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Wintergreen (horse)

Wintergreen (1906–1914) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that is best known for winning the 1909 Kentucky Derby and for being the first horse bred in Ohio to win the Derby.[1] Wintergreen was bred and trained by Jerome "Rome" Respess at his Ohio stud farm. Respess was a multimillionaire owner of a brewing company and also owned Wintergreen's sire, Dick Welles[2] — named after Richard H. Welles, later the father of Orson Welles.[3]:36

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1909 Kentucky Derby winner Wintergreen
SireDick Welles
GrandsireKing Eric
SexStallion, eventually Gelding
CountryUnited States
BreederJerome Bristow Respess
Owner1) Jerome B. Respess
2) D. Fisk
TrainerCharles Mack
Major wins
Triple Crown Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1909)

Wintergreen raced from ages two to seven years old but did not win any stakes races before or after the Kentucky Derby but was a stakes performer for most of his career.[1]

Wintergreen was killed April 10, 1914, in a fire that consumed barn #18 at the Latonia Race Track in Covington, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. He had been gelded some years previously and was racing for D. Fisk.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Wintergreen Pedigree and Racing Stats" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  2. ^ Wertheim, Arthur Frank and Barbara Blair (2001). The Papers of Will Rogers By Will Rogers. ISBN 9780806133157.
  3. ^ Higham, Charles, Orson Welles: The Rise and Fall of an American Genius. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1985 ISBN 0-312-31280-6
  4. ^ "Thoroughbreds cremated at Latonia". Daily Racing Form. April 11, 1914. Retrieved 30 November 2010.