|Breeder||Joseph E. Widener|
|Owner||1) Joseph E. Widener|
2) Alfred G. Tarn
|Trainer||Alfred G. Tarn|
|Orlando Purse (1936)|
Illinois Derby (1936)
Latonia Derby (1936)
Louisiana Derby (1936)
Middlesex County Handicap (1936)
Marquette Handicap (1937)
|Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park|
Rushaway (foaled 1933 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse whose enduring legacy was his two Derby wins on consecutive days in two different states. Owned and trained by Alfred Tarn, in both races, Rushaway was ridden by Tarn's son-in-law, the future National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Longden. On Friday afternoon, May 22, 1936, Rushaway won the Illinois Derby at Aurora Downs in Aurora, Illinois. That night, Tarn shipped the three-year-old gelding three hundred miles south via express train to the Latonia Race Track in Latonia, Kentucky where on Saturday afternoon he won the Latonia Derby. Rushaway's feat of endurance is still talked about more than eighty years later.
Rushaway was bred by the prominent Thoroughbred owner, breeder and Hialeah Park Race Track proprietor Joseph E. Widener at his Elmendorf Farm in Fayette County, Kentucky. Rushaway's sire was Haste, owned and raced by Widener and trained by Hamilton Keene. His race wins at age two included the 1925 Grand Union Hotel Stakes and the Saratoga Special Stakes. As a three-year-old in 1926, Haste had a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes then went on to win the Withers Stakes followed by a gutsy win under jockey Earl Sande over Edward Bradley's Bagenbaggage in the inaugural running of the Fairmount Derby. Haste's sire was Maintenant, a French-bred son of William K. Vanderbilt's French champion Maintenon. Sent to the United States as a three-year-old, Maintenant was a powerfully built stallion who stood seventeen hands. A Daily Racing Form article described him as a 'whale'. Maintenant debuted at Aqueduct Racetrack and on July 11, 1915 won a mile race with ease. However, injuries limited his racing career.
Rushaway's dam was Roseway, a daughter of multiple stakes winner Stornoway. Roseway won the 1919 1000 Guineas Stakes, a British Classic race for fillies run over a distance of one mile at Newmarket Racecourse. In the Epsom Oaks, the other Classic for fillies, Roseway ran second to Bayuda. Roseway was sold for breeding usage by her owner/breeder Sir Edward Hulton and in 1925 new owner Joseph Widener brought her to the United States to stand at his Kentucky stud farm.
1935: two-year-old season
1936: three-year-old season
At age three, Rushaway showed some promise after a win over seven furlongs in the February 18 Orlando Purse at owner Joseph Widener's Hialeah Park. A few weeks later in early March, Alfred Tarn, an English-born trainer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, purchased Rushaway for a price reported to be $10,000. Less than a month later, Rushaway showed his new owner his potential when, on March 29, he broke the track record in winning the mile and one eighth Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. On April 18, Rushaway traveled to Arlington Downs in Arlington, Texas where he ran second by one length to the Milky Way Farm Stable colt, The Fighter.
A "Very Remarkable" and "Unparalleled" racing feat
Rushaway's back-to-back wins in a two-day period was and remains a most noteworthy achievement which the Daily Racing Form (DRF) reported was "a feat without known precedent in this country or abroad." The accomplishment was made even more remarkable because Rushaway was carrying top weight in the eight-horse field by three pounds yet won by 6 lengths and did it in a new race record time for the mile-and-a-quarter distance. The DRF pointed out that while many had their concerns about the wisdom of racing the horse in such a manner, everyone agreed that Alfred Tarn was an astute horseman and someone they held in high esteem. Rushaway's victory in Latonia marked his third Derby win of the year.
1937 - 1942
As a four-year-old Rushaway continued winning in a fast time, setting a new Lincoln Fields track record of 1:50 flat for 1 1/8 miles in the 1937 Marquette Handicap. Rushaway raced on through 1942 with only moderate success but still retired having finished in the top three forty-seven times in one hundred and seven starts.
As a gelding, Rushaway could not leave any offspring.
|Maintenant (FR)||Maintenon (FR)||Le Sagittaire (FR)|
|Martha Gorman (USA)||Sir Dixon (USA)|
|Sallie McClelland (USA)|
|Miss Malaprop (1909)||Meddler (GB)||St. Gatien (GB)|
|Correction (USA)||Himyar (USA)|
|Mannie Gray (USA)|
|Stornoway (GB)||Desmond (GB)||St. Simon (Gb)|
|L'Abbesse de Jouarre (GB)|
|Sisterlike (GB)||Ladas (GB)|
|Sister Lucy (GB)|
|Rose of Ayrshire (GB)||Ayrshire (GB)||Hampton (GB)|
|Pink Flower (GB)||Melton (GB)|
|Saponaria (GB) (Family: 1-s)|
- Universal Digital Library "Twelfth Series Of Famous American Athletes Of Today" by Frank Waldman, L.C. Page & Company
- New York Times, May 23, 1936 article titled "Rushaway Easily Captures Illinois Derby" Retrieved June 23, 2018
- Americas Best Racing article titled "What’s in a (Race) Name? Rushaway’s Unprecedented Derby Double"
- Fairmount Derby Notes: Aftermath of the First Running of Collinsvilles Great Race and Wonderful Finish., Daily Racing Form, 1926-06-22
- The Thoroughbred Record, July 1, 1916, Vol. 84 No. 1, page 33
- New York Times February 19, 1936 article titled "Rushaway Takes Orlando Purse"
- Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives Saturday, May 23, 1936 - Page 27
- New York Times", March 30, 1976 article titled Rushaway Takes Louisiana Derby
- New York Times", April 19, 1936 article titled "The Fighter Defeats Rushaway By Length in Rich Texas Derby"
- Daily Racing Form, 1936-05-25, "A. G. Tarn's "Iron Horse" Accomplishes Unparalleled Turf Feat"
- Daily Racing Form, 1936-05-26, "Never Been Done Before"
- New York Times June 30, 1936 article titled "Rushaway Victor Over Gallant Gay"
- Biddeford (Maine) Daily Journal, August 30, 1937 - Page 6
- Times-Picayune March 23, 2013 article title "10 influential people in the Louisiana Derby's history"
- "Web - Family 1-s". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2013-10-24.