American Derby Winners: "Lucky" Baldwins Famous Four-Maltese Cross Monument over Their Graves, Daily Racing Form, 1922-10-12


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AMERICAN DERBY WINNERS "Lucky" Baldwins Famous Four Maltese Cross Monument Over Their Graves. Between races at Hawthorne you hear many remlnescences of the old days when racing flourished here. Of course, the most popular topic is the American Derby. "Lucky" Baldwin is a name frequently mentioned, and well it should be. For did he not furnish four winners of that famous race, Volante, Silver Cloud, Emperor of Norfolk and Rey el Santa Anita. Another Baldwin horse, Miss Ford, took second place behind C. II. Todd in 1S87. Volante won it in 1885 on a heavy track in 2:491,, taking ,570 in prize money. Silver Cloud captured it the following year in 2:37 and brought home ,160 in stakes. Emperor of Norfolk carried the Baldwin racing colors to victory two years later by covering the same track in 2 :401. The prize was 4,340. This horse was the only one that ever finished first in the American Derby and followed it up by taking the Sheridan and Drexel Stakes. All three events were for three-year-olds. Rey el Santa Anita in the year of 1894 added the fourth American Derby to "Lucky" Baldwins credit. He won the big race in 2:3G and equaled the then Derby record of Boundless, made in the Worlds Fair 0r000 race, the year before. The stakes amounted to 9,750. In addition to winning the American Derby, Rey el Santa Anita won many other noted races. At one time his owner is said to have been offered 0,000 for a half interest in him. Rey el Santa Anitas last public appearance was in 1915, when at the urgent request of exposition officials he was taken to San Francisco, where he won first prize in his class and was judged senior champion and grand champion thoroughbred stallion at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, despite the fact that he was then twenty-four years old. Rey el Santa Anita died July 3, 1919, and was buried at Santa Anita, near Los Angeles, the wonderful Baldwin breeding establishment. . Santa Anita folks made his grave beside those of his three great predecessors, and in his tomb they placed his bridle and halter, his silver-mounted saddle, his blankets, his jockeys riding colors and the many trophies he won on race tracks at home and abroad. Over the graves of four American Derby winners Mrs. Anita Baldwin reared a lasting monument in the form of a concrete Maltese cross six feet square. The Maltese cross was the racing emblem of "Lucky" Baldwin, and it hangs over the doorways of the paddocks at Santa Anita Ranch to this day. This gigantic cross is finished in red, with black crosslines. At the base of the cross the names of the four famous American Derby winners and their records are lettered upon bronze tablets a fitting memorial to four great thoroughbreds. ; ; ; 1 ;

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