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Nasrullah. Photo courtesy Horse Collaborative

Denny Emerson: Start to learn TB pedigree

BY DENNY EMERSON—In 1935, Nearco (by Pharos x Nogara) was foaled in Italy, bred by Federico Tesio. His impact on the American Thoroughbred is profound. He’s a good starting point in pedigree education because he’s relatively “modern”, and, through the influence of three of his sons, he is in the pedigrees of almost all modern thoroughbreds and TB crosses. The three sons, all of whom created their own dynasties, were Nasrullah (1940),Nearctic (1954) and Royal Charger (1942). Nasrullah sired Bold Ruler, sire of Secretariat. He sired Nashua, maternal grandsire of Mr. Prospector. He sired Never Bend, grandsire of the two […]