August 1930: Visitors barred from seeing Man o’ War, Bubbling Over, North Star (GB) due to fire risk

“LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 2 (AP) – The most popular horse in the world, Man o’ War, will receive no more visitors until Kentucky’s drought is ended. Danger of dried grass in the famed thoroughbred’s pasture being ignited from carelessly thrown cigarette stubs was given as the reason for the order, issued by Miss Elizabeth Daingerfield, manager of Faraway Farm.

A recent fire at Colonel E. R. Bradley’s Idle Hour Farm, which destroyed a barn, caused a similar rule to go into effect there. Bubbling Over, Derby winner, and imp. North Star 3d, leading sire until Man o’ War captured his laurels, have been permitted no callers for a week.”
(The New York Times, 08/03/1930)

Brief notes on Adam (FR) (1902), full brother to Ajax (FR)

Photo of Adam (FR) as published in Bit and Spur (Vol. 4, No. 6), 12/15/1906.

A stakes winner in his native France, Adam (FR), foaled 1902, by Flying Fox (GB) out of the Clamart (FR) mare Amie (FR), was a full brother to noted racer/sire Ajax (FR) and a third generation homebred for breeder Edmond Blanc.

Ajax (FR), full brother to Adam (FR).
Photo as published in Country Life (Vol. XV, No. 386), 05/28/1904.

Adam would go undefeated as a juvenile in 1904, counting the Prix de la Forêt and Prix Eclipse among his wins. As a three-year-old, he would place in the Prix Royal-Oak, Prix du Conseil Municipal, and Grand Prix de Deauville before retiring to stud at Blanc’s Haras de Jardy as a four-year-old, covering a select number of mares during the 1906 breeding season.

During the summer of 1906, Adam was acquired by Francis R. Bishop of the Newcastle Stable/Millstream Stud for $75,000 and sent to the United States, where an unsuccessful attempt was briefly made during the spring of 1907 to return the then five-year-old horse to training.

Amie (FR), dam of Adam (FR).
Photo as published in Country Life (Vol. XV, No. 385), 05/21/1904.

Ultimately retired to stud in time for the 1907 breeding season, Adam would stand at stud in the U.S. for only two seasons (1907, 1908), during which time he covered thirty-six mares in 1907 (resulting in twenty-two living foals) and forty-two mares in 1908. The Adam foals were well-received from the beginning, and from his lone crop foaled in France in 1907 came the multiple stakes winning filly Marsa (FR), while his two U.S. crops would produce the champion filly Bashti (1908) and multiple stakes winning colt Zeus (1908), among others.

Flying Fox (GB), sire of Adam (FR).
Photo as published in Country Life (Vol. XV, No. 385), 05/21/1904.

In late 1907, the Millstream partners of Bishop, Andrew Miller, Blair Painter, and Thomas Welsh made the decision to downsize their breeding stock over the course of the next year. During the summer of 1908, Bishop, feeling that the weak thoroughbred market in the United States resulting from the recently passed Hart-Agnew Law would not allow for Adam to attain his full market value, decided to send Adam and twenty-three of the Millstream broodmares (twenty of which were in foal to Adam) to France to sell at public auction.

Shipped to France in September 1908, Adam (who had been insured for $50,000 for the voyage) and the mares went before the auction hammer that October, with Adam selling for $58,000, and the mares bringing a combined total of $39,400. While rumored at the time back in the U.S. that Adam had been sold to H.B. Duryea, he was instead purchased by the Kisber Stud in then Austria-Hungary, where he later commanded a stud fee of 1,000 kronen (USD $200).

While Ajax may be the best remembered of the two brothers today, due mostly in part to the success of his son Teddy (FR) in the stud, Adam’s contribution to the North American thoroughbred continues to be seen today in extended pedigrees.

As a very limited example of Adam’s influence: the aforementioned Marsa would foal Met Mile winner Trompe La Mort (FR) in 1915, himself the sire of stakes winner Galetian, who was himself the sire of the broodmare Flying Hour, from which descends the Reines-de-Courses Ace Card, Adile, Cinegita, Furlough, Starlet Storm, and Tananarive.

Additionally, through daughter Adana (1908) (herself out of Domino’s full sister Mannie Himyar), Adam shows up in the pedigrees of Ariel, Bold LadCarry Back, Deputy Minister, Evening JewelFoolish PleasureGeneral Challenge, Grey Flight, Honest PleasureLea LarkLeallah, Misty Morn, One Hitter, Pleasant Colony, Southern Halo, Successor, Targowice, and What a Pleasure, among others; while through stakes winning son Seth (1908), Adam shows up in the pedigrees of PalestinianPromised Land, Skip Away, and Spectacular Bid, among others.

July 1930: Enthusiasts in autos follow Gallant Fox to the track when training at Saratoga

“SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., July 28. – James Fitzsimmons, trainer of Gallant Fox, William Woodward’s 3-year-old champion, has a new problem on his hands because of the popularity of the colt.

At first the number of visitors to the stall caused it to be roped off, as too many folks wanted to talk to the horse. Then Fitzsimmons built a light wooden railing at a greater distance from the stall. Now his flivver, which he uses when going out early in the morning for training, is followed by a long line of autos. They all want to see Gallant Fox gallop.

Many are lay folks who cannot tell Gallant Fox from a lead pony and ask Fitzsimmons innumerable questions. But thus far they have gotten courteous answers, for Fitzsimmons, who is known far and wide as Sunny Jim, is as good-natured as trainers come.”
(The New York Times 07/29/1930)

Chart(s) of the week: Princequillo’s 2-year-old struggles

While Princequillo (IRE) would become a solid stakes performer in his later years as the distances increased, nine out of ten of his starts as a 2-year-old were in the claiming ranks.

Racing at distances from 5 ½ furlongs to 1 mile, Princequillo’s lone non-claiming appearance did not come until his final start of the year – a last place finish in the Sporting Plate Handicap (6f) at the United Hunts Racing Association’s Belmont Park meeting in November 1942. He would conclude his juvenile season with a record of (10) 3-2-3 and $3,575 in earnings.

*Note: This Sporting Plate Handicap was a 2-year-old race held over the years as part of the United Hunts at Belmont meeting, and is an altogether different race from the Sporting Plate Handicap run from the late 1970s to late 1990s at Aqueduct.


The New York Times, 07/24/1942


Princequillo chart (NYT 1942.07.30)

The New York Times, 07/30/1942


Princequillo chart (NYT 1942.08.07)

The New York Times, 08/07/1942


The New York Times, 08/21/1942


The New York Times, 08/28/1942


The New York Times, 09/15/1942


The New York Times, 09/29/1942


The New York Times, 10/08/1942


The New York Times, 11/11/1942


The New York Times, 11/15/1942

May 1917: Old Rosebud’s half-brother Mars Cassidy dies under suspicious circumstances

“The stewards to-day issued a ruling barring from the turf C. R. Anderson and R. Holcomb, the former the owner of the horse Mars Cassidy and the latter the trainer. Mars Cassidy died early this morning and an investigation by the officials followed. The horse started in the seventh race Tuesday and when he went to the post he appeared like a wild horse. He ran a disgraceful race, finishing last beaten off.

The ruling is as follows:
“C. R. Anderson, owner and R. Holcomb, trainer, are ruled off the turf under the provisions of rule 202, Kentucky Racing Commission. Should the owner decide to make a bona fide sale of the horse of the stars Bars and Stars to anyone in good standing he can do so.”

Veterinarians worked until far into the night with Mars Cassidy, but to no avail. He was a useful horse during his racing career, having a number of stakes and handicaps to his credit. He was capable of running six furlongs in 1:12, and his most recent good race was when he beat Chalmers on last Saturday.” (Louisville Courier-Journal, 05/10/1917)


“Lexington, Ky., May 9. – Mars Cassidy, the five-year-old half-brother of Old Rosebud, by Ogden out of Ivory Bells, died early this morning as a result of the drugs administered to him before the closing race yesterday, and as a consequence C. R. Anderson and R. Holcomb were this afternoon ruled off the turf by Presiding Judge Thomas J. Clay. The horse raced in the name of R. M. Anderson, who is not here and a brother of C. R. Anderson.

The death of the horse has aroused against the practice of doping horses, which took the form this afternoon of a declaration on the part of one who has influence at Frankfort that he will ask Governor Stanley to back a bill at the next session of the Legislature making it a felony, punishable by confinement in the penitentiary, for the administration of drugs to horses with a view to stimulating them for racing purposes, or the reverse of that. It further has served to bring out strongly the need of a veterinarian at each track, whose sole duty shall be to inspect all horses entering the paddock for each race.” (Cincinnati Enquirer, 05/10/1917)


“Lexington, Ky., May 11. – C. R. Anderson, owner of Mars Cassidy, the race horse, which died at the Kentucky Association track Tuesday night, who was arrested on a charge of cruelty to animals, was dismissed this morning on the charge by Justice W. A. Ahern. Only three witnesses were examined. They were James P. Ross, superintendent of the association; Lon McCarty, executive secretary of the Humane Society, and Dr. James T. Shannon, veterinarian.

Supt. Ross testified that he saw the horse at different times during the night being led about the ground and that when he went to the stable after the horse’s death, Anderson said: “Mr. Ross, some one has got to my horse and doped him.” Evidence of the other witnesses was insufficient to connect any one with giving stimulants to the horse.”

As a result of the horse’s death the racing stewards ruled Anderson and the trainer, R. Holcomb, off the turf.” (Louisville Courier-Journal, 05/12/1917)

Chart of the week: Black Toney’s maiden race, May 1913

Ok, the title is a bit of a misnomer, as the last “Chart of the Week” post prior to this was in August 2016, but hope springs eternal.


“E. R. Bradley’s Black Toney, the first of Peter Pan’s get to start this season in these parts, spreadeagled his opposition in the second race, consisting of 11 other youngsters, the Californian Sosius taking second place and the favorite, Francis, outside of the money.” (Cincinnati Enquirer, 05/15/1913)

Cincinnati Enquirer, 05/15/1913

Of additional note, fourth place horse Christophine (Plaudit) would go on to set a new world record for 1 mile (1:36 ⅘) at Juarez on March 11, 1914, lowering the previous record of 1:37 set by Bonne Chance (Orsini) also at Juarez in January 1914. Christophine’s record would stand for six months until lowered by Stromboli’s (Fair Play) 1:36 ⅗ at Belmont Park in September 1914.