Leamington (horse)

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Leamington
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Leamington from Wallace's Monthly Magazine, July 1877
Sire Faugh-a-Ballagh
Grandsire Sir Hercules
Dam Pantaloon Mare (14) (1841)
Damsire Pantaloon
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1853
Country Great Britain
Colour Brown
Breeder Mr. Halford
Owner Mr. Higgins
Record 25 starts, 8 places[1]
Earnings ₤8,790[1]
Major wins
Woodcote Stakes (1855)
Chesterfield Stakes (1855)
Stewards' Cup (1856)
Goodwood Stakes (1857)
Chester Cup (1857 & 1859)
Awards
Leading sire in North America
(1875, 1877, 1879, 1881)
Last updated on 1 August 2011

Leamington (1853–1878) was a Thoroughbred racehorse, and an influential sire in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century. He was not only a fast horse, but also showed great staying ability.

He was a brown horse bred in England by Mr. Halford. Leamington was by the good racehorse and sire Faugh-a-Ballagh (by Sir Hercules), his dam was an unnamed mare bred by the Marquis of Westminster and foaled in 1841 by Pantaloon.[2]

Racing record[edit]

At two years[edit]

Halford began racing him at age two, and then sold the to a Mr. Higgins. Leamington won the Woodcote Stakes at Warwick and the Chesterfield Stakes, before being retired for the year.

At three years[edit]

As a three-year-old, it was planned to run the colt in the Epsom Derby, but he contracted strangles, and this affected his whole three-year-old season. However, his owners and trainers appeared to have planned his losses to help keep his handicap weight down. After losing four small races carrying little weight, he won the Wolverhampton, before his losing several more. He was then "allowed" to win the Stewards' Cup carrying only 98 lb (44 kg).

At four years[edit]

His four-year-old career began with the 2.25 mile Chester Cup. Leamington only carried 93 lb (42 kg), due to his poor reputation gained as a three-year-old, and he easily won the race. The colt then came fourth at the Ascot Gold Cup. He went on to the Goodwood Stakes, carrying only 118 lb (53.5 kg) with odds of 100 to 3, and easily won the race by a length. His owners won quite a bit of money from wagering on him that day, after their longshot with 100 to 3 odds beat out a field of 19. However, his win earned him top weight of 131 lb (59 kg) at his next race, the Chesterfield Cup, and he could not hold out.

At five years[edit]

Leamington ran once at the age of five. He carried 130 lb (59 kg), as the handicapper realized how the horse's owners had been manipulating his races. The weight was too much to carry, and Leamington could not win here either.

At six years[edit]

He had a successful start to his six-year-old career, however, winning the Chester Cup easily against a good field. He finished second in his next race, the Gold Vase at Ascot, but his final race of the season, the Goodwood Cup, left him with an injury to his right foreleg.

At seven years[edit]

He began training in 1860 as a seven-year-old for The Whip Stakes, a strenuous four-mile race. He broke down while preparing, and was retired to begin his stud career at Rawcliffe Paddocks.

Stud record[edit]

Leamington sired 19 winners of 42 races while at Radwliffe. He was then purchased by the Canadian Roderick W. Cameron for £1,575, and stood at General Abe Buford's Bosque Bonita Stud near Versailles, Kentucky for the 1866 season. He bred only thirteen mares, but produced an outstanding crop of foals, including Longfellow, Enquirer, Lyttleton, Lynchburg, Anna Mace, and Miss Alice.

Cameron then sent the stallion to his own Clifton Stud on Staten Island. He was then moved to New Jersey in 1868, before being shipped to Annieswood Farm in 1871. His offspring were now noted for their speed and included Aristides, the winner of the first Kentucky Derby.

Leamington was sold to Aristides Welch, who stood the stallion at his Erdenheim Stud, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leamington finished out his life here, dying on May 6, 1878 at the age of 25. During his breeding career, he was the Leading sire in North America four times, including leading Lexington in 1875 for the first time in 16 years. He also earned this title in 1877, 1879, and 1881.

Horses sired by Leamington included:

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Leamington (GB), brown stallion, 1853
Sire
Faugh-a-Ballagh (IRE)
Br. 1841
Sir Hercules
1826
Whalebone Waxy
Penelope (horse)
Peri Wanderer
Thalestris
Guiccioli
1823
Bob Booty Chanticleer
Ierne
Flight Escape
Young Heroine
Dam
Pantaloon Mare
1841
Pantaloon
1824
Castrel Buzzard
Alexander mare
Idalia Peruvian
Musidora
Daphne
1837
Laurel Blacklock
Wagtail
Maid of Honor Champion
Etiquette (Family: 14)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ahnert, Rainer L. (ed itor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. ^ Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  3. ^ "Leamington (GB)". ASB. Australian Turf Club Limited and Victoria Racing Club Limited. Retrieved 1 August 2011.