Stone Street (horse)
1908 Kentucky Derby winner Stone Street
|Breeder||James Ben Ali Haggin|
|Owner||C. E. & J. W. Hamilton|
|Trainer||J. W. Hall|
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Kentucky Derby (1908)
Stone Street (foaled 1905 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that is primarily remembered for winning the 1908 Kentucky Derby. He was a bay colt sired by Longstreet out of the mare Stone Nellie (by imported Stonehenge). His grandsire was the great racer and top nineteenth century sire Longfellow, himself a son of the important foundation sire Leamington. Stone Street was bred by noted horseman James Ben Ali Haggin, who had won the Derby in 1886 with his entry Ben Ali. Stone Street has also been called Stonestreet in other racing publications and is named after a combination of his sire and dam's names.
Stone Street's Derby win, under jockey Arthur Pickens, is notable because the colt had not won any major stakes races before the Derby and did not win another major stakes race in his entire six year racing career after the Derby. The 1908 Kentucky Derby was run on a wet track, with Stone Street easily creating an early lead over the other seven contenders, who were bogged down in the mud and were in poor racing form that day. The $5 minimum bet paid $123.60 to win for Stone Street at 24 to 1 final odds.  As of 2009, Stone Street's winning time of 2:15 1/5 is the slowest ever recorded at the Derby's current 1-1/4 mile distance.