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Joe Cotton (horse)

Joe Cotton
Sire King Alfonso
Dam Inverness
Grandsire Phaeton
Damsire Macaroni
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1882
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder A. J. Alexander
Owner 1) James T. Williams
2) Dwyer Brothers Stable
Trainer Abe Perry
Record 54: 17-6-7
Earnings $29,365
Joe Cotton is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Inverness by King Alfonso. He was born around 1882 in the United States, and was bred by A. J. Alexander.
Major wins
Great Western Handicap (1885)
Coney Island Derby (1885)
Tidal Stakes (1885)
Himyar Stakes (1885)
Louis and Gus Straus Stakes (1885)
Tennessee Derby (1885)
Cottrill Stakes (1885)
Farewell Stakes (1886)
Average Stakes (1887)
Twin City Handicap (1887)
Welter Stakes (1887)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1885)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Joe Cotton (1882–1888) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that is best known as the winner of the 1885 Kentucky Derby. He was by King Alfonso who was the sire of the 1880 winner Fonso. The horse was reportedly named after a bookie.[1]

Joe Cotton was killed, along with another Thoroughbred called Sam Keene, on September 11, 1888 during the third race at the Mystic Park race track in Boston, Massachusetts. Joe Cotton broke one of his legs, necessitating his destruction, when he fell over the body of Sam Keene, the other horse having fallen and broken its neck while colliding with another foundering racehorse named Zero.[2]


  1. Joe Cotton information
  2. Mystic Park races: Joe Cotton and Sam Keene killed in a flat race. New York Times. Sept. 12, 1888.[1]


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