March 1902: Obituary of Duchess

“Gen W. H. Jackson lost by death yesterday morning the famous thoroughbred matron Duchess, aged 22, by Kingfisher, out of Lady Blessington, a daughter of Eclipse. The second dam was Philo, by Mariner, out of Cassandra, by the imported horse Priam, and the third dam was Flirtilla, Jr., by Sir Archy.

Her death was due to a spasm. She was considered by the master of Belle Meade to be one of his best broodmares, she having produced many good race horses. Duchess leaves a weanling filly by the imported stallion Tithonus; also, a brown colt by imp. Loyalist, the latter being assigned to the sale which will be held in New York in June. The daughter of Kingfisher was perfectly well on Saturday, but rallied only a few minutes after she was taken ill.

Duchess was a capital winner, and also foaled the winners Clifford, the best horse of his day, and winner of 42 races, including the Phoenix Hotel, First Special, Sea Foam, Albany, Moet and Chandon (seven furlongs in 1:25 2-5, best on record), Second Special, Oakwood, Omnium and other stakes. Archduke, the winner of the Grand Union Hotel Stakes, beating Hamburg, sold for $15,000 and sent to England; Waterson, winner of 40 races; Jim Head, Utica, a stake winner in this country and also a winner in England in 1895, 1896, 1897 and 1898, under the name of Eau Gallie.

Duchess was a half sister to the Baroness, dam of Badge, winner of 70 races and a prominent sire, and the winners Baronella, dam of Sweet Alice, Romolo, Ballarina [sic], dam of Ballister, Goldbaron and May of Teck, dam of St. Distaff and others. The dam of Duchess, Lady Blessington, was a stake winner and also produced Count D’Orsay, The Countess, Lady Margaret and other good race horses.

Duchess’ death is a severe loss to Gen. Jackson, as her produce always brought top prices on the market. She was the dam of Titian, a three-year old that was never raced, for whom Mr. Murphy of Philadelphia, paid $6,500 at auction. The dead matron will be buried to-day in her paddock. The weanling filly was given to the broodmare Madge.” (The Nashville American, 03/10/1902)


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