1891: Hiram Scoggins, Owner of Proctor Knott, most famous horse on the turf....
Proctor Knott Sick.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 28.-Proctor Knott, at one time the most famous horse on the turf and still the pride of Kentucky, is ill from lung fever. In making the trip from Chicago to Saratoga he contracted cold, which developed into a most dangerous disease. Hiram Scoggins, one of the brothers who owns him, received a letter from a veterinarian at Saratoga this morning saying the chances for Proctor’s recovery were about even. The famous gelding’s career on the turf is probably ended. It is the history of the turf that no horse with lung fever ever amounted to anything afterward. The disease leaves the wind “touched” a fatal defect in a horse.
Source: The Fort Worth Gazette, Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday, July 29, 1891; Pg. 4