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Whisk Broom II

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Whisk Broom II (Keeneland-Cook)
Whisk Broom II
Induction Year: 
1979
Foaled: 
1907
Breeder: 
Sam S. Brown
Owner: 
Harry Payne Whitney
Trainer: 
A. Jack Joyner overseas; James G. Rowe, Sr.
Sire: 
Broomstick
Dam: 
Audience
Damsire: 
Sir Dixon
Career Years: 
19019-1913
Starts: 
26
First: 
10
Second: 
7
Third: 
1
Earnings: 
$37,931.00

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Bio

Whisk Broom II raced with some distinction in England, but it was his three scintillating performances in America — becoming the first horse to sweep the New York Handicap Triple Crown — that earned him lasting acclaim.

 

Bred in Kentucky at Senorita Stud Farm by Sam S. Brown, Whisk Broom II was a rich golden chestnut with great size (16.3 hands) and a powerful build. Purchased by Harry Payne Whitney, the son of Broomstick was sent to England to race as a 2-year-old with trainer A. Jack Joyner. Whisk Broom II broke his maiden in his second career, start, winning the Prince of Wales Plate at York. He made decent success in England, adding wins in  the Trial Stakes at Ascot, Select Stakes at Newmarket, Salford Borough Handicap at Manchester, Peril of the Peak Handicap at Derby and the Victoria Cup Handicap at Hurst Park.

 

In the spring of 1913, Whitney brought Whisk Broom II to his Brookmeade Farm in Kentucky to prepare for the Metropolitan Handicap with new trainer James Rowe, Sr. Carrying 126 pounds in the Metropolitan, Whisk Broom II defeated G. M. Miller by 1½ lengths. Saddled with 130 pounds in the Brooklyn Handicap, Whisk Broom II again defeated G. M. Miller by 1½ lengths. In the Suburban, Whisk Broom II delivered one the great performances in the annals of American racing. Under 139 pounds — 27 more than the runner-up — Whisk Broom II defeated Lahore by a half-length. He covered the 1¼ miles at Belmont Park in 2:00 flat, breaking every record for the distance.

 

Of the Suburban effort by Whisk Broom II, the Thoroughbred Record stated: “It was a test of speed, courage and stamina, and he answered each of the questions. He felt the sting of the whip in the stretch and though he had carried his great burden at a heartbreaking pace from the start he came  again under the urging and at the end it was apparent that he would hold his advantage indefinitely. He was the master of his company.”

 

Retired to stud after the Suburban, Whisk Broom II sired Kentucky Derby winner Whiskery, Preakness winner Victorian and champion colt Whiskaway. Whisk Broom II was also the damsire of Seabiscuit. Whisk Broom II died in 1928 at the age of 28.

 

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