High Time (horse)

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High Time
DiedNovember 23, 1937[1]
CountryUnited States
BreederWickliffe Stud
OwnerHenry A. Porter
Record7: 1-0-1
Major wins
Hudson Stakes (1918)
Leading sire in North America (1928)
Leading broodmare sire in North America
(1936, 1940)

High Time (1916–1937) was a chestnut Thoroughbred known for his brilliant spreed in a career cut short by unsoundness. He was the leading sire in North America of 1928 and the leading broodmare sire in both 1936 and 1940.


High Time was bred in Kentucky by Wickliffe Stud, a partnership between Price McKinney and Ed Corrigan. During his racing career, he was owned by Henry Porter. He was sired by Ultimus, who never raced due to unsoundness but became an influential sire. High Time's dam, Noonday, was a stakes winning daughter of Domino who also produced four other stakes winners (High Noon, Besom, Suffragette and Meeting House) and two notable broodmares, Meridian and Noontide. Her female line is still active, most notably producing Triple Crown winner Justify in 2018.[2][3][4]

High Time had badly conformed forelegs, magnified by his being a "bleeder" – he bled through the nostrils during his races – which limited his stamina. His trainer Phil Chinn once commented that High Time was the only horse that he knew of who could enter the stretch leading by 15 lengths only to lose by 80.[2]

Race career[edit]

High Time made seven starts at age two at a time when this was considered a light campaign. His only victory came on June 24, 1918 in the Hudson Stakes at Aqueduct, when he "spreadeagled the field" to win in :58 2/5 for five furlongs, breaking the stakes record by two seconds and the track record by two-fifths.[5] He also placed third in the Great American Stakes.[6]

Stud career[edit]

Little was expected of High Time at stud and he had very limited opportunities in his first few years. This changed when his first crop reached racing age and started to win. Chinn brought a part interest in the stallion and relocated him to his Himyar Stud in Kentucky. In 1926, Chinn paid $50,000 to buy-out the remaining half interest.[7] Chinn was later forced to disperse his stock and High Time was sold in 1931 to Charles T. Fisher for $50,000, an unexpected bargain for a stallion valued at $100,000.[8] High Time stood at Dixiana Farm for the remainder of his career.[2]

High Time became known as a source of speed and was the leading sire in North America of 1928. He also ranked in the top 20 on 12 other occasions. His get included Hall of Famer and two-time American Horse of the Year Sarazen and 1928 Champion Two Year Old Colt High Strung.[2] Over half of his 289 progeny won at the age of two.[9]

High Time was also the leading broodmare sire in 1936 and 1940.[2] His daughters produced multiple winners such as True North, Top Row and Eight Thirty.

High Time died of natural causes on November 23, 1937 at the age of 21.[1] He is buried in an unmarked grave on the grounds of Dixiana Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.[10]


Pedigree of High Time, chestnut, 1916[11]
Commando Domino Himyar
Mannie Gray
Emma C. Darebin
Running Stream Domino Himyar
Mannie Gray
*Dancing Water Isonomy (GB)
Pretty Dance (GB)
Domino Himyar Alarm
Mannie Gray Enquirer
Lizzie G.
*Sundown Springfield (GB) St. Albans (GB)
Viridis (GB)
Sunshine (GB) Thormanby (GB)
Sunbeam (GB) (family 1-h)[4]

High Time is inbred (3S x 3S x 2D) to Domino, meaning this stallion appears twice in the third generation of the sire's side of the pedigree and once in the second generation. Such a high degree of inbreeding is unusual and may have contributed to his unsoundness.[2]


  1. ^ a b "High Time, Sarazen Sire, Dies". The New York Times. 24 November 1937. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hunter, Avalyn. "High Time (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Ultimus". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Sunshine - Family 1-h". www.bloodlines.net. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Cudgel Heads Roamer in Brooklyn Handicap". The New York Times. 25 June 1918. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  6. ^ Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State By Federal Writers' Project
  7. ^ "$50,000 FOR HIGH TIME.; Chinn Buys Remaining Half Interest in Sire of Sarazen". The New York Times. 18 March 1926. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  8. ^ "HIGH TIME BRINGS $50,000 Sire of 605 Winners Goes to Fisher". The New York Times. 15 May 1931. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  9. ^ "1 Tregonwell's Natural Barb Mare". www.tbheritage.com. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  10. ^ tbheritage.com
  11. ^ "Pedigree of High Time". Equineline. Retrieved 28 August 2020.