Dam of Exterminator: Fair Empress, That Gave the Mighty Cup Horse to the Turf, and Her Career, Daily Racing Form, 1922-09-23


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DAM OF EXTERMINATOR Fair Empress, That Gave the Mighty Cup Horse to the Turf, and Her Career. Exterminators dam. Fair Empress, a brown or black mare, foaled in 1S99 at Melbourne Stud, on Georgetown pike, near Lexington, Ky.. was bred by the late Colonel William S. Karnes. Her sire, Jim Gore, was a stake-winning son of Hindoo and Katie, by Phaeton, and her dam was Merrythought, by Pirate of Penzance Raybelle, by Rayon dOr, next dam Blue Grass Belle, by "War Dance, and her dam was the great mare Ballet, by Planet, and so on through Balloon, Heraldry, Margaret "Wood to the great brood .mare Maria West, which belongs to the un- numbered family of the mare by Janus. It is one of the stoutest families in all the world. Fair Empress was raced twice unplaced as a two-year-old under the colors of the late P. H. McCarren, and the next year 1002 was sent to Melbourne Stud, the place of her birth, and there, in 1903, produced her first foal, Lady Blackbird, by Rainbow, a son of Longfellow and Buff and Blue, sister to Blue Grass Belle, the third dam of Fair Empress. Lady Blackbird did not race, neither did she produce anything. Her second foal was Spring Beauty, by Handspring, in 1904. Spring Beauty raced two years, but did not win and did not produce. Passing to the late "W. P. Knight of Nicholasville, at a Melbourne Stud sale. Fair Empress produced in 1905 the filly Dottie S., by Bel Demonio, and Dottie S. raced two years without winning and did not produce a foal. Fair Empress did not have a foal in 1906, and the following year she foaled a chestnut filly by Alloway, that was never named, and did not race and did not produce. Blue Mouse, by Garry Herrmann, came in 1903 and was the first winner for her dam. Blue Mouse raced seven years and won during four racing seasons. She started ninety-one times and won thirteen races, earning ,255, but she has no record at the stud. JOE KNTGHT IN 1909. The following year, 1909, Fair Empress foaled Joe Knight to a mating with Ben Strome. Joe Knight raced five years, starting 107 times, winning twenty-four races and earning ,902. Meanwhile "W. P. Knight died and Fair Empress became the property of his mother, Mrs. M. J. Mizncr of Jessamine County, who also is the mother of Messrs. G. L. and F. D. Knight. The latter attended to the matter of registration of foals for his mother, and in this way Fair Empress has appeared in the American Stud Book as his property. He likewise made contracts for leasing the mare to Hal Price Headley and to Fred-crick Johnson, and this also left the impression that the mare was his property. The money, however, went to Mrs. Mizner, who has a splendid farm in Jessamine County and whose daughter. Miss Carrie Knight, owned at that place the remarkable trotting mare, Nervolo Belle, dam of Peter Volo, Volga and Worthy Volo, by Nervolo. In 1910 Fair Empress produced Garter, by Golden Garter, and he raced eight years, starting 103 times, winning seventeen races and 1,4S0. Master Joe, by Hastings, came the following year, and he started in ninety-four races in five years, won five and earned ,280. In 1912 came Cloth of Gold, by Goldfinch. He raced at two, four and six years old. starting eleven times and winning one race at six. his earnings amounting to GG. Then In 1913 came Tze-Lsi which was generally known on the racing courses at "Tin Liz", by Voter. She did not start at two years old, but was active during the next four years, winning eighteen races from 123 starts, her earnings being ,111. JACK FISIIER IN 1914. The next foal of Fair Empress, in 1914, was Jack Fisher, by Hastings. He did not race. The following year came the wonderful Exterminator, by McGee. At the age of seven Exterminator has the distinction of being the worlds greatest gelding. In 1916 Fair Empress foaled Armant, by Jack Atkin. but he has not amounted to much, winning only one race in twenty-nine Starts and earning 85. In 1917 she had I Am First, by Cock o the Walk, and I Am First has started fifty-eight times without being in the money, which record is decidedly In contrast with her name. Then came in 1913 Sheba, sister to I Am First, and she demonstrates that the mating with Cock o the Walk wa3 not ill-advised, because she has won nine "races and ,G0G in forty starts. Exterminate, by Ultimus, which started six times last year as a two-year-old, has yet to win. In 1920 Fair Empress did not have a foal. That year she was bred to George Smith, and her appearance indicated that she might again not be in foal. E. Cary Ward of Scott County, however, had a notion that she might be carrying a foal by John Sanfords Kentucky Derby winner and he bought the old mare. Sure enough she was in foal, the result being a dark chestnut colt, which now is at James L. Carricks farm, near Georgetown, Ky., the property of W. C. Patterson, Jr., of Jamestown, N. Y., who bought him and his dam from Mr. Ward. COLTS LUCKY INJUltY. This colt was catalogued to be sold at Saratoga on August 9, but on the morning of the day the youngsters were to be shipped he showed up with a nail in one of his feet and had to be left at home. That probably was lucky for his owner, for he now is all right again. This year Fair Empress did not have a foal, but she was mated during the last season with McGee, the sire of Exterminator, and now is at Mere Hill Stud, property of the estate of the late Charles W. Moore, where it is stated that she appears to be certainly in foal, so Mr. Patterson has in prospect a brother or a sister to the gelding that all American racing devotees are so fond of, and which is to have his after racing days in peace and comfort at Willis Sharpe Kilmers Sun Briar Court at Binghamton, N. Y. It was G. L. Knight, the Nicholasville banker, who suggested the union that produced Exterminator. Merrythought, the dam of Fair Empress, was a winner and she produced four winners, they being Merry Lad, stake winner; Merry Knight, winner in America and France; Merry Acrobat, and Paradise Won, dam of , the stake winner James T. Clark, and the winners Anderson, Financier, Wm. Oldt and ! Glen Well. The next dam, Raybelle, was a winner and produced Sea Robber, winner of twenty races. She was a sister to The Belle, winner and dam of Renssalaer, winner in I America, England and Belgium, and several other winners and producers. HAD SEVENTEEN EOALS. Fair Empress has had seventeen foals, of which nine have started in a total of 681 races, winning 132 and earning 68,914. Four have raced and not won, but three oi these have earned a total of 00, bringing the earnings for Fair Empress produce to 70,144. In addition to her yearling son, she had three foals that have not raced. Before the end of the year a representative of some other strain dominates the turf, and the next year yearlings closely related to the reigning champion are all the rage and bring the highest prices at the sales. So that what is ultra fashionable one year may be de trop the next. Any of these good old families that in the past produced sensational race horses will, under proper conditions, produce high-class winners again ; therefore it is impossible to tell where the lightning will strike. It is hard to estimate the value of a high-class, dependable race horse. If an owner has one and desires to continue racing it seems foolish to sell at any price. Yankee, as a yearling, sold at public auction for 0,000. The next year as a two-year-old he won over 0,000 and was winner of the Futurity in 1901 ; in addition, his value as a stallion made him a cheap yearling at 0,000. Numerous others could be mentioned that brought high prices and were really worth as an investment many times over the purchase price. Sceptre, in England, sold for 0,000 as a yearling and earned 97,915 as a race mare. Therefore, it is impossible to estimate what the future will disclose, but it seems unwise to let sound, rugged, I well-bred yearlings slip by for a small price . because they are not just now the rage and possibly not so well groomed as some of their aristocratic neighbors. Cincinnati Enquirer.

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