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Day Star

Day Star
Sire Star Davis
Dam Squeeze 'Em
Grandsire Glencoe
Damsire Lexington
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1875
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder J. M. Clay
Owner T. J. Nichols
Trainer Lee Paul
Record 42: 11-7-5
Earnings $4,050
Day Star is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Squeeze 'Em by Star Davis. He was born around 1875 in the United States, and was bred by J. M. Clay.
Major wins
Blue Ribbon Stakes (1878)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1878)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Day Star (1875–1893) was the winner of the 4th annual Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs on May 21, 1878. He was a chestnut colt that was foaled in Kentucky and was sired by Star Davis (by the successful Glencoe). His dam was Squeeze 'Em who was sired by Lexington, a foundation sire of many modern Thoroughbred lineages.

Day Star won the Derby by two lengths in an official time of 2:37.25, beating the race record set by Aristides in 1875, and winning a total of $4,050.[1]

In his career, he had 42 starts, 11 wins, 7 places and 5 shows.[2]

A 1910 Daily Racing Form article states that Day Star was sold after his racing career and stood at stud on a western farm, dying at the age of 18 years in 1893.[3]


  1. http://www.thoroughbredchampions.com/library/kyderby.htm
  2. Chew, Peter, The Kentucky Derby: The First 100 Years, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1974
  3. Daily Racing Form. "Careers of Kentucky Derby winners." May 19, 1910.


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