Macbeth II

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Macbeth II
CountryUnited States
BreederRufus Lisle
OwnerChicago Stable
TrainerJohn Campbell
Record106: 25-21-14
Major wins
Kimball Stakes (1887)
Kansas City Derby (1888)
Gayoso Hotel Stakes (1888)
Peabody Hotel Stakes (1888)
Green Stakes (1890)
Highweight Handicap (1890)
Clifton Handicap (1891)
New Jersey Handicap (1891)
New Year's Handicap (1891)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1888)

Macbeth II (foaled 1885 in Kentucky) was a horse who was the winner of the 1888 Kentucky Derby[1] He was the third gelding and one of only nine geldings to win the Kentucky Derby, with the others being Vagrant (1876), Apollo (1882), Old Rosebud (1914), Exterminator (1918), Paul Jones (1920), Clyde Van Dusen (1929), Funny Cide (2003), and Mine That Bird (2009).[2]


Macbeth was foaled at Lisland, the breeding farm of Rufus Lisle which was located two miles northwest of Lexington, Kentucky in an area called Leestown Pike.[3] Lisle was widely known in the Thoroughbred racing circuit for refusing to pay for stud services, instead breeding his mares to stallions whose services he could obtain for free. This policy served him well because he consistently produced winners like Castaway II, 1890 Brooklyn Handicap winner.[4] Macbeth raced at a time when the Kentucky Derby was not as highly regarded as it is today. Gelded at a young age, he was sired by Macduff, the 1881 Champagne Stakes winner and a son of the imported British stallion Macaroon.[5] Macduff also sired the colt McChesney, one of the top 3-year-olds in 1902, but was euthanized in 1899 after he lost popularity as a stud.[6] Macbeth's dam was Agnes (by Gilroy), who also produced 1890 Tennessee Derby winner and third-place Kentucky Derby runner Robespierre.

Racing career[edit]

Macbeth was owned as a two-year and three-year old by the Chicago Stable, a partnership between horse trainer John Campbell and George Hankins, with Hankins becoming sole owner in October 1888.[7] Hankins was a prominent Chicago gambler who soared to fame in the 1880s and '90s, accumulating great wealth but losing it all by 1900.[8] In the 1888 Kentucky Derby, Macbeth was not an obvious choice for the win, with Gallifet being the favorite. Gallifet and The Chevalier were clear contenders from the start of the race, with Macbeth not gaining a lead until a mile into the race. He won by a length over Gallifet at 6:1 odds, winning $4,740 for Hankins.[5] Macbeth II, being a gelding with no career at stud, raced until he was eight years old, but his last publicized flat race was a September 1890 claiming race at Sheepshead Bay Race Track in New York.[9] Macbeth was trained for steeplechasing in 1894 after his flat-racing career.[10]

A 1910 Daily Racing Form article states that Macbeth was purchased as a saddle horse by a gentleman that lived in Chicago and was often seen in Lincoln Park with his new owner. He is reported to have died at an advanced age.[11]


  1. ^ Macbeth II Pedigree
  2. ^ Macbeth II notes
  3. ^ William Elsey Connelley and Ellis Merton Coulter. History of Kentucky. 1922. page 243-244.
  4. ^ New York Times. "Chance horse breeding." December 26, 1900.
  5. ^ a b Macbeth II Pedigree and Racing Stats
  6. ^ Staff (January 19, 1923). "Twenty years ago today: chief turf events of Jan. 19, 1903". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  7. ^ New York Times. "The Chicago Stable." October 12, 1888.
  8. ^ New York Times. "Heard About Town. February 2, 1900.
  9. ^ New York Times. "The Card for Today." September 18, 1890.
  10. ^ New York Times. "Chat of track and stable." March 10, 1894.
  11. ^ Daily Racing Form. "Careers of Kentucky Derby winners." May 19, 1910.