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Never Say DieA Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry$
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James C. Nicholson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141671

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141671.001.0001

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Never Say Die

James C. Nicholson

University Press of Kentucky

The fifth chapter explains how wealthy American industrialists were able to import some of Europe’s top Thoroughbreds in the early twentieth century, setting the stage for a shift in the balance of power within international Thoroughbred racing. The chapter includes an overview of earlier American efforts at Thoroughbred importation and a discussion of some of Never Say Die’s equine ancestors. Some of Europe’s most influential breeders of the twentieth century are discussed, including Federico Tesio. The chapter concludes with a description of the Aga Khan’s temperamental-but-talented colt Nasrullah, who did not live up to his tremendous potential on as a racehorse but became one of the most influential stallions in history. Among Nasrullah’s most successful offspring was Never Say Die.

Keywords:   Aga Khan, Federico Tesio, Nasrullah

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