|Dam||Maid of the Mint|
|Breeder||Sir Tatton Sykes|
|Owner||Major Eustace Loder|
|Spearmint is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Maid of the Mint by Carbine. He was born around 1903 in Great Britain, and was bred by Sir Tatton Sykes.|
Epsom Derby (1906)|
Grand Prix de Paris (1906)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on 17 May 2009|
He was by Carbine (NZ), a New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame and Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee, and out of the unraced mare, Maid of the Mint, by Minting (GB). Spearmint was doubly inbred to Stockwell in the 4th and 5th generations (4x5).
Spearmint was purchased by Major Eustace Loder for 300 guineas as a yearling. He was trained by Peter-Purcell Gilpin at Newmarket. The colt's racing career was limited due to his bad front legs, and he made only five starts, winning three times, including the 1906 Epsom Derby, England's most prestigious flat race. Eleven days later he won France's most important race, the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp Racecourse, after leading from start to finish over the two mile journey.
As a sire
Spearmint was a very successful sire as well as a broodmare sire having sired classic winners in three countries: Great Britain, Ireland and the United States. Among his offspring, he notably sired:
- Catnip (b.m. 1910) - An Irish mare who went to stud in Italy where she became the second dam of the great Nearco
- Plucky Liege (b. 1912) - one of the most important broodmares of the 20th Century.  Dam of Admiral Drake, Bois Roussel, Bull Dog and Sir Gallahad III
- Chicle (b. 19123) - won Champagne Stakes, Brooklyn Derby, Leading sire in North America (1929), Leading broodmare sire in North America (1942)
- Johren (b. 1915) - very successful racing in the United States and whose wins included the 1918 Belmont Stakes
- Lord Archer b. 1914 - sire of Master Charlie Championship Racehorse in US
- Spion Kop (b. 1917), won 1920 Epsom Derby
- Zionist (1922) - Irish Derby.
- ↑ Pryor, Peter, “The Classic Connection”, Cortney Publications, Luton, 1979
- ↑ Montgomery, E.S, “The Thoroughbred”, Arco, New York, 1973 ISBN 0-668-02824-6
- ↑ Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
- ↑ Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970