Edward L. Bowen examines twenty-six horses which have profoundly influenced the breed in the 20th Century and beyond. It traces the evolution of the American Thoroughbred as a product of much imported stock and the subsequent development of "classic" American sires.
Early 20th Century stallions which had a strong influence on American racing include Fair Play, the sire of Man o' War, who is ranked as the top racehorse of the last 100 years. America enjoyed a golden era of racing druing the middle part of the century, due largely to the exploits of such stallions as Bull Lea, Blenheim II, and Sir Gallahad III. These stallions helped America become the source of the world's best racehorses. Their descendants, among them Northern Dancer and Native Dancer, transformed the commercial market for Thoroughbreds in the last three decades of the 20th Century. Today, the names of America's foundation sires appear in the pedigrees of horses around the world.

Dynasties: Great Thoroughbred Stallions also contains stories about the people who had the foresight, and often the good luck, to breed or own these stallions. Great names of the Turf, such as the Aga Khan, Federico Tesio, William Woodward, and Arthur Hancock appear in the book. Author Edward L. Bowen is able to combine history and anecdote in a uniquely informative and entertaining manner.

Dynasties: Great Thoroughbred Stallions will appeal to everyone with an interest in Thoroughbred racing and history.
Published: Eclipse Press on
ISBN: 9781581500547
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