Whirlaway

Triple Crown winners are some of the more exulted horses in the thoroughbred world. Many are remembered for not only their talent and speed, but also for their determination and intelligence which made them so formidable. In the case of the fifth American Triple Crown winner Whirlaway, heart and smarts were not what he is fondly remembered for. He had

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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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Nearctic

Nearctic was the result of influential Canadian E. P. Taylor’s quest to acquire the best bloodlines in the world and breed champions in his native land. Taylor purchased his dam Lady Angela, in 1952 through George Blackwell, a top agent of the British Bloodstock Agency who Taylor instructed to find him the best mare available. Lady Angela was the best

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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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