History of American Derby, Daily Racing Form, 1935-06-22

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History of American Derby The American Derby was the outstanding three-year-old race of this country from its inception in 1884 to 1904, the year of the last running at famous old Washington Park, virtually in the heart of Chicago. The history of the old race is replete with the deeds of some of Americas most famous thoroughbreds and noted jockeys. The picturesque and successful breeder and owner, E. J. "Lucky" Baldwin, whose famous Santa Anita ranch in California was one of the most renowned breeding farms in the world, won the American Derby four times, and the greatest of all colored jockeys, Isac Murphy, rode four winners. Not only are some of Americas best horses among the winners but likewise others equally famous or greater are found among those which failed in this coveted race. After Washington Park was dismantled in 1906, the American Derby and with it Chicago racing became only a memory. For over twenty years this great Western Metropolis was denied a sport which in the past was an integral part of its life. Then, in 1926, a new Washington Park was bifilt and the American Derby renewed. It has been continued each year since, though in 1928, It was run at Arlington Park, with Washington Park unopened because of financial difficulties. Since being renewed in 1926 the American Derby has been contested and won by some of the outstanding three-year-olds of each year. The 1935 running should prove no exception, as the field includes some of the most representative of that age, with the prospective winner worthy to be enrolled with the notable horses from Modesty in 1884 to Cavalcade in 1934, as found in the following tabulation, embracing as it does many pertinent facts in connection with the American Derby: Year. First. Sire. Starters. Jockey. Wt. 1884 Modesty War Dance 12. . I. Murphy 117 1885 Volante Grinstead 8. . I. Murphy 123 1S86 Silver Cloud Grinstead 10. . I. Murphy 121 1887 C. H. Todd Joe Hooker 14. .Hamilton 118 1888 Emperor of Norfolk . . Norfolk 7 . . I. Murphy 123 1889 Spokane Hyder Ali 7. . T. Kiley 121 1890 Uncle Bob Luke Blackburn 7.. T. Kiley 116% 1891 Strathmeath Strathmore 10 . . Covington 112 1892 Carlsbad Glenelg 10. . R. Williams 122 1893 Boundless Harry OFallon 15 . . E. Garrison 122 1894 Rey el Santa Anita. . . Cheviot 9. . E. Van Keuren 122 1898 Pink Coat Leonatus 8. . W. Martin 127 1900 Sidney Lucas 4 . . .Top Gallant 6. . J. Bullman 122 1901 Robert Waddell Aloha 10. . J. Bullman 119 1902 Wyeth Wadsworth 12 . . L. Lyne 122 1903 The Picket Falsetto 7. . Helgesen 115 1904 Highball Ben Strome 16. . G. C. Fuller 122 1926 Boot to Boot North Star III 5. . A. Johnson 121 1927 Hydromel Light Brigade 5. . L. McDermott 116 1928 Toro The Porter 11. .B. Ambrose 126 1929 Windy City Upset 9. . L. McDermott 118 1930 Reveille Boy Last Reveille 12. . W. Fronk 118 1931 Mate Prince Pal 11.. G. Ellis 126 1932 Gusto American Flag 11. . S. Coucci 118 1933 Mr. Khayyam Omar Khayyam 8. .P. Walls 121 1934 Cavalcade Lancegaye 9. .M. Garner 126 fjfo vn hpttine. betting. Second. Third. Val. Time. Odds. Kosciusko Bob Cook 0,700 2 :42% 15-1 Favor Troubadour 9,570 2:49y2 6-1 Blue Wing Sir Joseph 8,160 2:37% 20-1 Miss Ford Wary 13,690 2:36y2 30-1 Falcon Los Angeles 14,340 2:40y2 * 4-1 Sorrento Retrieve 15,400 2 :41% * 6-5 Santiago Ben Kingsbury 15,260 2:55% * 5-4 Poet Scout Kingman 18,610 2:49% * 2-1 Zaldivar Cicero 16,930 3:04% 10-1 St. Leonards Clifford 49,500 2 :36 6-1 Senator Grady Despot 19,750 2:36 40-1 Warrenton Isabey 9,225 2:42% 7-2 James Lieut. Gibson 9,425 2 :40% 20-1 Terminus The Parader 19,275 2:33% 12-1 Lucien Appleby Aladdin 19,875 2:40% 5-1 Claude Bernays 27,025 2 :33 8-1 Woodson Rapid Water 26,325 2:33 f Display Black Maria 89,000 2:30y5 23-10 Handy Mandy Buddy Bauer 22,750 2 :29 23-10 Misstep Solace 21,925 2:05% 7-1 Naishapur African 47,550 2 :10 14-1 Gallant Knight Xenofol 51,200 2 :04% 56-1 Pittsburgher Joey Bibb 48,675 2:04% * 6-5 Osculator Prince Hotspur 48,200 2:10% 10-1 Head Play Fair Rochester 23,410 2:04% 12-5 Discovery Singing Wood 23,310 2 :04 1-1 fjfo vn hpttine. betting. ‚ô¶Favorite. No racing in Chicago in 1895, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1905 and 1906. Not run from 1905 to 1925, inclusive. Run at old Washington Park, Chicago, 111., up to and including 1904. The old Washington Park Club at Chicago was disbanded a nd the track dismantled in 1906. The American Derby was revived in 1926, and with the exception of 1928, when run at Arlington Park, has been decided at new Washington Park, Homewood, 111. Distance 1% miles until 1928.


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