TARTAR MARE (Old), foaled aboutl751, wasbredby Mr. Leedes, who sold her to the Duke of Bolton. She was got by Tartar, dam by Mogul; grandam by Sweepstakes; great grandam, sister to Sloven, by Bay Bolton; Curwen's Bay Barb; Old Spot; White-legged Lowther Barb; the Vintner mare. This extraordinary mare ran in almost all parts of the kingdom, and beat the very best horses in the North, notwithstanding she was a brood mare for years before she was taken into training. At the death of the Duke of Bolton she became the property of Peter Hammond, Esq., who gave her to the Rev. Mr. Lascelles, a Yorkshire gentleman; Mr. L. some time after made a present of her to a south country friend at Newmarket, who occasionally used her as a hack, and bred several foals from her by common stallions, before she was put to Snip. This wonderful mare was disposed of, after she was twenty years old, for five guineas, to a man who sold her again for one guinea advance; after which Mr. O'Kelly bought her for 100 guineas, the seller being highly elated with his good fortune. It has been asserted that Mr. O'Kelly cleared 30,000/. by her produce after she came into his possession. It has been frequently asserted, that the old mare was 36 years old, when she foaled Queen Mab. This, however, is highly improbable: Tartar was in training in 1748 and 1749, and there is no record of any other of his get so early by several years, nor indeed of his having covered at all before he was taken out of training altogether. She also produced a bay colt, by Snip; a ch. filly, by Snap; and a filly, by Bosphorus; all which were foaled before she was put to Eclipse.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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