Hall of Fame, Horses

Roamer
Bay gelding foaled in 1911. Died in 1920. By Knight Errant-Rose Tree II, by Bona Vista

Inducted:1981
Breeder:Clay Brothers
Owner:Andrew Miller
Trainer:Jack Goldsborough

Race History
YearAgeStartsFirstSecondThirdEarned
1913217461$8,480
19143161212$29,105
1915413810$15,320
1916513161$5,705
1917617742$16,501
1918716662$21,950
191986121$1,767
 Totals:9839269$98,828

Roamer with James Butwell up
©Keeneland-Cook

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
©Keeneland-Cook

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