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 U.S. His influential passion for the sport has transcended to his family who are continuing the operation

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Daltawa

One of the greatest legacies in Thoroughbred breeding and racing has been authored by the ruling family head of the Shi’a Isma’illi Muslims, also known as the Aga Khan. The third Aga Khan had a deep love of racing. He set forth in the early twentieth century the foundations for success with astute purchases of fillies that would become fabulous

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Deputy Minister

Thoroughbred racing in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century was a parochial, haphazard, but rather colourful enterprise. The tracks and facilities were rundown and not up to a good standard. The sport was marred by short tracks and short tempered owners. There was very little investment by the turf elite for top bloodstock, nor for better facilities.

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Brigadier Gerard

Generally on this web-site, I extol the wonders of past champions who would become influential sires or broodmares. A few sires that did not win important races or a few broodmares who had a likewise similar racing career, but became foundation sires or mares have also received attention. This article is about a one of the greatest thoroughbreds ever witnessed

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Fanfreluche

Horses can lead colourful and memorable lives, just as humans can. In the grand history of the Thoroughbred there have been many such individuals. Perhaps one of the more intriguing females in this corner is the life of the great Canadian champion Fanfreluche. Fanfreluche was a champion on the track, a champion broodmare and is in the Canadian Racing Hall

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Monsun

Thoroughbred breeding fashion can be fickle and at times overly commercial in its operation. Many breeders and buyers of bloodstock tend to become far too narrowly focused on one or two sire lines when looking for the next star to race in their colours. Consequently, when emerging sire lines from total outcrosses of the in vogue bloodlines begin to produce

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Holy Bull

Grey Thoroughbreds seem to have a special attraction to racing fans. With the plethora of bays, dark bays and chestnut coloured horses dominating most of the entries in every race on a day’s race card, the appearance of the distinct grey stands out. The coat of a grey horse becomes lighter as they age, making the contrast more noticeable. If

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In Reality

The acclaimed Man ‘O War male line was one of the American turf’s most revered male lines, due to the everlasting fame of the great horse. The line did produce War Admiral, the 1937 Triple Crown wining son of the legendary Big Red and a host of good sires and broodmares during the 1920’s, 30’s and into the 40’s. However

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Nearctic

Nearctic was the result of influential Canadian E. P. Taylor’s quest to acquire the best bloodlines in the world and breed champions in his native land. Taylor purchased his dam Lady Angela, in 1952 through George Blackwell, a top agent of the British Bloodstock Agency who Taylor instructed to find him the best mare available. Lady Angela was the best

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