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Chestnut Stallion

Foaled May 1, 1858
Progeny   95 Total
Gelding 2
Mare 26
Stallion 69
Black 2
Brown 8
Chestnut 43
Gray 2

From American Morgan Horse Register Volume I Daniel Lambert was one of the greatest speed sires of the world and also got many colts of extraordinary beauty. He was a light chestnut or sorrel with stripe in the face and left hind foot white, flaxen mane and tail ; bred by William H. Cook, Ticonderoga, New York; got by Ethan Allen, and foaled in 1858. His height was nearly fifteen and a half hands, and he weighed ten hundred and thirty pounds. His dam was Fanny Cook, a high-strung, handsome chest- nut mare, bred by Montfort Van Kleek, Chester, New York, got by Abdallah, son of Mambrino ; second dam described by David Rowe, Chester, New York, who knew her well, as a chestnut, high strung, a natural trotter, bred by Montfort Van Kleek, then living in Dutchess county, New York, got by Stockholm's American Star, son of Duroc, by imported Diomed ; third dam bought by Montfort Van Kleek in Dutchess county, New York, breeder and breeding unknown. The statement that this third dam was by a horse called Red Bird is entirely without foundation. Daniel Lambert was thus described by S. W. Parlin, Esq., Boston: "He is a remarkably handsome, active, well-preserved horse of his age. When in his prime no horse could be found to compare with him in beauty of form, elegance of style, grace of carriage, ease and elasticity of gait, excellence of quality, and fineness of finish combined. He is of the Morgan pattern, standing about fifteen hands ; has a neat, bony head ; large, expressive eyes, set well apart ; short, lively ears, always carried erect ; clean-cut throttle ; handsomelyarched neck of good length, well set upon strong, oblique shoulders, giving him naturally an upheaded, lofty appearance. His back is of medium length, and very strong; ribs well sprung from the spine, giving him a round barrel, which is deep, of good length, and ribbed closely to the hips ; loin broad and well muscled ; coupling strong and smooth ; hips long and roundly turned ; rump rather straight, the whirlbone and tail being set high ; quarters well muscled ; hocks well let down ; forearms long, broad and muscular ; cannons short, the bone being of good size in proportion to weight of body. His hind leg is fairly straight, but the lower part is joined to the hock at something of an angle, giving it the conformation found in many speedy trotters. His pasterns are short and strong, feet well shaped, and of size in proportion to that of body and limbs. By common consent the Morgans have enjoyed the reputation of being the most beautiful horses, as a family, ever produced on this continent, and Lambert, when in his prime, was one of the most beautiful of that family. Few horses have ever lived that possessed greater power of stamping their offspring with the above characteristics, and imparting the ability to perpetuate them through succeeding generations". He was sold, when four months old, to John Porter, Ticonderoga, New York, for three hundred dollars. R. S. Denny of Boston paid three thousand dollars for him when he was coming five, and kept him at Watertown, Massachusetts. He sold him to Benjamin Bates, who sent him to the Cream Hill Stock farm, Shoreham, Vermont, then under the management of A. C. Harris, where he made his first season in 1866. Previously he had been used but little for stock purposes. He remained at Shoreham doing an increasing business through the season of 1877, when, upon the death of Mr. Bates, he went to the Bates farm at Watertown, Massachusetts. In the fall of 1880 he was sold to David Snow of Andover, Massachusetts, and in the fall of 1884, to a company at Middlebury, Vermont, and kept at the Bread Loaf Stock farms, Middlebury and Weybridge, Vermont, until his death, June 29th, 1 889. He was in vigorous health and without blemish to the day preceding his death. It is understood that he was mated with over one thousand and forty mares while at Shoreham, but the number of foals is not known. We understand that the number got in Massachusetts was not large. After returning to Middlebury he got about thirty. Had Lambert remained in Vermont, we think his list of trotters would have been doubled. And had the effort been made to develop his colts, which has been made with the get of many noted trotting sires, time records being admitted, we are confident that his two-thirty list could have been increased to several hundred. The speed of Lambert was never developed, yet he was a natural trotter. As a three-year-old Dan Mace drove him a winning race at Chelsea, Massachusetts, October 22d, 1861, and gave him a record of 2 142. It is said that after this race Mr. Mace offered to trot him against any three-year-old in the world for five or ten thousand dollars. We quote again from Mr. Parlin: "Mr. Denny, when he bought Lambert, took him to Saratoga, New York, under the name of 'Hippomenes'. He had been previously known as the Porter colt. He produced there a marked sensation, not only on account of his matchless style and beauty, but for his remarkable speed also, which was sufficient to make him the acknowledged king of the road, even at that famous resort of noted horsemen. While he has proved himself far superior to any other horse that ever stood in New Eng- land as a progenitor of trotters, yet as a sire of handsome, stylish, spirited roadsters, with speed enough for a lively brush on the road, he has now still greater distinction, and in this respect has probably never been equalled. There are scores of his sons and daughters used as roadsters, which were never trained for speed, and never stepped upon the track, that can beat a 2 130 horse down the road with ease, and have beauty enough to win the admiration of any horseman. The most of Lambert's get are pure, open gaited trotters which need neither boots nor weights. They are also free, cheerful drivers, willing at all times to do their best without stimulation from the lash".

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