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Foaled: 1878    Died: 1899
Sire: Leamington    Dam: Maggie B.B.
Dam Sire: Australian    Sex: Horse
Colour: Brown   


Aristides Welch


Jacob Pincus


Pierre Lorillard
Iroquois with Frederick Archer up
Iroquois with Frederick Archer up
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

1881  Frederick Archer
St Leger
1881  Frederick Archer


Iroquois, who stood only 15.2 1/2 hands high, was the first American-bred horse to win the Derby. He was amongst a number of yearlings sent by his owner, Pierre Lorillard, to England to be trained by his trainer Jacob Pincus at Newmarket.

Successful in twelve races over all, Iroquois won four contests as a two-year-old and, at three, when still not at his best, was runner-up in the 2000 Guineas. This performance was noted by Frederick Archer, who asked if he could ride the colt in the Derby. Having the best jockey probably made the cruicial difference, and Iroquois and Archer beat the favourite rather cleverly by a neck at Epsom.

Iroquois won seven races that season, including twice at Ascot and the St Leger in spite of rumours that he was over the top. He did not run at all at four and at five won at Stockbridge. He returned to the country of his birth as a stallion, but despite heading the Sire's list in the USA in 1892, he was not the outstanding success expected by his connections.

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