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  Family 16: Sister to Stripling

This family was known as and referred to as "The Agnes Family" long before Bruce Low published his work, Breeding Horses by the Figure Systemin 1895, introducing the system adopted world-wide to track the foundation mares of the thoroughbred. It had had some good runners in Tibthorpe (1864), Brown Bread (1862) and finally an Oaks winner, Bonnie Jean in 1880, and a (tied) Derby winner, St. Gatien in 1884. But it was the brilliance of English Triple Crown winner, Ormonde, and his near relatives that re-focused attention on the "Agnes" mares, all descended from Agnes, an 1844 filly by Clarion, who did little on the turf, but founded a powerful dynasty of female descendants.

The earliest mare to whom the family can be traced is a sister to the racehorse Stripling, who won a plate at Bishop Aukland in 1751. The identity of their dam was not recorded, and has been a tantalizing mystery for turf historians, particularly since Stripling and his sister appear to have been bred at the important and well-known Marske Stud of the Hutton family in Yorkshire, many generations of whom bred thoroughbreds. C.M. Prior (Early Records of the Thoroughbred Horse; London: Sportsman Office, 1924) believed the family "probably" originated "...from one or other of the Darcy mares, and is not a distinct family, as the Huttons and Darcys were close neighbors, and on terms of intimacy..." In 1726 James D'Arcy's (the younger, later Lord D'Arcy of Navan) daughter, Elizabeth, married John Hutton III, breeder of Marske, the sire of Eclipse; they were in, fact, distant cousins due to an earlier marriage of Hutton's great-grandfather with Lord Darcy of Hornby's daughter, Barbara.

In 1979 Cedric Borgnis (British Racehorse, June, 1979) attempted to apply an "inductive" approach in determining the identity of Stripling's dam, concluding the evidence, based on an analysis of breeding patterns he claims the Hutton family used, showed Family 16 to be a branch of Family 8 (and thence, according to Borgnis, to Family 4). Unfortunately, the D'Arcy records of their influential Sedbury stud have never surfaced, and in 1968 Borgnis was assured by Ernest Hutton, a Hutton descendant and authority on sporting pictures, that the Hutton records had "moldered away in out-buildings at Marske."

The first entry for this family in the General Stud Book is for a mare by Young Marske, bred by John Hutton, who produced nine foals recorded therein. Her dam was by Brother to Silvio, a bay horse by Cade from Mab, a mare by Hobgoblin (a grandson of the Darley Arabian) bred by the Huttons. Silvio (1754) and his brother (17--) were both bred at Marske; Silvio was a good race horse, and Mab won 100 guineas in a race at Hambleton in 1747. The bay Young Marske (1771), by the Hutton-bred Marske, was purchased after his racing career from the Duke of Grafton, and stood at the Hutton stud.

The Young Marske mare's grandam was the elusive sister to Stripling, probably born in the late 1740s or early 1750s; all that is known is that her brother was running in 1751, and that they were by Hutton's Spot (1728), who was bred at Marske. Hutton's Spot was a grey horse by Hartley's Blind Horse, out of a mare by Surley; Surley (1708), also grey, by Hutton's Grey Barb, also was bred at Marske.

The family descends to the present through a daughter of the Young Marske mare, Farewell, a bay filly born in 1792, by Slope, a moderately popular stallion in the 1790s. Farewell ran in the north; in 1797 she was beaten in a race at Newcastle by Diamond, the latter later going on to beat the famous Hambletonian.

Sister to Stripling's Known Produce:

Mare by Brother to Silvio. Dam of
  f. Mare by Young Marske. Dam of
    c. (1791) by Boudrow
    f. Farewell (1792) by Slope.
    c. (1793) by Drone
    c. (1794) by Boudrow
    c. Latitat (1795) by Stride
    f. Mare (1796) by Antaeus
    c. Takamahaka (1797) by Pipator
    c. (1800) by St. George
    c. Markhall (1804) by Expectation.


Family #16 Oaks Winners

Sceptre Pia
Sceptre Pia Photo © Gerald Segasby
Sleeping Partner Fair Salinia
Sleeping Partner
Photo © Gerald Segasby
Fair Salinia
Photo © Gerald Segasby

1883 BONNY JEAN b.f. 1880
(Macaroni - Bonnie Agnes)

1889 L'ABBESSE DE JOUARRE bl.f. 1886
(Trappist - Festive)

1902 SCEPTRE b.f. 1899
(Persimmon - Ornament)

1917 SUNNY JANE ch.f. 1914
(Sunstar - Maid of the Mist)

1965 LONG LOOK b.f. 1962
(Ribot - Santorin)

1967 PIA br.f. 1964
(Darius - Peseta)

1969 SLEEPING PARTNER gr.f. 1966
(Parthia - Old Dutch)

1978 FAIR SALINIA b.f. 1975
(Petingo - Fair Arabella)

Family #16 Derby Winners

St. Gatien Ormonde
St. Gatien Ormonde
Papyrus BoisRoussel
Papyrus Bois Roussel
Crepello Hard Ridden
Crepello Hard Ridden

1884 (tie) ST. GATIEN b.c. 1881
(The Rover - St. Editha)

1886 ORMONDE b.c. 1883
(Bend Or - Lily Agnes)

1915 POMMERN b.c. 1912
(Polymelus - Merry Agnes)

1923 PAPYRUS b.c. 1920
(Tracery - Miss Matty)

1935 BAHRAM b.c. 1932
(Blandford - Friar's Daughter)

1938 BOIS ROUSSEL br.c. 1935
(Vatout - Plucky Liege)

1947 PEARL DIVER b.c. 1944
(Vatellor - Pearl Cap)

1957 CREPELLO ch.c. 1954
(Donatello - Crepuscule)

1958 HARD RIDDEN b.c. 1955
(Hard Sauce - Toute Belle)

1963 RELKO b.c. 1960
(Tanerko - Relance)

1985 SLIP ANCHOR b.c. 1982
(Shirley Heights - Sayonara)

2007 AUTHORIZED b.c. 2004
(Montjeu - Funsie)

Family #16 St. Leger Winners

Troutbeck Pommern
Troutbeck Pommern
Bahram Commanche Run
Bahram Commanche Run

1886 ORMONDE b.c. 1883
(Bend Or - Lily Agnes)

1902 SCEPTRE b.f. 1899
(Persimmon - Ornament)

1906 TROUTBECK b.c. 1903
(Ladas - Rydal Mount)

1915 POMMERN b.c. 1912
(Polymelus - Merry Agnes)

1935 BAHRAM b.c. 1932
(Blandford - Friar's Daughter)

1984 COMMANCHE RUN b.c. 1981
(Run the Gauntlet - Volley)

Family #16 Other Family Members

Craig an Eran
Craig an Eran
Dream Well
Dream Well
Image Courtesy APRH
Holy Bull
Holy Bull
Image Courtesy Tony Leonard
Lily Agnes
Lily Agnes
Little Current
Little Current
Image Courtesy Tony Leonard
Pearl Diver
Pearl Diver
St. Germans
St. Germans

Broomstick b. c. 1901
(Ben Brush - Elf)
Short-backed, plain-headed, with "the broad flat legs of the Bonnie Scotland sort that for fifty years has made the famous son of old Queen Mary a synonym for soundness." Won fourteen races, including the Great American and Expectation Stakes at age 2, and the Brighton Handicap at age 3, in a famous stretch battle with Irish Lad that "brought twenty-five thousand people to their feet." Leading sire for three consecutive years, his offspring won over 1140 races, his best included Cudgel (Brooklyn Handicap, sire); Whisk Broom (Victoria Cup and Select Stakes in England; Metropolitan, Brooklyn and Suburban Handicaps in U.S., sire of Upset, John P. Grier, Victorian); Regret (first filly to win the Kentucky Derby); Wildair (Metropolitan Handicap and others, sire of Canter); Swinging (dam of Equipoise).

Chateaugay ch. c. 1960
(Swaps - Banquet Bell)
Champion 3 year old in the U.S., beating the best in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, runner up in the Preakness; other wins included the Blue Grass Stakes, Jerome Handicap. "Gone in the wind," he had a laryngotomy at age 2. Sired only 118 foals, among them True Knight (Suburban Handicap), and some good daughters such as Delray Dancer (dam of Zacchio), Fair Arabella (dam of Fair Salinia), Cheateaucreek (dam of Henbit), and Chateaupavia (second dam of Grindstone). He was later sent to Japan. His dam also produced his sister, Primonetta (see below)

Craig an Eran b. c. 1918
(Sunstar - Maid of the Mist)
Good race horse and sire, he won the 2,000 Guineas, St. James Palace Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes, barely beaten in the Derby by Humorist, whose win was attributed to the superior riding of his jockey Steve Donoghue. In the stud he got Mon Talisman, top of his generation in France and sire of Clairvoyant (Prix du Jockey Club - Grand Prix de Paris dual winner); April the Fifth (Derby Stakes); the high-class runner Admiral Drake (leading sire and leading broodmare sire in France); Nuwara Eliya (Park Hill Stakes, Newmarket Stakes); Silver Mist (dam of Sol Oriens, Meadow, Sun Mist).

Dastur b. c. 1929
(Solario - Friar's Daughter)
Won the Woodcote Stakes at age 2, among others; at age 3, winner of the Irish Derby, King Edward VII Stakes, Ascot and Sussex Stakes, and "bridesmaid" in the English Triple Crown, placing second in all three of those races; at age 4 he won the Coronation Cup. His best son was Umidad (Ascot Gold Cup and Dewhurst Stakes); also sired Suntop (2,000 Guineas and Irish Oaks); Dhoti (sire in Australian); Grand Weather (2,000 Guineas in Ireland). He was better as a broodmare sire: Dasaratha, dam of Irish St. Leger and Champion Stakes winner Do Well and of Nashua, Irish 2,000 Guineas winner; Yasna, dam of Darius (July Stakes, 2,000 Guineas, St. James Palace Stakes, Eclipse Stakes); Firefall, dam of Unknown Quantity (Yorkshire Oaks); Overture, dam of Sea Symphony (Irish 2,000 Guineas); Dodoma, dam of Diableretta (Queen Mary Stakes and July Stakes), and others.

Dream Well b.c. 1995
(Sadler's Wells - Soul Dream)
French-bred and trained horse won both the Prix du Jockey Club and the Irish Derby; he also won the grade 3 Prix Gontaut Biron and ran second in the Breeders' Cup Turf Classic. Retired to stud in Japan.

Favelon b.c. 1996
(Allannon - Devil's Zephyr)
Descended from Miss Matty, the dam of Papyrus, he was champion Australian sprinter in 2001 and 2002.

Golden Miller b. g. 1927
(Goldcourt - Miller's Pride)
Only horse to win both the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year, and won the Gold Cup in five succcessive years. Considered by many to be the "Steeplechaser of the Century."

Herbager b. c. 1956
(Vandale - Flagette)
Top 3 year old in France, he won the Prix du Jockey Club, the Prix Greffulhe, Prix Hocquart, and others--fractured his pastern during the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Stood in France, then sent to the U.S. His good ones included Appiani II (Derby Italiano, sire of Star Appeal); Grey Dawn (Grand Criterium, Brandywine Turf Handicap, sire of Vigors); Gleaming (Hialeah Turf Cup (twice)); Our Mims (Champion 3 year old filly); Sea Hawk II (unbeaten 2 year old in France); Ballade (dam of Devil's Bag, Saint Ballado, Glorious Song).

Holy Bull gr. c. 1991
(Great Above - Sharon Brown)
Undefeated at age 2, including the Belmont Futurity; at age 3, won the Florida Derby, Woodward Stakes, Travers Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap and other races on his way to U.S. Horse of the Year title; at age 4 was the high-weighted sprinter, and won the Olympic Handicap. To date, his best offspring are Macho Uno (Champion 2 year old colt in U.S.); Turnofthecentury (grade 2 stakes winner) Confessional (Frizette Stakes); Holywood Picture (Santa Ysabel Stakes, Black Swan Stakes).

Kendal ch. c. 1883
(Bend Or - Windermere)
Very good two year old who won six of his eight races, including the July Stakes and the Rous Memorial Stakes, breaking down in the latter race which terminated his career. Leading sire in England, then sent to Argentina's Haras Ojo de Agua, to replace Gay Hermit. His best offspring included Galtee More (English Triple Crown winner and sire of German sire Fervor); Tredennis (top sire of such horses as Bachelor's Double, Wet Kiss, Soldennis); Blairfinde (Irish Derby). In South America, a significant sire, he got such horses as Ercildoune, top sire in Uruguay; Lindal, ancestress of top racehorse MacŪn; Floreal (G.P. Nacional, sire of top runners in Chile); Bronce (classic winner of the Pellegrini and others); Casiopea (classic winner of the Jockey Club and OlavarrĢa); Marte, winner of twenty four races and top sire of sprinters in Chile; Pinche, winner of the Internacional in Chile.

Lily Agnes b. f. 1871
(Macaroni - Polly Agnes)
Good racemare and top broodmare, dam of unbeaten English Triple Crown champion Ormonde, Ornament, dam of Sceptre, and other good racehorses.

Little Current ch. c. 1971
(Sea Bird - Luiana)
Tall, rangy chestnut won four of sixteen races at ages 2 and 3, including the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, he was boxed in during the Kentucky Derby and ran unplaced. Sired 29 stakes winners from 385 foals, but generally considered a non-success at stud. His dam was half-sister to Chateaugay and Primonetta.

Martagon b. c. 1887
(Bend Or - Tiger Lily)
Won the Ascot Gold Cup and the Goodwood Cup in his ninteen races. At stud he got Oaks winner Snow Marten, stayer Mintagon (Cesarewitch); Mazagon (Goodwood Cup, Jockey Club Cup); Martian (top sire in Australasia); Marliacea (Park Hil Stakes, dam of Wild Arum); Buckwheat (Duke of York Stakes, sire of Waffles, dam of Manna and other winners); Magic (Goodwood Cup, beating Bayardo).

Miswaki ch. c. 1978
(Mr. Prospector - Hopespringseternal)
Fair racehorse, won Prix de la Salamandre in France and the Charles Hatton Stakes and Belmont Fall Highweight Handicap in the U.S., in all six wins in 14 starts. Highly successful sire in the U.S., and a leading broodmare sire, offspring include Black Tie Affair, Umatilla, Marvelous Crown, Kistena, Misil, Urban Sea, Allied Forces, Diligene, and many more, accounting for 97 stakes winners, since put in the stud in 1983. He died in December, 2004.

Molvedo br. c. 1958
(Ribot - Maggiolina)
Champion European three year old, his wins included the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Gran Premio del Jockey Club, the Gran Criterium (age 2). In Italy, leading sire three times, and leading sire of broodmares twice.

Noor br. c. 1945
(Nasrullah - Queen of Baghdad)
Ran in top company at ages 2 and 3 in England, won the Diomed Stakes and the Great Foals Stakes, but didn't place in the classics. Sent to the U.S. to run at age 4, where he found the footing more to his liking, winning the San Juan Capistrano Handicap in a world record, the Santa Anita Handicap, another world record, and the Forty-Niners Handicap, also a world record--in each race he beat Citation; he won the U.S. championship for Handicap Horse of the Year. Not a success at stud, still, got Noor's Image, dam of Dancer's Image; In Reserve long-running handicap mare; Beautillon (dam of Delta Judge) and Yours, champion sprinter in France.

Ornament b. f. 1887
(Bend Or - Lily Agnes)
Good broodmare produced useful racehorse Star Ruby (sire of Grand National winner Rubio), stakes-placed Labrador, Hardwicke Stakes winner Collar, Brooch (ancestress of La Troienne), and the great racemare Sceptre.

Ortello ch. c. 1926
(Teddy - Hollebeck)
Handsome successful racing son of Teddy was the winner of four races at 2, and at age 3 won the Prix de l'Arc deTriomphe (beating Kantar and the top German horse Oleander), and a number of top races in Italy, including the Gran Premio d' Italia (track record), Gran Premio del Fascio, Gran Premio di Milano. Retired to the Haras de Gornate, where he stood until the death of his owner, then purchased to the U.S. Very successful sire in Italy, his good younsters included Derby winner and sire Ugolino de Sienna; Fiume, winner of the Grand Criterium; Vezzano, winner of the Italian Derby, the Gran Premio de Mil·n, and the Gran Internacional d'Ostende; Sirte (G.P. de Mil·n, later sire of steeplechasers in the U.S.); Zucarello (Premio Chiusura and Jockey Club); Torbido (Italian Derby); Nervesa (Italian Oaks and good producer); Macherio (top of his generation, winner of the G.P. de Mil·n and the Italian St. Leger, later good sire in France); Staffa (Italian Oaks and dam of two Italian classic winners).

Pearl Diver b. c. 1944
(Vatellor - Pearl Cap)
Tall 16.2 hand horse won the Prix Matchem and the Epsom Derby Stakes. Did not do well at stud, later sent to Japan. Daughter Niobe was a good sprinter in Germany, winning 8 races.

Petition b/br. c. 1944
(Fair Trial - Art Paper)
Good juvenile, winning 4 races including the Champagne Stakes, Richmond Stakes, and New Stakes. At age 3, injured himself in the 2,000 guineas; his only win that year the Hurst Park Henry VIII Stakes. At age 4 won the Victoria Cup and the Eclipse Stakes. He was described as "totally without vice and lives every day giving the impression of complete abandonment to the joys of living." Almost always in the top ten leading sires list, he headed it in 1959; some of his good foals were Petite Etoile (undefeated at 3); Day Court (Hawthorne Gold Cup); Wayne (leading 2 year old in France); Petingo (unbeaten 2 year old, leading sire in England in 1979), and many others.

Plucky Liege b. f. 1912
(Spearmint - Concertina)
One of the world's most significant broodmares, dam of prepotent stallions: Admiral Drake, Bois Roussel, Bull Dog, Sir Gallahad III, Bel Aethel, Quatre Bras II, and producers Marguerite de Valois, Diane de Poitiers, and Noor Jahan.

Primonetta ch. f. 1958
(Swaps - Banquet Bell)
Champion 3 year old filly in the U.S., won seventeen of her twenty-five races, including the Alabama Stakes, Delaware Oaks, Prioress Stakes. She was also a good producer of six winners from seven foals, including Maud Muller (Gazelle Handicap) and Cum Lalude Laurie (Delaware Oaks, Beldame Stakes). Sister to Chateaugay (see above).

Relko b. c. 1960
(Tanerko - Relance III)
One of Relance III's good offspring, showed promise at age 2 with two wins; at age 3 won the French St. Leger, the French 2,000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby Stakes, among others. Unbeaten at age 4, winner of the Coronation Cup, Grand Prix St. Cloud and others. Good sire of such horses as Relkino, winner of the York Gold Cup, the Ascot Two Thousand Guineas Trial Stakes and others; the good stakes winner Royalty; Tierceron (Italian St. Leger, Gran Premio d' Italia, Gran Premio del Jockey Club); Mia Pola, a top race filly in France; Breton (Champion 2 year old in France); Give Thanks (Irish Oaks); John French (sire in Australia).

Sardanapale br. c. 1911
(Prestige - Gemma)
Successful racehorse, won eleven races, including the Prix Yacowlef and Prix Morny at age 2; at age 3, he won the Prix du Jockey Club (beating Derby winner Durbar II) and the Grand Prix de Paris in a thrilling battle with La Farina, among other top races. Leading sire in France twice, his significant offspring included Apelle (Italian Derby, Gran Premio di Milano, Coronation Cup and others); Balmoral (Prix du Conseil, top sire of jumpers in France); Fiterari (Grand Prix de Paris); Doniazade (Prix de Diane), Kant (French 2000 Guineas); Likka (dam of Astronomie); Bird Loose, dam of Black Maria; Dis Donc (sire of Top Flight); Sekhmet, dam of Segula (dam of Nashua); Forteresse, dam of Broker's Tip; Filante, dam of Flivver and Fenelon; Agnes Sard, dam of Peanuts and all her "Agnes" daughters; Zariba, dam of Goya II and L' Esperance.

Saumarez b. c. 1987
(Rainbow Quest - Fiesta Fun)
Good French-bred racehorse, winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Prix de Paris, and two other races. To date, sire of 193 foals, 11 stakes winners, including Stretarez (Prix Vicomtesse Vigier, Ormonde Stakes); Steward (G.P. de Chantilly and others); Silver Fun (Prix de Malleret).

St. Germans b. c. 1921
(Swynford - Hamoaze)
Won the Doncaster Cup and Coronation Cup and nine other races, ages 2 to 4. Sent to stud in the U.S., had problems with fertility and got only 180 foals, which included 23 stakes winners, among them the infertile Kentucky Derby winner Twenty Grand. Also sired Bold Venture (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, sire of Assault); the long-running winner Devil Diver (Metropolitan Handicap (three times), Toboggan Handicap (twice) and others), and other good runners in the U.S.

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