By: GyÃ¶ngyi TÃ¼nde
she was a thoroughbread or quarter horse?
Created at 06/25/2009 - 14:01
Kincsem (My Treasure) - born March 17. 1874 and died March 17. 1887 - was the toast of five European nations during her illustrious racing career. She began life as an unprepossessing liver chestnut filly who went unsold on the grounds that she was too common looking.
But Kincsem became an idea, an own category.
She was a winner of fifty-four races without a defeat, a stunning record which to this day marks her as one of the greatest horses that ever raced.
Kincsem, was bred in Hungary by Mr. Ernest de Blascovich. Kincsem was foaled in 1874 at the Hungarian National Stud in Kisber. Her owner was just a young man in his twenties, but had developed a passion for breeding thoroughbreds.
Kincsem's career started in 1876, as she was a two-year-old horse. She ran ten times in ten cities in three countries - Germany, Austria, and Hungary - and won each contest. Ant that was just the beginning!
Emperor Franz Josef of Austria became a tremendous fan. He never missed the opportunity to see Kincsem's perform. And after each victory, the Emperor would send for Kincsem's owner to personally congratulate him.
When Kincsem passed away, not just a horse died. A nation was in mourning for her. She was not a simple horse, she was a uniquely individual personality. During her storied racing career, Kincsem seemed to enjoy nothing better than to travel to her next destination, and when she caught sight of the vehicle to transport her, she would whinny with delight.
She loved traveling by train, and as soon as her lad Frankie and her beloved cat were safely aboard with her, she was blissfully happy.
Hungary named the National Turf Spot KINCSEM PARK.