Greatness of Perdita II: Mare John Porter Bought for Royal Patron Was a Gold Mine, Daily Racing Form, 1921-07-09


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GREATNESS OF PERDITA II. Mare John Porter Bought for Royal Patron Was a Gold Mine. LONDON. England, June 23. While the peeress of British brood mares, Perdita II., the dam of Persimmon, Sandringham and Diamond Jubilee, was still in training she was purchased by John Porter on behalf of King Edward, then Prince of Wales, for ,500. and was sent to the Sandringham Stud. She was not mated in the following year, but when seven years old produced Derelict to Barcaldine. He won one race, value 500. The following year her foal was the filly Barra-couta. by Barcaldine. Her winning total was .,020. Perdita II. was barren in 1S90, but in 1S91 she gave birth to Florizcl II., which won eleven races valued at 9,250, and had considerable stud value. Barren in 1892, Perdita II. bred Persimmon in 1893, and the great horse won seven races worth 73,500. Farrant, Azeeza and Sandringham, which, followed in successive years, were not winners, but Sandringham realized a good round sum when sent to America. Then came Diamond Jubilee, witii his six successes of 45,925, and his realization of 50,000 when he was sent to the Argentine. Perdita II. slipped in 189S, and her last foal was Nadejda, sister to Persimmon, Diamond Jubilee and Fiorizel IL. which never ran. John Porter relates when he purchased Perdita II. she was an angular animal when she ran her last race Derby and was beaten a neck, carrying 145 pounds over a mile and a half in good handicap company. She then gave one the impression of a hard-trained mare. Critics would have turned up their eyes in horror at the bare idea of ivcommonding her as suitable for the stud which Prince of Wales was about to form. She earned that great sportsman ::s Prince of Wales and King of England more tnan a million dollars.

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