1817: Text from stallion advertisement for Jackson’s Pacolet

“The full blooded running horse Pacolet, will stand the present season, commencing the 15th of March, and ending the 15th of July, at the stable of John W. Clay, adjoining Nashville and will be let to mares at $25 in cash, or cotton at cash price, delivered at any gin in Davidson county, on or before the 1st day of January next – which may be discharged by the payment of $20 within the season. Forty dollars for insurance, payable on the mare proving with foal, or a transfer of the property. Twelve dollars cash the single leap; and in every instance fifty cents to the groom.

Extensive pasturage gratis, for mares coming over the distance of 15 miles, under good fence; but no liability for accidents or escapes.

Pacolet is a handsome dapple grey, full fifteen hands and a half high, nine years old this spring, his form not inferior to any horse in the United States. In blood but few horses in the United States can claim an equality with him, being but two degrees on the side of the dam, and four on the side of his sire, from the true Arabian – the source from which England has derived all her capital running horses. His performance while on the turf, has not been surpassed in Virginia.

Pacolet has proved himself to be a very sure foal-getter; his colts are much admired for their size and form. As many of Pacolet’s colts are in the neighborhood of Nashville, it is presumed those anxious to breed fine horses will take the trouble of examining them, and judge for themselves.

Pacolet was gotten by the imported horse Citizen, (a most excellent racer on the English turf, having won nineteen races, 14 of them four miles heats, and six of them won at three heats) he by Pacolet, Pacolet by Blank, one of the best sons of the Godolphin and his dam Princess by Turk, Turk by Regulus, another of the best sons of the Godolphin; his grand dam, Fairy Queen, by Young Cade, he by Old Cade, and he by the Godolphin; his great grand dam Routh’s Black Eyes, by Crab, out of the Warlock Gallaway, by Snake, Bald Gallaway, Curwen Barb Mare, [taken from the General Stud Book] out of Col. Francis Eppe’s grey mare by Tippoo Saib, who was by Lindsey’s Arabian; his grand dam by Bammer; his great granddam by Silver Eye; his great great granddam by Valiant, out of a full blodded Jolly Roger mare. Pacolet’s dam has produced several distinguished runners – among them were Wonder by Diomed, and Palafox by Druid. Given under my hand this 22nd of June, 1816.

1811. Spring meeting – then three years old – He started for a sweep-stake over the Halifax turf, mile heat, and was second to Mr. Maclin’s cold by Diomed. Pacolet was quite lame, though lost only by a few inches.

1811. Fall meeting – then three years old, he started for a sweep-stake over the Spring-Hill course, seven subscribers, $200 each, which he won with great east at two heats, running two mile heats, and beating Mr. Good’s bay colt by Citizen, and Col. Halcomb’s filly by Citizen; the others paid forfeit. Same season, he started for a sweep-stake over the New Market course, two mile heats, six subscribers, $200 each, which he won at three heats, beating Col. Wm. Allen’s horse Conqueror by Wonder, and distancing Mr. Haxall’s Cup-Bearer by Sir Henry; the others paid forfeit.

1811. Same season – he received forfeit from five colts, over the Belfield course, 100 dollars each. The day after this he run for the proprietor’s purse, two mile heats, which he won with great ease, beating Mr. Hurwell Wilke’s horse by Monroe by Wonder, and several others.

1812. Spring meeting – then four years old – he started for the Jockey Club purse, four mile heats, over the Fairfield course, which he won at two heats, beating Mr. Winn’s mare Roxana; Mr. Watson’s Maria, and five others. First heat, 8m 20s – second heat, 7m 54s, the best second heat ever run over that course.

I hearby certify that I trained and run Pacolet in all the above races, which are all he ever run; and that they are correctly stated. Given under my hand this 22d June, 1812.

Pacolet was then travelled to the neighborhood of Nashville for the purpose of running a sweep-stake, (being considered the best horse Virginia and North Carolina could produce) $1000 entrance, with Mr. Hayne’s mare, Mr. Wm. Lytle’s horse, and Capt. Coleman’s horse – the two last members paid forfeit. Though Pacolet was lame in his fore leg when he came to this country, and continued to show lameness occasionally in his training, such was the confidence of the enterers, that they determined to start him against Hayne’s mare. He unfortunately got crippled in the only sound fore leg, crossing a bridge in the course, which entirely disabled him.

1813. Fall races at Nashville – then five years old – he started for the Jockey Club purse, three mile heats; won with ease – beating Mr. John Erwin’s celebrated running mare Caroline, Joseph Coleman’s horse, and Mr. Wm. Lytle’s horse.

On the 10th of November, 1814, Pacolet ran a match race against the famous horse Double-Head, four mile heats, over the Nashville turf, for four thousand dollars in cash; which he won with great ease, though lame in the fore leg in which he was formerly injured.
March 26, 1817”

(The Nashville Whig, 04/16/1817)

Advertisement for Hamburg Place dispersal sale, January 1920

In July 1918, Hamburg Place’s John E. Madden disclosed his intention to retire as a public breeder and subsequently maintain only a small industry presence. Below is an advertisement posted in the Louisville Courier-Journal for a bloodstock dispersal sale to be held at at the farm on January 22, 1920.

Ultimately postponed from January 22 to February 3 due to a “sleet storm,” the sale is a great opportunity for historical window shopping for enthusiasts of the mares Maggie B.B. and Mannie Gray, as it seems as if almost every other broodmare in the sale traced back to one or the other.

During the course of the sale, 111 horses (76 broodmares, 35 yearlings) went through the ring, ultimately bringing a total of $124,874.

The sale topper was the 9-year-old Odgen (GB) mare Tea Enough (in foal to Star Shoot (GB)). A half-sister to outstanding racers Dick Welles, Ort Wells and producers Toggery (2nd dam of champion Jamestown) and Tea Biscuit (dam of sire Hard Tack), among others, Tea Enough went for $7,000 to Carr & Platt, who were bidding on behalf of oilman Edward F. Simms. While Tea Enough would not go on to produce any foals of note post-sale, her then 2-year-old daughter Daylight Saving (Star Shoot (GB)) would go on to produce Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Gusto (American Flag) in 1929, as well as handicapper Clock Tower (Snob (GB)) in 1928, himself the sire of champion Dawn Play.

The second highest price of the sale was the 7-year-old Sain (GB) mare Scenery (in foal to Ogden (GB)). Out of a half-sister to the below mentioned Orange and Blue, Scenery went for $5,000 to Carr & Platt, who were again bidding on behalf of Edward Simms.

Some additional mares with more interesting pedigrees include:

  • 16-year-old Bridgewater (GB) mare Orange and Blue (in foal to Star Shoot (GB)), the rare foal out of Maggie B.B. daughter Red-and-Blue that was not sired by Hindoo. A half-sister to champion Sallie McClelland (2nd dam of champion Whisk Broom II) and Bonnie Blue II (dam of the high-class Sir Dixon siblings Blues and Blue Girl, themselves both 3Sx3D to Maggie B.B.), Orange and Blue would sell for $1,600 to H. P. Headley.
  • 18-year-old Hamburg mare Dorothy Gray (in foal to The Finn), herself 3Sx2D to Mannie Gray. Out of a full sister to Domino, Correction, and Lady Reel (dam of Hamburg), Dorothy Gray would sell for $475 to J. L. Rives.
  • 9-year-old Yankee mare The Nurse (in foal to Hessian), herself 3Sx4D to Mannie Gray. Selling for $1,500 to W. H. Gillis, The Nurse would go on to foal Coaching Club American Oaks winner Florence Nightingale (Man o’ War) in 1922 and champion Edith Cavell (Man o’ War) in 1923.

Of course, the above is just a very select sampling of the notable offerings during the sale.


Louisville Courier-Journal, 01/18/1920

Sales ad for Boston, January 1839

In January 1839, a sales ad was published in the Spirit of the Times by owner Nathaniel Rives for his accomplished Timoleon horse Boston.

Boston sale ad (Spirit of the Times 1839.01.05)

Spirit of the Times, 01/05/1839

The greatest three days in racing history: Belmont Park, July 4-6, 1975

The New York Times, 07/04/1975

1932: Ad for the stallions of Beaumont Farm

The below is an advertisement for Beaumont Farm’s 1932 stallion roster, featuring stallions Apprehension, High Cloud, Pharamond (GB), and Supremus.

Beaumont stallion ads (TB Record, Vol. 114 No. 23,  1931.12.05)

The Thoroughbred Record (Vol. 114, No. 23), 12/05/1931

1931: The stallions of Faraway Farm

The below is an advertisement for Faraway Farm’s 1931 stallion roster, featuring stallions Big Blaze, Crusader, and Man o’ War.

Faraway Farm ad (TB Record, Vol. 113 No. 5, 1931.01.31)

The Thoroughbred Record (Vol. 113, No. 5), 01/31/1931