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Haggin, James Ben Ali (1821 - 1914)

Breeder (B)

Associated Places:  Rancho del Paso Stud, California USA

Description:

Born in Mercer County, Kentucky, James Haggin (as indicated by his full name) was of English, Irish, Turkish and Greek extraction. After leaving school he studied law and founded his own firm which prospered. He bought 44,000 acres in Sacremento which at first he used for sheep and then for trotting horses and later he turned to thoroughbreds. James Haggin also owned Elmendorf Farm, near Lexington, Kentucky.

Rubio was by Sceptre's half brother, Star Ruby, who stood at Haggin's stud in America, and James Haggin sent over a batch of yearlings to be sold in England. Rubio made a paltry sum at the time. Other good winners bred and owned by James Haggin included Salvator, Ben Ali, Firenze and King Fox.

Important successes:

Grand National
Rubio   1908   (B)
 

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