Submitted by bbouyea on Wed, Jul 14 2021 10:24 am
Champion 2-year-old of 1902 brought Harry Payne Whitey and Herman B. Duryea to prominence in American racing
By Brien Bouyea
Hall of Fame and Communications Director
Harry Payne Whitney was just starting to dabble in thoroughbred racing when he purchased the promising colt Irish Lad in partnership with Herman B. Duryea in the spring of 1902. Bred by H. Eugene Leigh, Irish Lad was sold to John E. Madden as a yearling in the fall of 1901 for $2,550. Madden meticulously prepared Irish Lad for the races and received a healthy return on his investment when he resold the horse to Whitney and Duryea for $17,500.