The Male Line of Glencoe: W. S. Vosburgh Writes Interestingly of Vandal, Virgil, Hindoo, Hanover and Hamburg, Daily Racing Form, 1914-04-17


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THE MALE LINE OF GLENCOE. V. S. Vosburgh Writes Interestingly ot Vandal. Virgil, Hindoo. Hanover and Hamburg. W. S. ,r~uuig!i. ii:!iidii;;ii i w fur tic JoelitV Club. t-outributea to tbe Ttiorougutuvil Record the ot-lowing intemtlaa article: Uleacoe In the Gaelic tongue mean-, we ;ire toW. iii« Qleu ot Viipiiisr. and » the Bcene of the nuM acre or the 1:rUoii.i1i1 /Tun. However, iliat may be. v nivi i ;mv bave never regarded Gleticoea comiBg • this c trj wiih feeling- other than the rererae weeping, li u- . aiattet • i eoaarratnlBt Iob . • « ■• ifaould secare a mm of Saltan aad wheae • Mm. Trampoline, ahaald be ;i daughter of Trantp . ml .1 Bister to Whalebone, theaee to ol«l 1ruuella. addition i" Wis royal breeding, be was a hril- mat performer, baTing won the rwo Ihoaaaad unlneas. the Goodwood and Ascot Cupa. He had made only one season in ETgland, bat he did enough sire ol [ocahoataa aad of the grandam ot Laara • Illian Its dan; and in his second season here lie sired IVvtoua. ••In sauries the gel at Gleneoe performed with distinction, bin in the stud thej are noted as broad nares rather than as sirea-. GlencueB daughters In the imi achieved s Miceeas that, as time rolled •ii. became .". proverb. Norfolk. Asteroid, Kentucky, U cwBpte, Prioress, Maiden, Monarchist, idlewild. Itenlei Booue, Blown Dlcfc aad .! »• Daalels were : Mom Gleacoi mares Bat the ui.iie line did not Ituurhth. in fact. Glen was .-t ally brecdei n -irtvl omparalivelv few colts. Then. Minoiig his lie-t. Kig.iili.ou and Nicholas the First were gelded; Iaalc died early, is did Highlander; Pryoc wms -"le i • England; star Daris was falrta successful, but Vandal alone has carried on the line. Vaadals son Virgil, at Brat neglected and deap.iited, forced his way to the Croat -is a sin . Virgils son, Hindoo. bough be had only Hanover :i- a successful sire, maintained tbe line. Hanover begat Hamburg, and be begat Burgomaster, which at present stems the uiobl likely to carry It oa, although we are mindful oL the fact that it is a bald man who dare predict Hie sacceaa or failure of a stallion. Vandal by Gleneoe. ■•We need the bate Mr. Charles w neatly seated oa a whalers evening in his iTbrarj at serdbam. wuh a portrait of Vandal •Mr the dreplaee, to do justice to Vandal, foaled 1850, a bob of Gleacoe and Alain a dam, b Traiitiy son of Blacklock. Mr. Wheat ly saw aeariy all Vaadals races, sad always affirmed thai the day be defeated Prank-fort and Henry Perrit three mile beats he coald have "beaten any borae then iu training* Vandals stud career began auspiciously as tbe sire of Mollie Jackson, the best race mare of her time, and 01 i:ila 1.. a winner at all distances: while Jack the Barber. Virgil and lames A. Connolly followed. that latter aboat the beat bone out in isfts. hat he brake his back while rearing in play, and at a tnue when he seemed In vincible. Then caaae the Civil War. and Vandal, owned hy tie- late Mr. Jirad ley. had few good mares. y]t-. Alexander having par-ehased all the good oaes for Lexington at Wood bum. ladced, it ma. be said, Lexington lor years utarved all the stallions of his day. lie was a huge niuiioiRilist. for which there was no Sherman Act to prevent ins restraint of trade. ••The season of tvr..i was. however, marked hy uuite a Vandal revival, the colts Beraog, Versailles and Poaapey Payne, aad a tiiiy. Alta Vela, all three ear-old- by Vandal, playing a coaspicuoaa pari is the stake events. Of these Qeraeg, from the mare Dixie -by Sovereign, was the beat, ami the beat eoit of lie year. In fait, bersecaea said In- was the beat tliree-yeii -old seen since the da.vs of Norfolk. A-a yearling. Heraogs ears had T » • - - -1 1 freat-bittea, and from his peculiar appearance he became known as the crap-eared tlyer." Ho was tin fust horse 1bat rief rah a mile in 1:43%; he ran sevea races, losing hul one when Pesaftey Payne defeated him for the Ihoeniv at Lexington, mile heals. " v Versailles, a i the same meeting, defeated Pompey Payne for the Cltlaeaa" Stakes, two mile heats ifour heats being run and the rivalry between the three Vandal i oils becaaae latease. that ranraarr the following correspondence appeared hi the sporting papers. which is a fair sample of the pleasant spirit ot liaater that prevailed among the borsenaen of that period : Midway. Ky.. Aug. ti. 18ffiX lieai- Sir —I am. with my stable companions, Cro-- and. Caaraette, aad a counje of young bloods by Leamington, taking my morning gallops at Bosque ! Bonita. My object in writing hi to lei my conquered 1 friends, Heraog and Pompey Payne, know, iu -i pleasant way. that 1 am "still in the ring. ami am 1 ghtd to notice the number of stakes opened for Ciu-rtaaati, Louisville ami Memphis. But why make -o much fusa ationt Pompey Payne and Herzog when [ J. !:•■". „„,.,. each defeated those heroes? Herzog ■ onid not have, defeated Pompey Payne at Cincinnati hail I not melted Iompeys butter for him at 1, iagtoa. Both are capital i acehorses for a mile, can they -" further? The question will he answered 1 at Cincinnati, and iu Ihe event that all the cracks Narragsnsett, Exchange and Oottrell, are la the •wo mil.- race. 1 will bet 1 to 5 now that I win. Uaraog did beat me at Nashville, hut I. like all i I yeaag people, was too saaamtae, ami permitted :ny jockey to carry 5 lbs, overweight that day. Yours, in the stable. Versailles Lexington, Ky.. Aug. 23, 18a%. Dear Sis— In yours of the 21st. Versailles writes of me as his coaquered friend. and wants me to know-he is still in the rang. lie asks me why such fuss - is made about trie am! lompey Pay Bel When be ! is so fortunate as to nm a mile in 1:4314, a deal 1 if fuss will be made about liim tea, Mr. Paul made 5 Iba pull my head alaadBl off, and I have not for aaahtaa them for ii : bat they tell me 1:4SH was I last ssjoamh, and as my masters are pleased with i ! 1 1 [ 1 i I - ! 1 5 I i me, I am satisfied. Versailles beat me once, but I gave him a good healing at Nashville; and I inlend to beat him a«rain for calling me his conquered I fiend. the first time be leaves homo. I Invite his attention and that of all others who wish to attend, to the opening fall campaign, w heu I will be most happy to meet tbe representative of Bosque Bonita and convince bjaa that there is little money for him in m stakes. Yours with short ears. Herzog. "The meeting of Ihe three Vandal colls at the old Buckeye course at Cincinnati was one of the events of the year. Alta Vela and .lohn Kilgour also-starting. Versailles won 1be first hear, bat Heraog won tbe neat two heals, and ihen it was that one of bis admirers, in au outburst of enthusiasm, teraed poet lanreat and celebrated Her cogs triumph with Lie following lines: Ihe Bugle brought the coursers up Oer Buckeye- springy clay: Their silken coats made mirrors for Daine Fashions bright array. Ihe dark-skinned youth of Africa wound The reins their wrists around: The lithe forms p.eath them restless were To gain the starting bound: They went like arrows from the bow. Like drops from old Niagaras flow. Like natures llnsh that men doth tame. Or like the breath of hurricane But no fleet forms oer Buckeye wrung The wreath from Vandals shirt-eaivd son. "Alas! for Herzog. his triumph was his farewell, lb had. prior to the race, developed a slight cold, and as he was engaged or the two-mile heat race on the closing day of the meeting, he was taken the day following his race and given a two-mile gallop in cloths. Immediately pneumonia developed, and in h-s than a week the victor oer Buckeyes springy elav found a resting place l eneath it. Troiii 180R to 1870, Vandal had little or no palronase. and in 1ST0. Gen. narding purchased him for Belle .Meade, win re his first foals came in 1871, and their tan cess was immediate. Yandalite, Vol-tigeur. Vocalist. Volcano, Vassal. Vanderbllt Vea-tiltor. Vidette. Valerian. Vortex and Vinaigrette being among them. Vandalite won the Dixie and Breckinridge and was the beat Illy of the year. Vandal died April ]s. ISTJ. A picture taken a year liefore he died shows him quite as hollow-backed as Gleacoe, His stock, whether brew a, hay. black or chestnut, were usually whole-colored, showing but little white, witli prominent foreheads like Traubyi which, in the case of Vandalite. was uiom marked, and many of them hail rat-tails. Alta Vela conspicuously so. Vandal bred all color-. Of hi- two great daughters. Motile Jackson and Vandalite, one was a chestnut, the other brown. Of his bobs, Virgil was black: Herzog. Versailles. Pompey Payae and Volcano, bays: Vassal and Ventilator, Chestnuts, while .lames A. Connolly was hat pe-cnttar shade, technically a chestnut, but apparently black. The success ,,f Mollie Jackson. Caeitota ami James A. Connelly. all from daughters of Margrave, gave prestige to tbe Vandal-Margrave cross. Vandals laughters bred better than his sons Mollie Jackson was the dam of CoitOB and Fannie Ludlow grandam of Foxhall : Coral was the dam ..f Wanderer and 1ncas: Valerian, the dam of Boatman: Ella D. dam of laris and grandam of Hanover and Capitols was the dam of King Alfonso. Virgil by Vandal. "Our last sight of Virgil was the day Kingfisher WOO the Belmont Slakes at Jerome Iatk 1870, when I.d. Brown Brown Dick rode him for Mr. Swigert in a hurdle race, aad as we recall his black coat, gleaming like satis in the sunlight, it is hard to remember a more beautiful horse. This son of Vandal and Hymenia according to Mr. Swigert i took iiis coat color from his maternal graadsire. Yorkshire. Virgil, however, was not a great racer. The distances in ihose da s were of a trifle beyond his limit, lie won at two miles, but it was not in good company. In these davs of shorter distances he might have been distinguished. He was a miler. but as a hurdler was more successful. "Virgils rise to faun- as a sire reads like a romance. He made -i aeasoa in 1S68 and hail a few loals. among them Girl of tbe Period, a filly which raced in Mr. Louis I., tillnrds colors and subsequently dam of Gerald. In 1870 Mr. Swigert raced Virgil over hurdle-. Then he passed into the [ bands of tbe late Mr K. W Simmons, iu whose : colors be ran iu 1871. Meantime, he had been broken to harness and drew Mr. Simmons baggy. ! In 1ST- he was returned to Mr. M. II. Sanford at North Llkhorn Stud. But Mr. Sanford soon after : gave him away to Mr. Ben Bruce, who had no use for a stallion. and the old black horse was offered I for sale in Ihe Turf. Field and Farm of Octolier J. 1S74. the reading notice stating that he is hound ! to tie sold anil can be liought elieap. " s tbe piaybHIa have it. -a parsed of a year is i supposed to elapse. and the October of 1S75 brought a change in the fortunes of Ihe despised 1 Virgil. His son. Vagraat, had taken the field and I won all the richest stakes of the West, while another son. Virginias, had won some of the chief F events if the East. The lnglish had eagerly offered I *20,000 for Prfctm after Miss Letty, Industry ami I Cruciax appeared: so. too. they had endeavored to recover Buccaneer from the Austrieas after Pan] 1 Pones. See Saw. Formosa and Brigantine came oat. In no lean haste was Mr. Sanford to re-peasess Virgil. The portals of North Llkhorn. which had closed I upon him the year before, were now swung wide open io receive ihe black buggy horse. The next i fear Vagrant won the Kentucky Derby, and was - sold to Mr. Aster of New- York for 0. WO. Virginias - retained his form, anil another Virgil coll. Vigil. . itinie out and defeated the famous Parole for the B Dixie and Breckinridge. Then came Vera Cruz. . Memento, Vanguard. Cirley B.. and linallv Hindoo i — one of the greatest horses of the generation, "Wc cannot remember ever having ueea i ehestnat [ : ! : I ! i 1 I F I I 1 I i - - . B . i by Virgil, lie sired many blacks, many bays, but more browns. Mr Swigert told Us Virgils dam. Hymenia. was nearly a black mare, and vaadal, hfa -ire. coald be called :: brown hois.-. Yorkshire, the -in- oi Hymenia, sired a number of black mares Verona the dam of VaUXball and Foster: Maria Innis dam of Meteor; Fay. a dark brown: Ann llanley. a brown bay. ami llayleaf idatu of lrcak-ness i li-nk cherry bay. Except in ihe case of Vagrant, the Virgils had few white marks. Like their sire, they were smoothly turmd. with plump quarter- , M| rather prick-eared, good shoulders, mid several bad the Vaadal rat tail. Like Virgil, speed was their i ate, Vigil alone being a rater, requiring a mile io settle into bis. stride; i .,•■ trained early Kiagash, Richmond. Memento. Carrey B., Port land. ioi- example, being better a: two years old •ban thej ever were after. Bm Tremoat serpasaed them all. lie resembled v IrgiJ in appearance, a showy black coir, quick as a Hash at the pest, and his unbeaten record of thirteen consecutive victories a- a tWO-yeai old ha- never been sarpassfd, Hindoo by Virgil. ■J here are many who will t" this day apeak Of Hindoo as the last ra bi rse America produced. Mr. Dwyer. who owaed both horses, ami McLaugh li ii . wiio rode them, seemed to think Luke Blackburn was. Hindoo has this advantage, however — he met a better class of horses. the year ls7s is memorable for the quality of its foals, for, he sides Hindoo, it produced Iroquois. Foxhall, There, Crickmore, Kolas, Barrett, Glidelia ami Bproaway. Some idea of Hindoos . icing merit Is found iu the fact that as a three-year-old he won eighteen out of twenty races, and at tOai years he won live out ••! -i. defeating sucb horses a- Bole, Thora, Crickmore. Checkmate, Parole, Barrett, Monitor. Glidelia aad Saunter, r. Hindoo saccecded Luke Blackburn a- the crack of the Dwyer dynasty. When Blackburn ceased 1-. .any Ihe red with blue sash in i;- career of conquest. Hindoo look it up. and it i- a curious coincidence that both ran their last race for tbe same cM-ni- the Coney Island Cup iu consecutive years. They were the very .pjiosite of each oilier. Blackburn raced like .i Wild horse, hi- head in the air. his eyes ablaze, with McLaughlin leaning back in the saddle until his heels often sparred the colt in the brisket as he endeavored to control him: Hindoo, on the contrary, docile, ObnlhBl. a model of gentlemanly composure, never exerting himself uu-le called irioii. and. as McLaughlin once said. "you could ride him wiih a silk thread." "It was this dlspo-itiou. perhaps, that enabled Hindoo to establish a reputation as a campaigner and a stayer, tor :t conserved his power, which is Impossible in the ease ot an eager or excitable borae. Few horses have gone through such a campaign al three, moctiag horses of the same high class, and often when he wa- BSt al his best. This was manifestly the case when Crickmore heat him al the Coney Island autumn meeting. In his work shortly alter, in- Deemed to recover, ami Bowe, his trainer. moved lor a new trial. a- the lawyers say. on the ground of newly discovered evidence, following Crickmore to Baltimore for the Dixie Stakes, but when tlie bell mag, Hindoos number was not up: and When ICowe opened the stable door to snow him. we noted thai the coll had a plaster on hi- throat. "Hindoo was a brown bay. with a s|;lr ami right hind pastern white, and while he was what SOBS* called plain he had to our eye a personnel that was singularly attractive. Ha- head had none of the prominent frontal bene of ihe Vandals, but he had a long, weak-leaking back. and. moreover, he waa light in the thinks, bat he had Virgils smoothness of outline. After winning Urn Coney Island Cup at lour, beating Bole, it was found impossible to train him. and he was sold t.i Ool. K, F. Clay, and i be famous lily, Miss Woodford, was taken by the Dwyers In past payment. Hindoo began stud life ii Reanymeee iu 1883. and sired Hanover in his first season. It was a tremendous he-i nning. but he never sited another of the same class. Sallie Mc cleilaml foaled in lsss. was the next best, and among the others were Jim Gore, Hladooeraft, Merry Monarch. Mattel Glean aad Chief Justice. His daughters have bred well, but Hanover alone among his sous ha.- maintained hi- male line. Hanover, by Hindoo, "Mr. Phil Dwyer has often told us of bis inlra- duction to Hanover. I was driving with Col. Clay. says Mr. Dwyer, through Uunaymede. looking over the yearlings. A- we passed a paddock I saw a chestnut with white face and legs that caught my eye. " What colt is that? i asked." "•Thai s a Hindoo, said Colonel Clay." "Of course. I thought be was kidding, ami shook piv head, saying You might .-is well roll me hes a Billet. " "Oh. no; Im not joking. rejoined Col. Clay, 1 dont know where he .rets his color, or his rnark-i im;-. but hes a Hindoo. Besides, his dam is a Boll tiic Scotland mare and he doesnt look much like a Bonnie Scotland either, dees he.- "1 replied, 1 should -ay not. but he looks like a racehorse, whether he is a Hindoo or not: and if lie is a Hindoo, Fin goiau to buy him —and 1 did." "That was in the spring of "85. Tie- following win tor. happening to meet Mr. Charles Bathgate, ws asked him: "Have yon heard of any good yearl-. ings.-" He replied that he had seen the Dwyer let, and the best Io..kiu_: was a Hindoo colt, a chestnut with whiTo legs: but added that there w i-• I a black colt by Vlrjsil Which he heard could run clean awaj from the lot. of course, the black was ■ Turnout, the chestnut Was Hanover. Ireniont could always outrun llano, or. according to Mr. Dwyer. but ilis SUB sel with his two.vearold season. Tbey were verj unlike each other. Tremoat was the quickest starter ever seen hereabouts: Hanover was slow; Troniont a free runner: Hanover very sluggish. ■ ILinoer started only three times as a lw« -t year-old, and though be won each time. McLaughlin i I ■ ■ i had t" ride him out to the last ounce to make him win. "No coll could have changed more from two to three-year-eld form than did Hanover, and we eaa not forget his Impressive appearance when he came bat in the spring to win the Carlton Stakes a beautiful colt, exuberant in vitality, instead of the sluggard of the year before. He was al! ruerg] and ambition, and two davs later won the Brookon H Handicap by three lengths from Dry MeaOptde Which had won ihe Broklya Handicap a tew ilaj -before i with only three pounds tor tin- year. Instead of needing Mi I.auglilius whip and spur. Iowa- read] to make ail the pace, and Started twenty seven time- that year, losing only seven. He won fourteen races before he waa beaten, then only wi en he tried io give seventeen pounds to Laggard, which afterward won the omnibus. Probably. Hanover was at his heat the day he won tin emporium at Coney Island with IJs pounds, and who can forget When tie rolurticil to -cale and the band struck up the thea popular Boulanger March Tout a reap, on ehi": Viv la France: Cradle! Cest la rvu qui commence. Jgrimp sui tin inarrionier en fleiir El ma femm sat Idoa d*an fat tear. "Haaovei was au la-breg Vandal, lor Vandal WOS li;- meat grandsire. both through his sire and his dam. JTet no hoi -e could have been more unlike Vandal than in- was his color, his abundant white markings and bis profile -there was not a sign of Vandals heavy, frontal bone and lloniau nose. Nor did In- resemble Hind. i Virgil, or his maternal grandsire, Bonnie Scotland. If he resembled any ancestor, it was Gleneoe. A- a sire. too. be departed from the family character, a- he got about as many chestnuts a- be did OCOWBS or blacks, and as niauv inn- as either. Sot wen- his children SO mm h oi a type as Vandals or Virgils -they varied. But Ihev were better stayers than Hindoos or. Virgils. His son, Ben Helladay. was about tbe le-si Stayer -ecu in year-, but uterly lacking iu tin early speed accessary in modern racing. •Handspring was one of Hanovers best sons, bnt he Inherited bad feet from his grandam. Nannie II hy Glen At bed, and. a- In- coald Bat he induced to .-at soli food, his feet drove him out of racing. Balms wa- a z i coll al all distances and so was Buck Masste. Yankee had all the great s|Med to win ihe Futurity, but he was over-topped, his body being of loo heroic a mould for ordinary legs, ler-haps Compute was a- good as any of ihe Hanover-, but he died early. Abe Flank, too. was a good ra. or. ami a -uccessful -ire. Toward the cud of Hanovers stud eareer his colts aaaj fillies rather declined in qtialitv and -i/.e. He had been doing heavy season- at th- Stad. Iu lfOl, as many as seventy-two of hi- pet started in races, which is Bigniacant of his labor-Hamburg by Hanover. "Lhe astute Mr. John Madden will no doubt as-se t thai Hamburg was the best horse of the Vaudat line, if not the greatest racer of the Jast century. At all events, from his high estimate of the hor-o ha- arisen tbe -splendid Hamburg Blace. where tbe dam- of obi Ilo-ehul. Star Charter and Sir Marliu frolic in the pastures, and where juicy mutton, fntoli cured hams aoea a- would tempt a Jew to renounce his faith, plump Orelagtea fowls ami turkeys, provide good cheer for t ho-e who accept his hospitality. "There i- a siory current that Bamberg came near following his sire and grandsire as a champion oi he red and blue banner of the Dwyers. hut bv oae of those odd- tarae of lortune he became the means of making Mr. Maddens red jacket a terror to trainer-, lor as a two year -old he won twelve out of sixteen races His Great Eastern Handicap was ! The liest tests by which a two-year-old has ever heea tried. He carried 133 pounds and. after a delay of nearly an hour at the post, won a- he liked from one of the l est fields of hi- year, ami caused his Ride to the late M. Daly, in whose colors be begaa at three, meeting defeat for the Belmont Slake- by Bowling Brook. It was claimed that he waa n.t at his best, bur this discovery was not , made until after the race. He won the Reallsathse from a moderate field Plaudit, the only good sac fan it. being stale after a hard western campaign, and a very hollow Brighton Cap race closed Hamburgs career ar three years old. "Hamburg is a brown, with a sfripe and white hind legs aearlj to his becks, ami resembled Nau-flals picture more than any of the male line, far while he has not tbe heavy forehead :mr the COB vex profile, be had the inclination to dip in hi* back and the same great length from the croup to the root , f the tail, not to mention 1 lie tendency to a "rat-tail which so many of Ihe Vandals had. lint he had greater development of the quarters and gas-Ulns than Vandal, and was built mot,, op s| eed lines with his hocks well under him. He ran closet/ to I in- ground than any horse of our recollection, with leas kir- .-n-iion. less sprawling, see in lag scarcely to rise in his stride- -a stride that Stele the inches away. "As a sire Hamburg- success was almost miiiio. ate. He sired consecutive winners of lie- Pntorit] ISetl and 1PM — in Artful and Hamburg Belle and iu Burgomaster, tin- best two and three- ear-old ■ Bmm; and 1P07. He also sired Pandelton, a coif whi.-li wop a great many races and should hav won as many more, but for accidents that befel him. His s,,u. Borrow, wa- ;rood enough to win the Middle Dark Plate at Newmarket. His daughter. N it Jul . was about a- perfect a racing machine as baa ever carried ■ silk bu-ket, but rather of the daiuti order Burgomaster, on the other hand. was oo he. nilv topped for his legs. He carried ihe .-anas- of a steer. Whether it is reserved 10 Burgomaster to maintain the male line of tbe house of Gleacoe, it Is too earl: to determine. He i ifnlte voung. but it is significant that when » showed1 Mr. Whitnej our pictures of ;leneoe. Van dal. Virgil. Hanover and Handling, he remarked. Now you had belter include- Burgomaster. "

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