TJ's on a roll. The answer is indeed Sir Martin, the American champion 2-year-old of 1908 and the fallen favorite in the 1909 Derby Stakes. John Madden considered Sir Martin and Grey Lag to be the best horses he ever bred.
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1/25/2016 07:51:39 pm
Madden was indeed "The Wizard of the Turf" -- I just finished reading Kent Hollingsworth's bio of him. He also did quite a bit with Standardbreds in his early days and applied some of what he'd learned with the trotters to Thoroughbreds. At least grandson Preston Madden seems to have been happier than his father and uncle.
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