Victorian (horse)

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SireWhisk Broom
DamsirePeter Pan
CountryUnited States
BreederHarry P. Whitney
OwnerHarry P. Whitney,
Warm Stable
(Silas B. Mason & Arnold Hanger)
TrainerJames G. Rowe Jr.,
J. Thomas Taylor
Record39: 18-9-1
Major wins
Brookdale Handicap (1928)
Champlain Handicap (1928)
Withers Stakes (1928)
Manhattan Handicap (1928)
W. P. Burch Memorial Handicap (1929)
Agua Caliente Handicap (1930)

Triple Crown wins:
Preakness Stakes (1928)

Last updated on July 23, 2020

Victorian (1925–1934) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that was bred in Kentucky.[1] He was bred and raced by Harry P. Whitney and is best known as the winner of the 1928 Preakness Stakes in which he was ridden by future Hall of Fame jockey Sonny Workman.[2]

New owners[edit]

In April 1929 the Warm Stable racing partnership of Silas Mason and Arnold Hanger purchased Victorian from Harry Whitney as part of a three-horse deal. A four-year old at the time, he was acquired primarily for breeding purposes.[3] For the Warm Stable, Victorian raced into 1930 under trainer J. Thomas Taylor. Among his wins, he captured the 1929 W. P. Burch Memorial Handicap at Bowie Race Track[4] and in 1930 the Agua Caliente Handicap in Tijuana, Mexico which carried a guaranteed purse of $100,000, an amount second only to that offered to the winner of the Belmont Futurity Stakes.[5][6][7]

When his racing career ended, Victorian proved reasonably successful as a sire while standing at Silas Mason's Duntreath Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. His best runners included 1937 Junior Champion Stakes winner Can't Wait, and the 1936 Santa Anita Derby winner He Did. Victorian was the broodmare sire of 1948 Kentucky Oaks winner Challe Anne.[4] His stud career was cut short when he died on July 30, 1934 from an intestinal obstruction having sired less than three full crops.[8][9]


Pedigree of Victorian
Whisk Broom II

ch. 1907


bay 1901

Ben Brush Bramble
Elf Galliard

ch. 1901

Sir Dixon Billet
Sallie McClelland Hindoo
Red and Blue

drk.brn 1918

Peter Pan I

bay 1904

Commando Domino
Emma C.
Cinderella Hermit
Polly Flinders

bay 1912

Burgomaster Hamburg
Hurley Burley
Slippers Meddler
Cinderella (family: 21-a)


  1. ^ Avalyn Hunter. American Classic Pedigrees: 1914-2002 Blood Horse Publications. 2003.
  2. ^ Daily Racing Form May 12, 1928 article titled "Victorian Wins Preakness" Retrieved August 03, 2018
  3. ^ New York Times titled "Victorian Is Sold By H.P. WHITNEY"
  4. ^ "Victorian Triumphed". Montreal Gazette, page 18. 1929-11-19. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  5. ^ "Victorian In Training". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1930-05-07. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  6. ^ "Guarantee $100,000 Value for the Agua Caliente Handicap". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1930-06-24. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  7. ^ "Leading Winners of 1930: Warm Stable Heads Owners List Because of Victorians Agua Caliente Handicap Victory". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1930-04-04. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  8. ^ Washington State University Digital Collections newspaper article interview with Mrs. Mason
  9. ^ "Brilliant Victorian Dies: Mason and Hangar Lose Promising Stallion". Daily Racing Form. July 31, 1934. Retrieved August 3, 2018.

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