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CORRELATION BETWEEN RACING
PERFORMANCE & BREEDING

The first study of the
correlation between racing
performances and breeding
value in broodmares by
James Bell Robertson,
was published in 1913.
In the same year the most
disputatious of decisions
was made by England's
Stud Book; The Jersey Act. During 36 years most of the
North Americans pedigrees were not accept by the English
Stud Book.
MAN O’WAR
On 13 August 1919, the Big Red was beaten by Upset at
the Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga Springs. Foaled on
29 March 1917 at Nursery Stud, Man O' War was bred by
August Belmont and sold for $5,000 to Samuel D. Riddle
of Glen Ridddle Farm. Trained by Louis Feustrel he won
20 of his 21 races over two seasons and become to most
Americans the greatest horse who ever lived.
NORTH AMERICAN TRIPLE CROWN
& LA TROIENNE

The North American Triple Crown was officially
accepted by the public after an article of the turf-writer
Charles Hatton in the beginning of the 1930's. Eleven horses
are considered Triple Crown winners in North America.
The last one was Harbor Views Farm's Affirmed in 1978
in 1931 Colonel Edward R. Bradley purchased La Troienne
in foal to Gainsborough for $1,250 Guineas and shipped to
Idle Hour. She became the most influential mare in North
America Stud Book.
PRIX DE L’ARC DU TRIOMPHE
Exactly 160 years after
La Bastille stormed in
the history of France, on
14th July 1949 the
Societe d'Encouragement
with the Loterie 
Nationale published the
conditions for the new
Prix de l'Arc
du Triomphe. A purse of 25 millions francs which made it,
once again, the richest weight for age race in Europe.
120 entries from seven distinct countries and the winner
was 
Coronation,
product of a incestuous
union of two sons
of the great Tourbillon
designed by the
French breeder
Marcel Boussac.
Tourbillon

THE FIRST MILLIONER

On 14 July 1951,
Citation won his 32th
victory, the
Hollywood Gold Cup
and becomes the first
equine millionaire.
Citation ran 45 races,
won 32 and placed in
13 races. Never out
of the money 5 seasons of racing.
NORTHERN DANCER
In 1952, Edward P. Taylor attended the December sale at
Newmarket and ask
George Blackwell
to buy the best mare in
action. Lady Angela a
descendent of
Pretty Polly was
purchased in foal to
Nearco. Two years after
by the same Nearco she
foaled a splendid dark brown colt named Nearctic. From the
first crop of Nearctic, Edward P. Taylor bred
Northern Dancer.
FEDERICO TESIO & AGA KHAN
First of May of 1954,
was the end of the
stupendous and
dominant success as
a breeder, owner and
trainer of Federico
Tesio, the wizard of
Dormello. His death,
coincide with
the end of the
exceptional achievements of the Italy breeding along the
European tracks.  On Fourth of July his masterpiece Ribot
broke his maiden in Italy beating Donata Veneziana by one
length in 1,000m.With the passing of His Highness
Aga Khan in July of 1957, an era of the British Turf comes
to an end. He was the Last Emperor of English Racing.
PATROL CAMERA
On 30 June 1960 in Newmarket the Patrol camera was
introduced on British Courses.
RIBOT
On 7 October
1956 Ribot
won his second
Prix de l'Arc
du Triomphe
by six lengths.
This was is
last race and t
he 16th victory.
He was
never beaten.

SHOEMAKER

On 7 September 1970 William
Lee Shoemaker broke the world
record of races won (6,033) by
a jockey with Dares J. in Del Mar.
He finished his career with a t
otal of 8,721 races won. Shoe
won 4 Kentucky Derbies, 5
Belmont Stakes and 2
Preakness Stakes. He owned the
most important race in
California 12 times, the Big Cap,
The Santa Anita Hcp.
PATTERN RACES

On 1971 the International
Committee finally introduce
the System of Pattern Race
classifications for Europe.
Sheikh Mommed bim Rashid
al Maktoum like HH. Aga Khan 
in the
beginning of the century,
come to
the racing family  in the 70's.
THE YANKEE BRIGADE










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Sir Ivor
 
"The United Kingdom
had the total dominance
in the thoroughbred
market until the end
of the 60's, but four
horses foaled in
the North American
continent change the
profile of this market.
Sir Ivor in 1968, Nijinsky in 1970, Mill Reef in 1971 and
Roberto in 1972 won the English Derby. In 1973 Secretariat
on the other side of the pond, started to show the world
that a horse could really fly. A new concept of breeding
was born.
THE FIRST 7 DIGIT YEARLING
& ROBERT SANGSTER

On July 1976 Theodore
Burnett purchased the first
seven-figure yearling at
Keeneland. The half-brother
of the champion mare Dahlia,
by Secretariat had the final
price of $1,500,000 and
never was capable to win a race. On 1975 Robert
Edmund Sangster, son of the founder of the nationwide
pools company, Vernon's
wanted to exploit the
commercial
and economic possibilities
of this new international
bloodstock market. His
idea was to buy all the
good stallions prospects
at the Keeneland July
Select Yearling sales. Bring them to Ballydoyle to be trained
by Vincent O'Brien. Transform some of them in European
classic winners and sell back to the syndicate stallions
existing only in the States for a real serious amount of money.
MARCEL BOUSSAC
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire took four
volumes. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, take two.
The fall of the vast Thoroughbred Empire of Marcel Boussac
took 50 years.ourbillon was not strong enough to hold the fall.

THE FIRST ONE MILLION DOLLAR
RACE & BREEDERS CUP

On 30 August 1981
John Henry become
the first horse to win
a million dollar race,
the Inaugural Arlington
Million, at Arlington
Park, Chicago. On
23 April 1982, John
Gaines announced
his ambitious scheme
to bring 7 races together in one day with $10,000,000
prize money. The richest day on Thoroughbred.
KIDNAPPING
At 8:40PM on the night of
Tuesday 8 February 1983,
Shergar was kidnapped from
Ballymany Stud, near the
Curragh in County Kildare.
The easiest Derby winner in
history, was syndicated by
his breeder HH the Aga Khan
after the Irish Derby. He was the third horse in history to
be kidnapped. The other two were Carnauba and
Franfeluche both recovered alive. Shergar was never found.
LESTER PIGGOT
On September 1984 Lester 
Keith Piggott broke the
record of Frank Buckle,
winning the 28th British
Classic of his life aboard
Commanche Run. He
finished his career
winning one more classic.
Piggott, Shoe & St. Martin
The best fron Egland, USA and France

MICHAEL DICKINSON
On 27 December 1982 
the British trainer Michael
Dickenson established a
new record for races won
in one day. Twenty races in
six different courses in a
period of 3 hours."
WORLD RECORD PRICE
On July 1985 an yearlings
was bought in a public auction,
at Keeneland, by Robert
Sangster, for the world
record price of $13,100,000. 
It was the end of the Sports
of Kings and the beginning
of the Thoroughbred Market.
TABOR & MAGNIER THE NEW FORCE
IN THE BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

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