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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Lexington & Whalebone

Lexington Foaled March 17, 1850, Lexington was a bay horse by Boston – Alice Carneal by Sarpedon. He was inbred to Sir Archy 3×4 and his direct male line leads to Herod, through Diomed. Lexington went on to become the leading sire in North America a record sixteen times. However not without some controversy, his popularity with American breeders meant

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Growing Popularity

As the popularity of Thoroughbred racing increased in the UK, so too did the commitment of breeders and owners to improving the breed. The establishment of The Derby, The Oaks and other races which we have come to know as the classics, became the most important races on the calendar every year. The General Stud Book became recognized as the

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The Next Three

Through the influence of the big three founding sires came the next three sires who were to become just as important in perpetuating the breed. These three stallions were Matchem, Herod and Eclipse. Each of these immortal horses was considered the best horses of their generation on the track.  All future generations of Thoroughbreds thereafter would have these three in

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The Big Three

The Darley Arabian Perhaps the most influential of the three founding sires, is the direct male line ancestor of approximately ninety percent of all of today’s Thoroughbreds. The Darley Arabian was a bay horse, of almost 15 hands, foaled in 1700. His original name was either Manak or Manica. Discovered in the Syrian Desert owned by Sheikh Mirza II of

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Thoroughbred Roots

The place to start is from the widely recognized three founding sires, the Darley Arabian, the Byerley Turk, and the Godolphin Arabian. Every Thoroughbred you see at every track in the world can trace their sire lineage to these stallions. This is common knowledge for all turf enthusiasts. In fact, most other breeds of horses in racing forms beyond flat racing

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