Kingfisher (horse)

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Kingfisher (horse).jpg
1877 etching by C. Lloyd
Sire Lexington
Grandsire Boston
Dam imported Eltham Lass
Damsire Kingston
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1867
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Robert A. Alexander
Owner 1) Daniel Swigert
2) August Belmont
Trainer Rollie Colston
Record 13: 7-?-?
Earnings $26,750
Major wins
Travers Stakes (1870)
Belmont Stakes (1870)

Kingfisher (1867–1890) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 1870 Belmont Stakes.

Kingfisher was bred by Robert A. Alexander[1] at his Woodburn Stud in Woodford County, Kentucky,[citation needed] Kingfisher was out of the imported mare Eltham Lass, a daughter of Kingston. Kingfisher's sire was Lexington.[1] He was a bay stallion.[2]

In 1868 Kingfisher was auctioned at the 1868 Woodburn Stud yearling sale. He was purchased for $490 by Woodburn's former manager, Daniel Swigert who entrusted his race conditioning to trainer Rollie Colston.[citation needed] In 1870, the three-year-old Kingfisher won the Belmont Stakes at New York's Jerome Park Racetrack, in which he was ridden by Edward D. Brown.[3] Besides the Belmont, Kingfisher won the 1870 Travers Stakes, Champion Stakes, and Annual Stakes.[4] Daniel Swigert sold the horse to August Belmont,[5] for $15,000.

Kingfisher raced for August Belmont in 1871 but was injured in the Saratoga Cup and did not return to racing until the following year when he met with little success.

Kingfisher started a total of 13 races, winning 7 of them, with total race earnings of $26,750.[6]

Retired to stud duty, he sired 7 stakes winners: Belinda out of Bellona, Lady Rosebery out of Lady Blessington, Duchess also out of Lady Blessington, King Crab out of Carita, King Cadmus also out of Carita, Oriole out of My Maryland, and Prince Royal out of imported Princess.[7] Belinda, an 1885 chesnut mare, won the 1887 Colleen Stakes.[8] Lady Rosebery, an 1878 chestnut mare, won the 1880 Champagne Stakes. Duchess, an 1881 bay mare, won the 1883 Sapling Stakes, the 1884 Ladies' Handicap, Monmouth Oaks, and Mermaid Stakes.[9] King Crab, an 1885 bay stallion, won the 1888 Oceanview Handicap. King Cadmus, an 1889 bay stallion, won the 1891 Sapphire Stakes.[10] Oriole, an 1874 chestnut mare, won the 1878 Maturity Stakes.[11] Prince Royal, an 1885 chestnut staillion, won the 1888 Jerome Handicap, Stevens Stakes and Stockton Stakes.[12]

He was the maternal grandsire of the following:

Kingfisher died on June 30, 1890 in Kentucky.[13]


  1. ^ a b Bruce American Stud Book p. 83
  2. ^ New York Racing Association "1870 Belmont" The Belmont Stakes
  3. ^ New York Racing Association "Belmont Stakes Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine." The Belmont Stakes
  4. ^ Hogan Index to Stakes Winners p. 195
  5. ^ Hewitt Great Breeders p. 21
  6. ^ Hewitt Great Breeders p. 18
  7. ^ Hogan Index to Stakes Winners p. 608
  8. ^ Hogan Index to Stakes Winners p. 117
  9. ^ Hogan Index to Stakes Winners p. 285
  10. ^ Hogan Index to Stakes Winners p. 147
  11. ^ Hogan Index to Stakes Winners p. 360
  12. ^ Hogan Index to Stakes Winners p. 402
  13. ^ Staff. "1890" (PDF). The New York Clipper Annual. 


  • Bruce, S. D. (1884). American Stud Book. 1 (Revised ed.). New York: Turf, Field, and Farm. OCLC 228769751. 
  • Hewitt, Abram S. (1982). The Great Breeders and Their Methods. Lexington, KY: Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. OCLC 12739523. 
  • Hogan, Clio D. (n.d.). Index to Stakes Winners 1865–1967. Solvang, CA: Flag Is Up Farms. OCLC 29213840. 
  • New York Racing Association (2010). "1874 Belmont Stakes" (pdf). The Belmont Stakes. New York Racing Association. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  • New York Racing Association (2010). "Belmont Stakes". The Belmont Stakes. New York Racing Association. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  • Staff (1893). "1890" (PDF). The New York Clipper Annual. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 

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