1909 - 1935

Wrack (GB)

Claiborne's First Leading Sire

Robert Le Diable (Fr) - Samphire (GB), by Isinglass (GB)
Lifetime Race Record: 50 starts, 16 wins, £6,869

Bred and owned by the Archibald Philip Primrose, the 5th Earl of Rosebery

1921 - Leading Juvenile Sire
1923 - Leading General Sire by Winners
1930 - Leading General Sire by Winners
1931 - Leading General Sire by Winners
1935 - Leading American Broodmare Sire

Marquee Races Won

Stud Produce Stakes
Wallington Plate
Sportsman Nursery
Lancashire Nursery
Whitsuntide Plate
Houghton Handicap
Biennial Stakes
Newbury Spring Cup
Allestree Plate
Newbury Spring Cup

Accomplished Progeny


Multiple Stakes Winner; Kentucky Derby & Preakness Contender; Bred by Claiborne


2x Champion; Bred by Claiborne


Multiple Graded Stakes Placed; Dam of Triple Crown Winner Omaha

Single Foot

Multiple Stakes Winner; Kentucky Derby Contender


Multiple Stakes Winner

Fair Star

Champion 2YO

Little Chief

Multiple Stakes Winner

Purchased by A.B. Hancock in 1915, Wrack was the first major acquisition of a foreign stallion and launched the stallion division of Claiborne Farm in Kentucky to complement the main farm, Ellerslie, in Virginia.

Wrack was the first leading sire for the Paris, Kentucky operation, topping the Juvenile Sire List in 1926 and becoming the leading U.S. sire by number of winners in 1923, 1930 and 1931.

Wrack’s 30 career stakes winners included one of A.B. Hancock’s earliest Kentucky-bred champions, Careful, the Champion two-year-old filly of 1920 and Champion older mare of 1922. Another important offspring was produced when William Woodward’s Belair Stud sent Kentucky Oaks winner Flambette to Wrack. That fateful mating produced the mare, Flambino, who was in turn bred to Woodward’s Claiborne-based Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox, producing subsequent Triple Crown winner Omaha, who would also stand at Claiborne.