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Himyar (horse)

Sire Alarm
Dam Hira
Grandsire Eclipse
Damsire Lexington
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1875
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Major Barak G. Thomas
Owner 1) Dixiana Farm
2) Edward S. Gardner
Record 27:14-6-4
Earnings $11,650
Himyar is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Hira by Alarm. He was born around 1875 in the United States, and was bred by Major Barak G. Thomas.
Major wins
Colt Stakes (1877)
Colt and Filly Fall Stakes (1877)
Belle Meade Stakes (1877)
Phoenix Hotel Stakes (1878)
Belle Meade Stakes (1878)
January Stakes (1878)
Merchant's Stakes (1880)
Turf Stakes (1880)
Leading sire in North America (1893)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Himyar (1875- December 30, 1905) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that was the sire of 1898 Kentucky Derby winner Plaudit and Domino, the grandsire of Colin and Peter Pan. Himyar lived to be thirty years old, outliving both Domino and his famous grandson Commando, who both died young.

Early Years and Racing Career

Himyar was a light bay colt sired by Alarm, who was a son of the British-bred stallion Eclipse (by Orlando). His dam Hira was sired by the 19th century foundation sire, Lexington. Himyar was foaled in 1875 at Dixiana Farm, the Lexington stud farm of Major Barak Thomas, who also owned Himyar's sire Alarm. Himyar did not have a gentle disposition, but did develop into a promising runner as a two-year old, winning many high dollar stakes races. Himyar was second in the 1878 Kentucky Derby, losing to Day Star by two lengths. Himyar injured his leg in May 1881 and was retired from racing at six years old.[1]

Stud career

Himyar stood at stud for 16 years at Dixiana Farm but was sold in 1897 by Thomas, who was experiencing financial difficulties, and was then bought by Edward Gardner of Saundersville, Tennessee for $2,500.[2] Himyar died at Gardner's Avondale Stud farm on December 30, 1905 of old age[3] and was buried with the epitaph, "From his ashes speed springs eternal."[4] Himyar's most notable offspring are the colts, Domino, who was nicknamed 'the black whirlwind' during his racing career, and Plaudit. He also sired the filly Correction in 1888, who won 38 major stakes races and was considered one of the fastest fillies of the time. Through Plaudit, Himyar appears in the pedigrees of many Quarter Horses and his tail-male line is carried through the descendants of Holy Bull (through Plaudit) and Broad Brush (through Domino).


  1. NY Times. May 2, 1881
  2. Thomas B. Merry. The American Thoroughbred. 1905. pg 120.
  3. Daily Racing Form. August 30, 1912
  4. Daily Racing Form. May 1, 1948


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