Directum I, by Directum Kelly-Izetta R., was foaled in 1907 at East View Stock Farm, New York and owned by James Butler. As a four-year-old he made his debut and a year later he proved a sensation. In 1915 he was purchased by M. E. Sturgis and entered the stable of Thomas Murphy with a record of 2:00. At Syracuse Directum I paced his fastest mile, 1:56 3/4. The next year he was sold at public auction to S. S. Shurter of Ellenville, New York for $3,200, raced until he was twelve and then was retired to stud. After that he was passed to various owners and died at the farm of John Lucas in Shinnston, West Virginia in 1934. Directum I's only opportunity for breeding good mares had come in 1928, when Bancroft Farm of Avella, Pennsylvania leased him for one year.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals