A Thoroughbred Work-Horse, Daily Racing Form, 1910-07-12


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A THOROUGHBRED WORK-HORSE. It was the 1-ite Hon. Leland Stanford who asserted that a work horse which had inherited a strong infusion of thoroughbred racing blood would pull a heavier load, walk faster when pulling a cart or plow, and last longer than a work-horse of equal size that did not inherit the thoroughbred cross ema up. Probably few animals that were bred from thoroughbred racing stock on both sides have ever been used solely for workhorses. The following interesting account of one such written by1 William Imrie. Waterbury, Conn., shows what a thoroughbred horse can do at hard labor: "Many years ago," he says, "the late Mr. Walker-Bel Ishank, of Ayr. Scotland, was running his chestnut horse, Ben Beach, in a welter race for 200 poaada at Ayr, ridden by the then Lord Rollo, one of our liest and boldest gentlemen riders. The horse fell in his race and so annoyed his owner that he was given to a tenant fanner. "After working for a time on it farm lie was sold to Wordie and Company, railway carting eon-tractors in Glasgow, who sent him witli two heavy draft horses to a country station to deliver goods. These horses, each in a single cart, had to take loads of from 4.000 to 5.000 pounds. Ben Beach not only lasted longer than the others but had ofteu to be unyoked from his own cart and put in one of the others when the big draft horses were beat. The then Lord Bollo. who rode Ben Beach at Ayr. is the present I-ord Minto, who was governor-general of Canada and is now viceroy of India." — American Breeder.

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Library of Congress Record: https://lccn.loc.gov/unk82075800