Donau and His Dam, Daily Racing Form, 1910-05-15


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DONAU AND HIS DAM. Lexington. Ky.. May 14. — Thomas Piatt, the young Kentuckian who owns Al I one, the dam of Donau. lias now at his farm on the Spnrr pike near this city a yearling brother lo the winner of the thirty-sixth Kentucky Derby. In conformation and mark logs, but not in color, this .voungster resembles his distinguished brother. Doniwi is -a bay. while tliifi yearling is brown. Mr. Piatt says that he is quite like Donau in disimsition and habits. •While Wools-thorpe and Al Lone were the property of Col. Milton Young and he was the breeder of IHinau." said Mr. Piatt todav, "I kept the mare at my place for him and shared in the profits of her produce. Donau was foaled on my farm and I had him until he was sold to William fterat for $:!50 as a yearling at Sheepshead Bay. September 1. 1908. At that age Donau was a veritable bull dog. He was strong, courageous and determined. He was not a savage colt, but he was not otic of the kind that would stand petting. He did not like to have the other colts about him and would use his heels whenever they came near him. This yearling brother of his s much the same in these respects. Ordinarilly when I wean my colts I put two in a stall, but I could not do it with Donau and his brother. Douau had to have a stall to himself, and so does this youngster." Al Lone is a lop-eared bay mare by imported Albert, out of Fronie Louise, bv Glengarv, and she. through Rosa Clark. Kitty Clark and Miss Obstinate, the fifth dam of Douau traces back to the Layton Barb mare. the tap-root of family No. 4 iu the Bruce Lowe figure system. Al Lone, while not a mare of stake qualitv. was a serviceable selling plater and was raced for six years by A. F. Dayton. D. J. Honan. John Dowd and others at St. Louis. Chicago. New Orleans and other tracks. In those six years she was started 12S times, won sixteen races, was second thirteen times, third twenty-five times and unplaced seventy-four tim»s. While still racing in the spring of 1901. as a seven-year-old. she was mated for the first time with Banquo II.. and foaled in the spring of 1902 a chestnut till v named Mae Erwin that never raced. She was not bred in 19 »2. and that fall Col. Milton Young iKiught her and brought her to McGrathiana Stud, mating her in the sipring of 190: with Inspector B. The result of this union was Tres tall. The next year she produced All Alone, by Cesarion. There was no foal in IftOO. Donau came in 1907 ironi a mating with Woolsthorpe. In 190S her foal was the bay filly now known as Pickaninny and racing in the colors of M. L. Schwartz. The next foal was the yearling now at Piatts place by Woolsthorpe. and the last, a sister to Donau. died a few minutes after it was foaled alKHit a month ago. living smothered to death. At the McOrathiana dispersal sale in October. 1908. Piatt tsuight Al Lone for S13S and her weanling filly I Pickaninny i for 25. On August ::i last he sold Pickaninny to "Bub" May for M. L. Schwartz for . 100. Pickaninny has started five times and bus been twice second and once third. She is a quick breaker and has considerable speed, and it is to be expected that she will win soon. When she does all of the pr Mluce of Al Lone to race will have brackets to their credit. Tres tall and All Alone, while not of the caliber of Douau, have paid their way and are still useful. Donau mav be another "iron horse." He had an unusually vigorous campaign as a two year-old. starting in forty -one races, of which be won fifteen, was second in six. third in fourteen and uuplaced in six. earning,980. He wintered well at the Hermitage Stud in Tennessee and went into training this spring as sound as a dollar. His three wins in as manv starts this year have netted William Gerst .L«i . miking a total of ,1.240 for an investment of 50 nineteen months ago.

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