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By Horse Collaborative on September 17, 2015
BY DENNY EMERSON — If you ride a thoroughbred in 2015, anywhere on planet earth, you do so because back in 1934 an Englishman had a prejudiced attitude toward Italians. WHAT? Yup. In 1934, an Italian horseman named Federico Tesio had a mare, Nogara, that he wanted to breed to Lord Derby’s champion race horse, Fairway. But Lord Derby’s stud manager, the person responsible for accepting mares into Fairway’s book, was prejudiced against Italians, and refused Tesio’s request. So Tesio bred Nogara to Pharos, the full brother of Fairway. The resulting foal was Nearco, a great champion on the racetrack, […]