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Per­sim­mon, 1893, is by St. Simon out of Perdita, who traces mul­ti­ple times to Matchem. Like his sire con­sid­ered an “Ado­nis of the track” with lovely con­for­ma­tion, Per­sim­mon stood 16 hands, two inches and was bred and owned by Al­bert, Prince of Wales. For the Prince he won four ma­jor stakes races at from 12 fur­longs to 2 ½ miles, and was lead­ing English sire four times. His full brother Di­a­mond Ju­bilee, also bred by the Prince, was the win­ner of the English Triple Crown in 1900 (the 2,000-Guinea Stakes at one mile; the Ep­som Derby at 12 fur­longs; and the St. Leger Stakes at 14 fur­longs). His great­est daugh­ter, Scep­tre (out of Or­na­ment, by Bend Or), pro­duced many stakeswin­ning “stay­ers.” His grand­son Coq Gaulois raced in France both on the flat and over hur­dles, trans­mit­ting Per­sim­mon’s blood­line to both steeplecha­sers and Euro­pean warm­bloods.

Prince­qui­llo, 1940. A de­scen­dant of St. Simon through Per­sim­mon, Prince­qui­llo was by Prince Rose out of Cosquilla, her­self a de­scen­dant of St. Simon. With 12 wins in 33 ca­reer starts, Prince­qui­llo was a mul­ti­cham­pion stakes and cup win­ner at dis­tances of one to 2 ¼ miles. He sired 64 stakes win­ners and was lead­ing North Amer­i­can sire in 1957 and 1958. Even bet­ter, he was lead­ing U.S. brood­mare sire 1966 to 1970, 1972 to 1973, and 1976 and lead­ing brood­mare sire in Great Bri­tain and Ire­land in 1971. An­other durable horse who com­bined speed with plenty of valu­able stayer “bot­tom,” Prince­qui­llo lived to be 24. Sired by Prince­qui­llo, Round

Ta­ble, 1954, was out of Knight’s Daugh­ter, who harks back in two lines to St. Simon—and it is St. Simon that this horse re­sem­bles most. He had 66 ca­reer starts with 43 wins in hand­i­caps and stakes races at clas­sic dis­tances, be­com­ing U.S. Cham­pion Turf Horse in three con­sec­u­tive years. He was foaled at Clai­borne Farm in Ken­tucky on the same night as cham­pion and lead­ing sire Bold Ruler. Re­tired to stud at age 6, Round Ta­ble sired 83 stakes win­ners.

Si­cam­bre, 1948, smooth and sub­stan­tial in con­for­ma­tion, was by Prince Bio, a de­scen­dant of Per­sim­mon and The Te­trarch, and out of the mare Sif who has two lines to St. Simon. A con­sis­tent win­ner at dis­tances of 1 ½ to 2 ½ miles on turf, Si­cam­bre had eight wins in nine ca­reer starts. Not re­tired to stud un­til age 12, he sired nu­mer­ous Euro­pean cham­pi­ons. In ad­di­tion, Si­cam­bre is an in­flu­en­tial sire of jumpers and warm­bloods. Like many other “stay­ers,” this horse also lived to a ripe old age, dy­ing at 27 in 1975.

Gal­lant Man, 1954, was sired by Migoli out of Ma­jideh. There is plenty of stayer blood in this horse’s pedi­gree—the top­side con­tains lines go­ing back to St. Simon, Mum­taz Ma­hal and The Te­trarch, while the distaff side also traces to Mum­taz Ma­hal, The Te­trarch and Bay Ron­ald. Nonethe­less, this horse also had the genes for speed, plumb­ing th­ese up pri­mar­ily from mul­ti­ple crosses to Fly­ing Childers and Bartlett’s Bleed­ing Childers in the tail fe­male. In 26 ca­reer starts, Gal­lant Man had 14 wins in­clud­ing the 1957 Bel­mont Stakes, where he set a speed record that stood un­til bro­ken by Sec­re­tariat in 1973. He also won at short dis­tances of from six to 12 fur­longs.

PRINCE­QUI­LLO

ROUND TA­BLE

PER­SIM­MON

GAL­LANT MAN

SI­CAM­BRE

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