The reality of my previous header pic, a wintry wonderland of snow and ice, was too chilling for someone who spent eight hours outside in the snow and ice several days last week. So I changed to a photo of historic Senorita Stock Farm, which was owned by Capt. Samuel S. Brown.
Brown was a native of Pittsburgh who inherited and then enlarged a considerable fortune in coal. He owned a farm north of Lexington named for his favorite mare, and the property is now the site of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Among Brown’s more notable accomplishments were being a member of the Kentucky Association racetrack in Lexington, a founding member of the Brooklyn Jockey Club that built Gravesend racetrack in New York, and a leading owner and breeder.
Brown owned two Kentucky Derby winners: Buchanan (1884) and Agile (1905). But Brown’s best racer was either Troubadour, winner of the 1886 Suburban Handicap and sire of 1893 Kentucky Derby winner Lookout, or Broomstick, a hardy racehorse who won 13 of 39 starts, including the Travers Stakes. A son of Ben Brush, Broomstick was small and hardy, racing from 1903 through 1905.
Brown died in Dec. 1905, and Broomstick stood at Senorita Stock farm for three seasons until he and the other Brown bloodstock were dispersed in 1908. Harry Payne Whitney purchased Broomstick at that auction and placed him at Brookdale Farm in New Jersey.
From his early crops at Senorita Stock Farm, Broomstick sired 1911 Kentucky Derby winner Meridian, 1912 2,000 Guineas winner Sweeper II, and Whisk Broom II, who won what became known as the Handicap Triple Crown. From Broomstick’s later crops, when mated with the outstanding broodmare band that Whitney had accumulated, came such stars at 1915 Kentucky Derby winner Regret.
In all, Broomstick sired approximately 25 percent stakes winners from foals, and he was the leading sire in 1913-1914-1915. Broomstick was in the top 10 leading sires from 1910 to 1927.
The great sire died at age 30 in 1931.