CRAB, gr. was bred by Mr. Pelham, who sold him to Lord Portmore. This famous horse was got by the Alcock Arabian; his dam (sister to Soreheels) by Basto; grandam, full sister to Mixbury, by the Curwen Hay Barb; great grandam by the Chestnut White legged Lowther Barb, out of the Old Vintner mare. Crab's career as a racer was short but brilliant: after receiving forfeit from, and beating some of the best horses of his day, he fell lame in running at Stamford; though acripplehe was in the highest esteem as a stallion, and sire of many capital horses. Crab was foaled in 1722, died Christmas-day, 17oO; aged twenty-eight.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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