Sir Taurus

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Sir Taurus
Breed Standardbred
Sire Speedy Crown (1968) (1:57.1) ($545,495)
Grandsire Speedy Scot (1960) (1:56.4) ($650,909)
Dam Vanessa Hill (1972) (2:00.4f) ($112,584)
Damsire Hickory Pride (1956) (1:59.2) ($166,666)
Sex Stallion
Foaled (1984-03-20) March 20, 1984 (age 34)
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Lindy Farm (Somersville, Connecticut)
Owner Dan Gernatt Farms, Antonacci Family
Trainer Jimmy Takter
Earnings $484,810 (1986-1987)
Major wins
11
Awards
World Champion; World record holder on half-mile track (1:57.2h)
Honours
Best mile rate: 1:56.3
Last updated on 2014-07-04

Sir Taurus is a Standardbred harness racehorse, foaled on March 20, 1984 at Lindy Farms in Somersville, Connecticut in the United States.[1] Sir Taurus' sire was Speedy Crown, and his dam was Vanessa Hill.[2] Speedy Crown's sire was Speedy Scot, and his dam was Missile Toe; Vanessa Hill's sire was Hickory Pride, and her dam was Viola Hill.[3][4][5]

Career[edit]

Sir Taurus' winnings were $484,810, after racing for only two years in 1986 and 1987.[6] He had 11 major wins during his racing career.[2] Sir Taurus was a world champion;[7] co-holder of a world record for three-year-old colt trotters on a half-mile track with a time of 1:57.2h;[2][7] and had set six track records throughout his career at that time.[8] His fastest time for the mile was 1:56.3.[9] As a two-year-old, Sir Taurus tied or held track records at Syracuse, Pompano, and Greenwood.[8] As a three-year-old, he held track records at Brandywine Raceway,[10] Goshen, and Pocono.[8]

Sir Taurus' trainer and driver was Jimmy Takter[11] for the Antonacci family and Daniel R. Gernatt, Sr.[12] of Dan Gernatt Farms.[9] The Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York annually holds the Sir Taurus Trot for Standardbred harness racing.[13]

Progeny[edit]

Of Sir Taurus' nearly 700 offspring, Approved Action (1:54.1)[7] earned the most in winnings with $715,676.[1][9] Sir Taurus' offspring have earned $23.7 million in combined winnings.[1][9] Of all offspring of Sir Taurus (with Amanda T. Collins, a daughter of Texas[14][15]), Red Hot Blue Chip sold for the most money at $52,000 in 1999.[16]

Retirement[edit]

Said to be an easygoing horse with a gentle nature, Sir Taurus turned 30 in 2014, and is at Blue Chip Farms,[17] now retired,[18] providing school children and scouts with opportunities to visit him. On July 5, 2014, Sir Taurus appeared for photo opportunities with visitors at the horse racetrack in Goshen.[1]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Sir Taurus (USA), Standardbred bay, 1984[3][4][5]
Sire
Speedy Crown
1988
1:57.1; $545,495
Speedy Scot (1960)
1:56.4; $650,909
Speedster (1954)
4,1:59.4m; $97,184
Rodney (1944)
5,T1:57.2m; $111,176
Mimi Hanover (1945)
2:09h; $8,959
Scotch Love (1954)
2,T2:04.3m; $8,345
Victory Song (1943)
4,1:57.3m; $73,859
Selka Scot (1945)
4,2:13.3h; $1,408
Missile Toe (1962)
2:05.2h; $22,362
Florican (1947)
1:57.2m; $152,222
Spud Hanover (1936)
4,2:03m; $7,917
Florimel (1938)
2,2:03½m; $16,594
Worth A Plenty (1954)
3,T2:02.2m; $7,560
Darnley (1940)
4,1:59¾m; $21,565
Sparkle Plenty (1948)
3,2:07.3h; $5,990
Dam
Vanessa Hill
1972
2:00.4f; $112,584
Hickory Pride (1956)
1:59.2; $166,666
Star's Pride (1947)
5,1:57.1m; $140,969
Worthy Boy (1940)
3,2:02.4m; $25,688
Stardrift (1936)
6,2:03m; $6,890
Misty Hanover (1941)
2.08.3h; $8,765
Dean Hanover (1934)
3,T1:58½m
Twilight Hanover (1937)
Viola Hill (1967) B.F. Coaltown (1960)
3,T2:00.1m; $78,845
Galophone (1952)
4,T1:58.1m; $286,807
Sis Rodney (1951)
3,T2:05.3m; $7,066
Vickie Hill (1961)
3,2:07.2h; $16,639
Victory Song (1943)
4,1:57.3m; $73,859
Scotch Hill (1951)
T2:06.1m; $12,038

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sir Taurus" (PDF). Harness Racing/Blue Chip Farms, LLC (Lexington, Kentucky; Wallkill, New York). 1 December 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Sir Taurus H, Standardbred, 1984". All Breed Pedigree/Select Web Ventures, LLC (Encinitas, California). 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Sir Taurus". Sukuposti (Finland). 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Breeding - sale pedigree report: Royal Becca J". Standardbred Canada (Mississaugua, Ontario, Canada). 13 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Greene, C. (17 January 2000). "Sir Taurus - An underrated son of Speedy Crown". KG Bertmarks Hingstdepa AB (Stjärnplan, Limhamn, Sweden). Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Chapter Seven" (PDF). Blue Chip Farms (Wallkill, New York). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Standing his second season at Dan Gernatt Farms: Sir Taurus". Dan Gernatt Farms (Collins, New York). 1989. 
  8. ^ a b c d "A day trip for Sir Taurus". Standardbred Canada (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). 19 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Fowler, R.W. (28 December 1989). "Brandwine track says it will close". Philly.com (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). 
  10. ^ "Hambletonian at the Meadowlands: 2013 Hambletonian Trainers Stats: Jimmy Takter: 1987 Sir Taurus". Meadowlands Race Track. 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dan Gernatt Sr., 97, dies". United States Trotting Association (Columbus, Ohio). 8 May 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Flay, B. (18 September 2008). "Sir Taurus Trot NYSS Vindikate romps (video)". YouTube. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Horse detail: Texas Melody". Trotting Database. 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Abbey, H.C. (1984). "Gernatt's horses plug 'Collins'". Buffalo News/Berkshire Hathaway (Buffalo, New York). 
  15. ^ Summers, R.J. (13 July 2000). "Red Hot Blue Chip lives up to his name: Two-year-old takes Sire Stakes". Buffalo News/Berkshire Hathaway (Buffalo, New York). 
  16. ^ "Blue Chip Farms". Blue Chip Farms. 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Livingston, B. (2014). "Standardbred old friends". Messenger Press.