Obituary and photos of Hall of Fame steeplechaser Good and Plenty

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Good and Plenty (1900 b. g. by Rossington (GB) – Famine by Jils Johnson) taking a hurdle during the Whitney Memorial Steeplechase at Belmont Park, May 1906. Photo as published in Harper’s Weekly (Vol. L, No. 2582), 06/16/1906.

“Thomas Hitchcock, Jr.’s  famous steeplechaser, Good and Plenty, has been shot. For several months the well-known jumper has shown signs of weakness. During the Spring meeting at Belmont Park Good and Plenty developed trouble in the near hind leg. He was put into retirement for a while, and later sent into light training again, when the old trouble reappeared, and the examination of a veterinary surgeon developed the fact that he would be a permanent cripple, in addition to being affected internally.

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Good and Plenty during and after the Champion Steeplechase at Morris Park, October 1904. Photos by N. W. Penfield as published in Harper’s Weekly (Vol. XLVIII, No. 2498), 11/05/1904.

Mr. Hitchcock, when assured the horse would never recover, ordered him shot, to put him out of pain, and on Saturday a bullet ended his existence, and with it the most notable career of any steeplechase horse on the American turf. Good and Plenty was buried in a plot of ground near the private race course on the Hitchcock estate, near Westbury, L. I., and a monument will probably be erected over his grave.

Good and Plenty was the greatest timber topper in America. He was a bay gelding, 7 years old, by Rossington-Fannie [sic], and during the four seasons he raced he won more honors than any other steeplechase horse, and almost equaled the record of the great Sysonby. He first appeared in the jumping list at the Brighton Beach track in 1904, when he finished second to Walter Cleary in a steeplechase race. He won the next seven starts, and finished second in his ninth start, winding up the season with a victory. In all, he started ten times, and was first in eight races, winning, among other events, the Champion and Westbury Steeplechases.

In 1905 he was reserved for two of the big steeplechase events of the year, the New York and Whitney Memorial Steeplechases, at Belmont Park, and won them both. In the following year Good and Plenty started four times, and was first three times and unplaced once. He was easily the best steeplechase horse in training, and won the Grand National and Whitney Memorial Steeplechases. His third victory was in a handicap steeplechase. He ran unplaced in a handicap flat race at a mile and a furlong at Belmont Park.” (The New York Times, 08/16/1907)

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Good and Plenty during the Whitney Memorial Steeplechase at Belmont Park, May 1905. Photos by N. W. Penfield as published in Harper’s Weekly (Vol. XLIX, No. 2527), 05/27/1905.

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