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A Short History of Crimson King Farms

Before Crimson King became Shylah Farm it was originally an impressive cattle farm in the early 1900's. In 1903 the original house partially burned down and in 1907 the owner at that time, Colier restored the house and farm. In 1950 it was bought by Mr. Peter Salmen, an auto man from Detroit, who built the stables we now have today. Mr Salmen later would be known for having bred and owned Crimson King's Crimson Satan.

Crimson Satan who was a leggy chestnut born in 1959 out of Spy Song out of the staked placed mare, Papila by Requiebro, was the most famous horse Crimson King produced. His grave is still on the farm and is often visited by race horse enthusiast today. Crimson Satan produced over half a million dollars in earnings and was the 1961 2 year old champion after winning 7 races from 13 starts, including the Garden State S. He was said to be an unsocial horse who rarely needed the touch of the whip from his jockeys like Herb Hinojosa. In addition to being the champion of 1961 he won the 1961 Santa Anita Handicap with a track record then of 1:59 4/5, which would then be his eighth stakes triumph. He retired to stud having won 18 of his 58 starts and approx. $800,000. It is said that his blood line will never fade into obscurity since he is the broodmare sire of the excellent sire Mt. Livermore and figures prominently as the sire of the second dam of Storm Cat.

There was also some talk about Crimson Satan's son Crimson Saint. Whose lineage turned out to be more impressive than the colts actual racing records. Crimson Saint who is said to have considerable similarities to Sulenan (the granddam of Lonely Dancer) is the great-grandson of Black Toney and her second dam, First Rose.

Although Crimson King is no longer a thriving Thoroughbred farm, its legend of producing the greatest number of stakes winners in the early 1970's due to the atmosphere of the farm, rather than trainers and bloodlines, is what makes this farm so unique and able to thrive as a horse farm today.

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