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This article traces the history of a horse, known as Gen. Knox, that became a foundation sire of several other Maine trotting horses. The horse was brought to Maine in 1859 at the age of three by Thomas S. Lang of North Vassalboro. Gen. Knox was included in the 1874 edition of Noted Maine Horses. In a letter summarizing the 1874 trotting season written to The Maine Farmer, George H. Bailey noted that Maine had 40 organized tracks in operation. Horses of the caliber of Gen. Knox, along with significant enthusiasm for the sport, contributed to Maine's stellar reputation as a horse breeding state during the 19th century.
Thompson, Clark P., "Gen. Knox" (2004). Maine History Documents. 5.
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