Halma (horse)

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Halma, circa 1907, by Charles C. Cook
Sire Hanover
Grandsire Hindoo
Dam Julia L.
Damsire Longfellow
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1892
Country United States
Colour Black
Breeder Eastin & Larabie
Owner 1) Byron McClelland
2) Charles Fleischmann & Sons
3) William K. Vanderbilt (at stud)
Trainer 1) Byron McClelland
2) Thomas Welsh
Record 16: 7-2-3
Earnings US$15,885
Major wins
Phoenix Hotel Stakes (1895)
Kentucky Derby (1895)
Clark Handicap (1895)
Latonia Derby (1895)

Halma (1892–1909) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 1895 Kentucky Derby. He is best known for being the first Kentucky Derby winner to sire a Kentucky Derby winner.


Bred in Kentucky by Eastin & Larabie, Halma was a son of Hanover, a three-time Leading sire in North America and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee. Grandsire Hindoo, was a Champion runner who also was inducted in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame. Halma was out of the mare Julia L., a daughter of Champion and Hall of Famer, Longfellow. He was purchased as a yearling by African-American Byron McClelland, who trained his own racing stable.

Racing career[edit]

Halma got his first win under African American jockey Alonzo Clayton on August 26, 1894 at New York's Sheepshead Bay Race Track. At age three, with 15-year-old African American James "Soup" Perkins up, Halma won the Phoenix Hotel Stakes, then on May 3, 1895 only three days later, again ridden by Perkins, he won the last Kentucky Derby to be held at the race's original 1½ mile distance. On May 14, under Perkins (who would be America's leading rider that year with 192 wins), he won the Clark Handicap shortly after which McClelland sold him to wealthy businessman Charles Fleischmann for a reported $30,000. Two days after Fleischmann purchased Halma, the colt won the May 21, 1895 Latonia Derby.[1] An injury kept him out of racing in the summer and fall of 1895, and in 1896 he went lame and was retired to stud.

Stud career[edit]

Halma stood at stud in the United States where he notably sired Alan-a-Dale (b. 1899), winner of the 1902 Kentucky Derby. In June 1901 Charles Fleischmann sold him to American sportsman, William Kissam Vanderbilt who shipped him to his Haras du Quesnay stud farm in France.[2][3]

In France, Halma's best runner was Oversight (b. 1906), a top colt at age competing at two to four whose wins included the Prix de la Salamandre, Prix du President de la Republique, and Prix Lupin.

Halma died in 1909 at age seventeen.


Pedigree of Halma[4]
Virgil Vandal
Florence Lexington
Bourbon Belle
Bonnie Scotland Iago
Queen Mary
Ella D. Vandal
Julia L.
Leamington Faugh-a-Ballagh
Pantaloon Mare
Nantura Counterplot
Australian West Australian
La Grande Duchesse Lexington
Ann Innis


  1. ^ "HALMA'S LATONIA DERBY. - Hanover's Son Won the Race Easily in Fast Time". New York Times. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  2. ^ "FIRST WHIP'S HANDICAP - McLaughlin's Horse Won Cleverly in the Last Furlong" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  3. ^ "HALMA SOLD TO EUROPE. - Polish Breeder Paid $30,000 for Fleischmann's Famous Horse". New York Times. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  4. ^ "Halma pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-01-04.