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Lieut. Gibson

Lieut. Gibson
Sire G W Johnson
Dam Sophia Hardy
Grandsire Iroquois
Damsire Glengarry
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1897
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Col. Bob Baker & Gentry
Owner Charles Head Smith
Trainer Charles H. Hughes
Record 24: 10 - 5 - 3
Earnings $21,490
Lieut. Gibson is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sophia Hardy by G W Johnson. He was born around 1897 in the United States, and was bred by Col. Bob Baker & Gentry.
Major wins
Latonia Derby (1900)
Clark Handicap (1900)
Flatbush Stakes (1900)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1900)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Lieutenant Gibson (1897-1900) was an American thoroughbred racehorse that was bred in Kentucky and is best remembered for winning the 1900 Kentucky Derby. His winning time of 2:06 1/4 stood as the Derby record for 11 years. Lieut. Gibson also won the Latonia Derby, Clark Stakes and the Flatbush Stakes as a three year old. He was the crowd favorite for the 1900 running of the American Derby, but ran a disappointing third in that race.

Shortly after his failure at the American Derby, Lieut. Gibson sustained a bowed tendon and was retired from racing.[1] The condition progressively worsened until surgery was attempted to repair the tendon and reduce the swelling in his leg. Unfortunately, the colt died during the operation on December 18, 1900 at the Washington Park Race Track, formerly located in Chicago, Illinois.[2] The horse was secretly buried with little fanfare, with his death being leaked to the press more than a week after his passing. When the New York Times interviewed Lieut. Gibson's owner for comment, Charles Head Smith said the following.

"It was not my intention to say anything about Gibson's death, but it is true that he died a week ago Tuesday and was buried without any publicity. I had great confidence in Gibson. His sufferings were far more a matter of regret to me than could have been any pecuniary loss I experienced by the disabling of the colt. He was a brave horse, a well-bred one, and when he died I wanted him buried with just as little publicity as possible."[3]


  1. Lieut. Gibson Pedigree[1]
  2. Lieutenant Gibson dead: Kentucky Derby winner succumbed to operation for bowed tendon. New York Times. Dec 29, 1900.[2]
  3. Lieutenant Gibson dead: Kentucky Derby winner succumbed to operation for bowed tendon. New York Times. Dec 29, 1900.[3]


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