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FAMOUS MARES BOUGHT CHEAPLY English turf history recouls any number of instances of the purchase of mares for a mere song that were destined to become dams of great winners. The elder W. I. Anson founded the famous Blink Bonny Stud by the purchase for thirty sovereigns of Queen Mary after traveling all over Scotland to find her. Had he failed in his .quest the English turf would never have had such celebrities as Haricot, Blink Bonny, Caller Ou. Bread -albane, Broomielaw, Brinklioolie, nor Blair Athol. Another great brood "mate, The Bloomer, dam of the Derby winner George Frederick, and among others of Albert Victor which dead-heated witli King of the Forest for second place to Favonius in the Blue Ribbon of 1871, was once sold in her earlier days for tile bagatelle of a fpohy" 5. Neither of these, of course, was sold by auction, nor for that matter was Laura, for which Mr. Gosden gave Sir John Astley a "pony," mid which rewarded him by producing such equine gems as Frauloih and Petrarch, not to mention Itothorhill. which Is one pf the two sires to which the paternity of St. Gatieu is ascribed, Mr. Hammonds good colt being by Rotherhill "or The Rover.