Flying Fox (GB)

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.

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