First Winner of the Epsom Derby, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-29


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I fc t k j , . . in , , . , i j , , ] t ■ ft * * t 0| » I 1 a FIRST WINNER OF THE EPSOM DERBY Whercor the thoroughbred is known it is also known I hat the first Epsom Derby was run in 1780. and that it was won by Diomed. It is not so well known that in its first running that now world-famous race was a dash of one mile, yet such was the case. Diomed was a good race horse and winner at all distances from a mile up to four-mile heats. He was a successful sire in England and is found many of the present-day pedigrees there. He was twenty-two years old when he was sold for 1.000 guineas to Colonel Jonh Hoomes of Virgiuia and brought to this country. In Virginia he lived to be thirty-one years old. He was a grandson of the famous Herod and it is in large measure due to him and his sons. Sir Archy. Balls Florizel, Duroc and others of great fame in their time that this country is richly provided with Herold blood. The wonderful racers Boston and Lexington were his direct male line descendants and his beneficial influence on American breeding was of incalculable value. He was a solid chestnut in color with no white, except on the heel of his right hind foot. He was 15"t hands high and a horse of great muscular substance and high vitality, qualities he transmitted to his descendants through generations. The pedigree of this celebrity of more than a century and a half ago was: . rPartner f_ . f ,.n tartar [Meliora ,4 "Won ffig- v. j i nh |J [Sehma Ii s _ 1 r fUodolphin Arabn £-- £ I Daughter J Cyenet [Blossom w oJJ ■- of «.... I iDaugnterof. ta .. c f /■Cartouche _,„,__ W j f fAIcock Arabian §= I fSpeeta- J [sis. to Dareheels Sf if I «■"■•■ iDaughter of. fn"*, g L- f p„„l- rGodolphiii Arabn I Hora.ia.P L Hartley mare ~ 1 , . [Clulders - slighter of. iMissBelvoir

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