At three Abercrombie's talent really shined, as he scored 22 wins from
33 starts, winning the Messenger, the Adios, the Bluegrass, Queen City Pace,
and Prix d'Ete, among others and finished second in the Little Brown Jug and
Meadowlands Pace. He earned $703,260, which was a single-season mark for that
time, and was named Horse of the Year for 1978.
The following season, as a four-year-old, Abercrombie did no less than become the fastest racehorse of the time, pacing in 1:53 at the Meadowlands. He ended his racing career that fall at The Red Mile, with credentials that showed him winning 36 of his 72 lifetime starts with $984,391 in career earnings. He was syndicated in 1979 by Castleton Farm for $3 million and stood his first season at stud (1980) for a fee of $7,500.
As of May 2004, Abercrombie has sired the winners of over $149 million dollars, ranking him as one of the top sires of all time. He has sired 432 pacers who have earned $100,000 or more, and many of his sons and daughter have gone on to prove nearly as prolific as their famous father in the breeding shed. From 1,574 starters sired by Abercrombie, 1,120 have paced faster than 2:00 while 403 have scored marks below 1:55.
Some of Abercrombie's top progeny include: Artsplace, p,4, 1:49.2 ($3+ million); Life Sign, p, 3, 1:50.3 ($1.9 million); Goliath Bayama p, 5, 1:48.1 ($1.5 million); Armbro Emerson p, 4, 1:51.4 ($1.4 million); Anniecrombie, p, 5, 1:52.3 ($1.4 million); Dontgetinmyway, p, 8, 1:50.2 ($1.4 million); Kentucky Spur p, 1:52 ($1.3 million); Misfit p,7, 1:49.4 ($1.1 million); and Albert Albert p, 3, 1:52.1 ($1.2 million).
Abercrombie's dam, Bergdorf, was one of harness racing's top broodmares for many seasons. He was her third and fastest foal, and all but two of her 12 foals made it to the races. Besides Abercrombie, she foaled Bruce Gimble, a son of Most Happy Fella who won 17 races and $203,655 with a three-year-old mark of 1:54.4.
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