El Prado

In Thoroughbred breeding there has always been exceptions to the normal established mindset of breeders. In the case of the Northern Dancer tail male line, greys had not fared well as race horses or as sires. Sired by Northern Dancer’s exceptional son Sadler’s Wells, El Prado would make his mark as a champion in racing and breeding. El Prado was

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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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Sea-Bird

Memories from older racing enthusiasts are golden. When recalling the greats from the past to younger racing fans and participants, the newer generations tend to look upon the stories with trepidation and a sense of “yeah sure, that horse was not that good” belief. However, when certain champions from the past are recalled by the wise old observers in great

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Nureyev

Nureyev was a highly regarded individual from the time of his birth. A $1.3 million purchase as a yearling by Stavros Niarchos, the bay son of Northern Dancer – Special by Forli came into the world on May 2, 1977 with a silver bit in his mouth. He was bred by the legendary Claiborne Farms in Paris Kentucky. Nureyev would

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Snow Chief

One of the more popular categories on this web-site is the “Unexpected Wonders” category. The category consists of horses from modest bloodlines who have overcome their genetic heritage to become champions on the track. When such a champion comes along, which is not a common occurrence, racing fans adopt the horse as a personal favourite. A good friend of the

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Discovery

Weight. The great equalizer in Thoroughbred horse racing. Throughout the history of our beloved sport, the impost of weight a Thoroughbred carries in a race could make or break the horse’s chances for victory. The more successful the horse, the more weight would be assigned in future races. Weight can stop a train, sink a ship and equal the field

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Feola

Foundation broodmares have a reverent mystique. The most acclaimed have founded families of champions and top sires and dams for many breeders fortunate enough to acquire members of these elite Thoroughbred families. These families have had considerable influence on Thoroughbred breeding, producing top class stakes winners regularly from generation to generation. In the case of the great broodmare Feola, the

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Sir Tristram

Question. What is the basis for acclaiming a stallion as a foundation sire? The most obvious answer is, “A sire that has created a tail male line through his sons and grandsons which have dominated the breeding of champion racers and champion sires to future generations”. Another definition of a foundation sire is, “A sire that inaugurated a clamour to

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Miesque

Stavros Niarchos was one of the more enthusiastic and colourful owner/breeders in Thoroughbred racing during his lifetime.  He operated his breeding division out of Haras de Fresnay in France and Oak-Tree Farm in Kentucky, while campaigning his horses in France, England and the US. His influential passion for the sport has transcended to his family who are continuing the operation

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