Princess was a solid red filly bred by L. B. Adams, whose long and checkered turf career brought her into the hands of George Alley’s hands.
The mare’s story actually began in 1852 at Middletown in Rutland County, Vermont. At that time Princess was known as Katy Darling, and she had been a good race horse, but being over raced she was now as a six-year-old in poor condition. Adams, who still owned her, traded her and a good gelding along with twenty dollars to J. M. Densmore for a wagon.
A short time after this trade, Densmore found out that Princess was no princess, she was hot headed, mixed gaited between the trot and pace, and was hard to handle. He tried to reverse the trade, but Adams, who now considered her worthless, refused.
That fall Densmore traded her to the church’ parson John Bennett, who was looking for a buggy horse, for a bigger, heavier horse, and paid him $43 dollars to boot.
Parson Bennett, like Densmore, too wanted to trade her back, but Densmore, like Adams, refused. Bennett discovered that Princes could trot very fast when she wanted to, faster than it behooved a Vermont clergyman to drive, which tempted the sin of racing.
Bennett knew a man who fancied a