George Smith (horse)

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George Smith
George Smith and Johnny Loftus - 1916 copy.jpg
Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith
1916 Kentucky Derby
Sire Out of Reach
Grandsire Persimmon
Dam Consuelo II
Damsire Bradwardine
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1913
Country United States
Colour Black
Breeder Fred A. Forsythe and Col. Jack Chinn
Owner 1) Ed Mcbride
2) John Sanford
3) The Jockey Club
4) U.S. Government
Trainer 1) Ed Mcbride (1915)
2) Hollie Hughes (1916)
3) Preston M. Burch (1918)
Record 31:17-5-3
Earnings $42,884
Major wins

Aberdeen Stakes (1915)
Juvenile Stakes (1915)
Victoria Stakes (1915)
Spring Brewery Stakes (1915)
Annapolis Stakes (1915)
Warwick Handicap (1917)
Excelsior Handicap (1918)
Edgemere Handicap (1918)
Yorktown Handicap (1918)
Bowie Handicap (1918)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1916)

George Smith (foaled April 30, 1913 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and was the winner of the 1916 Kentucky Derby. George Smith was a black colt by the imported British stallion Out of Reach by the imported British mare, Consuelo II. His grandsire, Persimmon, was a son of the great English racer and sire, St. Simon.[1]

George Smith was named after noted turfman George E. Smith, also known as "Pittsburg Phill", who was once an owner of the colt's dam, Consuelo II.[2] The colt was bred by Fred Forsythe and Jack Chinn, and foaled at their Fountain Blue Farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. George Smith was purchased as a yearling for $1,600 by Ed Mcbride, who trained him as a yearling and raced him as a two-year-old. George Smith was a promising two-year-old, winning many major stakes races, including the Victoria Stakes at Old Woodbine Race Course in Toronto.[3] George Smith was then bought by noted Eastern horseman John Sanford for $22,500 as a two-year-old.[4]

The 1916 Kentucky Derby was run on a clear day with a field of 9 horses. George Smith was ridden by American Racing Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Loftus and was the clear contender of the race from the start. The only competition for the win came from Star Hawk, who lost the race by a neck after an impressive rally on the home stretch.[1}

In 1918, George Smith won the Bowie Handicap at Pimlico Race Course by defeating two other Kentucky Derby winners. The 1917 winner, Omar Khayyam, finished second, and the 1918 winner, Exterminator, ran third.[5]

George Smith was retired from racing at age five and stood at stud at Sanford's Hurricana Stud farm near Amsterdam, New York. George Smith was a disappointing sire, producing few notable offspring.[6] On August 5, 1926, Sanford donated George Smith and another stallion called Nassovian to the Breeding Bureau of the The Jockey Club.[7] By the following year, George Smith was in the possession of the U.S. Army Remount Service, where he sired military horses for his remaining years.[8]

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