1940 - 1959


A Bloodline that Continues to Shape the Breed

Lifetime Race Record: 10-5-1-2,

Bred and owned by The Aga Khan III
Trained by Frank Butters

1942 - Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in England
1951 - Leading Sire in England
1955-56; 1959-60; 1962 - Leading Sire in North America
1954; 1956; 1962 - Leading Juvenile Sire in North America

Marquee Races Won

Coventry Stakes
Great Bradley Stakes
Champion Stakes
Chatteris Stakes
Cavenham Stakes

Accomplished Progeny

Bold Ruler

Champion; Hall of Fame Inductee; Sire of All Time Great Secretariat


Multiple Stakes Winner; Broodmare of the Year

Fleet Nasrullah

Multiple Stakes Winner; Sire of Multiple Black Type Winners

Grey Sovereign

Multiple Stakes Winner; Leading Sire of 2YO's in France & Britain


Champion 3YO; Sire


Co-Champion 2YO


Dam of Champions Turkish Trousers & Tell


Champion 2YO & 3YO; Horse of the Year; Hall of Fame Inductee; Millionaire; Sire


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire

Never Bend

Champion 2YO; Sire of Champion & Horse of the Year Mill Reef

Never Say Die

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire of Champion Never Too Late


Champion; Hall of Fame Inductee; First Horse to Defeat 2 Triple Crown Winners


Sire of Champion & Kentucky Derby Winner Forward Pass

Red God

Sire of 2x Champion, Leading Sire, & Leading Broodmare Sire Blushing Groom


Sire of Australian Champions Baguette & Wiggle

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.

*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.

Nasrullah stood at Claiborne for nine years before his death in 1959. He led the sire list five times, one of only three stallions of the 20th Century to lead the list that often. Nasrullah sired a total of nine champions in America, including Nashua, Never Bend, and Bold Ruler, each a major sire in his right.  The latter was foaled at Claiborne, born the same night as Round Table in 1954. Bred by Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps, owner of Wheatley Stable and a Claiborne client for several decades, Bold Ruler was Horse of the Year for Mrs. Phipps in 1957, then retired to Claiborne. He upped the century’s best record by leading the sire list eight times. The Hall of Fame has enshrined his sons Bold Ruler, *Noor and Nashua, as well as second-generation offspring, Secretariat and Ruffian.

Died May 26, 1959. Buried at Claiborne Farm.