Friar Rock

August Belmont II is rightfully remembered as one of the titans of the turf. He came by his lofty standing through his father’s prominent role in American racing. August II inherited the family love for the sport and built Nursery Stud into a powerful and prestigious breeding operation. Belmont Jr took what he learned and inherited to the top of

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Bahram

Undefeated horses hold a reverent mystique. The rarity of such an accomplishment provides a talking point for lively debate among thoroughbred fans. Triple Crown winners do likewise. Bahram was one of the very few to achieve ultimate status in both categories. As a matter of fact, Bahram was never seriously in danger of losing any of the nine races he

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Tourbillon

Out cross sire lines are very important in breeding. Whether through sons or daughters, out cross lines enhance the fashionable breeding lines and offer variety for future generations. The once mighty and proud French male line of the great sire Tourbillon has had a profound and significant influence to the highest echelon of the turf. Tourbillon was bred by Marcel

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Fairway

The 17th Lord Derby is rightfully acclaimed as one of the most important and successful breeders of thoroughbreds in the history of the turf. He developed his affinity to racing as a young man when he attended the races with his father, the 16th Lord Derby, and would also suggest certain mares to buy and some of the breeding mates

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Swaps

Unconventional, offbeat, ludicrous, and just plain wacky, these are some of the words used to describe the training regimen for one of the fastest and greatest Thoroughbreds to ever grace the turf. His registered name was Swaps. He was also known as The California Comet by his legion of fans. He was a blazing red chestnut with blazing speed and

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Ribot

  One of the more interesting and thus passionate discussions when Thoroughbred historians and knowledgeable turf enthusiasts get together is which horse was the best ever on the race courses and tracks of the world. Much like who was the greatest footballer, or hockey player, or baseball player, who was the greatest Thoroughbred race horse discussions evoke passion from the

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Native Dancer

Native Dancer is considered by some turf historians and fans as the greatest American horse to ever race. His record has merit to this claim. He won twenty-one of twenty-two races, finishing second by a head in his only loss. That loss however was in the Kentucky Derby to Dark Star. He was voted as the sixth best race horse in

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Nearco

Signor Federico Tesio is one of the greatest Thoroughbred breeders in the history of the turf. Considered by many as a genius when it comes to breeding Thoroughbred horses, Tesio not only ran his breeding operation but was also the trainer of his exceptional stable. He and his wife Lydia established Dormello Stud in Novara on the banks of Lake

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Hyperion

The seventeenth Lord Derby was one of the most successful Thoroughbred breeders in history. His love for the sport began early in his life, taking an active role in his father’s racing and breeding operation. There have been many exceptional horses stemming from the Earl’s breeding program such as Phalaris, Swynford, Chaucer, Fairway, Watling Street, Canterbury Pilgrim, Alycidon, Coronach, Sansovino,

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