IMPORTED DERBY WINNETtS.
All told (says an Ameiican paper) 13 Derby vunners have been sent to this country. Diomed, who won the inaugural Derby in 1780, was brought to the United States -when 22 years old. He \\&» so little thought of as a sire in his own country that it was R'-SMble to purchase him for 50 guineas. " Otht-r rai-ly winners of the event imported were Knltvam, winner in 1783; .John Bull, winner in 1792; Spread Eagle, winner in 1795; Sir Harry, winner m 1798, and Archduke, who follows Sir Harry on tiio Derby roster. For more than iO years following Archduke's importation, Derby winners were either not sought by American breeders or they could not be oUaincd. ihe next to como bc'ng Priam, wnncr of the- event in 1830, and St Gile=. which won two years later. Another period ot more than 30 years follows in xvhich no English Derby winner came to Amerira. The next two attempts were fraught with bad luck. Blue Gown, winner in 1868, and King Craft, which won two years later, were purchased for America, but each died on the way over. The one best known to tho present generation of race-goers was Si. Biaise, which was the winner in 1883, and which, after an illustrious career in the Nursery Stud of the elder August Belmont. was sold for the largest price ever realised at public auction for a thoroughb-ed in tin* country, and which i-5 again at ihe Nursery Stud, having been purchased by August Belrnonr at the dispersal sale of the Fairview Stud of Charles Reed in the autumn of 1902. In 1884 St. Gatien jmh.l Harvester ran a dead heat for the Derby. St. Gaticn was afterwards imported by James B. Haggin, and is now at his Rancho del Paso Stud in California. Hib get arc now racinghero with distinction. The recently defunct Ormonde, who carried the Duke of AYe~ttninsier's colours to victory at Epsom in 1886, is the most recent importation to the United States. He was imported by W. 08. Sl'Donough, but not directly from England. He had previously been «ent to South America : now in the .stud in California. Ormonde won the second year after St. Gatien's dead heat.
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IMPORTED DERBY WINNETtS., Otago Witness, Issue 2626, 13 July 1904
IMPORTED DERBY WINNETtS. Otago Witness, Issue 2626, 13 July 1904
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