|Breeder||Sir Joseph Hawley|
1) Sir Joseph Hawley |
2) James R. Keene
|Blue Gown is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Bas Bleu by Beadsman. He was born around 1865 in Great Britain, and was bred by Sir Joseph Hawley.|
British Classic Race wins:|
Epsom Derby (1868)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Blue Gown (1865 - November 25, 1880) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse that was the winner of the 1868 Epsom Derby and Ascot Gold Cup. He was a bay horse sired by the 1858 Epsom Derby winner Beadsman out of the Stockwell bred mare Bas Bleu. Blue Gown derived his name from the long blue gowns Scottish beadsmen would wear to collect alms for the poor in the name of the reigning monarch. Blue Gown was bred and owned by Sir Joseph Hawley.
Blue Gown was retired from racing as a four-year old and was sent to Germany as a stud horse, where he was very successful. In 1879, Blue Gown was transferred back to England to the Marden Deer Park Stud in Caterham, Surrey. He was bought by American horseman James R. Keene in 1880 for £13,300 ($20,000) and was placed aboard the steamship Victoria for his trans-Atlantic crossing to New York. Tragically, the ship ran into very stormy weather on November 25, leading to the destruction of its rudder and to the death of Blue Gown, who thrashed about in his cabin and ruptured a bowel. The body of the horse was cast overboard by the crew into the Atlantic Ocean.