Jamestown (horse)

Jamestown (1928–1953) was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred and raced by George D. Widener, Jr., an Exemplar of Racing described by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper as "one of thoroughbred racing's most respected horsemen."[1]

SireSt. James
DamMlle. Dazie
DamsireFair Play
CountryUnited States
OwnerGeorge D. Widener, Jr.
Trainer1) A. Jack Joyner
2) Bert Mulholland (1933)
Record19: 12 ?-?
Major wins
Flash Stakes (1930)
United States Hotel Stakes (1930)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1930)
Grand Union Hotel Stakes (1930)
Tournament Handicap (1931)
Withers Stakes (1931)
Colin Purse (1931)
Capitol Handicap (1933)
American Co-Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1930)
Last updated on January 20, 2010


The Kentucky-bred Jamestown's name and image were used to promote Park & Tilford whiskey, which used the slogan: Proof of Kentucky bred quality![2] His sire was St. James, the 1923 retrospective American Co-Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. Jamestown was out of the mare Mlle. Dazie. His damsire was U. S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Fair Play, who also sired Man o' War.

Conditioned for racing by future U. S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jack Joyner, Jamestown raced against very strong opponents in 1930 and 1931 when he was part of what the Chicago Tribune newspaper called the "big four" in racing, which included Twenty Grand, Mate, and Equipoise.[3]

Racing careerEdit

As a two-year-old, Jamestown won five important races, capping off 1930 with a win in the most prestigious race in the United States for two-year-olds, the Belmont Futurity Stakes. At a time when there was no official voting for annual racing Champions, Jamestown was recognized in the industry as the American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt.[4] Although Jamestown twice defeated Equipoise, he shared the 1930 retrospective honors as listed by The Blood-Horse magazine[5] and Thoroughbred Heritage.[6]

Injured, Jamestown did not start again until May 27 of 1931, when the then three-year-old won the Tournament Handicap at Belmont Park. [1] Three days later, the colt won the Withers Stakes at Belmont Park, and on June 9 at the same track won the Colin Purse. [2] Four days after that, Jamestown raced again, finishing third to winner Twenty Grand in the Belmont Stakes. After running third in the June 25th Shelvin Stakes against inferior competition, Jamestown was rested [3] and did not race again in 1931.

Racing as a four-year-old in 1932, on July 1 Jamestown ran second to Equipoise in world record time in the Delavan Handicap at Chicago's Arlington Park.[7] Jack Joyner retired at the end of 1932, and assistant trainer Bert Mulholland took over as head trainer of the Widener stable. For Mulholland, the five-year-old Jamestown won the Capitol Handicap at Laurel Park Racecourse in Maryland.[8]

Stud recordEdit

Jamestown was retired to stud duty for the 1934 season at his owner's Erdenheim Farm in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, but the following year Widener relocated him to his Old Kenney Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Overall, Jamestown met with reasonable success as a stallion, siring eighteen stakes race winners. Among his sons were excellent runners such as:

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins/Achievements
1936 Johnstown Stallion Kentucky Derby (1939), Belmont Stakes (1939)
1937 Rosetown Mare
1943 Natchez Stallion Travers Stakes
Reaping Reward Mare

Through his daughter, Reaping Reward, Jamestown was also the damsire of Sheilas Reward, back-to-back winner of American Champion Sprint Horse honors in 1950 and 1951.

Jamestown died at age twenty-five in 1953 and is buried in the Old Kenney Farm's equine cemetery.


  1. ^ "Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search".
  2. ^ "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search".
  3. ^ "Archives: Chicago Tribune - CHICAGO TO SEE 3 YEAR OLD TURF CHAMP CROWNED".
  4. ^ "SARATOGA SPECIAL WON BY JAMESTOWN - Victor, Acclaimed New Juvenile Champion, Sets Record for Stake Before 20,000. EQUIPOISE FINISHES SECOND Trails by 3 Lengths, With Sun Meadow Third--Winner Runs Six Furlongs in 1 - 11 2-5. WHICHONE SCORES EASILY, Has 4-Length Margin on Marine in The Whitney--Jolly Roger First in Steeplechase. Whichone Rewards Owner. Workman Alert at Barrier. SARATOGA SPECIAL WON BY JAMESTOWN Crumpler's Bid Misses. - Article - NYTimes.com". 10 August 1930.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2013-02-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "American Champion Two Year Old Male".
  7. ^ "C.V. WHITNEY COLT BEATS JAMESTOWN - Scores by Three Lengths to Break Jack High's Mark of 1 - 35 Made in 1930. PAYS $3.80 IN MUTUELS Victor, With Workman Up, Spurts in Stretch to Gain Fifth Triumph of Season. VOLETTE CUTS TRACK TIME Runs Five and a Half Furlongs in 1 - 04 4-5 and Tred Avon Snaps Seven-Furlong Record. - Article - NYTimes.com". 1 July 1932.
  8. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JggtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=X9UFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3776,2518389&dq=jamestown+capitol+handicap&hl=en