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Hindoo (horse)

Sire Virgil
Dam Florence
Grandsire Vandal
Damsire Lexington
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1878
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Daniel Swigert
Owner Dwyer Brothers Stable
Silks: Red, Blue Sash, Red Cap
Trainer Edward D. Brown
James G. Rowe, Sr.
Record 35: 30-3-2
Earnings $71,875
Hindoo is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Florence by Virgil. He was born around 1878 in the United States, and was bred by Daniel Swigert.
Major wins

Champion Stakes (1881)
Clark Handicap (1881)
Tidal Stakes (1881)
Kenner Stakes (1881)
Travers Stakes (1881)
United States Hotel Stakes (1881)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1881)
U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Colt (1880)
U.S. Champion 3-Year-Old Colt (1881)
U.S. Champion Handicap Horse (1882)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1955)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 2, 2006

Hindoo (1878–1901) was an American thoroughbred race horse.

A bay colt, Hindoo was sired by Virgil from the dam Florence. He was bred by Daniel Swigert of Elmendorf Farm and trained by future Hall of Famer Edward D. Brown. Sold during his two-year-old season to the Dwyer Brothers Stable of Mike and Phil Dwyer, Hindoo's training was taken over by another future Hall of Famer, James G. Rowe, Sr..

In thirty five starts, Hindoo was never out of the money. He won thirty times, placed three times, and showed twice. As a three-year-old, Hindoo won the 1881 Kentucky Derby in a season where he recorded an impressive number of consecutive victories: eighteen straight wins over the course of a few months— nineteen if a dead-heat run-off on the same day is counted.


1881 Kentucky Derby

Hindoo was a 3-1 favorite heading into this race. Ridden by Jim McLaughlin, when the race started, Hindoo, as expected, took the lead. Then, at the halfway pole, an unpleasant surprise occurred that scared the crowd, most of whom had bet on Hindoo: a horse named Lexex grabbed the lead. For Hindoo to lose the lead at this point in the race could be a harbinger of doom. As the horses went into the turn, Hindoo regained the lead, and when he entered the stretch he was in total command and won by four lengths going away.

After The Derby

On September 1, 1881, Hindoo won that 19th consecutive race in a purse event at Sheepshead Bay Race Track. His winning streak ended six days later when he finished third in the September Handicap at Sheepshead.

Hindoo's racing career

Hindoo won: Colt and Filly Stakes, Alexander Stakes, Tennessee Stakes, Juvenile Stakes, Jockey Club Stakes, Criterion Stakes, Tremont Hotel Stakes, Blue Ribbon Stakes, the Kentucky Derby, Clark Stakes, Tidal Stakes, Coney Island Stakes, Ocean Stakes, Lorillard Stakes, Monmouth Sweepstakes, Travers Stakes, Sequel Stakes, United States Hotel Stakes, Kenner Stakes, Louisville Cup, Merchants' Stakes, Turf Handicap, Coney Island Handicap, Coney Island Cap, Coney Island Cup, Champion Stakes, Jersey Stakes, and the Leger Stakes.

He placed in the Day Boat Line Stakes, Brighton Beach Cap, and the Dixiana Stakes.

He came in third in the Windsor Hotel Stakes and the September Cap.

Over the course of his racing career, he won $71,875.

In 1881 he was America's Champion Three-Year-Old Male.

At stud

When Hindoo retired, he was America's leading money earner. Standing at stud, his mating with the mare Bourbon Belle produced the champion Hanover, who became the leading sire in the United States for four consecutive years.

Following the creation of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1955, Hindoo was one of the first handful of horses inducted.

See also

  • List of notable Thoroughbred racehorses



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