MONTFORT VAN CLEEK MARE ch. M, STANDARDBRED, 1847c
Br. by M. Van Cleek
Chestnut, high-strung, a natural trotter.
Foaled c1847, Dutchess County, NY.
Progeny: 1 filly 1854. Van Cleek wanted to breed fast trotters. It is more likely this mare was got by Seeley`s American Star, which stood in the same vicinity from 1844 for about 16 years. His daughters were in high demand as dams of trotting speed, and created an exceptional nick bred to Hambletonian (who also was sired by Abdallah as was Fanny Cook, the daughter of this mare which produced Daniel Lambert, a famous Morgan family of fast trotters). Seeley`s American Star was often confused with Stockholm`s and in many old accounts said to be sired by him. However Joseph Battell (see AMHR vol I p 348) went to some lengths to establish his breeding and found both his sire and grandsire to be inbred Morgan. (by Coburn`s American Star, dam by Justin Morgan; his sire Cock of the Rock, son of Sherman by Justin Morgan x dam by Justin Morgan) Most particularly, these horses were a striking bright golden sorrel chestnut with flaxen manes and tails - a color which appeared suddenly in Daniel Lambert and has marked his descendants to a pronounced degree. No other family from his sire, Ethan Allen, was known for producing this color, except when bred to Fanny Cook. Neither was it generally found in the descendants of Abdallah, or of Stockholm`s American Star. We submit therefore, that Seeley`s American Star was the more probable sire of this mare who was the dam of Fanny Cook.