|Foaled||5 February 1893 |
|Died||June 17, 1917 (aged 23–24)|
near Lexington, Kentucky
|Breeder||Dr. John D. Neet|
|Owner||David Gideon & John Daly|
August Belmont Jr.
|Trainer||John J. Hyland|
|Surf Stakes (1895)|
Toboggan Handicap (1896)
Kearney Stakes (1896)
Kearney Handicap (1897)
Westchester Highweight Handicap (1897)
|Leading sire in North America (1902, 1908)|
Hastings was foaled in Versailles, Kentucky and bred by Dr. John D. Neet. He was sired by Spendthrift (Belmont Stakes winner) out of the imported Cinderella (dam of Plaudit, winner of the Kentucky Derby) by Blue Ruin.
Hastings was sent to New York and raced for the partners successfully as a two-year-old, winning several races before the partnership was dissolved by public auction. Hastings was then purchased by August Belmont Jr., for a record $37,000. He was shipped to Saratoga Race Course, but fell ill. His illness may have compromised his form; he finished fifth in his next race, the Futurity Stakes at Sheepshead Bay.
At three, Hastings placed second by a head in the Withers Stakes behind Handspring. He went on to defeat older horses in the Toboggan Handicap. Then he won the Belmont Stakes, beating Handspring by a head. His record at four was 12 starts, four wins and six places, carrying weights as high as 140 pounds.
He was retired to Nursury Stud outside Lexington, Kentucky and became one of the most successful sires of 1902 and 1908. Of his offspring, the most notable are stakes race winners Gunfire, Field Mouse, Masterman, and Fair Play, sire of Man o' War.
All offspring of Hastings inherited his savage temperament in some degree, even his great-grandson Hard Tack was uncontrollable on the track.
|Don John mare (family: 21-a)|
- http://www.pedigreequery.com/hastings Pedigree & Partial Stats
- ASB - Cinderella (GB) Retrieved on 2009-7-5
- Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), "Thoroughbred Breeding of the World", Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
- "A RACING STABLE SOLD.; Good Prices Paid for the Gideon & Daly Thoroughbreds". New York Times. 1895-07-16. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
- http://www.tbheritage.com/Portraits/Hastings.html TB Heritage Portraits Hastings