His Eminence (horse)
His Eminence (1898 – c.1906) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that was bred in Kentucky and is best known for winning the 1901 Kentucky Derby. He was a bay colt sired by the great turf-racer Falsetto out of the mare Patroness. His dam (with His Eminence in utero) was sold to Overton H. Chenault at the 1897 Woodburn Stud dispersal sale for $75. As a yearling, he was sold to J. B. Lewman for $500.
|Breeder||Overton H. Chenault|
|Owner||1) J. B. Lewman|
2) Frank B. Van Meter
3) Clarence Mackay
4) Fred Gebhard
5) A.C. Jaeger
6) William Collins Whitney
|Trainer||Frank B. Van Meter|
|Clark Handicap (1901)|
Omnium Handicap (1903)
Triple Crown race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1901)
The colt was purchased in the latter part of 1901 for $15,000 by millionaire racing enthusiast Clarence Mackay as a stud horse, but was later sold in 1902 due to the death of Mackay's father. His Eminence was then returned to racing by his new owner, Fred Gebhard, as a five-year-old, winning the 1903 Omnium Handicap at the Sheepshead Bay Race Track.
The stallion was once again sold at auction in September 1903 to A.C. Jaeger for $2,900. He was again sold to William Collins Whitney who trained him for steeplechasing, but His Eminence was killed while trying to jump a hurdle sometime before 1910.
- His Eminence Pedigree
- "Mackay Stable to be sold." NY Times. July 29, 1902
- "His Eminence just won." NY Times. Sept. 10, 1903
- "Good prices for racehorses" NY Times. Sept. 27, 1903.
- Daily Racing Form. "Careers of Kentucky Derby winners." May 19, 1910.[permanent dead link]