Kentucky Derby History: Interesting Tale of How Its Winners Raced and Won.; From Aristides to Exterminator, All of Them Were Notable Race Horses., Daily Racing Form, 1919-05-10


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KENIUGKlf HISTORY Interesting tale of How Its Win Tiers Racecl and Woritr Froni Aristides ito Exterminator All of Them Were Notable Rape Horses Lonisvillo Ky Miiy p We who love1 the thor oilglibredtlihise ndtherSport he provides know IhatAfistrdcsAvon the first Kentucky Ierby in 187ri and that Kxterminator won the fortyfourth running noB thnticoyetod race last year but Jiow many of us remember tlie thrilling Incidents Of the races in between or even the names of the other forty winners ilodiiy will ever be ihit6rlp in the tttrf nnnals ofJCentucky as tlie first Derby Day propheti ¬ cally wrote the Into 15 G Bruce a the opening expression of a1 conciwe accotintof theinauguration of tlie spoltrat ChurCiriirDowhs bH MUhday May 17 1875 That portion of the grandstand devoted to the ladieswas one grand boquet of beauty re ¬ finement and Intelligence The ladies in the Various costumes looked like so many particolored butter flics balancing themselves on their wings in the slanting rays of the bright sun he told us ibe fore hcri entered r his description of how H P McGraths Aristides afterward famous as the lit ¬ tle red ihosiSV jvon the best race at the weights ever run by threeyearolds in tbiS country Aris ¬ tides stood only 151J Hirfhds He wasaisoii ofIjea inington one of the greatest horses ever brouglit 1o this country from England iwhitlier lio sent back a son Iroqiiois to win Umt classic jof classics Hie Derby at Epxom Downs Aristides was named for Leamingtons owner Aristides Welch of Phil ¬ adelphia Aristidos coupled with i stablemate i liesapeake which finislicd fourth was favorite Hidden by Oliver Lc vis Aristides went to the front at the end of the firs half milo and from Ihero to the finish pf the racewas iicxcr in doubt He won by two lengths from Volcano with Verdi ¬ gris third the time for tlie mile and a half being 237 There were fifteen starters and they were sent away without delay by Col W II Johnson while Col M Lewis Clark president of the club wIiHji hud been organized by him after nine years of tiirf decadence in tlie Falls City as the presid ¬ ing official of the stand VAGRANT SECOND WINNER OF DERBY A Lexington horse Vagrant also won the second jimnhig of the Kentucky Derby He was n son of Virgil son of Vandal siro of Volcano and was ovAedby Capk T J Nichols and ridden by Bobby Swim Standing nearly sixteen hands he was a dark bay gelding that was so unattractive as a yearling that he was sold for 250 However he had a graceful way of running and was what in those days was termed a daisy cutter Favorite at ovens Vagrant galloped ulongat his case in his big stride and never left the result in doiibt win ¬ ning by a length with Crcedmoor second and Harry Hill third eleven starting the drum having been lapped by Col Robert Johnson JohnsonDaniel Daniel Swigerts BadenBaden a big chcstnut with nothing particularly striking about him won the third1 Derby in an exciting finish with H P McGraths Leonard the margin being a length while a head only separated Leonard and King William The winner ridden by William Walker was sold for 400 against 430 for tlie field He like Aristides and Vagrant was trained at Lex ¬ ington BadenBaden was a son of Australian Lavender u daughter of Wagner There were eleven starters startersDay Day Star winner of the fourth Derby was 1525 with an extraordinary short stout back and well coupled He was bred at Ashland by John M Clay who sold him to T J Nichols as a yearling for 5825 and it was in his colors that he scored the second triumph in the nice for that wellknown itizcn of Bourbon County He was a son of Star Davis and was ridden by Carter Day Star sold in the field for 110 against 305 for the favorite Hiin yar from which he won easily by two lengths llimyar was miserably ridden by Robinson RobinsonLord Lord Murphy winner of the fifth Derby was bred in Tennessee being a son of Pat Malloy and was owned by George W Darden and G H Kice of Nashville He was an overwhelming favorite and ridden by Shauer ho won by a length and a half from Falsetto ufterah exciting race raceThe The ttixth Derby was won by Fonso sou of King Alfonso bred at Woodburn owned by J S Shaw lian of Bourbon County trained at Lexington rid dun by Lewis and third choice iir the bdtting Fonso cnt outthe wortata good T ace and won a splendid race a little over a length in front of Kimball thfr favorite with Quito the isecond choice last pf five and carrying the colors of Dwyer Brothers Colonel Milton Youngs Bancroft wasthirdaiidBouUivardwa fourth Tiier colors of i Dwyer rBrcitherS were carried to vie toryGTQie Derby of ISSfWlhat sturdy progeni ¬ tor of the blood of his line Hindoo An oddson favorite and ridden by Jimmy McLaughlin the son of Virgle moved up from second position as they entered the stretch and won easily by four lengths Lelex second and Alfambra third McGraths Sligo son of Tom Bowling being last of the other three Dwycr Brothers had paid Daniel Swigert 15000 for Hindoo twoyearoldDaniel as a twoyearold Daniel Swigert likewise was the breeder of Apollo son of Ashstead or Lever which won the Derby of 1882 in the colors of Morris Patton after it seemed in the stretch that the favorite Uunnymede ridden by McLaughlin for Dwyer Broth ¬ ers had the race at his mercy Runnymede quit and Apollo piloted by Hurd coming with a wet sail after a driving race won by a length Ascender carrying the colors of Col Bob Pate the man who made a fruitless attempt to put the City of Mexico on the racing man was favorite for the Derby of 1883 which fell to tlie handsome Lepnatus running in the colors of Chinn Morgan the Chinn being Colonel Jack father of Phil T and author of the law creating the Kentucky State Racing1 Commission Leonatus was Second choice and won in an easy gallop by three lengths with Drake Carter second and Lord Raglan third W Donohue rode the winner winnerBuchanan Buchanan won the Derby of 1884 under the pilot ¬ age of that wizard of the saddle Isaac Murphy Buchanan was a magnificent looking son of Buckden and was foaled the joirit property of Capt W Cottrill of Mobile and J W Guest of Danville Ky who sold his half to his partner Captain Cottrill later sold a half interest to Capt S S Brown of Pittsburg and he ran as their property winning easily by a length and a half from Loftin with Audrain third and the favorite Bob Miles fourth fourthHowever However much of a disappoiptment had been Bou Miles to Capt aim Williams the previous year Joe Cotton made amends by winning the Derby of 1SS5 for which he was favorite and was ridden by Henderson Morris Patton who were the owners of Drake Carter In 1883 were again second with Bcrsan and Col Milton Young for the second time got third money his colors having been car ¬ ried by Ten Booker It was a beautiful day and the largest crowd ever seen on a race course in Jventucky with the exception that which had wit nessed the match between Ten Broeck and Mollie McCarthy was present It was the consensus of opinion that the field of ten that ran for the Derby in 1880 was the best sinc Aristides year Ben AH son inf Virzil thp third by that sire to mark a success in this prize was the favorite carried the colors of James B llaggin was ridden by P Duffy and won by three parts of a length after a driving finish with Bine Wing The time 23ji was a new record for the face tlie previous best having been Lord Murphys 237 Free Knight was third thirdMontrose Montrose at odds of 10 to 1 ridden by Isaac Lewis wearing the colors of Col Alex Labold and his brother won the Derby of 1887 by a length and a half from Jim Gore which pulled up lame a length better than Jacobin the favorite Banburg fourth fourthDerby Derby Day in 1S88 the day that starter J F Caldwell made the mistake and sent the horses away for the first race at the half mile post in the chute instead of the fiveeighths post caus ¬ ing the race to be run over was cold and raw and the track was deep in dust and the Melbourne Stables pair Alexandria and Galifet were favored in the betting Macbeth II at odds of 10 to 1 carrying the Colors of the Chicago Stable Hankius Johnson and ridden by Covington won handily Galifet second and W O Scullys White third thirdTlie Tlie next year Derby Day was insufferably hot and the dust was so thick gathered that you could cut it with a knife yet the largest crowd gathered that had ever been present to see the Derby There was free entrance to the infield It was notwithstanding the day and tracks great racing and the field that went to the post in the Derby put up a brilliant contest Noah Armstrongs Spokane a 10 to 1 nd ridden by Tom Kiley winning by a short head from Proctor JKhbtt the 1 to 3 favorite which lost the race when she swerved with Pike Barnes at the head of the stretch For the third time Col Milton Youngs col ¬ ors were third Once Again finishing a head in front of Hindoocraft Prpctor Kriott ran as the property of Scoggin Bryant The time was 234 and that stands today as the record for the race at one mile and a half distance Riley at 4 to 1 ridden by Isaac Murphy in Ed Corrigans colors won the Derby in 1890 from Bill Letcher and Robespierre the favorite the track being muddy muddyIsaac Isaac Murphy rode his third winner of the race when he scored with the 2 to 5 favorite Kingman after a hard ride over a track deep in mud doing the mile and a half in 252 252i i the Derbys slowest time yet before the most immense crowd ever at the course Kingman Tweed in the colors of the Jacobin Stable of which Kinzea Stone of George ¬ town was the principal owner ownerDUEL DUEL OF AZRA AND HURON IN 1892 1892The The race of 1SD2 produced the duel between George J Longs Azra ridden by Loiinic Clayton and Ed Corrigans Huron guided by Tom Britton which so frequently has been recounted as one of the most stirring contests of the last quarter of a century Huron coupled with Phil Dwyer the only other starter was oddson but Azra beat him by six inches inchesThe The next year Lookout trained by Will Mc Daniel and ridden by Kunze won in a canter tot Gushing Orth while his stable companion Bound ¬ less was bonteii a head for second place by George J Longs Phitus The dishing it Orth pair wen favorites favoritesChant Chant soil of Falsetto which had not been able to win the Derby in Lord Murphys year carried the colors of H Eugene Leigh and George Rose to victory in 1801 Chant was ridden by Goodale and was a strong favorite He led all the way and won without great effort Pearl Song second and Siguard third thirdHalcrn Halcrn Byron McClellands black son of Han ¬ over ridden b Solip Perkins and favorite at 2 to 5 won easily in 1895 from Basso Laureate and Curator CuratorThe The next year the year in which William Jen ¬ nings Bryan had the sagers all stirred up over the question of free silver at the ratio of 16 to 1 Ben Brush won the Derby by his whiskers from Ben Eder and H was heralded as the greatest race for the event since Spokane beat Proctor Knott Simms rode the winner for Phil Dwyer and Tabor was on Ben Eder for Umbrella Bill McGuigan It was the opinion of many that had the riders been re ¬ versed the son of Bramble not as fit as Ben Eder might not have won Ben Brush was favorite at 1 to 2 2The The succeeding year saw another duel for the Derby when J C Calms Tyhoon II Garner defeated Headley Nortons Ornament A Clay ¬ ton the favorite by a neck The winner was a son of Top Gallant GallantJohn John E Maddens Plaudit son of Himyar ridden by Simms beat Lieber Karl the 1 to 3 favorite owned by John W Schorr and ridden by T Burns a length after a hard driyerin the race of 1898 The following year the prize again went to the east when Manuel ridden by Fred Taral favorite at 11 to 20 won for A H D H Morris Man ¬ uel was a son of Bob Miles The second horse in this race was Corsini which Ed Cqrrigan had shipped all the way from California but T Burns was not skillful enough to get closer than two lengths to the winner at the end endLIEUT LIEUT GIBSONS RECORDBREAKING DERBY DERBYLieutenant Lieutenant Gibson son of G W Johnson owned by Charles Head Smith trained by Charles H Hughes ridden by jockey Boland and favorite in the betting had no difficulty in showing his heels to Florizar and Thrive and those behind them in the Derby of 1900 He ran tlie mite and a quarter in 20614 which stood for ten years after that as the record lor the race at that distance the reduction from one mile and a half having been made in Bcii Brushsyear Ben Brushs 2 074 was the fastest previous record His Eminence another son of Falsetto owned by F B Van Meter and ridden by Jim Wlnkfield the colored jockey who afterward distinguished himself in Russia won the Derby of 1901 quite easily from Will Hayes Sannazarro piloted by Winnie OConnor Jphn W Schorrs Alard Scheck oddson favorite was last of five and Tennessee was sick at heart heartThomas Thomas Clay McDowells AllanaDale son of Halma bred at Ashland ridden by J Winkfield won the 1902 Derby while his stable companion The Rival ridden by Nash Turner vas third Thomas W Moores Inventor piloted by R Wil ¬ liams splitting them Last of the four was the boasted Tehnessenn Abe Frank If was a thrilling race and a close finish finishMcDowell McDowell the following year put Dick Crow hurst on Bourbon and Helgerson on Woodlake arid made another essay for the prize but a couple of Chicagoans beat him to it Judge Himes ridden by H Booker at odds as high as 15 to 1 winning under the colors of Charles R Ellison after a drive with tlie favorite Ml H Tichcnor Cos Early ridden by J Winkfield The winner was by Esher Elwood a son of Free Knight mounted by jockey Prior running in the name of Mrs Lasca Durnell wife of Boots Durnell who at the out break of the present war was in Roumania an out ¬ sider iny the betting won the 1901 Derby Ed Tier ney second and Brancas third It was a poor field fieldOnly Only three started over the muddy track the fol ¬ lowing year when Capt S S Browns Agile by Sir Dixon ridden by J Martin won at 1 to 3 easily from W S Williams Cos Rams Horn and T P Hayes Layson LaysonCharles Charles R Ellison made another try for the Derby in 1900 and succeeded in getting second and third money with his pair Lady of Navarre and James Reddick the winner being the favorite Sir Huon bred and owned by George J Long saddled by Pete Coyne and ridden by Roscoe Troxlerv He was the third son of Falsetto to triumph in the race though he was a tired horse at the end of his journey journeyJ J Hal Woodfords Pink Star son of Pink Coat winner of the American Derby trained by WTT Fizer and ridden by Andrew Minder at odds of 15 to 1 won in 4907 from Zal and Ovelando OvelandoIn In 1903 the year of Jhe institution of the pari mutiiel system for a second era in Kentucky the track was muddy and 0 E Hamiltons Stone Street paying 12360 won easily with Sir Cleges the favorite Dunvegan Synchronized and Banridge heads apart It was a bad band bandNext Next year Wintergreen V Powers won for Home Resness and he was bred in Ohio being a son of Dick Welles and ther only horse foaled in the Buckeye State to win the race Then came in Tsuccession the winnersDtjnau sonrofWools thorpe owned by William Gerst of Nashville Meridian by Broomstick carrying the colors of R F Carman of New York at that time now of Maryland Worth owned by H C Hallenbeck of New York and sired by Knight of the Thistle Donerail sired by McGee owned by Ti P Hayes of Lexington Old Rosebud son of Uncle owned by H C Applegate Oo of Louisville Regret the only filly ever to win it daughter of Broom ¬ stick owned by Harry Payne Whitney of New York George Smith son of Out of Reach owned by John Sanford of Amsterdam N Y and in 1917 Omar Khayyam the first foreignbred to ever win the event Omar Khayyam carried the colors of Billings Johnson Shortly afterwards the colt was sold to W Viaii the Montreal turfman Ex ¬ terminators success Jast year in the colors of W S Kilmer who purchased the horse on the advice of trainer Henry McDaniel after Sun Briar went wrong and was not able to start in the big race was hailed as a lucky one for the Kilmer stable but subsequent events have demonstrated that Ex ¬ terminator was the best horse in the race and rioSv is rated high artnong the best in thetountry Jockey Herbert rode Donau George Archibald piloted Merid ¬ ian Carroll Shilling Worth Roscoe Goose Don ¬ erail John McCabc Old Rosebud Joe Notter Re ¬ gret J Loft us George Smith C Borel Omar Khayyam and W ICnapp Exterminator ExterminatorEach Each year tha crowds at the Downs on Derby day have increased and each year the race has been most eagerly sought after by owners in all parts of the land but in noyear in its history has the race attracted snich widespread interest as it has this spring Visitors from all sections of the coun ¬ try are here or on tlie way and tomorrow historic Churchill Downs will be taxed to its capacity to entertain the largest crowd that has ever witnessed this famous race

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