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Buchanan (horse)

Sire Buckden
Dam Mrs. Grigsby
Grandsire Lord Clifden
Damsire Wagner
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1881
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder William Cottrill & J. W. Guest
Owner William Cottrill & Samuel S. Brown
Trainer William Bird
Record 35: 8-14-10
Earnings $13,110
Buchanan is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Mrs. Grigsby by Buckden. He was born around 1881 in the United States, and was bred by William Cottrill & J. W. Guest.
Major wins

Ripple Stakes (1884)
Clark Handicap (1884)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1884)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Buchanan (1881- c.1898) was an American thoroughbred racehorse and was the winner of the 1884 Kentucky Derby, Ripple Stakes and Clark Stakes. Buchanan had not achieved a race win before competing in the Kentucky Derby and by contemporary accounts was a difficult and unruly mount[1]. He was ridden in the 1884 derby by the great African-American jockey Isaac Burns Murphy, who won three Kentucky Derbys in his lifetime (1884, 1890, and 1891).

Buchanan retired from racing at age three and lived the remainder of his days at the Senorita Stock Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, site of the present day Kentucky Horse Park[2]. He had limited success as a stud, siring only three stakes winners. His most successful son was the Latonia Derby winner Buck McCann.

Buchanan does not appear in the stud books after 1897 and was reported to have died at the age of 17 by a 1910 Daily Racing Form article.[3][4]


  1. Jim Bolus, Run for the Roses: 100 years at the Kentucky Derby, Hawthorne Books, Inc., 1974.
  2. Buchanan information
  3. Thomas B. Merry, The American Thoroughbred. The Commercial Printing House, Los Angeles, CA. 1905.[1]
  4. Daily Racing Form. "Careers of Kentucky Derby winners." May 19, 1910.


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