1877 etching by C. Lloyd
|Breeder||Robert A. Alexander|
1) Daniel Swigert|
2) August Belmont
|Kingfisher is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Eltham Lass by Lexington. He was born around 1867 in the United States, and was bred by Robert A. Alexander.|
American Classic Race wins:|
Belmont Stakes (1870)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Kingfisher (foaled 1867 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the Belmont Stakes in record time. Bred by Robert A. Alexander at his Woodburn Stud in Woodford County, Kentucky, Kingfisher was out of the mare Eltham Lass, a daughter of Hall of Fame inductee, Kingston. His sire was Lexington, another Hall of Fame inductee who was the most successful sire during the second half of the 19th century.
In 1868 Kingfisher was auctioned at the 1868 Woodburn Stud yearling sale. He was purchased for $490 by Woodburn's former manager, Daniel Swigert who entrusted his race conditioning to trainer Rollie Colston. In 1870, the three-year-old Kingfisher won the Belmont Stakes at New York's Jerome Park Racetrack, in which he was ridden by the future outstanding trainer and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Edward D. Brown. After winning the prestigious Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course, Daniel Swigert sold the horse to August Belmont for $15,000.
Kingfisher raced for August Belmont in 1871 but was injured in the Saratoga Cup and did not return to racing until the following year when he met with little success.
Retired to stud duty, his sons met with limited success but from his daughters he was the damsire of three very good runners:
- Fides, the 1889 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.
- Clifford, the 1893 American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse and 1894 American Champion Older Male Horse
- George W. Jenkins, winner of the 1902 American Grand National