Nashua

Bull Hancock had one of the greatest thoroughbred bloodstock minds in history. He could assess the conformation and pedigree of a potential stallion better than anyone else before or since his time. During the late 1940’s, Hancock pursued a son of Nearco named Nasrullah, convinced that the horse had all the right attributes to be a success at stud. After

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Bold Ruler

Champion race horses breed champion race horses. Breed the best to the best and hope for the best. These two long accepted theories on Thoroughbred breeding have held sway for breeders since the dawn of the breed. There have been many horses who have achieved the pinnacle of success in both racing and breeding. In the past one hundred years

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Spectacular Bid

The state of Maryland has a rich history in Thoroughbred racing and breeding. The Preakness Stakes as the second jewel of the American Triple Crown is a perfect testament to this. There have been many great champions bred and/or based from Maryland such as Native Dancer, Vagrancy, Gallorette, Cigar, and El Gran Senor.  There have been famous breeding and racing

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Secretariat

Secretariat has been called the horse of the century, the greatest horse of all time, the most perfect Thoroughbred to ever race, high praise indeed. He was a magnificent animal, a muscular bright red chestnut with three white socks standing 16.2 hands, and many expert horsemen say he had the perfect conformation and temperament to become a superior racer. His

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A.P. Indy

Each year, breeders map out their plan for which broodmare in their herd is to be covered by which stallion they have access to. Every mating carries with it the dreams of the breeder that the resulting foal will become a champion. The odds of such success are astronomical, but when the plan does come together, the rewards are truly

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Grey Sovereign

Before Nasrullah was bought by Claiborne Farm, he had stood in Ireland and left some excellent sons who became very important sires themselves. None more so enduring than Grey Sovereign, who was a three quarter brother to Epsom Derby winner Nimbus (by Nearco). Grey Sovereign was no slouch either as he won the Richmond Stakes as a two year old,

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Blushing Groom

Occasionally greatness will skip a generation. Blushing Groom was by Red God, a chestnut son of Nasrullah. Red God was a minor stakes winner, and was certainly not one of the best of Nasrullah’s sons on the track. He was a better than average sire getting 12.1% stakes winners however, with Blushing Groom being the best of his get. The

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Mill Reef

In 1971 a handsome bay bred in the US by Paul Mellon, at his Rokeby Stables in Virginia, would carry his black and gold silks to victory in the Epsom Derby. His name was Mill Reef and he was trained by Ian Balding and ridden in all fourteen of his career races by Geoff Lewis. Mill Reef would go on

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Seattle Slew

The 1977 Triple Crown was won by a dark bay colt by Bold Reasoning – My Charmer by Poker, his name, Seattle Slew. He was not “a fashionably bred” colt when he came to the Fasig-Tipton yearling sales in July 1975. His sire Bold Reasoning, was sired by Santa Anita Derby winner Boldnesian, who in turn was by Bold Ruler.

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Nasrullah

Bred by the Aga Khan III in Ireland, Nasrullah was out of Mumtaz Begum by Blenheim II. He was a direct grandson of the Aga Khan’s foundation mare Mumtaz Mahal. Looking very much like his sire being a very dark brown almost black in color with a white star on his forehead, he possessed tremendous speed and a very ornery

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