Kentucky Derby Winner Hindoo
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Thoroughbred racehorse Hindoo was a homebred foaled at Stockwood Farm in April, 1878. His sire, Virgil, was the leading sire of 1875. He established a longtime record in horse racing with an 18 consecutive race win streak and was a champion in all three of his racing years. He never finished worse than third in all of his 35 starts (winning 30) and he would go on to become a top sire.

Hindoo was trained by Lee Paul for his juvenile campaign where he would win his first seven starts which included the Alexander Stakes and Tennessee Stakes at Churchill Downs. After winning a pair of Stakes in Chicago in a span of five days, he would go to Saratoga Race Course and lose his final two starts in 1880. He earned $9,800 and was later bought for $15,000 by the Dwyer Brothers.

Now trained by James Rowe Sr., Hindoo would kick off his 3-year-old season with a win in the Blue Ribbon Stakes. For his next start five days later, Hindoo would be the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. He would lead from start to finish winning by four lengths. He would race another 16 times within the next four months winning all of them consecutively including the Travers Stakes, the Kenner Stakes and the Champion Stakes. He would finish 2nd in the Brighton Beach Handicap and was 3rd in his next start in the September Handicap. Hindoo would be given the rest of the year off as this grueling campaign began to take its toll.

In 1882, Hindoo returned to the races and once again lost when 2nd in the Dixiana Stakes. However, he would win his next five starts: the Louisville Cup at 2.5 miles; the Merchant Stakes, the Turf Handicap; and the Coney Island Stakes. After winning the Coney Island Cup, he was found lame with a bowed tendon and was retired to stud with over $71,000 in earnings.

Hindoo was moved to Runnymede Stud farm after he was sold to Ezekial Clay and Catesby Woodford for $9,000. Hindoo had success right away with his first crop with Kentucky Derby runner-up Jim Gore, Preakness Stakes winner Buddhist and Belmont Stakes winner Hanover who would go on to be leading American sire four times. He would also sire champion filly Sallie McClelland who would go on to produce Kentucky Oaks winner Audience. Other famous racehorses he sired were: Dungarvan who won 51 races; Latonia Derby winner Hindoocraft; Macy, a winner of 37 races; Catalpa who won 24 starts; and Alard Scheck who was a multiple Stakes-winning juvenile. Hindoo would also become an important damsire which include champions Blue Girl and Helios along with Preakness Stakes winner Whimsical.

Hindoo won races ranging from four furlongs (half a mile) up to 2.5 miles. An outstanding and famous racehorse, he died at the age of 23 in 1901. Hindoo was one of the first racehorses inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1955.


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