From Emily White’s blog
This story starts with the son of two English Triple Crown winners. He only won one race, but John O’Gaunt left much more of a mark on Thoroughbred history than just that. His sire was Isinglass, the magnificent nearly undefeated horse whose other son Star Shoot would sire the very first American Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton. In 1900, they sent the Filly Triple Crown winner La Fleche to Isinglass; she produced the weak-legged bay John O’Gaunt the spring after that. He was offered at auction, but buyers were put off by his poor conformation. It affected his racing; he only raced seven times. In the Derby of 1904, an impressive thunderstorm rumbled the course. John O’Gaunt finished second that day, supposedly unsettled by the clamor.
He stood the majority of his stud career at Blink Bonny Stud, but was moved twice after 1919. In 1924, his euthanization was ordered…
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