A Horse, Of Course
Albatross started life as a small cold out of an unproven mare. No one wanted him. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he had that awful name. He wasn’t a big, web-footed bird. A group of five men got together to purchase the mare, Voodoo Hanover, and have her bred to Meadow Skipper. The result was Albatross—basically a cull (not a gull).
Black & white classic head study of the famous “Trotter of the century”, winner of the 1935 Hambletonian, set a World’s Record for Three year old Trotting gelding. When hitched as a pair with Hambetonian winner Rosalind (subject of a beloved Marguerite Henry book, Born To Trot) they set a speed record lasting over 33 years.
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Dan Patch (Pacer) broke world speed records at least 14 times in the early 1900s, finally setting the world's record for the fastest mile by a harness horse (1m:55s) during a time trial in 1906, a record that stood unmatched for 32 years.