peter the great
This 1895 son of Pilot Medium and Santos, Peter The Great was owned by D. D. Streeter, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He did not amount to much as a racehorse until he was three years old, having been sick and lame, but he won the Kentucky Futurity that year by twenty lengths. Three months later he was purchased by J. Malcolm Forbes for $15,000. He was raced again and was a sensation but unreliable and as a result was an outcast. Peter The Great's first offspring, Sadie Mac, was unbeaten in 1903, thus making him famous as a sire. He was then owned by W. E. D. Stokes and stood at Patchen Wilkes Farm in Kentucky until 1906, when he was purchased for $50,000 by T. D. Taggart of Laurel Hall Farm, Indianapolis, Indiana. Peter The Great sired 498 trotters and 163 pacers with Standard records. He died at Laurel Hall in 1923 at age 28.
Taggert Farm, French Lick, IN
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals