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Chestnut colt, 1888 - 1917
By Energy - Gladia by Tournament

Darley Arabian Sire line:
Birdcatcher Branch.

Family #25

Energy His sire, Energy

The French-bred Gouverneur was the top juvenile in England and a competitive racehorse that won at classic distances at ages three and four in both England and France. He was purchased for an enormous sum by a private German stud, but, while he got winners of most of Germany's classic races, many of his offspring -- who inherited his soundess -- were, after modest wins on the flat, put to jumping, where a number of them excelled as hurdlers and steeplechasers. He got one really outstanding racehorse, TUKI, who won more money in Germany at age three than any other German horse ever had. It was TUKI that made Gouverneur the leading sire in Germany in 1901, ironically the same year Gouverneur was leased to Polish Russia because he was so poorly patronized by German breeders. Gouverneur is seen in some warmblood pedigrees, but his lasting influence on thoroughbred bloodlines is minimal.

His sire, Energy (1880), was by Sterling, the latter a brilliant, game miler with a good turn of foot that got four classic winners and Ascot Gold Cup and Doncaster Cup winner Isonomy. Energy's dam, Cherry Duchess, by Goodwood Cup winner The Duke, produced Two Thousand Guineas winner Enthusiast, and some other good horses. Energy, owned by W. Sterling Crawford, won Ascot's Wokingham Stakes and Newmarket's July Cup, among other races.

In 1886 Energy was purchased by Edmond Blanc, who was replacing Scottish Chief. He first went to Blanc's stud Bel-Ebat, near Paris, and then was moved to his newly-purchased Haras de Jardy at St. Cloud. Energy hit best with Blanc's mares Reveuse, by Perplexe, and Gladia, by Tournament. Covered by Energy, Reveuse was the dam of Révérend (1888), the champion juvenile in France in 1890, and of Reuil, the champion juvenile and three-year-old in France whose wins included the Grand Prix de Paris. But Gladia was more significant as a producer, becoming a foundation mare for Haras de Jardy with her many successful offspring by Energy. Energy died after just four years in France, at age ten.

Gouverneur's dam, Gladia (1874, by the Touchstone son, Tournament), was bred at Charles Laffitte's Haras de Villebon She was a half-sister to Gédéon, a winner of the Prix Hocquart. She was a good, versatile race mare, winner of nine of her 27 starts over three seasons, placed second seven times and four times third. She became a high-class broodmare, especially after she was sold to Edmond Blanc in 1886.

Gladia was a backwards yearling and was not nominated for the classics. As a juvenile Gladia ran eight times, winning four races and placing second once and third once. She debuted in the Grand Critérium at Vichy, running second to Adonias. At Caen, in August, she won the Prix du Premier Pas, beating thirteen, and then went to Deauville, where she was third to Astreé and Ploermel in the Prix de Deux Ans. At Fontainebleau in September, she won the Troisième Critérium (1100 meters), beating seven, and then went unplaced in the Prix de Villiers in Paris, but nine days later took the Prix de La Pelouse (Critérium) (1200 meters) at Bayonne-Biarritz, with five runners, and the same day also took the Prix de la Casa-Caradoc (1200 meters), beating three other youngsters. She went unplaced in her final race of the season, the Prix de la Salamandre (1500 meters) at Chantilly, won by Faisane.

As a three-year-old, Gladia won three of her seven races, placing second twice, and third once. In March, she was second to Gabier in the Grand Prix de Reims (Derby de l'Est, 2200 meters), with seven in the field. In April at Paris she was second to Astrée in the Prix Vanteaux (2000 meters), with twelve in the field. At the same meeting she won the Prix de Saint-James (1700 meters), beating seven. At Chantilly she ran second to Pornic in the Prix d'Apremont (2000 meters), beating three others, including Kilt. After a rest, she came out at Dieppe in August and won the 2500 meter Prix Spécial, beating two, and also took the Prix de La Sociéte d'Encouragement (2000 meters). In October she was taken to Newmarket to run in the Cambridgeshire Stakes (1800 meters), where she placed third to the great Jongleur, with Belphoebe second, and 31 others in the field, among them Verneuil, Rosebery, Palmflower, Footstep, and many other good horses. After this season she was sold to Comte Pierre de Meeüs.

At age four Gladia won two of her twelve races, and placed five times. She was third in the Prix de Lutéce (2200 meters) and fourth of fourteen the Prix du Lac (2200 meters) at Paris. At Chantilly she took the Prix du Gros Chéne (800 meters), beating Giboulée and four others, and ran second to Linotte in the Prix de Gouvieux (2100 meters), with thirteen in the field. At Paris she failed to place in the Prix du Conseil Géneral, the Prix du Duc d'Aoste, and the Prix de la Société d'Encouragement. In August she won the Prix da la Société d'Encouragement (2400 meters) at Caen, beating two others. At Deauville in August she was third of three in the Prix de Victot (2300 meters), beaten by Pristina and Réserviste, and second to Porcelaine in the Prix de Meautry (900 meters), carrying the highest weight in the five horse field. At Paris in September she failed to place in the Omnium (2400 meters). She was second in the Prix du Verger (1400 meters) at Maisons-Laffitte, and in October went unplaced in Chantilly's Prix du Petit Couvert, her last race.

Gladia bred seven foals for the Comte de Meeüs, and seven for Blanc, between 1880 and 1894. Of those produced for Meeüs, Géorgina (1881, by Trocadero), proved successful as a broodmare. She was the dam of Prix du Jockey Club winner Gospodar (1891, by Gamin), Omnium winner Genevraye (1890, by Gamin), and two other winners, Grodno and Goat.

Glorieuse (1887) was the first Gladia foal by Energy, and the first bred by Blanc. Next came Gouverneur (1888), then Garde-à-Vous (1889), and Gouvernante (1890), all by Energy, with Gouvernante in his last crop. Gourvernante, retained as a broodmare by Blanc, bred three high-class winners: Governor (1897, by Le Pompon), a winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains; Gouvernant (1901, by Flying Fox), a winner of sixteen races and Blanc's biggest money earner, whose wins included the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the Prix du Cadran, the Grande Poule des Produits, the Grosser Preis von Baden, and many other races; and Genial (1902, by Callistrate), a winner of the Prix Greffulhe, Grande Poule des Produits (Prix Lupin), and Prix Lagrange, among other races.

After Gouvernante, Gladia produced Gouvernail (1891, by The Bard), whose wins at age three included the Grande Poule des Produits and the Prix Royal Oak. He was followed by Galois (1892, by Fripon), and in 1894, her last, a colt by St. Gatien that was born dead. Glaidia's daughters tended to throw good sons, rather than daughters, and her female line did not continue for more than a couple of generations.

Gouverneur, a chestnut with gold glints and grey ticking in his coat, the latter seen in some Birdcatcher descendants, grew to 16.1-1/2 hands, "a giant of a stallion." He united, said one admirer, "in the rarest manner the highest nobility of blood, nerve, strength and iron" and moved with great elasticity. He was notably sound and possessed an "iron constitution." He had "magnificent shoulders, a broad chest, and "striking depth of girth, with "enormous hindquarters...excellent joints...a long forearm" and short cannons, with "healthy, good hooves." His head, it was said, was "noble...with a fiery eye." As a yearling he escaped from his paddock into the forest of Compeigne, and was missing for 48 hours; he was found completely entangled in bushes, and emerged from that escapade with a cut on his right forearm, a scar he carried all his life. He was notably affectionate with his stable lad, and had a cat as a companion at St. Cloud.

Gouverneur on the Turf

Gouverneur was the top juvenile in England, inheriting speed and precocity from his sire, Energy. At age three he was pretty good, placing second the Epsom Derby, and winning good races in France. When he was four and five years old, he proved he could go a distance, and won some important races in France against top company, and placed second in other good races, often giving away weight. He was not the best of his generation at age three, either in France or England, but he was competitive at the highest level, and was known for his soundness and gameness.

Blanc sent both Gouverneur and his crop mate, Révérend to England to train with Tom Jennings, Jr., at Phantom House at Newmarket. Both colts did very well as juveniles, although when it became apparent Gouverneur, with that speed inherited from Energy, was the better of the two that year, Révérend, after two wins and a placing in England, was sent back to France, where he was the dominant juvenile that year, winning the Prix du Premier Pas Caen, the Critérium at Vincennes, and the Grand Critérium at Paris.

Gouverneur started off a little rocky, placing fourth in the Spring Two-Year-Old Plate at Kempton Park, won by Lady Heron; Révérend placed third, with Gouverneur just behind him. Next was Leicester's Portland Plate, where he ran third to Orvieto and Peter Flower, with Révérend fourth. There must have been some trials at Newmarket after that, where the decision was made to send Révérend to France, and keep Gouverneur in England. He did not run that summer, clearly aimed at the fall Newmarket meetings, a strategy that paid off. He won, in succession, the Rous Memorial Stakes, the Criterion Stakes, and the Middle Park Plate, the big juvenile races of the fall, and was undoubtedly the juvenile champion in England that season.

Gouverneur stayed in England over the winter, and was the hot favorite for the Two Thousand Guineas, but he was a hugely disappointing fifth, behind Common (who would win the English Triple Crown that year), with Orvieto placing second. After this he was shipped to France, where he won the Grande Poule des Produits (Prix Lupin, 2100 meters), with crop mate Révérend second, and a good field, including Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Primrose, who would win the Prix de Diane that year, behind.

He was sent back to England to run in the Epsom Derby, held that year in a downpour. The favorite, Two Thousand Guineas winner Common, won the race by two lengths, with Gouverneur second and the rest of the field trailing. Then it was back to France, where in the Grand Prix de Paris he could only run fifth, but it was still a triumph for Blanc, with his colt, Clamart (by Soukaras), taking the race, and Révérend second. Back in England, in the Lancashire Stakes he could only run fifth, behind Signorina (an unbeaten juvenile), with Orme running second. Révérend, who had come back from France, scored a big one in Ascot's Prince of Wales's Stakes, and would go on to run a close second to Common in the Doncaster St. Leger; Gouverneur did not run in those races.

Back to France for fall racing, Gouverneur was third behind Floréal and Espion in the Prix d'Octobre at Paris, giving them fourteen pounds. In the sprint race, the Prix de la Fôret (1400 meters), he ran fourth to Fra Angelico, Reveille, and Espion, but beat the high-class filly Le Nord (giving her four pounds). Finally, he easily won the Prix Plaisanterie, giving eighteen pounds to the other two runners.

In 1892, age four, Gouverneur started in April, winning the 3200 meter Prix Biennal (Prix Jean Prat) at Longchamp. In June he won Chantilly's Prix d'Hedouville (2400 meters), then went to Deauville where, in the Prix de Deauville, he met the great Bérenger (by The Bard), who had won or would win all the best staying races in France that year. He ran second in an exciting race that was a "battle to the end."

He was back in England in June, to run Ascot's Hardwicke Stakes (12 furlongs), where he was beaten into second place by St. Damien. In the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, he could only run fourth behind Orme, Orvieto, and St. Damien. In France, in the fall, he was second to the good horse Fra Angelico in the Prix du Prince d'Orange. For some reason he was entered in the Prix Gladiateur (6200 meters), and as might be expected from his record, it was a distance too far for him, and he went unplaced.

He came out again, in France, in 1893. He took Longchamp's Prix des Sablons (Prix Ganay, 2400 meters), dispatching Caballero after a sharp skirmish, with four others in the field. At Maisons-Laffite he could only run third to Hoche and Brocart in the Prix Boïard (2000 meters), his last race.

Gouverneur in the Stud

Gouverneur's racing career ended in the spring of 1893 because in May he was purchased to Germany. Representatives of France's national stud had been negotiating with Blanc to purchase Gouverneur. From the perspective of a German -- Edmund Suckow, a veterinarian, sports writer and sometime bloodstock agent -- witness to the negotiations, there were "too many cooks" involved. As the discussions dragged on, with all sorts of conditions being imposed, apparently annoying Blanc, it was suggested by the "disinterested" Suckow that the German state stud at Graditz might consider Gouverneur, and a telegram was sent to Georg von Lehndorff, director of the German national stud regarding Gouverneur's availability.

Baron Wilhelm von Girsewald, the stud manager at the private Gestüt Harzburg, looking to replace the aging stallions Kisbér and Savernake, was given a heads-up by Lenhdorff, and wasted no time in going to Paris to look over Gouverneur. Lehndorff indicated that if Girsewald didn't take the horse, he would purchase Gouverneur immediately for Graditz. Blanc felt obliged to tell the French officials from the national stud and the breeding society that the Germans were on the way, but the French believed it was a bluff to raise the price on Gouverneur, and continued to dawdle. Girsewald apparently did not haggle, and promptly bought Gouverneur for a quarter of a million francs, a huge sum at the time.

Gouverneur spent the rest of his life at Harzburg, with the exception of 1902-3, when he was leased to a private Polish stud that had become part of Russia in the partitions of the late 18th century, where he got offspring that won "considerable sums." Up to the end of 1901, the year he went to Poland, he had sired winners of almost a million marks on the flat, including winners of most of the classic German races, and of over 200,000 marks in hurdling and steeplechasing. In 1901 alone he had the champion TUKI, whose earnings at age three were the highest ever recorded for a German racehorse; that year Gouverneur's offspring also included FLIEDER, the best steeplechaser ever seen in Germany to that time, and a couple of other excellent jumpers, WOHLFAHRTS and GOLDKÜST; a promising juvenile, SANCT GOAR, and some of the best older horses on the turf, ALTGOLD, CONNEX, and ANDIAMO. That was the year he was leading sire in Germany. By the time he was back in Germany, he had been superceded at Harzburg by the imported British-bred Calveley (by St. Serf), who was also a one-time leading sire in Germany, but, even more than Gouverneur, he became more important as a sire of jumpers.

Gouverneur's offspring had the reputation for great heart and "steely constitutions." Situated as he was at Harzburg, he didn't always get the best mares, or many of them, but he was known for improving "even old bad mares." At the outset, most of the prominent German breeders sent a mare or two to Gouverneur, as did the state stud. He got horses that won over all distances, and many were good juveniles, but fell off after; of those that won in later years, most were milers and sprinters, not classic-distance runners or stayers. However, many that started on the flat were later put to jumping, and a number were quite successful over hurdles and in steeplechases, and had long careers. As interest in him fell, it was decided to lease him to a stud in the part of Russia that had been Poland, but the very year the lease was signed, his son TUKI had his champion three-year-old season. Harzburg anxiously awaited Gouverneur's return two years later, but he lost what would have been perhaps his best opportunity to see some high quality mares in that time.

As far as lasting influence on German breeding, few of his sons made much of a mark on thoroughbred breeding. GASTFREUND, one of his early colts, was probably one of the more successful, and then as an improvement stallion for the state stud; his male line continued in the breeding of Hanoverian warmbloods. A couple of Gouverneur sons were sold to Sweden as improvement stallions on half-breds. Likewise, his tough, sturdy daughters made no lasting contribution to thoroughbred bloodlines; within a generation or two most were lost to war or subsumed in the development of warmblood breeding, one of the exceptions being NEDDA (1904), bred in Russia, and fifth dam of the great stayer Anilin (1961).

Gouverneur's first crop arrived in 1895. He had eight juvenile winners in 1897, when they hit the turf. Of these, GADOSH was by far the best, but it was ALTGOLD (from the Harzburg-bred Alpheda, by Savernake) and FLIEDER (from Verbena (1885, by Trappist) that were more significant. FLIEDER was disappointing at age three, and did not win at age four, but in 1900, at age five, he won a good amount over fences, and the next year, 1901, he was by far the best steeplechaser in Germany, taking the Grosser Preis von Karlshorst (Berlin Steeplechase) for his owner, Kurt von Tepper-Laski, and won it again the following year.

ALTGOLD won the Preis von Thuringen at Gotha and other races as a juvenile, and went on at age three to take the Henckel-Rennen and other good races; at age four his wins included the Goldene Peitsche at the Hoppegarten, which he also won in 1901. During the years he raced, he was always among the top three earners by Gouverneur. He got a few thoroughbred horses that won some races, including Kann Doll (1906), a steeplechase winner of the Landsberg-Jagd-Rennen at Munster.

The 1896 crop included FELLEG (1896), whose dam was Magyar St. Leger winner Ollyan-Nincs, by Buccaneer, and out of the great Kincsem. Her female line continued. Her grandaughter, Falada (1920, by Con Amore), won the Preis der Diana and produced Frauenpreis (1935, by Prunus), a Union-Rennen winner. Another FELLEG daughter sent a female line forward through the 1930s.

Another member of the 1896 crop, COMMANDEUR (out of Counterfit) won the Preis von Rhein at Köln (Cologne) at age three. ANDIAMO (1896, from Harzburg's home-bred Antoinette, by Savernake) ran for the Weinberg brothers, winning some races at two and 12,050 marks at age three. He was sold to Sweden in 1906 where he was used on half-bred mares.

The best of the 1896 crop was GASTFREUND (out of the great Chamant daughter, Geheimniss). He won two races, including Baden-Baden's Zukunfts-Rennen as a juvenile in three starts, and at age three won the Union-Rennen and one other race in six starts. He was purchased by the state stud and spent a season at Trakehnen, afterwards going to the depot at Güdwallen, where he stood until 1914, when the stud was ruined and he disappeared during the Russian Revolution. He got a couple of stallion sons in East Prussia, the most significant was the half-bred Marocco (1903, from Hurrah, by Halm), who became a stallion at Celle, near Hanover, where the Hanoverian warmbloods were bred, and he contributed to the development of that breed.

The 1897 crop included MY LADY (from Miss Vex, by See-Saw), who won several races on the flat, including the 1899 Schwarzwald-Rennen at Baden-Baden, but at age three she was disappointing. She is not seen in thoroughbred pedigrees. Another horse in this crop, WOHLFAHRTS (out of Woodnymph), also owned by Tepper-Laski, won some good races on the flat at age three, and was put to jumping afterwards, winning many races over fences from ages four through seven, including the Grosser Preis von Karshorst in Berlin in both 1903 and 1904, following up on the success of Tepper-Laski's colt FLIEDER.

A good filly in the 1898 crop was GOLDTÖCHER (from Goldap, by Potrimpos), winner of 9,474 marks at age three, Another 1898 filly, COUNTESS (out of Counterfit, and so sister to COMMANDEUR) won the Preis von Rhein at Köln, and a colt born that year, LINOS (from Lyre, by The Duke) won the Omnium der Steher at the Hoppegarten at age three.

But the best foal in the 1898 crop, and in fact one of the best bred in Germany before World War I, was TUKI (out of Räuberbraut, by Flibustier), bred by Baron von Falkenhausen. He was purchased by Major Otto von Goßler, an amateur gentleman rider, for the low sum of 1,000 marks at the yearling sales in the fall of 1899 in Breslau. He was good at two, winning 17,070 marks, but at three he was almost unbeatable. He won nine of his twelve starts over two seasons, and placed twice, trained by George Johnson, who had co-owned and trained some of Savernake's offspring. He won 190,000 marks at age three, a record for Germany.

In the spring of his three-year-old year, TUKI ran second to the good mare Regenwolke (by Chamant) in the Grosser Hansa-Preis at Hamburg, but beat her and nineteen others, many of them high-class runners from Germany and Austria, in the Deutsches Derby. He went on to take the Grosser Preis von Berlin, the Deutsches St. Leger, the Hertefeld-Rennen and the Staatspreis I Klass at the Hoppegarten, among other races. He remained in training at age four, but was not sound enough to race, and so his brief and successful career ended.

TUKI was retired to the major's stud at Königs Wusterhausen near Berlin, and later was a stallion at Basedow in Mecklenburg, where he died in 1919. As a stallion TUKI got winners of 200 races, but many were winners over fences, and he was a huge disappointment, given his career on the turf. He got some winners on the flat, and over fences his winners included Iwnsweb (1907), a juvenile winner of the Fruhjahrs-Ausgleich (1600 meters) on the flat and later a popular jumper whose wins included the 1911 Internationales Hurden-Rennen (important hurdle race) in Berlin. Another TUKI winner over fences was Jungturke (1909), a winner of the Berolina-Jagdrennen in Berlin, and second in the 1913 Haupt Jagd-Rennen (for four-year-olds) at Berlin. TUKI'S daughter, Rosenmaid (1916, out of Roseninsel, by Florizel), produced Kadmea (19131, by Harlekin), a winner of the Nagroda Liry, and Rosa Nera (1940, by Nektar), dam of Ruch (1945), winner of many good Polish races, including the Nagroda Derby, Nagroda Rulera, and Nagroda St. Leger, and of Pink Pearl (1948), whose wins included the Nagroda St. Leger. Rosenmaid's family continued through the 1950s, with Donnna Aqui (1957), a winner of the Nagroda Wielka Warszawska.

The 1899 and 1900 Gouverneur crops included SAPERLOTER (1899, out of Saperlipopette by Le Destrier), a winner of the Alexander-Rennen at Frankfurt at age three, and the Omnium der Steher at the Hoppegarten at age four. LIEBESRITTER (1900, out of Lady Rosebery by Rosebery), was gelded and put to jumping; in 1910 he won the Kaiser-Preis at Berlin-Karlshorst, a steeplechase. VICEWACHTMEISTER (1900, out of Vice-Versa, by Lord Lyon), a sprinter, won the 1904 Germania-Preis at Köln, beating the high-class Real Scotch, and was second to Monopol in the Goldene Peitsche at the Hoppegarten.

BRAVOUR (1901, out of Barrel, by Barcaldine) was a good juvenile for the Weinberg brothers that won the Landgrafen-Rennen at Frankfurt and the Preis des Winterfavoriten (equivalent of the Middle Park Plate) at Köln. At age three she won the Hoppegarten's Stuten-Biennial, was second in the Wäldchens-Rennen at Frankfurt, and third in the Grosser Preis von Baden. She left no significant thoroughbred offspring.

Two Gouverneur colts from 1901 included EMPEREUR (from Embla, by Chislehurst) and TIRE-HAUT (out of La Toison d'Or). EMPEREUR placed in some good races at ages two and three, including the Alexander-Rennen, and later, put over fences, won the 1905 Haupt-Jagd-Rennen in Berlin. He was another Gouverneur that was sold to Sweden to be used in improving half-bred mares. TIRE-HAUT did well in some high-class races at age three, placing second to Real Scotch in the Hoppegarten's Graditz-Rennen and third to Real Scotch in the Deutsches St. Leger, and winning the Bockstadt-Rennen at the Hoppegarten (2200 meters).

After the initial enthusiasm amongst German breeders waned, the decision was made to lease Gouverneur, possibly with the intent of selling him later, to a private Polish stud in the lands that had been partitioned to Russia in the eighteenth century. The deal was made before TUKI had his great season, and after that, all thoughts of selling Gouverneur vanished, but Harzburg had to wait two years -- years that would have been most lucrative, given TUKI'S success -- before Gouverneur was back in Germany.

Of the horses bred in Russia, Gouverneur's winners included ENGUELADE (1903, out of Cretan Maid, by Hawkstone), a winner of the Nagrody Liry (Polish Oaks) and the Gagarinskij in St. Petersburg, Russia, bred and raced by the prominent Russian breeder M.I. Lazarev, whose stud farm was in Poltava (now part of the Ukraine); FRAMPOL (1901, out of Epee, by Firmament), a winner of the 3200 meter Nagroda Prezydenta -Rzeczypospolite in Warsaw; HAZLEHATCH (1903, from Western Rose, by Westbourne), a winner of the Nagroda Produce Stakes (1400 meters) in 1906; and NEDDA (1904, from Hungaria, by Perplexe).

NEDDA'S female line continued in Russia; she was fourth dam of Russian Derby winner Gazawat (1943, by Tabor), of Galop (1946, by Press Gang), and of Analogichnaya (1953, by Agregat). Analogichnaya was bred at the Voschod Soviet state stud, the best three-year-old of her generation in the Soviet Union, winner of the Priz Ricki Wolgi at two and the Russian Oaks and the principal race for fillies at Prague, and second in the Russian Derby, at age three. Analogichnaya later produced the great international stayer Anilin, three-time winner of the Preis von Europa and of many other races. Galop, a stallion at Voschod, was used to improve Russian half-bloods, and through his daughter was grandsire of Egosit, a winner of ten jumping competitions and a principal stallion at the Opytny stud in Russia; one of Egosit's colts was the half-bred Erudit, a winner of the 1994 Great Pardubice Steeplechase.

Gouverneur's first crop born in Germany after he returned from Russia included DINAS (1905, out of Del Monte), BARRIKADE (1905, out of Barrel, and so sister to BRAVOUR), and REINFALL (1905, out of Rock Dove, by Gallinule). DINAS, who ran through age four, was a good juvenile that took the Stuten-Biennial at the Hoppegarten the Hahn-Memorial at the Hoppegarten, and the Germania-Preis at Köln, and placed second in the Zukunfts-Rennen at Baden-Baden. BARRIKADE placed several times at age two, and then won the Basedow-Rennen at the Hoppegarten. REINFALL'S wins included the Ratibor-Rennen at Breslau.

The principal winners of Gouverneur's latter years at Harzburg included the Graditz-bred STOSSVOGEL (1906, from Lady Gay Spanker, by Peter), SANTUZZA (1909, out of Stream of Gold) and LENA (1910, sister to STOSSVOGEL). At age three STOSSVOGEL won the Grosser Preis von Hamburg and the Durchganger-Rennen at the Hoppegarten, and placed second to Fervor in the Henckel-Rennen, and third in the Deutsches Derby (won by Arnfried) and the Austria Preis (won by Rascal). His sister LENA won the Stuftungs-Preis at Hamburg as a juvenile, and at age three took the Goldene Peitsche at the Hoppegarten, Baden-Baden's Kincsem-Rennen, and was second to Donnafelice in the Stuten Biennial at the Hoppegarten. SANTUZZA, like a number of other Gouverneurs, started racing on the flat, and at age three won the Graditz-Rennen at Berlin and was third in the Ratibor-Rennen at Breslau. In the fall she won two good jumping races, the Haupt-Hurdenrennen der Dreijahrigen and the Haupt-Jagd-Rennen der Dreijahrigen, both in Berlin. At age four she won a 1600 meter flat race at Hamburg, the Peter Handicap, and over fences took both the Haput-Jagd-Rennen (for four-year-olds) and the Gladiatoren-Preis (a steeplechase) at Berlin.

Other Gouverneur winners over fences included BEROLINA (1906, from Rothe Tante, herself a top winning 'chaser), a winner of the Haupt-Jagd-Rennen for four-year-olds at Berlin in 1910; the gelded DAMIO (1908, out of Rattleheels), a winner of the Germania-Jagd-rennen at Berlin; and the gelded JOURNALIST (out of Isometric), who took the Colonia-Jagd-Rennen at Köln.

Other Gouverneur flat race winners included SENECHAL (1907, from See Me, by Stronizan), a winner of Hamburg's Espoir Handicap; SEPTIMUS (1909, out of Santa Rosa, by Reverberation), a winner of the Frankfurt Oktober-Preis fur Zweijahrige and second in the Germania-Preis at Köln at age two and second to Matterhorn in the Union-Rennen at age three; and TREUE (1913, from Tausendschön, by Rock Sand), who was second to Adresse in the Preis der Diana and to Antivari in the Alexander-Rennen at age three, and winner of the Kölner Fruhjahrs-Ausgleich at age four. SEPTIMUS was another Gouverneur that was sold to Sweden, where he got some half-bred fillies.

Gouverneur died at Harzburg at the age of 29 in 1917.

--Patricia Erigero

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ch. 1854
b. 1841
Uncle Toby
ch. 1835

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