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Donau (horse)

Sire Woolsthorpe
Dam Al Lone
Grandsire Tibthorpe
Damsire Albert
Gender Stallion, eventually Gelding
Foaled 1907
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Col. Milton Young
Owner 1) Col. Milton Young
2) William Gerst
Trainer George Ham
Record 111: 30-18-30
Earnings $20,156
Donau is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Al Lone by Woolsthorpe. He was born around 1907 in the United States, and was bred by Col. Milton Young.
Major wins

Wakefield Stakes (1909)
Camden Handicap (1910)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1910)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Donau (1907–1913) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and was the winner of the 1910 Kentucky Derby. He was bred by Col. Milton Young, who owned both his sire and dam, but was foaled at Brookdale Farm, the property of Thomas Piatt, in Lexington.[1] Donau's dam, Al Lone, was a semi-successful selling-plater with sixteen minor racing wins to her credit in 128 starts. His sire Woolsthorpe was imported from Britain by Col. Young in the 1890s.

By Piatt's account, Donau had a fiery temper as a yearling, repeatedly kicking any other colt that would come near him, necessitating a separation from other horses.[2] Thomas Piatt raised Donau at Brookdale Farm until September 1908, when he was sold to William Gerst for $350.[2]

Donau started 41 times as a two year old, which was considered excessive by many horsemen, even at a time when racehorses were normally raced hard at a very young age.[2] Donau's first major stakes win was the 1909 Wakefield Stakes, run at the Empire City Race Track in Yonkers, where he also started in three other races over a period of eight days.[2]

Ridden by Canadian-born jockey Frederick Herbert, Donau won the 1910 Kentucky Derby in a close finish over Joe Morris at a time of 2:06 2/5 on a fast track, winning a total of $4,850 for Gerst.[3] After the Derby win, Donau's unruly behavior worsened to a point where he would lie down on the track if prompted too harshly by racetrack employees or trainers.[2] He was gelded at the end of his three-year old season in an attempt to curb his behavior, but still retained his fiery temper.[2] Donau was retired from racing in December 1912, at age five.

Donau died in February 1913 during a disease epidemic that killed six other horses at the Nashville farm of William Gerst.[4]



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