20| Henry Stull (American, 1851-1913)
Signed, dated 1886
Oil on canvas, 18" x 28"
Auction Expired because there were no bids
$8000 - $10000
Henry Stull Troubadour with William Fitzpatrick up in the colors of Captain S. S. Brown
Bred in Kentucky by A. J. Alexander at his famous Woodburn Stud, Troubadour was sired by Lisbon, a son of the imported British stallion Phaeton. His dam was Glenluine, a daughter of the mighty Glenelg. Troubadour was sold as a yearling to Daniel Swigert, owner of the famed Elmendorf Farm at the time, who raced him once at age 2 and then sold the winner for a whopping $7,500 to Col. Milton Young of McGrathiana Stud.
On May 17, 1884, Troubadour ran second in the Alexander Stakes at the Louisville Jockey Club. A week later he went unplaced in the Tennessee Stakes but bounced back and won the June 6 Sensation Stakes at Latonia and the Criterion Stakes in Chicago. After running third in the Kenwood Stakes on July 1, he shipped to Saratoga, where placed in a 2-year-old race and then won again just five days later. Troubadour returned to Kentucky in September, scoring wins at the Louisville Jockey Club and capturing the Kimball and Barrett Stakes at Latonia. Troubadour won five times in 1885, including the St. Leger Stakes in St. Louis by 20 lengths. In December 1885 Milton Young sold off his entire stable, and Troubadour ultimately ended up in the hands of Capt. Samuel S. Brown, owner of Senorita Stud Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.
Brown sent Troubadour to future Hall of Fame trainer John W. Rogers in 1886 and on June 1, Troubadour won a race at Latonia and was immediately shipped to Brooklyn. Nine days later he won the most prestigious and valuable race of the day, the Suburban Handicap at Sheepshead Bay, and then beat the great Miss Woodford. Troubadour was retroactively given the title of the 1886 American champion older male. After recovering from an injury, Troubadour returned to the track in 1887 and ran second to The Bard, one of the great cracks of the day. However, he regained the upper hand in short order, beating The Bard in the July 4 Ocean Stakes and again in the Monmouth Cup 10 days later. In August, Troubadour suffered a career-ending injury in the Freehold Stakes and was retired to stud at Brown’s Senorita Stud, where the champion sired 1893 Kentucky Derby winner Lookout.