Worth (horse)

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Worth
Cal Shilling & Worth, 1912 Kentucky Derby.jpg
Jockey Cal Shilling & Worth,
1912 Kentucky Derby
Sire Knight of the Thistle
Grandsire Rosebery
Dam Miss Hanover
Damsire Hanover
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1909
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder R. H. McCarter Porter
Owner 1) C. T. Worthington
2) Henry C. Hallenbeck
Trainer Frank M. Taylor
Record 31: 15-7-3
Earnings $25,590
Major wins
Raceland Stakes (1911)
Bashford Manor Stakes (1911)
Chesapeake Stakes (1912)
Latonia Handicap (1912)

Triple Crown Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1912)

Worth (1909–1912) was an American Thoroughbred race horse. He was the winner of the 1912 Kentucky Derby,[1] an achievement he is best known for.

Background and Family[edit]

Worth was bred in Kentucky by R.H. McCarter Porter.[2] He was sired by Knight of the Thistle, a stakes-winning stallion who was imported to the United States (New Jersey) in 1899.[3] During his racing career, Knight of the Thistle won the inaugural 1843 Royal Hunt Cup, Great Jubilee Handicap, and Limekiln Stakes.[4] Through his grandson King Plaudit (sired by Kentucky Derby winner Plaudit), Knight of the Thistle is an ancestor to American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Maddon's Bright Eyes.[5]

Worth's dam, Miss Hanover (by Hanover), won her first start at Pimlico in 1899, defeating Pink Domino, the dam of Belmont Stakes winner and prominent sire Sweep and Curiosity, the dam of American Champion Juvenile Novelty.[6][7] Miss Hanover was also the dam of 1916 Alabama Stakes winner Malachite and multiple stakes winner Hanovia.[8][9]

Worth's full sister, Fair Atlanta, is the dam of Dangerous, winner of the 1925 Travers Stakes and Belmont Stakes runner-up.[10] Dangerous was trained by Carroll Shilling, the jockey that rode Worth in his Kentucky Derby. Fair Atlanta is also the dam of multiple stakes winners Bondage, Georgie, and Thessaly.

Racing Career[edit]

Trained by Frank M. Taylor, Worth won the 1912 Bashford Manor Stakes and Raceland Stakes as a juvenile.

Worth's biggest career win came in 1912 as a three-year-old when he took the 1912 Kentucky Derby. Ridden by jockey C. H. Shilling, the favored frontrunner Worth held off longshot Duval to win by a neck margin.[11][12] His final time of 2:09.40 is among the slowest in the Derby's history.

His other wins included the 1912 Chesapeake Stakes and 1912 Latonia Handicap. He was the top racehorse, based on earnings, in 1911 and was crowned American Champion Three-Year-Old Male in 1912.[13]

Death[edit]

On November 6, 1912, Worth was severely injured during a race run at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Worth's jockey, MacTaggart, rode too closely to another horse, causing a three horse collision that severely injured two other jockeys and severed two tendons in Worth's leg.[14] Worth was euthanized shortly after this incident due to his extensive injuries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Churchill Downs Inc.
  2. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Worth Horse Pedigree". www.pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  3. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Knight of The Thistle Horse Pedigree". www.pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  4. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Knight of The Thistle Horse Pedigree". www.pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  5. ^ "AQHA: Maddon's Bright Eyes". www.aqha.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  6. ^ Heritage, Liz Martiniak Thoroughbred. "Curiosity". www.tbheritage.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  7. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Miss Hanover Horse Pedigree". www.pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  8. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Malachite Horse Pedigree". www.pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  9. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Hanovia Horse Pedigree". www.pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  10. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Dangerous Horse Pedigree". www.pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Derby countdown | Worth, 1912". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  12. ^ "1912 | 2018 Kentucky Derby & Oaks | May 4 and 5, 2018 | Tickets, Events, News". www.kentuckyderby.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  13. ^ Worth Pedigree
  14. ^ "Two jockeys injured: Teahan and Byrne in spill at Pimlico- horse Worth badly hurt." New York Times, Nov. 7, 1912.[1]