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Salvator

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Salvator, from a Currier and Ives print (NMR Collection)
Salvator
Induction Year: 
1955
Foaled: 
1886
Breeder: 
Daniel Swigert
Owner: 
James Ben Ali Haggin
Trainer: 
Matthew Byrnes
Sire: 
Prince Charlie
Dam: 
Salina
Damsire: 
Lexington
Career Years: 
1888-1890
Starts: 
19
First: 
16
Second: 
1
Third: 
1
Earnings: 
$113,240.00

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Bio

The top horse in America in 1889 and 1890, Salvator won 16 of his final 17 career starts to secure his legacy as one of the finest thoroughbreds of the 19th century.

 

Bred in Kentucky by Daniel Swigert at Elmendorf Farm, Salvator was purchased as a yearling by James Ben Ali Haggin for $4,500 and turned over to trainer Matthew Byrnes. A big, handsome chestnut, the horse was originally named Effendi, but was later renamed Salvator after Haggin’s valet.

 

After losing his first two starts, Salvator was almost perfect the remainder of his career. As a 2-year-old in 1888, he won the Flatbush Stakes, Maple Stakes, Tuckahoe Stakes and Titan Stakes.

 

Salvator was the undisputed champion as a 3-year-old in 1889. He won the Tidal Stakes then defeated Tenny in the Lawrence Realization, giving him 13 pounds. He also won the Lorillard Stakes, Jersey Handicap and September Stakes that year and finished with a ledger of 7-0-1 from eight starts and earnings of $70,450.

 

At 4, Salvator was undefeated in five starts and reached the peak of his fame. Under 127 pounds, he won the Suburban by a neck with Tenny third, then beat Tenny by a nose in the 1¼-mile match race in American-record time of 2:05. After a walkover in the Monmouth Cup, he again defeated Tenny, this time by four lengths in the 1½-mile Champion Stakes. In his final start, Salvator set an American record of 1:35⅖ over the mile straight course at Monmouth Park. The mark stood for 28 years.

 

Salvator was retired with a career record of 16-1-1 from 19 starts and earnings of $113,240. At the time of his retirement, only Hanover and Miss Woodford had earned more. Salvator sired 14 stakes winners, including 1902 Futurity winner Savable. In 1909, Salvator was exhibited in Kentucky at the Woodford County Fair. He died that year on Sept. 22 at the age of 23.

 

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