Domino with regular rider, Fred Taral up
Bred by Major Barak Thomas in 1891, Domino was sired by Himyar out of the mare Mannie Gray, by Enquirer. Foxhall Keene purchased Domino for $3,000 and turned him over to trainer Billy Lakeland for conditioning.
Following the demise of heat racing in the 1880's, greater emphasis was placed on speed rather than the endurance needed to compete in a day's competition of eight to twenty miles. Domino was one of the earliest speed horses.
Unbeaten at two, Domino won the Great Trial, Matron, and The Futurity. He also established an earnings record that was not surpassed for 38 years. At 3 Domino defeated Henry of Navarre in the Withers Mile and won the Flying Stakes, Ocean Handicap, and Culver Stakes.
Shortly after winning the Culver Stakes, Domino was sent to Gravesend to run a match with Henry of Navarre. The two horses came across the finish line together and the race was declared a tie. The two horses were so tired that their owners split the purse money rather than run their colts again.
Domino only sired 19 foals but had significant influence on the breed. His name appears in the pedigree of many American Thoroughbreds today. From Domino's foals came 8 stakes winners, an astonishing 42% when the average is 3%.
Domino was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1955.
Domino's Futurity by Henry Stull