Swale – Gone Too Soon

Claiborne Farm has stood many of the most important stallions and broodmares for over a century. The long list of world class stallions that stood at Claiborne sired many champions and classic winners for clients, many of which extend through multiple generations both human and equine. Providing world class breeding stock and breeding advice to clients has been the hallmark

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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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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

Paul Mellon was one of the turf’s most important, and enthusiastic breeder/owners during the middle to late decades in the twentieth century. He operated his Rokeby Stables in Virginia to supply quality Thoroughbreds for his racing stables in both the US and in Britain. In 1968 Mellon bred a handsome bay colt that would carry his black and gold silks

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