What New York breeder was knighted by Queen Victoria? What father and son, both New York-breds, each won two-thirds of the handicap triple crown? What New York-bred was the first horse to win the Santa Anita Handicap and the Woodward in the same Year? What New York-breds, one a filly, were the first two horses to win the Belmont and Pimlico Futurities? What New York-bred, who was considered the fastest horse of his generation, was the grand-sire of the great Domino?
It is hard to overstate what Allan Carter has accomplished in this book. He has thoroughly explored the world of New York State breeding before the advent of the New York State thoroughbred breeding program in 1973. Despite the fact that thoroughbred racing in the United States originated in New York State in the 1660’s, scant attention has been paid to the early history of thoroughbred breeding in the State. It is a field that has largely gone unexplored by historians and racing enthusiasts.
Allan Carter has changed all this.