by Dr. Troy Kickler
Senior Fellow and Managing Director, North Carolina History Curriculum Project
In 1833, Sir Archie passed away. The thoroughbred was twenty-eight. In 1809, William R. Davie bought the horse for $5,000. The horse dominated competition to the extent that few owners wanted their horse to race Sir Archie. Davie put him out to stud, and his offspring were champions. He was the “foundation sire” of Timoleon, Man O’War, Seabiscuit, and Secretariat.