him to be bottled fed until a nursemare could be located. The orphaned colt, later named Cousin in tribute to his mother, became a “petted” and spoiled colt, and it was believed that his early handing attributed to the attitude problems that would plague his racing career.

“One of the first hints that Cousin might not be an altogether normal horse came when he was a yearling. That was one night when a farm watchman looked up from his papers and saw the horse standing in his room.” (The Washington Post, 04/28/1952)

As part of the Coldstream consignment to the 1950 Keeneland July yearling sale, Cousin was purchased by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt for $20,000, ultimately entering the tutelage of future Hall of Fame trainer William C. “Bill” Winfrey.

The $32,000 sales topper at that year’s yearling sale was a bay Jet Pilot – Crepe Myrtle colt, a half-brother to champion filly Myrtle Charm (1946), grandson of champion filly Myrtlewood (1936), and through shared fourth dam Frizette (1905), a distant relation to Cousin’s sire Priam. Later named Jet Jewel, he would fail to win a race in six starts; however, despite his lack of success on the track, he would enter the stud, siring the ill-fated champion colt Jewel’s Reward (1955).

JUNE 1951
Debuting in five furlong maiden at Belmont Park on June 11, Cousin made an inauspicious debut, finishing a non-threatening fifth in the twelve horse field. His second attempt would come in a 5 ½ furlong dash at Aqueduct on June 23, where this time, showing an affinity for the sloppy going, he would score a front running four length victory over Town Ghost.

Cousin - AQU maiden chart (NYT 1951.06.24)

The New York Times, 06/24/1951

JULY 1951
Remaining at Aqueduct, he would next contest the Rosebank Purse (5.5f) on July 3, where he would again make a front running effort in defeating Brer Fox by a nose, with favored Primate a half-length back in third.

Cousin - photo Rosebank Purse (NYT 1951.07.04)

The New York Times, 07/04/1951

Cousin - headline Great American S. (NYT 1951.07.10)Stepping up to stakes competition, Cousin would win the Great American Stakes (6f) at Aqueduct on July 9 by a hard fought nose over Mixture, who himself finished only a neck in front of Pintor. Cousin would drift out in the stretch, something that would become common for the rest of the season. Ridden by Nick Combest, the Great American would be the only start in Cousin’s thirteen race U.S. career where he was not piloted by Eric Guerin.

AUGUST 1951
Heading to Saratoga for the summer meeting, Cousin would next contest the Flash Stakes (5.5f) on August 6. Modestly placed at the half-mile, he would drift out in the stretch before collaring leader Duke Fanelli to win by 4 ½ lengths.

This day would be of note for a couple of reasons, as the turnstiles would not only record the highest weekday attendance (16,692) to that point in the track’s 87 year history, but it would also mark the grand opening of the National Museum of Racing.

Cousin - Flash S. photo (NYT 1951.08.07)

AP Wirephoto as published in The New York Times, 08/07/1951

“Cousin, starting for the fifth time and winning his fourth straight, started his advance from sixth place. He and his running mate were on the outside on the turn, and Cousin went even wider in the stretch. It’s his custom to do a drift-out, and he didn’t break with the custom in gaining his second stakes success.” (James Roach / The New York Times, 08/07/1951)

After again drifting out in the stretch, Cousin would win the Saratoga Special Stakes (6f) by two lengths over Old Ironsides on August 18, and then contest the Grand Union Hotel Stakes (6f) on August 25, where after stumbling at the break, he would run wide before closing in the final stages to finish second by a length to Tom Fool.

“Cousin’s owner was supposed to go to the wedding of one of his wife’s sisters at Southampton tomorrow. The big horse race has made him change his plans. Quote from Vanderbilt: ‘At the moment I’m more concerned about a Cousin than a sister-in-law.’ ” (James Roach / The New York Times, 08/25/1951)

Cousin - Grand Union Hotel S. photo (NYT 1951.08.26)

The New York Times, 08/26/1951

SEPTEMBER 1951
Despite Cousin’s achievements at Saratoga, his success had not come without some difficulty.

“But it was obvious last summer that Alfred Vanderbilt’s crack 2-year-old colt, Cousin, didn’t like the main track at Saratoga. He sulked whenever he had to train there.

One morning Vanderbilt stood watching Cousin in his works when Jock Whitney sidled alongside him. Alfred shook his head in disappointment.

‘I guess Cousin just doesn’t like the track,’ he sighed.

‘I guess not,’ agreed Jock. Then he brightened. ‘Here’s a suggestion, Alfred. As long as your colt doesn’t like this track, why don’t you bring him over to our track to train?’

“Thanks, Jock,” said Alfred. ‘I think I will.’

So Vanderbilt brought Cousin over to the private Greentree track for his works and the colt sharpened quickly. A few days later Cousin met Tom Fool in the classic Hopeful Stakes and vanquished him to the vast dismay of the generous Jock Whitney, who owns him in partnership with his sister, Mrs. Charles S. Payson.

‘That was a most remarkable victory, Jock,’ said Alfred in amusement afterward as he and Jock were kidding each other about their colts. ‘It was remarkable because I didn’t dare give Cousin a speed workout while he was on your track. Every time I’d tinker with the notion of sneaking one in, I’d glance down toward your house and all I could see was the early morning sun glinting on field glasses. It was so blinding that I figured your entire household was watching Cousin work.’

‘A lot of good it did,’ ruefully commented Jock.”
(Arthur Daley / The New York Times, 01/10/1952)

While Cousin would defeat rival Tom Fool by 1 ¼ lengths in the Hopeful Stakes (6.5f) at Saratoga on September 1, the cracks in his mental armor would begin to show, and the race would ultimately mark the beginning of the end for the colt’s career. He reared in the starting gate, tossing jockey Eric Guerin to the ground, then broke slowly before gaining on leader Tom Fool in the stretch, overtaking the Menow colt by 1 ¼ lengths for the win. Although the track was officially listed as good, the jockeys stated the track was wet and “greasy.” Cousin, who had previously demonstrated an affinity for off tracks, would wear mud caulks up front for the race, while Tom Fool, said to be a “bad mudder,” would wear steel plates all around.

Cousin - photo Hopeful S. (NYT 1951.09.02)

AP Wirephoto as published in The New York Times, 09/02/1951

“Cousin, a fast-stepping bay colt carrying the Cerise and White diamonds of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, turned on the speed in the stretch today to win the $62,900 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga and stamp himself as the prospective Eastern two-year-old champion.” (The Washington Post, 09/02/1951)

OCTOBER 1951
Following his successful stand at Saratoga, Cousin would make a return to Belmont. He had performed poorly in his one and only start at the track back in June, and his next two starts at the facility would decidedly prove that he was not a horse for Big Sandy’s course.

“Cousin had a mind of his own, and obstinate one, and he grew bored with racing after winning the Great American, Flash, Saratoga Special, and Hopeful Stakes. He rebelled against the subtlest direction and at the end of the season, Vanderbilt was asked how the colt was doing: ‘Well, we got him all the way around the track the last two times we tried, so I guess you’d say he was doing fine.’ ” (The Blood-Horse Golden Anniversary Edition: A Second Quarter-Century of American Racing and Breeding, 1941 through 1965)

Cousin would open the month of October with a start in the Anticipation Purse (6f) on October 1. Despite only being a “purse” race, the Anticipation Purse fielded a robust field of sixteen, including leading 2-year-old Tom Fool and the up-and-comer Hill Gail. Leaping “almost straight up in the air” at the break, Cousin would lag behind, only beginning to make a run at the stage of the race when his chances of winning were gone. He would finish seventh, far behind winner Hill Gail and place horse Tom Fool.

Less than a week later, Cousin would line up against nine rivals in the 62nd running of the Futurity Stakes (6.5f) on October 6. Cousin, veering in slightly at the break, would never be a factor in the race, finishing eighth. Tom Fool would take the race by ¾ of a length over Primate. Hill Gail, who also had trouble with the break, and then drifted wide during the early stages, would finish fourth.

“ ‘He just didn’t run; he had no excuse,’ said Guerin of Cousin, the conqueror of Tom Fool in the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Springs on Sept. 1.” (James Roach / The New York Times, 10/07/1951)

Following the Futurity, Cousin is reportedly taken out of training due to anemia.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1951
The twenty-four horse Vanderbilt stable, including Bed o’ Roses, Cousin, and Next Move, arrive at Santa Anita Park for the winter.

Tom Fool is named Champion 2-Year-Old Colt of 1951 by the Daily Racing Form, the Thoroughbred Racing Association, and the Turf and Sport Digest. Additional year-end honors went to Rose Jet (Champion 2-Year-Old Filly), Counterpoint (Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Horse of the Year), Kiss Me Kate (Champion 3-Year-Old Filly), Hill Prince (DRF/TRA-awarded Champion Handicap Horse), Citation (TSD-awarded Champion Handicap Horse), Bed o’ Roses (Champion Handicap Mare), and Oedipus (TRA-awarded Champion Steeplechaser).

JANUARY 1952
The Experimental Free Handicap weights for 2-year-olds of 1951 are released, with Tom Fool topping the scales at 126 lbs. Cousin is tied with Oh Leo and Primate as co-second highweights at 123 lbs.

A bit of history is set with Tom Fool’s handicap highweight. As his sire Menow was himself the highweight in 1937, it would mark the first time both father and son had topped the list.

MARCH 1952
The Vanderbilt horses return to Belmont Park in preparation for their spring campaigns.

Cousin photo (NYT 1952.03.20)

The New York Times, 03/20/1952

APRIL 1952
Having been away from the starting gate since early October, Cousin’s first start as a 3-year-old comes in a six furlong allowance at Jamaica on April 7. Despite being an allowance, the field was stakes caliber, with the six-horse field including old rivals Tom Fool and Primate, and the stakes winners Armageddon, Master Fiddle, and One Throw. Demonstrating better form than his last two races of the prior season, Cousin would finish third behind winner Tom Fool and place horse Primate by approximately two necks.

Cousin - photo JAM alw (NYT 1952.04.08)

The New York Times, 04/08/1952

Cousin - JAM alw chart (NYT 1952.04.08)

The New York Times, 04/08/1952

Off of his encouraging performance in the allowance, Cousin’s next start was the Wood Memorial (1 ⅛ mi.) at Jamaica on April 19. His start in the race was all but a certainty, as during a gate schooling session two days earlier, Cousin reared, caught one leg on the front of the gate, fell, and became trapped until the gate crew could wheel the contraption away. He was ultimately none the worse for wear from his escapade, and upon being freed and uprighted, would continue his workout, galloping an easy mile and a half around the track.

Wood Memorial day would get off to a good start for owner Alfred Vanderbilt, trainer Bill Winfrey, and jockey Eric Guerin, as they would team up to win the second race with their maiden colt Native Dancer. Going off as the ⁷⁄₅ favorite, the gray colt would defeat Putney in the five furlong race by 4 ½ lengths, installing himself as the favorite for the Youthful Stakes (5f) on April 23 – a race he would ultimately win by six lengths as the ⁹⁄₁₀ favorite.

Chart - Native Dancer maiden (NYT 1952.04.20)

The New York Times, 04/20/1952

Despite their success earlier in the day, by the time the Wood Memorial (1 ⅛ mi.) arrived, the trio’s luck would begin to falter. Similar to his performance back in the Anticipation Purse back in October, Cousin was never in contention in the race, only making a run once his chances of winning were over. Despite closing in on then leader Tom Fool by roughly sixteen lengths in the last 500 yards, he would only manage to finish eighth in the fourteen horse field. Master Fiddle would defeat the seemingly invincible Tom Fool by a neck for the win, with Pintor another half-length behind in third.

Previously having been contested at 1 mile and 70 yards (1925-1939) and 1 1⁄₁₆ miles (1940-1951), the 1952 edition of the Wood Memorial was the first edition of the race to be contested at the now customary 1 ⅛ miles.

Following the Wood Memorial, Cousin headed to Churchill Downs for an expected start in the Kentucky Derby on May 3. However, he had other plans, and much like his display at Saratoga last summer, would flat out refuse to work over the track. As a result, Winfrey would start the ornery colt in the Derby Trial (1 mi.) on April 29 as a fitness builder in preparation for the race. The Derby Trial looked to be shaping up with an interesting field, as in addition to Hill Gail and the wild card Cousin, the field was to include the maiden colt Gift Silver (who would ultimately be scratched).

(1) “Temperamental Cousin, the Alfred G. Vanderbilt hopeful, refused to extend himself in a mile workout, being timed in 1:43 ⅗. Trainer Bill Winfrey said, however, that he planned to run Cousin in the [Derby] trial.” (Los Angeles Times, 04/28/1952)

(2) “Cousin is in the [Derby] Trial because he has refused to take anything more than light exercise in trials. Yesterday Trainer Bill Winfrey worked with him for an hour before he coaxed the contrary colt into taking a leisurely run around the track.

In the recent Wood Memorial at Jamaica, Cousin refused to run till the field went around the second turn. Then, from last place, he made up sixteen lengths on the leader in the last 500 yards. He finished eighth.

Quote from Winfrey, ‘He took a careful look around, made sure he had no chance to win – and then he ran.’

A dozen persons were watching Cousin do some grass-eating on the back stretch this sunny morning. A latecomer asked the trainer if Cousin had been behaving himself.

‘Yes, sir,’ said Winfrey, with a wry grin, ‘he walked good.’

Last year Cousin won the Flash Stakes, the Saratoga Special and the Hopeful Stakes. On a non-mulish day he’s one of the top 3-year-olds in the land.” (James Roach, The New York Times, 04/29/1952)

In the Derby Trial (1 mi.), Cousin – who would show himself to be a bad actor in the post parade – would finish last in the nine horse field, approximately 42 lengths behind winner Hill Gail, whose winning time of 1:35 ⅗ would take ⅕ of a second off the track record set by Whirling Dough in 1951.

“The same state of affairs had to endure for Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt’s unpredictable Cousin, the one relation who drives Vanderbilt to the verge of madness. Cousin is liable to win the Derby by a city block or take it into his silly head to vault over the infield fence and nibble on the grass. He doesn’t need a capable trainer like Bill Winfrey. He needs a keeper.” (Arthur Daley / The New York Times, 04/30/1952)

Cousin - Derby Trial chart (NYT 1952.04.30)

The New York Times, 04/30/1952

(1) “A crowd of 18,000 saw Hill Gail give his fine performance and also saw A. G. Vanderbilt’s Cousin, one of the better regarded colts, sulk his way right out of the Derby picture. Cousin, ridden by Eric Guerin, finished a bad last, altho he broke well from the gate after holding up the parade to the post with a show of temperament.” (Maurice Shevlin / Chicago Daily Tribune, 04/30/1952)

(2) “The Trial knocked at least four candidates (Turks Cap, Kingly, Brian Boru and Shag Tails) out of the Derby, and almost certainly eliminated Alfred Vanderbilt’s colt Cousin, who once again did not choose to run. He finished last, more than forty lengths behind Hill Gail.

‘Nothing is wrong with Cousin except between his ears,’ said his trainer, Bill Winfrey.” (James Roach / The New York Times, 05/01/1952)

MAY 1952
Due to his continued lack of cooperation, Cousin is withdrawn from contention from the Kentucky Derby. The Derby Trial would ultimately be his final start in the United States.

“Bill Winfrey, the disappointed trainer of the disappointing Cousin, will leave Louisville tomorrow, not even waiting for the Derby. Vanderbilt fled right after the Derby Trial.

‘Yes, Cousin is a bitter disappointment,’ acknowledged Winfrey, the ex-marine. He sighed. ‘Cousin just doesn’t want to do what I want him to do. He has more natural ability than most, but what good is it? I suppose I should just leave him there in the barn, but I’m afraid he’ll show up at Belmont.’

There is nothing more aggravating on the turf than to have a talented colt like Cousin who is just too ornery and sulky to run.” (Arthur Daley / The New York Times, 05/02/1952)

On May 3, Hill Gail would win the Kentucky Derby (1 ¼ mi.) by two lengths over Sub Fleet, becoming only the third horse in history behind Black Gold in 1924 and Citation in 1948 to take the Derby Trial/Kentucky Derby double.

JULY 1952
“Cousin, the bad acting colt that the Alfred Vanderbilt stable refused to start in the Kentucky Derby after a miserable performance in the Derby Trial, is in training again but Trainer Bill Winfrey is keeping his fingers crossed. Cousin is a paradox if there ever was one. He can run, but he won’t run. Light training he’ll take, but when they give him serious drills he sulks. He was a fine stakes winner at 2, ran a good race in his first start this year and then turned on his temperament. Winfrey is one of the nicest and most placid trainers in the sport of horse racing, but what Cousin has done to him shouldn’t happen even to a pork barrel Democrat.” (Paul Lowry / Los Angeles Times, 07/20/1952)

DECEMBER 1952
“A Florida poll gives ‘bust-of-the-year’ honors to Alfred Vanderbilt’s colt Cousin.” (Paul Lowry / The Los Angeles Times, 12/14/1952)

TO ENGLAND
Following Cousin’s disastrous 3-year-old campaign, Alfred Vanderbilt sends him to England in late 1952. Now under the care of thoroughbred trainer and champion polo player Gerald Balding, Sr. it was hoped that the quiet setting of Balding’s stable, located near the town of Devizes, would help to settle Cousin’s temperament.

“The unpredictable Cousin was finally sent to England. He disgraced the Vanderbilt colors and gave Trainer Bill Winfrey gray hair by refusing to run in the Kentucky Derby Trial last spring. He wouldn’t start him in the Derby. Bill believes English training may get the colt over his screwball tendencies.” (Paul Lowry / Los Angeles Times, 12/21/1952)

Interestingly enough, there was already a distant connection between horse and trainer, as Gerald Balding’s brother Ivor had purchased Cousin’s half-brother The Doge as a yearling at auction in 1943.

Racing as Cousin II in England, his record as published in The Blood-Horse Golden Anniversary Edition: A Second Quarter-Century of American Racing and Breeding, 1941 through 1965, was listed as follows; however, it should be treated as incomplete.

Record (in England, on flat/grass): at least (4) 0-1-1
Record (in England, over jumps): at least (4) 2-1-1
Total earnings: at least £307

Cousin - Arlington S. chart (The Sunday Times, 1953.10.04)

The Sunday Times (London), 10/04/1953

Research indicates Cousin ran or was entered in at least the following races in England:
• March 9, 1953: Entered in the Novices’ Hurdle (2 mi.) at Wye.
• September 12, 1953: 3rd to Carino (GB) and Reprimand in a 1 mile, 60 yards race at Alexandra Park.
• October 3, 1953: 2nd to Novarullah (GB) in the Arlington Stakes (1 mi.) at Newbury.
• October 27, 1953: Ran unplaced in the Limekiln Stakes (1 ¼ mi.) at Newmarket.
• November 12, 1953: Ran unplaced in the All-Aged Consolation Plate (6f) at Manchester.
• December 7, 1953: 2nd to Pommel in the Newport Novices’ Hurdle (Div. 1) (2 mi.) at Wolverhampton.
• September 19, 1954: Possibly entered in unspecified race at Taunton.

Cousin would reportedly injure himself in a jump race in England in the spring of 1955 and be euthanized.


MY AUNTIE’S FOALS

Moretto (1940 dkb/br. g. by Bull Dog (FR))
Record: (55) 6-4-8 / $11,477 in five years of racing (1942-1946)
• At 2 (1942): 2nd Maplewood S.
• At 3 (1943): 3rd Spanish Fort Claiming S.

Boston Doge photo (NYT 1955.03.27)

Photo of Boston Doge
The New York Times, 03/27/1955

The Doge (1942 – 1965 br. c. by Bull Dog (FR))
• Purchased for $10,000 as a yearling by Ivor Balding (a brother of Gerald Balding, Cousin’s eventual trainer in England).
• Assigned 118 lbs. in the 1945 Experimental Free Handicap for 2-year-olds of 1944 (handicap highweights Free For All and Pavot were assigned 126 lbs.).

Record: (91) 25-14-13 / $156,015 in five years of racing (1944-1948)
• At 2 (1944): 1st Sanford S., Endurance H.; 2nd Eastern Shore H., Richard Johnson S.; 3rd Sagamore S., Walden S., Albany H.
• At 3 (1945): 1st Capital H., Laurel S.; 2nd Janney H., Ritchie H.; 3rd Kent S., Diamond State S.
• At 4 (1946): 1st Camden H., Susquehanna H.; 2nd Atlantic City Inaugural H.; 3rd Jennings H., Pageant H.
• At 5 (1947): 1st Laurel S., Valley Forge H., Quaker City H.; 2nd Janney H.; 3rd Camden H.

The Doge sired 225 foals (203 starters with 167 winners, 13 black type, and $3,999,684 in total earnings / AEI 1.65), including stakes winner and Hall of Fame inductee Swoon’s Son (sire of champion filly and Hall of Fame inductee Chris Evert), stakes winners/track record setters Dogoon and Pointer, and stakes winner Boston Doge (sire of champion mare Old Hat), among others.

Amita (1944 dkb/br. f. by Bull Dog (FR))
Record: (12) 1-3-1 / $4,115 in one year of racing (1946)

Proud Reward (1945 dkb/br. c. by Reaping Reward)
Record: (34) 3-1-6 / $7,500 in four years of racing (1947-1950)

Johns Joy (1946 – 1972 b. c. by Bull Dog (FR))
• Purchased for $32,500 at the 1947 Keeneland July yearling sale, with purchaser John A. Kinard, Jr. “prepared to go higher if necessary.”
• Was the highest priced Bull Dog (FR) yearling sold at auction in 1947.
• Assigned 119 lbs. in the 1949 Experimental Free Handicap for 2-year-olds of 1948 (handicap highweight Blue Peter was assigned 126 lbs.).
• The Johns Joy Purse (2f) for 2-year-olds was run at Fair Grounds beginning in 1952.

Record: (54) 19-10-5 / $192,613 in four years of racing (1948-1951)
• At 2 (1948): 1st Duncan F. Kenner S., Hawthorne Juvenile H., Kentucky Jockey Club S.; 2nd Breeders’ Futurity; 3rd Prairie State S.
• At 3 (1949): 1st Sequoia S., Yerba Buena S., Cavalcade H., Motor City S., Toro H.; 2nd Blue Grass S., Tanforan H.; 3rd American Derby, Frontier S.
• At 4 (1950): 1st Le Compte H.
• At 5 (1951): 1st Churchill Downs H.-NTR, Myrtlewood H.-NTR, Drexel H.; 3rd Skokie H., Clark H.

• ETR at Arlington (1948): 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04
• Washington Park (08/22/1949): 1 mile in 1:34 ⅕ in the Toro Handicap, which was at the time the fastest mile ever recorded by a 3-year-old. Time was ⅕ of a second off of the track/world record set by 4-year-old Coaltown in the Whirlaway S. at Washington Park on August 13, 1949.
ETR at Tanforan (1949): 1 ⅛ mi. in 1:50
NTR at Churchill Downs (04/28/1951): 7 furlongs in 1:22 ⅘ in the Churchill Downs H. Lowered the record of 1:23  set by Distinction in 1921.
• ETR at Arlington (06/18/1951): 6 furlongs in 1:09 ⅕ in the Myrtlewood H. Equaled record set by Carrara Marble in 1949.

Johns Joy sired 432 foals (383 starters with 318 winners, 46 black type winners, and $9,908,320 in total earnings / AEI 2.07), including Rare Relish (dam of Grade 1 winner Miss Huntington and Group 3 winner Black Sulphur), Happy Flirt (dam of English champion Flirting Around, himself the sire of South African champion and sire Wolf Power (SAF)), and stakes winner Our Joy, among others.

Uncle Bim (1947 b. g. by Bimelech)
Record: (11) 0-0-0 / $170 in one year of racing (1951)

Carolina Queen (1948 dkb/br. f. by Bull Dog (FR))
• Purchased for $12,100 as a yearling.
• Assigned 112 lbs. in the 1951 Experimental Free Handicap for 2-year-olds of 1950 – was the fourth highest weighted filly behind Aunt Jinny (114 lbs.), How (114 lbs.), and Flyamanita (113 lbs.). Handicap highweight Uncle Miltie was assigned 126 lbs.

Record: (22) 3-0-1 / $34,630 in three years of racing (1950-1952)
• At 2 (1950): 1st Marguerite S.

Cousin (1949 b. c. by Priam (FR))
Record aforementioned.

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