The Black Whirlwind

  • Bred and born at Dixiana Farm, Domino later sold at auction in 1892 for $3,000 to James R. Keene. Commonly known as the “brown phenomenon” or “black whirlwind,” Domino was a horse of extreme speed at short distances and thought to be the fastest horse of his time. He was undefeated at age 2 and went on to be named Champion Two-Year-Old and 1893 Horse of the Year. Although Domino only lived to the age of 6, his achievements at stud were remarkable. Domino sired 19 named foals, 8 of which went on to become stakes race winners. Even today, many racehorses can trace their lineage back to the great Domino
  • Domino was returned to Major Thomas upon his death and laid to rest at his Hira Villa Farm (now part of Mt. Brilliant Farm). His headstone reads most appropriately, “Here lies the fleetest of runners the American Turf has ever known, and one of the gamest and most generous of horses.”

    Horse of the Year Domino