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Foaled: 1909    Died: 1924
Sire: Rock Sand    Dam: Topiary
Dam Sire: Orme    Sex: Horse
Colour: Brown   


August Belmont II


John Watson


August Belmont II
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

St Leger
1912  George Bellhouse
Other major race(s)
(featuring people in this database)
1912  St James Palace Stakes, Royal Ascot   Daniel Maher
1913  Eclipse Stakes, Sandown   Albert Whalley
1913  Champion Stakes, Newmarket   Albert Whalley


Although Tracery was foaled in America, both his sire and dam were bred and raced in England, and went over to the USA together on the same ship. Their owner, August Belmont II, decided to campaign horses in England due to the anti-betting laws in his country, and sent the colt to John Watson who trained for the Rothschild family and their friends (and the Belmonts and Rothschilds went back a long way). Tracery, an eye-catching horse, was backward but made his debut in the Epsom Derby, running with great credit to finish third. He then won at Royal Ascot and took the St Leger, and the following season won the Eclipse and Champion Stakes. He ran in the Ascot Gold Cup, but an idiot with a pistol ran out onto the course and brought Tracery down, leaving the favourite Prince Palatine to come home as he pleased.

At stud Tracery did well, getting Papyrus (Derby), The Panther (2000 Guineas), Transvaal (Grand Prix de Paris) and that wonderful sire of steeplechasers, Cottage. In 1920, Tracery was sold to Argentina, but was repatriated by an English syndicate after his son Papyrus won the Derby.

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