2 Comments on "CALIFORNIA CHROME & A DATE WITH DESTINY – A look at the history of the family that produced the Derby winner"

  1. Ann Ferland says:

    Wanda’s daughter Maxine Elliot also has distinguished descendants – after 8 generations of average sort of mares, some good, some not so good, the female line came up with G1 winner Jameela and then her son Gulch. Unfortunately Jameela had no daughters so this odd line seems unlikely to repeat this process. Except from some cousins?

    Durbar II was the first horse to really stick it to the General Stud Book mavens’ so-called Jersey Act of 1913, which declared that horses that could not trace in all lines to ancestors already in the GSB would not be registered as Thoroughbreds. Now many of the best US horses had family lines that end in a Janus mare or a Fearnaught mare bred in Virginia, so these would no longer be considered TBs.

    The very next year, 1914, THE Derby was won by the French Horse Durbar, whose second dam was not only inbred to the suspected ‘half-bred’ Lexington, but also traced to an American sourced family. The winner of their great classic was a ‘half-bred’! Oddly enough, this didn’t give the GSB mavens pause and it wasn’t until 1949 that the ‘Jersey Act’ was rescinded.

  2. I have found and learned so much history of the horses and the Belmont races today thanks to PCH! Yes, that is true. It was quick and easy to find anything and everything I want info about! Join in the fun. California Chrome has a reallegacy and history. Go CC

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