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Meddler (horse)

Sire St. Gatien
Dam Busybody
Grandsire The Rover
Damsire Petrarch
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1890
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder George Alexander Baird
Owner 1) George Alexander Baird
2) William H. Forbes
3) William C. Whitney
4) Clarence MacKay
Trainer not found
Record 3: 3-0-0
Earnings US$
Meddler is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Busybody by St. Gatien. He was born around 1890 in the United States, and was bred by George Alexander Baird.
Major wins
British Dominion Stakes (1892)
Chesterfield Stakes (1892)
Dewhurst Plate (1892)
English Champion-Two-Year-Old Colt (1892)
Leading sire in North America (1904, 1906)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Meddler (1890-1916) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who was a Champion at age two in England and a Leading sire in North America in 1904 and 1906. Bred and raced by George Baird, his sire, St. Gatien, dead heated for the win in the 1884 Epsom Derby and won the 1885 Ascot Gold Cup. His dam was Baird's brilliant racing mare, Busybody, winner of the 1884 Epsom Oaks and One Thousand Guineas Stakes. [1]

Meddler won all three starts at age two but according to rules governing the sport of British horse racing in effect at the time, when his owner George Baird died it voided all of Meddler's future race bookings. As such, Meddler could not race at age three and was sold for $76,000 to American William H. Forbes of Readville, Massachusetts who brought him to the United States in 1893 to stand at his Neponset Stud. On Forbes' death in 1894, Meddler was purchased by William Collins Whitney of New York city who sent him to stand at stud at his La Belle Stud at Lexington, Kentucky.

Among Meddler's offspring, his son Royal Tourist won a 1908 American Classic, the Preakness Stakes, and set a World Record time on dirt in winning the Winters Handicap at Emeryville Race Track in Oakland, California. [2] In 1905 Meddler's daughter, Tanya, became the second filly to ever win the Belmont Stakes. [3] In 1906 his son Go Between's wins included the very important Suburban Handicap and was the retrospective American Champion Older Male Horse.

Through his daughter, Mineola, Meddler was the damsire of Johren, the 1918 American Horse of the Year, and, from Miss Minnie, he was the damsire of 1921 American Horse of the Year and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Grey Lag.

Clarence MacKay bought Meddler for $51,000 at the dispersal sale of William Collins Whitney's horses. MacKay stood him at W. S. Fanshawe's Silverbrook Farm in New Jersey, then at Kingston Farm run by Foxhall A. Daingerfield near Lexington, Kentucky. Meddler was eventually sent to a breeding operation in France where he died at age twenty-six on April 17, 1916.



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