The following anecdotes about the famous 19th century racer Hindoo come from a column written in The Kentucky Farmer and Breeder published March 13, 1908. These are the second group of selections.
In yesterday’s final note, Hindoo had destroyed the buggy of a man who had stubbornly refused to move out of the path when the colt was returning from the track. There was also damage to Hindoo, as the following details.
“The laugh is on us,” said [trainer James] Rowe, a few moments later, when he found that Hindoo had severely cut himself while demolishing the farmer’s rig. The horse had been none too sound before this display of temper and these injuries finished him so far as racing was concerned. He was never afterward seen at the post.
This Saratoga exhibition was only one of many such of which Hindoo was guilty. In his day there were many more difficulties in the shipping of horses than now exist and it was necessary, for the most part, to lead the horses from one track to the other. Hindoo could never be depended upon during these expeditions.
It was when he was being led along the road preparatory to being shipped to Lexington that he ran foul of an old German who was pushing a hand cart loaded with bread. The boys all warned him off frantically, but with stolid stubbornness he paid no attention and kept on his way. As was the case later at Saratoga, Hindoo cunningly waited until nicely within range and when he was through with that push cart there was a shower of newly baked bread scattered for a block.