Cinderella (GB)

June 1906: Obituary of Cinderella (GB), dam of Hastings and Plaudit

Cinderella, queen of the stud book, is dead.

The most successful and valuable of thoroughbred broodmares was her glorious reputation.

Made her owner, a struggling physician in a country town, a wealthy capitalist in a few years. She cost $500 and returned to him $150,000. She paid for every inch of 850 acres of blue grass land owned by Dr. J. D. Neet, the now famous Versailles, Ky., breeder and turfman. Her produce run far over $100,000 on the turf and no less than four of her sons now rank among America’s most valuable sires. The most costly monument ever erected in memory of a horse is to mark her grave at Kindergarten Stud.

Here is her stud record … Sold for
1889 – Foreigner … $5,000
1890 – Ferrier … 5,000
1892 – Handsome … 12,500
1893 – Hastings … 37,000
1894 – Chelsea … 5,000
1895 – Plaudit … 25,000
1896 – Glenheim … 15,000
1897 – Dan Reagan … 6,000
1898 – Glass Slipper (running qualities only) … 5,000
1900 – East India (running qualities only) … 5,000
1902 – Migraine … 10,000
1903 – Fairy Prince … 5,000
1904 – Slippers … 5,000

She was barren the first year she was bred, in 1888, and she had no foal in 1891, 1899, 1901, 1905, and 1906. Dr. Neet sent her this season to Elmendorf Stud to be bred to Waterboy. Later he received a message from C. H. Berryman, manager of that establishment, to the effect that the Brighton Handicap winner was impotent. Dr. Neet then ordered her to be bred to Africander, but that horse’s book proved full, and he sent her to Horse Haven Farm, and mated her to Ethelbert, and she was presumed to be in foal to Perry Belmont’s great racer when she died. Cinderella was 21 years old. Early last winter she was in rather poor condition, but she soon recovered her health and was in first-class fix seemingly up to within an hour of her death. She died of heart disease.

Of her famous produce Hastings is the premier sire of A. Belmont’s Nursery Stud, and in 1902 he headed the list of American winning sires; Plaudit is a star in the noted Hamburg Stud by J. E. Madden; Glenhelm is owned by H. S. Oxnard, the multimillionaire Treasurer of the Sugar Trust; Migraine is also at Hamburg Place; Handsome is at the head of Dr. Neet’s Kindergarten Stud; Glass Slipper and East India are broodmares at Kindergarten Stud, and Fairy Prince, now a 3-year-old, and Slippers, a 2-year-old of this season, are both in the racing stable of Harry Payne Whitney. Of her other produce Dan Reagan and Chelsea both were gelded, while Foreigner and Ferrier are dead, the latter dying the property of W. S. Hobart, the San Mateo (Cal.) breeder, who purchased him to place at the head of his stud.

In the thirteen foals she produced Cinderella never dropped but three fillies, and for six straight years she dropped in succession a half dozen stud colts. No matter what she was bred to she produced a sensational horse. Ferrier was by Fonso, Hastings by Spendthrift, Plaudit by Himyar, Handsome and Glenhelm by Hanover, and Migraine by imp. Topgallant.

At 17 years of age the late W. C. Whitney offered Dr. Neet $15,000 for the celebrated mare. Dr. Neet wrote the noted New York turfman that the principal living things he possessed were his wife, daughter and Cinderella, and he could not break up the family. Later on Whitney leased the breeding qualities of the mare for $10,000, and she was sent to his La Belle Stud, being returned to Dr. Neet in the summer of 1904, the breeding contract being canceled at the death of Whitney.

Cinderella was bred by Sir Thomas Throgmorton [sic], of England. In 1886 Alfred Withers, of London, sent to Egmont Lawrence in this country to sell ten broodmares and two yearling fillies. The last named two were Cinderella and Sarantella, the latter herself the dam of ten winners. Both were purchased shortly after their arrival in Lexington by Dr. Neet, he paying $500 for Cinderella and $400 for the dam of Handsel.

Cinderella was broken and handled by John Clay in the training stable of the late Maj. B. G. Thomas, and showed to have much speed in her work. Dr. Neet, however, had bought her for a brood mare and would not permit her to race. As a result she never faced the starter’s flag.

None of her daughters as yet are old enough in the stud to have representatives on the turf. Glass Slipper now has at Kindergarten Stud a suckling bay colt by Don De Oro and East India has at her side a bay colt by Ethelbert. Dr. Neet bred Glass Slipper this season to the latter horse, while he mated East India to imp. Star Shoot. He has ten foals by Cinderella’s son, Handsome, this year.

Cinderella was of double parentage, being sired by Blue Ruin, or Tomahawk, while her dam Hanna was a daughter of Brown Bread. She belongs to the No. 21 family of the Bruce Lowe figure system. What Pocahontas and Queen Mary were in England, Cinderella was in this country, and she has left an impression on racing in America as lasting as time itself.

The monument Dr. Neet will erect to perpetuate her memory will be mounted with a pedestal in bronze, a reproduction of the famous mare in life, taken from the last photograph made of her in her paddock at Kindergarten Farm.” (The Nashville American, 06/12/1906)

Photograph of Plaudit as published and Bit & Spur (Vol. 11, No. 1), February 1912.


1904: Broodmares that are gold mines

“Lexington, Ky., January 16. – Should one desire to inaugurate a guessing contest and hear the patriarchs expatiate on the fabulous sums which have come to the lucky owners of good producing mares, he has but to drop into Horseman’s Headquarters with the query “How much will that bay colt by Sir Dixon, out of Bonnie Blue II, that’s down at Raceland Stud, fetch when he gets to the sale ring as a yearling next June?”

This youngster is an own brother to Blue Girl, Blues and Blue Ribbon, a trio that, combined, have won over $130,000 on the turf. Bonnie Blue II has only had five foals, the three stars named above, this youngster and a colt now a two-year-old in the stable of Captain S. S. Brown. Her last two foals, sold at public sale, have brought over $18,000, an as this is said to be the grandest looker the mare has ever dropped the changes seem rosy for him bringing close to the record price.

This great mare promises to be a veritable gold mine for her owner, Catesby Woodford, he having already realized over $23,000 by the sale of her produce at yearling time, and he still has this youngster to bring more money into the Raceland Farm treasury, and the famous mare is now only 13 years old.

When the late celebrated horseman, Byron McClelland, died he left as a legacy to his widow several of the most valuable pieces of property in this city, but not one of the buildings, of which one is Lexington’s only skyscraper, has proved a better paying investment than the great mare, Sallie McClelland, which he also left to the widow. For four foals out of this mare Mrs. McClelland has received the snug some of $21,400, and the famous stud matron seemingly has yet years of usefulness before her. Of these four foals His Lordship, still owned by his original purchaser, J. D. Smith, brought her $8,400; Saratoga Belle, a young mare in the stud at Hamburg Place, cost J. E. Madden $6,000; Audience, Captain S. S. Brown’s great filly, swelled her bank account $4,500, and Gorman & Bauer gave her $2,500 for Martha Gorman, the two-year-old sister to Audience.

Perhaps the greatest money-making mare, as a producer for her owner was imp. Cinderella, which was the property of Dr. J. D. Neet, of Versailles, the final sale of her breeding qualities to W. C. Whitney, the Woodford County physician, cleared right at $100,000 on the English mare.

George H. Clay bought his Balgowan breeding establishment from proceeds of the sale of yearlings thrown by the noted Ballet. Her sons and daughters were annually sold at that tender age, enriching their owner $30,000.

After realizing $50,000 on the sale of the yearlings out of Maud Hampton, Major B. G. Thomas sold the old mare for $18,300, and the sale of the produce of Quesal, which he still owns, has already brought him thousands of dollars.

Out of his savings as a clerk O. D. Randolph bought Manola Mason for a small figure. She threw McChesney, E. E. Smathers’s $30,000 horse, and in a few years has only to live to bring him in a thousand fold on his investment.

The same good fortune is in store for H. A. Engman, the owner of Katy of the West. She has already thrown Hermis, and suddenly became valuable as a gold mine as a producer.

Because she was slightly crippled a buyer could not be found for Jamaica for quite a time. Finally Luke Broadhead, manager of Woodford Farm, then in its glory, secured her for A. J. Alexander. She threw the great Foxhall, and then her yearlings commanded fabulous sums, she bringing in this way in the neighborhood of $60,000 into the strong box of Alexander.

Theodore Winters passed a check for $300 to the owner of Marian when the mare was just out of training. Some of her produce he raced and won a fortune on them. Later he sold her sons and daughters and all told realized over $123,000 on his $300 investment, her last colt alone bringing [ILLEGIBLE].

For the last few years Captain J. B. Clay has kept up the expenses of the Iroquois Stud and his other interests on the sale of the produce of the dams of Major Daingerfield and Lady Schorr. The latter’s last colt sold for $6,400, and the sale of Mon Droit’s recent produce have brought him thousands of dollars. F. B. Harper won with and sold the sons and daughters of Belle Knight for over $100,000. She cost him the insignificant sum of $62.50.

A barrel of whisky was the price Colonel E. F. Clay gave for Fancy Jane. She threw Miss Woodford and the Bourbon breeder thus got a fortune for his liquor. He also got Mercedes out from between the shafts of Wickliffe Preston’s buggy and her produce brought to Runnymede $50,000.

Semper Idem, the dam of the great Longstreet, for seasons brought an average of $3,000 a year income to her owner, C. B. Hawkins and the very successful racing firm of Eastin & Larrable scored their marvelous triumphs with horses out of a few mares they owned, which later they sold in a lump for a fortune to J. B. Haggin.

The stud books teem with incidents of marvelous successes made by a small investment in thoroughbred mares, and there are also numerous cases where even fancy priced mares causing an outlay of nearly all the capital of the investor, have in the end won a fortune for their owner. Thora, Brademante and Duchess are incidents of the latter type.

With the dams of such horses as McChesney, Hermis and Dick Welles in the hands of men whose combined stud matrons scarcely exceed a dozen mares, it can be seen what a rival the small breeder has become to the millionaire who controls his thousands of acres and his brood mares on every hill. It also shows that it is about the only business in these times of settled affairs that it is possible for a man to chance two or three hundred dollars and make a hundred thousand on the deal.” (Cincinnati Enquirer, 01/17/1904)