The son of Electioneer and Beautiful Bells, Chimes was foaled in 1884 at Palo Alto Farm, California. At age two he came east to race and was bought by C. J. Hamlin of Village Farm, East Aurora, New York for $12,000, a high price at that time for an unmarked two-year-old. At three, Chimes was so good that most of the competition was scared off. He soon began a most successful career at stud spent almost entirely at the Village Farm. Two of his sons, The Abbott and The Monk, broke many world records. Chimes died at age twenty-six in Salem, New Jersey.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals