Mr. Rockingham said in his article on Traveler that “out of every kind of mare–and extremely few top ones–he got sprinters and cow-working horses beyond counting.” So did Peter McCue. He got better ones. I imagine it was his blood in Hickory Bill which caused Mr. Clegg’s Traveler fillies to drop such fine offspring. Mr. Rockingham says: “Certainly the Traveler progeny are fine looking horses.”

I would like to show Mr. Rockingham a few mighty sorry ones. Whoever heard of a sorry McCue? In old Peter’s progeny you have conformation at its very best. You have also disposition and superlative performance. Not since the time of the Byerly Turk has his like for prepotency ever been witnessed. And the McCues still breed on this great sire’s best qualities. Not a dud in a carload.

Mr. Rockingham cited examples of Traveler’s prepotency. The problem with Peter is where to leave off, one could go on for pages. But just to give you a couple of old Peter’s get (and their progeny) which come easiest to mind we’ll mention John Wilkens and Badger; but let’s not forget he sired all of the following celebrated horses: John Wilkens, A. D. Reed, Jack McCue, Anna Statia, Mary McCue, Badger, Buck Thomas, Ace, Peter McCue II, Chief, Casey Jones, Coal Oil Johnnie, Hickory Bill, Never Fret, Old Allie, Harmon Baker and others too numerous to list here.

Now for the prepotency. John Wilkens, for instance, sired Joe Hancock, another great sprinter which, so far as I know, was never defeated. Joe Hancock sired, among other great horses, Joe Hancock Jr., Red Man, Roan Hancock and Joe Hancock’s Steeldust. Joe Hancock Jr. sired Pelican, the 1948 world’s champion stallion. Red man sired Worryman, champion two – year- old in ’47. Roan Hancock sired Roper. Joe Hancock’s Steeldust sired Steeldust’s Queen Anne.

We could trace down almost all his stock that was used for breeding purposes and prove his prepotence through each, but I guess that would take too much space for this magazine. Suffice it to say that invariably these great McCues were as outstanding on the track or used after cattle as they were in the stud. Just for a clincher let’s consider one· more-old Badger. He was only bred to two mares, Nettie Stinson and the club-footed race queen of the row-crop middles, Nellie Trammell. From Nellie Trammell he got Midnight. Midnight sired a whole carload of top ones, including Midnight Jr., Chubby and One-Eyed Waggoner, all living. Midnight Jr. sired Gray Badger II, one-time record holder at 220 yards. Gray Badger II sired Badger’s Grey Lady, one of the best in the field at 300 yards. One-Eyed Waggoner and old Chubby are celebrated sires. Want some more? How about Cowboy and the great Shu Fly?

You just can’t get around it. As a breeder old Peter was as good as they come, and his daughters were just about as good as his sons. We’ll concede that Traveler was one of the tops but old Peter McCue could look down on all of them.

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