Photographs

Photo: Round Table evaluates his performances, 1958

Round Table with trainer William Molter and owner Travis Mitchell Kerr. Photo: Time Magazine, 09/08/1958

1836: Racing for big cotton at Natchez

“A quarter of a million dollars is the most money ever put up for two horses to race for. This sum was wagered at Natchez, Miss., in 1836, Walker Thurston matching his horse Rodolph against Hon. J. F. Claybourne’s mare Susan Yandell for 2,500 bales of cotton aside, it being equal to $250,000. Susan Yandell had a walkover for the money, as Rodolph took sick shortly before the time set for the contest.” (The Daily American (Nashville, TN), 06/14/1890)


Accounting for inflation, $250,000 in 1836 is roughly equivalent to $5,540,000 in 2016.

Susan Yandell would go on to become the sixth dam of the Salvator colt Savable, who landed his own big cotton in winning the $58,400 Futurity Stakes in 1902.

Photo of Savable as published in Outing (Vol. XLII, No. 2), May 1903.

The finish of the 1902 Futurity Stakes, won by Savable by a nose over Lord of the Vale.
Photo as published in Munsey’s Magazine (Vol. XXVIII, No. 2), November 1902.

Chart (and photo) of the week: 27-horse field at Belmont, August 1945

On August 7, 1945, the fourth race at the wartime Saratoga at Belmont meeting masqueraded as a cavalry charge when twenty-seven colts and geldings took to the starting gate for a 5 ½ furlong maiden event.

The race was won by Top Flight’s cousin Our Bully (Bull Lea), who scored by a half-length over Uncle Mac (Rhodes Scholar (FR)), with Count Fleet’s full brother Count Speed (Reigh Count) next back in third.

The New York Times, 08/08/1945

27-horse maiden race at Belmont Park (08/07/1945), won by Our Bully.
Photo available from historicimages.com (Part number: nes42227).

March 1909: Obituary of Sir Dixon

Photo of Sir Dixon as published in Hoofprints of the Century: Excerpts from America’s oldest journal of horse racing and breeding, the Thoroughbred Record, and its predecessor publications, the Livestock Record and Kentucky Live Stock Record, as compiled and annotated by William Robertson (covering 1875-1919 and 1966-1974) and Dan Farley (1920-1965).

“Lexington, Ky., March 24. – Sir Dixon, Colonel E. F. Clay’s famous old thoroughbred stallion, is dead. Sir Dixon, while romping in his paddock at Runnymede stud, near Paris, yesterday afternoon, fell and broke a bone in his right hip. Colonel Clay, seeing that it would be impossible to save the son of Imported Billet and Jaconet, by Imp. Leamington, had him destroyed.

Sir Dixon was bread in the Runnymede stud and was foaled in the spring of 1885, making him 24 years old. As a yearling he was sold to W. S. Barnes, who disposed of him at the same age to Green B. Morris, for whom, as a two-year-old, he won the Camden and Select Stakes and Flatbush Handicap.

Morris took him to Washington the following spring, 1888, and won the Analostan Stakes, then moved on to Brooklyn and won the Carlton Stakes so easily from Raceland, the only other starter, that Dwyer Brothers bought him for a large price. For them he won that year the Withers, the Belmont, the Travers and the Lorillard Stakes. He did not go to the post in 1889. His only victory in 1890 was the defeat of Taragon in the St. James Hotel Stakes at Brooklyn, and his racing career ended with his breakdown in a high weight handicap sweepstakes at Coney Island in June of that year.

Sir Dixon’s winnings for Mr. Morris and the Dwyer Brothers aggregated nearly $50,000, and after his breakdown he was sold to Colonel Clay and Catesby Woodford, for something like $6,000, to become the premier stallion at Runnymede.

The first of Sir Dixon’s get made their appearance in racing in 1894, and the following is a schedule of their winnings:

1894 . . . . . . . . . . . $61,470
1895 . . . . . . . . . . . $25,435
1896 . . . . . . . . . . . $41,208
1897 . . . . . . . . . . . $35,085
1898 . . . . . . . . . . . $83,617
1899 . . . . . . . . . . . $59,499
1900 . . . . . . . . . . . $68,806
1901 . . . . . . . . . . . $206,926
1902 . . . . . . . . . . . $92,092
1903 . . . . . . . . . . . $32,165
1904 . . . . . . . . . . . $75,454
1905 . . . . . . . . . . . $99,905
1906 . . . . . . . . . . . $64,916
1907 . . . . . . . . . . . $68,070
1908 . . . . . . . . . . . $24,392

Making an aggregate of $1,039,040 in 15 years.

The most distinguished performers by Sir Dixon were Alpen, Ahom, Agile, Audience, Blues, Blue Girl, Butterflies, Captain Arnold, Conjurer, Countess Irma, Diminutive, Disobedient, Dr. Bernays, Druid, Donation, Elusive, Femesole, George Arnold, George B. Cox, Hymettus, Jack Point, John Bright, Kernel, Kilmarnock, Martha Gorman, Memories, Mercer, Maceo, Necedah, Nones, Queen Dixon, Orimar, Outcome, Running Water, Six Shooter, Sir Vassar, Sir Dixon Jr., Sweet Dixie, South Breeze, Sir Oliver, Sir Hubert, Surmise, The Conqueror, Thirty-Third, Yankee Girl.

The star winners of these were: Blue Girl, $68,900; Blues, $62,805; Running Water, $52,990; Butterflies, $50,830; Agile, $49,332; Kilmarnock, $46,595.” (Cincinnati Enquirer, 03/25/1909)

Sir Dixon’s champion daughter Blue Girl (1899 ch. f. o/o Bonnie Blue by Hindoo) as a 2-year-old. Photo as published in Management of Breeding of Horses by Merritt Wesley Harper, 1913.

Photo: Tim Tam at Pimlico, May 1958

“Kentucky Derby winner Tim Tam hopes this winning atmosphere is contagious on May 17, 1958 at Pimlico, where he’s planning to add the Preakness to his laurels.“ (Photo: Associated Press Images Collection, 5/16/1958; ID 580516026)

Photos: Burgomaster wins the Great American Stakes (1905) and Belmont Stakes (1906)

PHOTO - Burgomaster wins Great American S. (HW Vol. XLIX No. 2531 1905.06.24)

Burgomaster (1903 br. c. by Hamburg – Hurley Burley by Riley) wins the 1905 Great American Stakes at Belmont Park over Bohemian (GB) (2nd) and Jerry Wernberg (3rd). Photo as published in Harper’s Weekly (Vol. XLIX, No. 2531), 06/24/1905.

PHOTO - Burgomaster wins Belmont S. (HW Vol. L No. 2582 1906.06.16)

Burgomaster wins the 1906 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park over The Quail (2nd) and Accountant (3rd).
Photo by N. W. Penfield as published in Harper’s Weekly (Vol. L, No. 2582), 06/16/1906.