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Buskin (horse)

Buskin (1910 – July 5, 1917) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse is best known for winning the 1913 Preakness Stakes. Owned and trained by Mr. John Whalen, he was sired by Hamburg. Buskin was out of the mare Slippers, a daughter of Meddler.[1]

Buskin
SireHamburg
GrandsireHanover
DamSlippers
DamsireMeddler
SexGelding
Foaled1910
CountryUnited States
ColourBay
BreederHarry P. Whitney
OwnerJohn Whalen
TrainerJohn Whalen
RecordNot found
EarningsNot found
Major wins
Metropolitan Handicap (1914)
Canadian Derby (1913)
Bowie Handicap (1914) Triple Crown Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1910)

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Preakness StakesEdit

Buskin, described as "a good-looking little bay gelding"[2] won the $2,500 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, May 20, 1913.

He went off as the heavy favorite at 3-2 in the field of eight three-year-olds after five of the thirteen colts scratched. Buskin broke first but fell back to fourth under a heavy hold by jockey Jimmy Butwell as they hit Pimlico's famous "Clubhouse Turn." The pace was slow early with the first quarter in :24 flat and the half in :48-4/5.[3] As the race progressed, Buskin was continually restrained as he dropped to fifth down the backstretch but tracked the pacemakers just three lengths behind.[4]

On the final turn, he rounded the field four wide and burst into the lead by three lengths before tiring badly in the final sixteenth. He held off the charge of runner-up and third choice Kleburne by a neck.[5] Longshot Barnegat at 48-1 finished third. The final time for the one mile and one eighth Preakness was 1:53 2/5 over a fast track. The winner's share of 60% of the purse was $1,670.[6]

Buskin and Holiday the next year were the last geldings to win the Preakness Stakes until Prairie Bayou won the race in 1993.[7]

Later racing careerEdit

Later that racing season, Buskin won the 1913 Canadian Derby and placed second in the National Stakes. In his four-year-old season, he won the 1914 Metropolitan Handicap and Bowie Handicap. Also in 1914 or 1915, Buskin placed second in the Brooklyn Handicap, Bowie Handicap, Susquehanna Handicap and Toronto Cup while placing third in the Frontier Handicap and the Washington Handicap. Buskin was injured in the spring of 1916 and was euthanized on July 5, 1917 at Belmont Park due to worsening of his condition.[8]

BreedingEdit

Pedigree of Buskin
Sire
Hamburg

bay 1895

Hanover

ch. 1884

Hindoo Virgil
Florence
Bourbon Belle Bonnie Scotland
Ella D.
Lady Reel

bay 1886

Fellow Craft Australian
Aerolite
Mannie Gray Enquirer
Lizzy G
Dam
Slippers

brown 1904

Meddler

bay 1890

St. Gatien The Rover
Saint Editha
Busybody Petrarch
Spinaway
Cinderella

bay 1885

Tomahawk King Tom
Mincemeat
Manna Brown Bred
Tartlet

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Buskin Horse Pedigree". Pedigree Online Thoroughbred Database. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  2. ^ "Preakness To Buskin". Baltimore Sun. 1913-05-22. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  3. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1913 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01.
  4. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1913 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01.
  5. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1913 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01.
  6. ^ "Preakness Stakes 1913 Race Chart page p-63". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01.
  7. ^ "Prairie Bayou Applies Right Touch at Last". Los Angeles Times. 1993-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  8. ^ Staff (July 7, 1917). "Omar Khayyam Victorious: Runs a Fast and Exciting Race with Campfire and Prevails Narrowly". Daily Racing Form. Triangle Publishers. Retrieved 20 April 2018.