1940 – 1959

1940 - 1959, Nearco - Mumtaz Begum, by *Blenheim II
Bred and owned by the Aga Khan III
Trained by Frank Butters

When A. B. (Bull) Hancock Jr. imported *Nasrullah for stud duty to the United States, he gave breeders a bloodline that continues to shape the breed.  As Kent Hollingsworth wrote in The Kentucky Thoroughbred, “Nasrullah was the most influential, most important stallion imported to America since the first English Derby winner, Diomed, arrived in Virginia in 1800.”

*Nasrullah was a champion from the first crop by unbeaten Nearco. Hancock wanted a son of Nearco and set his sites on *Nasrullah while he was racing. It would take several offers over seven years plus assistance from his father-in-law, Nashville attorney Seth Walker, to finalize the transaction that would bring *Nasrullah to Claiborne in July, 1950, the same year *Nasrullah’s son *Noor defeated champion Citation four times. He quickly became one of the most important sires of the 20th century and helped establish the modern-day dominance of Nearco’s male line. He earned five titles as Leading Sire and his son, Bold Ruler, earned eight. He was a three-time Leading Sire of Juveniles from only nine crops sired at Claiborne. The Hall of Fame has enshrined his sons Bold Ruler, *Noor and Nashua, as well as second-generation offspring, Secretariat and Ruffian.

*Nasrullah provided a needed boost to the Claiborne stallion roster as *Sir Gallahad III was deceased and *Blenheim II was aged 24 when the “lovable rogue” arrived. The combination of *Nasrullah, a carefully-culled broodmare band, and retaining their progeny for racing, soon made Claiborne one of the nation’s top owners as well as a leading breeder.

1942 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in England
1955-56, 1959-60, & 1962   Leading Sire in North America
1954, 1956, & 1962   Leading Juvenile Sire in North America
Stood at Claiborne from 1951

Died May 26, 1959. Buried at Claiborne Farm.