Duke of Magenta

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For the French statesman and general, see Patrice de Mac-Mahon, Duke of Magenta. For other holders of this title, see Duke of Magenta.

Duke of Magenta
Sire Lexington
Grandsire Boston
Dam Magenta
Damsire Yorkshire
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1875
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Woodburn Stud
Owner George L. Lorillard
Trainer R. Wyndham Walden
Record 19: 15-3-1
Earnings $45,412
Major wins

Flash Stakes (1877)
Dixie Stakes (1878)
Kenner Stakes (1878)
Withers Stakes (1878)
Belmont Stakes (1878)
Travers Stakes (1878)
Jerome Handicap (1878)

Triple Crown wins:
Preakness Stakes (1878)
Belmont Stakes (1878)
American Co-Champion 2-Year-Old Colt (1877)
U.S. Champion 3-year-Old Colt (1878)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (2011)
Last updated on June 4, 2011

Duke of Magenta (1875–1899) was one of the most successful racehorses in the United States in the 19th century.


Foaled in 1875 at the Woodburn Stud near Lexington, Kentucky, he was owned by New York City tobacco tycoon, George L. Lorillard and trained by Hall of Famer R. Wyndham Walden. Duke of Magenta was one of the last sons of the thoroughbred sire Lexington.

Racing career[edit]

In 1878, he won the Preakness Stakes, the Withers Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, and the Travers Stakes, a feat accomplished since by only two other colts: Man o' War and Native Dancer. Even the trio of Preakness, Belmont, and Travers have only been won by six horses, compared to the 12 who have won the modern Triple Crown of Preakness, Belmont, and Kentucky Derby.

In Duke of Magenta's day, the Derby was a recently established race not yet considered important by East Coast breeders. Duke of Magenta died on September 20, 1899 at the farm of J. McCloud in Brookline, Massachusetts.[1]


In 2011, Duke of Magenta was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ The American Stud Book. The Jockey Club. 1902. 
  2. ^ "Three 19th century stars to hall of fame". Bloodhorse, June 2011.