Sir Hercules is Burned to Death: Fire of Unknown Origin at Barney Schreibers Woodlands Farm Sunday, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-20


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SIR HERCULES IS BURNED TO DEATH. Fire of Unknown Origin at Barney Schrci-bers Woodlands Farm Sunday. St. Louis, Mo., August 19. In a fire of unknown origin at Harney Schreibers Woodlands Farm Sunday morning the valuable thoroughbred stallion Sir Hercules and two barns were destroyed. Through the heroic efforts of manager Thomas Shelley and his assistants the .stallion Halgowan and a number of yearlings were saved. Tlie stallions Sain, Ban-nockburu and Otis were quartered in other barns and were not in danger. Sir Hercules was eleven years old and was bred in England by A. W. Merry. He was by Sir Hugo out of the dam of Surefoot, an unnamed mare by Galopin that was sent to Helgium in 1900. Sir Hercules was raced In England three seasons and won among other events the Ascot Hiennial Stakes, Trial Plate, Peveril of the Peak Plate, Prince of Wales Cup and Kich nd Stakes, lie was a fast horse and was credited with having" run a mile straightaway in better than 1:S3. John A. Drake was his owner at tlie end of the season or 1900 and sold him to a .Mr. Itsset by auction in England for ,250. Edward Corrigan then bought Iiini and brought him to this country in 1902, intending to race him, but he was a disappointment in this respect. -Mr. Corrigan finally sold Sir Her-ciiIoh to Mr. Schreiber for something like 0,000, and he entered the stud at the farm near Bridgelon. three seasons ago, his two-year-olds of this year being the first of his get to race. Sir Hercules was one of the most beautiful thoroughbreds in America and was the admiration of all visitors to tlie farm. Mr. Schreiber thought much of him, though he carried no insurance on the stallion. Mr. Schreiber is now in Seattle, having left the farm about two weeks ago for bis trip to tlie far west. Manager Shelley tiled a telegram notifying him of his loss, but it is doubtful It he has received it yet because or the telegraphers strike.

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