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Spendthrift (horse)

Sire Australian
Dam Aerolite
Grandsire West Australian
Damsire Lexington
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1876
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder A. J. Alexander
Owner 1) Daniel Swigert
2) James R. Keene
Trainer Thomas Puryear
Record 16: 9-5-0
Earnings $27,250
Spendthrift is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Aerolite by Australian. He was born around 1876 in the United States, and was bred by A. J. Alexander.
Major wins

Sanford Stakes (1878)
Young America Stakes #1 (1878)
Young America Stakes #2 (1878)
Lorillard Stakes (1879)
Jersey Derby (1879)
Champion Stakes (1879)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1879)
American Co-Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1878)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Spendthrift (foaled 1876 in Kentucky-21 October 1900) was an American thoroughbred stallion racehorse. Bred by A. J. Alexander at his Woodburn Stud, he was sired by the English-bred stallion, Australian, who was in turn the son of West Australian, England's first Triple Crown winner, out of the Lexington mare, Aerolite.

Spendthrift was bought by Daniel Swigert for $1,000 at the Woodburn yearling sale and named for Swigert's wife's extravagant spending habits in New York. He was undefeated for Swigert as a two-year-old and sold to James R. Keene for $15,000.

At three, trained by Col. Thomas Puryear, Spendthrift was sent East; finishing second to a stablemate in the Withers Stakes before going on easily to win the Belmont Stakes. He then won the Lorillard Stakes, overcoming being kicked at the start. Then he won the Jersey Derby.

In all, his record stands as 16 starts, with 9 wins and 5 places.


Spendthrift was retired as a five year old to the farm of William Kenney near Lexington, Kentucky. He was sold by Keene in 1884 and spent some time first at Dr. E. M. Norwood's farm near Lexington, then Hartland Stud, then Spendthrift Stud, before ending up at Overton Chenault's farm. He died of old age at 24, on October 21, 1900.

Some of his outstanding progeny were Kingston and Hastings, grand-sire to the great Man o' War.



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