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 A CLASSY CHICK, the dam of Chicks Beduino, si 104, did not repay her $12,500 claiming price on the track, but she more than made up for it as a broodmare. A Classy Chick, si 89, by Chick's Deck, was consigned to the 1979 All American Yearling Sale by Don Keith and trainer Don Farris. Dr. Ed Allred purchased her for $11,000. A Classy Chick broke her maiden in her first start as a two-year-old in May, but she did not reappear again until December. She was unsuccessful in three starts against allowance company at Los Alamitos, and Dr. Allred finally put her in a claimer. John Bobenrieth, Jr and Joe Muniz claimed the mare, thinking she would be a good broodmare. They first took her to Dixie Downs for another chance on the track, but when A Classy Chick tried to jump a puddle on a muddy track, she ended up with a slab fracture in her knee. Her racing career was over. She was bred first to Timeto Thinkrich, then the following year to Beduino TB. The Beduino colt was Chicks Beduino. A Classy Chick was plagued by lingering complications from her injury and had to be put down in 1985, when Chicks Beduino was a yearling. What an incredible posterity that mare with a humble race record now has!

AFORETHOUGHT. Thoroughbred. Sired by Intentionally and out of Aspidistra.







ALIBHAI 1938-1960. By Hyperion out of Teresina Bred by the Aga Khan &  is notable for being one of the few successful stallions of the modern era who was unraced.  Alibhai was imported to the U.S. as a yearling & put in training, but bowed both front tendons & never started. He was put to stud as a three-year-old in 1941 at Mayer's farm in California &  was an immediate success. Syndicated & moved to Kentucky for the 1947 season at Spendthrift Farm, he died there in 1960 at the age of 22.  A light chestnut with a small star & three white feet, he was very long bodied, muscular, with a cresty neck, & a noticeably dipped back. He had a long forearm but was extremely light of bone below the knee, the probably reason for his bowing. In all, Alibhai sired 54 stakes winners, led by the champion two- & three-year-old filly Bowl of Flowers, from his last crop, foals of 1961. He also sired Kentucky Derby winner Determine & champion handicap mare Bornastar. Of importance to Quarter Horse enthusiasts, Alibhai sired the mare Hide And Seek who produced Find A Buyer, the dam of the great Dash For Cash.

ALMAHMOUD. 1947-1971. Blue Hen mare. Although nothing special to look at, she was a stakes winner at ages 2 & 3, & her blood has transformed the breed through her grandsons Halo &  Northern Dancer.She was known for being high-strung & tended to pass it on.  An interesting point about Almahmoud is that many of her greatest descendants are inbred to her. Her offspring crossed particularly well with descendants of Nearco. Her first foal was Cosmah, by Cosmic Bomb. Cosmah, a stakes winner, was the dam of 4 stakes winners including Tosmah &  Halo. She is also the dam of 6 producing daughters, her best-known is Natalma (x Native Dancer), dam of the legendary Northern Dancer. No other stallion has had the influence on modern breeding that Northern Dancer had. Natalma also produced 3 other stakes winners & 5 producing daughters, including Northern Dancer’s only full sister Arctic Dancer, who is the dam of US & Canadian Champion La Prevoyante plus two more stakes producers. Matriarch mare of the 20th century.C.V. Whitney breeder (KY). Won $32,700. 

ANCHOR WATCH. 1953. Thoroughbred by Degage out of L'Admiralte. Winner of 12 races, 6 seconds, five thirds, and $39,030, including Oceanside Handicap at Del Mar in 1:09 3/5. Most of his winning races were wire to wire. A 1962 ad for Vessels Ranch, in California, has him standing for $500.





ASPIDISTRA. Thoroughbred. Dam of 4 Stakes Winners from 13 foals, including Champions Dr. Fager & Ta Wee. Died in 1978.








AZURE TE. Thoroughbred,








BAND OF ANGELS. Stakes winner,13-7-3-0,$76,578.1970 Champion Quarter Running 2YO Filly. Won, Kindergarten Futurity Bay Meadows Futurity, Shufly Handicap and Bardella Handicap. Dam of 6 foals 5 Winners 2 SW, 1 SP.































BEDUINO. Thoroughbred. Mexico. 6 wins to 4, $11,630.00 in Mex., 2nd: Windsor Stakes (MEX). Unraced in North America. A leading sire of astakes winners. The all time leading TB sire of quarter horses, with get earnings of $13,298,309. Sire of AQHA: 496 ROM, 40 SWs, 6 World Champions, earning $13,149,809.00, 1 AQHA Champion, 2 Superior Halter horses, and 2 Superior Performance horses.












Bimelech was best runner sired by Black Toney.







BLACK TONY. 1911. Thoroughbred. By Peter Pan. He was the foundation stallion for the great 20th Century American breeder Edward R. Bradley, owner of the famous Idle Hour Stock Farm, Lexington, Kentucky. Black Toney started a total of 40 times over four season of racing, winning 13 races and earning $13,565. As a racer, Black Toney was well below top class, but as a sire, he proved to have few equals. Black Toney was the Leading Juvenile Sire in America in 1939, when his best runner Bimelech was two. Later crops included champion and Kentucky Derby legend Black Gold, another Kentucky Derby winner in Brokers Tip, and champions Bimelech, Balladier, Black Helen, Black Maria, as well as the top stakes winners Big Hurry, Broadway Jones, etc. He tended to sire speed and precociousness, but his offspring showed a lot of durability. His sireline carried forward with strength through Black Servant (sire of champions Blue Larkspur, Barn Swallow, Baba Kenny, Big Pebble), Balladier (sire of Spy Song, Double Jay, Mr. Music, Ky. Colonel, Papa Redbird), and Bimelech (sire of Better Self, Brookfield, Dark Ruler). Broker's Tip sired champion Market Wise (sire of To Market). Black Toney's daughters were good producers.

 BLADE 1966. Thoroughbred by Bold Ruler out of Monarchy (x Princequillo).







 BLANDFORD. Thoroughbred. 1919-1935. Sired by Swynford. Leading Sire in England in 1935 & 1938. Leading Sire in France in 1935. Sire of Blenheim II. Broodmare sire of 45 stakes winners.






 BLENHEIM. Thoroughbred. 1919-1935. Sired by Swynford. Leading Sire in England in 1935 & 1938. Leading Sire in France in 1935. Sire of Blenheim II. Broodmare sire of 45 stakes winners.






BLENHEIM II. Thoroughbred. 1927-1958. Leading Sire in 1941. Sire of Mahmoud, Whirlaway & Jet Pilot. Broodmare sire of 121 stakes winners, including Nasrullah.​ 








BLOODY BLADE. TB son of Blade.









 BLUE LARKSPUR. 1926. Thoroughbred by Black Servant. Bred in Kentucky by E. R. Bradley's Idle Hour Stock Farm, Blue Larkspur was one of the best, if not the best runner to come from Idle Hour's paddocks (16 starts, ten wins - up to 12 furlongs - and earnings of $272,070). Known for his speed and courage, fighting physical infirmities. At stud he became a major sire and one of the most important broodmare sires of the 20th Century. Several of his sons became respectable stallions (Revoked, Blue Swords, Blue Gay, Boxthorn, Blue Flyer, Bold and Bad, Best Seller), Blue Larkspur gained an even greater reputation as one of the best broodmare sires of his

era. Blue Larkspur mares crossed with everything, but were particularly effective with Calumet Farm's stallion Bull Lea. Blue Larkspur was an extremely handsome, well-balanced individual. His head was a little plain with an almost convex profile, but put on an elegant, powerful neck. Gifted with a beautiful shoulder and well developed hindquarter with a long, sloping hip, Blue Larkspur's major flaw was a lightness of bone which he inherited from his dam's sire, North Star III. He was a solid dark bay with the left hind coronet white in back. When Col. Bradley died in 1946, his bloodstock was dispersed, including the treasured stallions. Twenty-year-old Blue Larkspur became the property of King Ranch and was relocated to the King Ranch property just across the Old Frankfort Pike from Idle Hour Stud. He died in 1947 at the age of 21.










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