2020 Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings, and Sculpture

3| Thomas James Scott (American, 1824-1888)

Ban Fox

Signed & inscribed 1885

Oil on canvas, 16" x 23"

$2000. - $4000.

Signed & inscribed 1885

Ban Fox was a champion 2-year-old bred by Major Barak G. Thomas at Dixiana Stud Farm in Kentucky. Purchased by Jack Chinn and subsequently by J.B. Haggin, Ban Fox, a great grandson of Lexington, was one of the great racehorses of his day. He sired only two foals before his death, one of which was the mighty Montana, winner of the Suburban Handicap and the Lorillard and Carteret stakes. ?The famous colt Ban Fox, foaled 1883, by King Ban, dam Maude Hampton died of peritonitis March 30 at Rancho del Paso. He was bred by B G Thomas, Dixiana Ky., and purchased in 1884 by Jack Chinn for $1,500. He was the best two-year-old of 1885. He started eight times that year and won five of the events. At Latonia he won a purse from a field of thirteen. At St. Louis he won the Horse Traders Stake from a field of four. At Chicago he won the Hyde Park Stakes from a field of sixteen. He carried off the Saratoga Stakes and at Monmouth Park the valuable Champion Stallion Stakes from a field of twelve. After that victory he was sold to J.B. Haggin of California for $20,000. Last spring he came east and was sent to Coney Island, starting in the Suburban with 105 lbs. up but, the track was heavy and the colt made but an indifferent performance. Nine days later he won the Coney Island Derby the time being 2:38 1/4. Then he was brought West to be started in the American Derby at Washington Park but, when he reached here he was too sick.? ? The Breeder?s Gazette, Volume 11, April 14, 1887

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