Roamer with James Butwell up
Roamer was sired by a farm teaser out of a blind mare. Legend says that either the sire or the mare jumped the fence---giving rise to the name Roamer. In either case, perseverance was clearly in his background.
Roamer had excellent speed and weight-carrying abilities. As the leading money earner of 1914, he placed in the money in 15 out of his 16 starts and set five track records. Notable wins included the Washington and the Carter Handicaps, Brooklyn Derby, and the Travers Stakes. Roamer went on to win the Saratoga Cup three times. At 7 he broke Salvator's mile record to become the first horse to run the mile in 1:34 4/5.
In 1919 Roamer's owner, Andrew Miller, died of a heart attack. In a strange coincidence, a few hours later Roamer slipped on the ice, broke his leg, and had to be put down.
Roamer was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1981.
Roamer defeats Borrow in the Carter Handicap