Rough Shod II

In a manner of acquisition very similar to the purchase of La Troienne, Rough Shod II was purchased by A. B. “Bull” Hancock at the December Sales at Newmarket in 1951. Hancock purchased four mares from this sale. One of which was Knight’s Daughter from a consignment of King George VI, who would just over two years later produce champion

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Grey Flight

Here we are looking back on another outstanding broodmare sired by Mahmoud, the wonderful Grey Flight. Bred in Kentucky by J. T. Taylor in 1945, she was sold to the Wheatley Stable, final bid of $35,000, at the 1946 Saratoga yearling sales. She would become a stakes winner at two winning the Autumn Days Handicap for the illustrious stable, placing

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Almahmoud

Almahmoud was bred in 1947 by C. V. Whitney in Kentucky. She was sold to Henry Knight as a yearling. This sale would be the first of many pertaining to Almahmoud, as she would change addresses frequently before landing a permanent home with D. G. Van Clief at Nydrie Stud in 1955. The dam of Almahmoud was the unraced broodmare

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La Troienne

Many of the Thoroughbreds of the past that are held in high regard, become legendary, almost mystical in reverence to pedigree junkies, like myself. Then there are some that are held on a higher pedestal, attaining a level of divine proportion. One such broodmare is La Troienne. Her incredible legacy through her descendants reverberates throughout the breeding world, as there

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Plucky Liege

Among the more prominent and revered sire producing broodmares, Plucky Liege is considered as one of the greatest. Bred in 1912 by Lord Michelham, Plucky Liege is by Spearmint – Concertina by St. Simon. Her pedigree shows four crosses of the great sire producing mare of the 1800’s Pocahontas (6x6x6x5). Her sire Spearmint, a son of the legendary Australian bred

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Selene

Chaucer has gone down as one of the most important broodmare sires in history. The son of the legendary St. Simon and the immortal mare Canterbury Pilgrim was a good but not great race horse. Although he was not a big horse, Chaucer made his mark at stud through his daughters. Perhaps the most accomplished daughter of Chaucer as a

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Canterbury Pilgrim

The influential broodmare Canterbury Pilgrim, bred in 1893 by the Duchess of Montrose from the mare Pilgrimage by The Palmer, was purchased by the 16th Lord Derby as a yearling. The sire of Canterbury Pilgrim was Tristan, a high class somewhat eccentric horse that was very difficult to handle due to his volatile unpredictability. Tristan was an out and out

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