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Myrtlewood

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Myrtlewood (The Blood-Horse)
Myrtlewood
Induction Year: 
1979
Foaled: 
1934
Breeder: 
Brownell Combs
Owner: 
Brownell Combs
Trainer: 
R. A. Kindred
Sire: 
Blue Larkspur
Dam: 
Frizeur
Damsire: 
Sweeper
Career Years: 
1934-1936
Starts: 
22
First: 
15
Second: 
4
Third: 
2
Earnings: 
$40,620.00

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Bio

Bred and raced by Brownell Combs, Myrtlewood set or equaled five track records and was recognized as champion sprinter and champion older female in 1926.

 

A bay daughter of Blue Larkspur out of the Sweeper mare Frizeur, broke her maiden in her career debut on June 8, 1934 at Latonia and won two of four starts as a juvenile.

 

As a 3-year-old in 1935, Myrtlewood set the American record for six furlongs in 1:09⅖. When Clang equaled the American record for seven furlongs and set a track record at 6½, a match race was proposed by the management at Hawthorne at six furlongs. Myrtlewood had already defeated the gelding three times and she did so once again, winning by a nose. Another six-furlong match was arranged 17 days later at Cincinnati and Clang won this time by a nose, lowering Myrtlewood’s American record by one-fifth of a second.

 

As a 4-year-old, Myrtlewood won seven stakes races and set track records at Detroit in the Motor City and Cadillac handicaps. Myrtlewood then won the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland and closed out her career on a six-race win streak with a victory against Miss Merriment in a match race also at Keeneland.

 

Myrtlewood was retired with a record of 15-4-2 from 22 starts and earnings of $40,620. She produced the champion Durazna and Kentucky Oaks winner Miss Dogwood. Myrtlewood died on March 17, 1950 at Spendthrift Farm at the age of 18.  

 

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