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Africander (horse)

Sire Star Ruby
Dam Afric Queen
Grandsire Hampton
Damsire Darebin
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1900
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder James B. A. Haggin
Owner 1) Julius Fleischmann
2) Hampton Stable
3) Sim Deimel (1904)
Trainer Thomas Welsh
Richard O. Miller
Frank S. Weir (7/1904)
Record 59: 19-14-10
Earnings US$101,345
Africander is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Afric Queen by Star Ruby. He was born around 1900 in the United States, and was bred by James B. A. Haggin.
Major wins

Bedford Stakes (1902)
Holly Handicap (1902)
Winged Foot Handicap (1902)
Advance Stakes (1903)
Lawrence Realization Handicap (1903)
Champlain Handicap (1903)
Suburban Handicap (1903)
Saratoga Cup (1903)
Brighton Cup (1904)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1903)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (1903)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 1, 2010

Africander (foaled 1900 in California) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse. Bred by James Ben Ali Haggin at his Rancho Del Paso horse farm near Sacramento, he was sired by Star Ruby, a son of Hampton, the 1877 Goodwood Cup winner and the British Champion sire of 1887. Out of the mare, Afric Queen, his damsire was a Haggin import from Australia named Darebin who won the 1883 Sydney Cup. [1]

Purchased by Julius Fleischmann, on May 30, 1902 Africander won the Bedford Stakes at Gravesend Race Track that impressed fans and horsemen alike. [2] On June 28, 1902, Africander was sold for $10,000 to Charles F. Dwyer and Sim Deimel who raced him under the name, Hampton Stable. [3] For his new owners, the colt lost in his first few starts until winning a minor event at Brighton Beach Race Course. [4] However, on July 29 at the same racetrack he equaled the track record for five and a half furlongs with a time of 1:06 3-5 in winning the Winged Foot Handicap. [5] After an unsuccessful month of August, on September 9 Africander was sold to F. C. McLewee & Co subject to a veterinary examination. Rejected as unsound, [6] on the morning of September 20, Africander was again offered for sale but was bought back by his owners. That afternoon he won the Holly Handicap at Gravesend Race Track. [7]

A Champion at three

At age three, in the pre-U.S. Triple Crown era, Africander won the Belmont Stakes at Morris Park Racecourse by three lengths.

On June 18, 1903 he won the very important Suburban Handicap at Sheepshead Bay Race Track [8] then nine days late at the same track he captured the Advance Stakes in track record time for one mile and three furlongs while defeating Brooklyn Handicap winner and 1902 Champion Two-Year-Old, Irish Lad and third-place finisher, Major Daingerfield. [9] On July 7, he won the richest stake event for three-year-olds on the East Coast, the one mile and five furlong Lawrence Realization Handicap. [10]

In September of 1903, Africanders handlers announced his retirement from racing. [11] For the year, Africander was the leading earner among all American horses with $70,720. [12]

At four

After a long rest, Africander's wanted to try to bring him back to racing. Under trainer Richard Miller, [13] by early May of 1904 the horse appeared to be returning to top form and was showing very good times in his workouts. [14] On May 14 he returned to racing with a win under star jockey George Odom in a mile and three sixteenths handicap event at Morris Park Racecourse. [15] At Gravesend he won again on June 1 before finishing second in the June 7 Standard Stakes. At Sheepshead Bay Race Track, Africander ran sixth and last to winner Hermis in the June 16 Suburban Handicap. [16]

In July of 1904, the Dwyer/Deimel racing partnership was dissolved. At a Fasig-Tipton auction, Sim Deimel purchased one hundred percent ownership of the horse for $15,000. As Richard Miller was under contract to Dwyer, Sim Deimel then hired trainer Frank Weir to condition the horse. [17]

Sent to Saratoga Race Course, he won two races in August and was second to the great filly Beldame in the August 20 Saratoga Cup. [18] On September 13, 1904 Africander won the mile and a half Brighton Cup Trial then four days later earned his most important win of year, capturing the two and a quarter mile, Brighton Cup. [19]

Retired to stud having earned more than $100,000, Africander stood in the United States until 1910 when he was exported to Mr. Manuel Torres Cabrera in Argentina. He was not successful as a sire.



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