Nasrullah's Line in the United States

Author: Jana Nemeckova, published: 11th January 2017

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Nasrullah was imported into the United States before the 1951 breeding season, after seven years at stud in Great Britain. He was followed by three more sons - a British-bred Noor and the Irish-bred pair Curragh King and Indian Hemp. Noor became the damsire of Dancer's Image and Delta Judge; Indian Hemp sired T.V. Lark, the U.S. leading sire in 1974. But it was the U.S.-bred sons who took the reign: Fleet Nasrullah, Nantallah, Nashua and above all, the great Bold Ruler. Nasrullah himself was the U.S. leading sire five times, and Bold Ruler eight times in the period between 1955 and 1973; he was followed by T.V. Lark and his own son What a Pleasure. And of course, later came Seattle Slew and much more currently, his fantastic great-grandson Tapit.

Nasrullah's line in the U.S. was strengthened by imports from European branches. Well, it's not so true in the case of Nasrullah's sire Red God, who both raced and bred in Europe, but his champion son Blushing Groom returned to the United States right after his racing career, accompanied by no else than Caro - a former top French classic three-year-old, who just had the Prix du Jockey Club winner and the top European colt Crystal Palace in his second crop. Both enjoyed a great part of their success with their American progeny - Caro thanks to Cozzene, and Blushing Groom with Rahy, among others. Both their branches are getting on the top of the line now - Caro thanks to his branch of In Excess, which accompanies A.P. Indy's line among the last surviving branches of Nasrullah, and Blushing Groom's descendants are collecting successes in South America.

These two were followed also by the U.S.-bred Riverman, who spent the first part of his stud career in France, where he was the classic winner; his French-bred champion son Irish River started his stud career in the States, but they both proved better damsires than sireline founders.

As for the current situation? Well, Bold Ruler's "clear" branch is disappearing, but it, of course, survives through the strong branch of Seattle Slew, together with aforementioned Caro.

Stallions of the line - in chronological order:

SireAt studYearsBornPedigree
Nasrullah1951 - 195991940GBNearco - Mumtaz Begum, Blenheim
Noor1951 - 1968181945GBNasrullah - Queen of Baghdad, Bahram
Curragh King1955 - 1971171950IRENasrullah - Early Sunrise, Sol Oriens
Indian Hemp1956 - 1971161949IRENasrullah - Sabzy, Stardust
Nashua1957 - 1981251952USANasrullah - Segula, Johnstown
Nantallah1957 - 1972161953USANasrullah - Shimmer, Flares
Mister Gus1957 - 196591951USANasrullah - Fichu, Colombo
Amarullah1958 - 1972151954USANasrullah - Amphora, Bull Lea
Bold Ruler1959 - 1971131954USANasrullah - Miss Disco, Discovery
Fleet Nasrullah1960 - 1978191955USANasrullah - Happy Go Fleet, Count Fleet
Bald Eagle1961 - 1971111955USANasrullah - Siama, Tiger
On-And-On1962 - 196981956USANasrullah - Two Lea, Bull Lea
Ridan1963 - 1972101959USANantallah - Rough Shod, Gold Bridge
Jaipur1963 - 1973111959USANasrullah - Rare Perfume, Eight Thirty
T. V. Lark1963 - 1975131957USAIndian Hemp - Miss Larksfly, Heelfly
Never Bend1964 - 1976131960USANasrullah - Lalun, Djeddah
Bold Commander1965 - 1980161960USABold Ruler - High Voltage, Ambiorix
Outing Class1965 - 197281960USANasrullah - Track Medal, Khaled
Cockrullah196511951GBNasrullah - Summerleaze, Fair Trial
Chieftain1966 - 1982171961USABold Ruler - Pocahontas, Roman
Bold Bidder1966 - 1981161962USABold Ruler - High Bid, To Market
Cornish Prince1966 - 1983181962USABold Ruler - Teleran, Eight Thirty
Stevward1966 - 1982171959USANashua - Sherry Jen, Sun Again
Groton1966 - 1989241962USANashua - Register, Bimelech
Envoy1966 - 1980151962USABold Ruler - Monarchy, Princequillo
Jacinto1966 - 1981161962USABold Ruler - Cascade, Precipitation
Lt. Stevens1967 - 1983171961USANantallah - Rough Shod, Gold Bridge
Bold Lad1967 - 197261962USABold Ruler - Misty Morn, Princequillo
Boldnesian1967 - 197591963USABold Ruler - Alanesian, Polynesian
Young Emperor1967 - 197371963GBGrey Sovereign - Young Empress, Petition
Gummo1968 - 1982151962USAFleet Nasrullah - Alabama Gal, Determine
Successor1968 - 197031964USABold Ruler - Misty Morn, Princequillo
What a Pleasure1969 - 1983151965USABold Ruler - Grey Flight, Mahmoud
Diplomat Way1969 - 1984161964USANashua - Jandy, Princequillo
Iron Ruler1970 - 1984151965USANever Bend - Obedient, Mahmoud
Bold Hitter1970 - 1981121966USABold Ruler - Batter Up, Tom Fool
Dust Commander1971 - 1991211967USABold Commander - Dust Storm, Windy City
Dewan1971 - 1984141965USABold Ruler - Sunshine Nell, Sun Again
Reviewer1971 - 197771966USABold Ruler - Broadway, Hasty Road
T. V. Commercial1971 - 1988181965USAT. V. Lark - Your Hostess, Alibhai
Bold Hour1971 - 1988181964USABold Ruler - Seven Thirty, Mr. Music
Blade1971 - 1992221966USABold Ruler - Monarchy, Princequillo
What Luck1971 - 1988181967USABold Ruler - Irish Jay, Double Jay
Distinctive1971 - 1988181966USANever Bend - Precious Lady, Requested
Proudest Roman1971 - 1988181968USANever Bend - Roman Song, Roman
Irish Castle1972 - 1989181967USABold Ruler - Castle Forbes, Tulyar
Bold Reasoning1973 - 197531968USABoldnesian - Reason to Earn, Hail to Reason
Raja Baba1973 - 1987151968USABold Ruler - Missy Baba, My Babu
Naskra1973 - 1989171967USANasram - Iskra, Le Haar
Secretariat1974 - 1989161970USABold Ruler - Somethingroyal, Princequillo
Cannonade1975 - 1990161971USABold Bidder - Queen Sucree, Ribot
Quack1975 - 1993191969USAT. V. Lark - Quillon, Princequillo
Torsion1975 - 1992181970USANever Bend - Fairway Fun, Prince John
Buffalo Lark1976 - 198491970USAT. V. Lark - Chance Gauge, Degage
On To Glory1976 - 1992171971USABold Lad - Shenanigans, Native Dancer
Key to the Kingdom1976 - 1993181970USABold Ruler - Key Bridge, Princequillo
Wajima1976 - 1990151972USABold Ruler - Iskra, Le Haar
Bravest Roman1976 - 197941972USANever Bend - Roman Song, Roman
King Emperor1976 - 198491966USABold Ruler - Irish Jay, Double Jay
Master Derby1977 - 1996201972USADust Commander - Madam Jerry, Royal Coinage
Foolish Pleasure1977 - 1992161972USAWhat a Pleasure - Fool-Me-Not, Tom Fool
Bold Forbes1977 - 1989131973USAIrish Castle - Comely Nell, Commodore M.
Caro1978 - 1989121967IREFortino - Chambord, Chamossaire
Honest Pleasure1978 - 1992151973USAWhat a Pleasure - Tularia, Tulyar
Blushing Groom1978 - 1990131974FRRed God - Runaway Bride, Wild Risk
Seattle Slew1979 - 2002241974USABold Reasoning - My Charmer, Poker
Super Concorde1979 - 198791975USABold Reasoning - Prime Abord, Primera
It's Freezing1979 - 1991131972USAT. V. Commercial - Articana, Arctic Prince
J O Tobin1979 - 1994161974USANever Bend - Hill Shade, Hillary
Star de Naskra1980 - 1999201975USANaskra - Candle Star, Clandestine
Riverman1980 - 1996171969USANever Bend - River Lady, Prince John
Tyrant1980 - 1990111966USABold Ruler - Anadem, My Babu
Spectacular Bid1981 - 2003231976USABold Bidder - Spectacular, Promised Land
Bold Ruckus1981 - 1996161976USABoldnesian - Raise a Ruckus, Raise a Native
Mount Hagen1981 - 198661971FRBold Bidder - Moonmadness, Tom Fool
Irish River1981 - 2001211976FRRiverman - Irish Star, Klairon
Well Decorated1982 - 2001201978USARaja Baba - Paris Breeze, Majestic Prince
Flying Paster1982 - 1992111976USAGummo - Procne, Acroterion
Air Forbes Won1983 - 1999171979USABold Forbes - Bronze Point, Tobin Bronze
Caveat1984 - 1994111980USACannonade - Cold Hearted, The Axe
Runaway Groom1984 - 2006231979CANBlushing Groom - Yonnie Girl, Call the Witness
Fit to Fight1985 - 2005211979USAChieftain - Hasty Queen, One Count
Slew O'Gold1985 - 2001171980USASeattle Slew - Alluvial, Buckpasser
Seattle Song1985 - 1995111981USASeattle Slew - Incantation, Prince Blessed
Cozzene1986 - 2008231980USACaro - Ride the Trails, Prince John
Mt. Livermore1986 - 2004191981USABlushing Groom - Flama Ardiente, Crimson Satan
General Assembly1987 - 199261976USASecretariat - Exclusive Dancer, Native Dancer
Capote1988 - 2003161984USASeattle Slew - Too Bald, Bald Eagle
Parade Marshal1988 - 198921983USACaro - Stepping High, No Robbery
Tejano1989 - 199791985USACaro - Infantes, Exclusive Native
Notebook1990 - 2003141985USAWell Decorated - Mobcap, Tom Rolfe
Rahy1990 - 2008191985USABlushing Groom - Glorious Song, Halo
Glitterman1991 - 2004141985USADewan - Moon Glitter, In Reality
With Approval1991 - 2010201986USACaro - Passing Mood, Buckpasser
In Excess1993 - 2011191987IRESiberian Express - Kantado, Saulingo
A.P. Indy1993 - 2010181989USASeattle Slew - Weekend Surprise, Secretariat
Siberian Express1994 - 199631981USACaro - Indian Call, Warfare
Cherokee Run1996 - 2009141990USARunaway Groom - Cherokee Dame, Silver Saber
Bahri1996 - 200381992USARiverman - Wasnah, Nijinsky
Candy Stripes1997 - 199931982USABlushing Groom - Bubble Company, Lyphard
Arazi199711989USABlushing Groom - Danseur Fabuleux, Northern Dancer
Pulpit1998 - 2012151994USAA.P. Indy - Preach, Mr. Prospector
Is It True1998 - 200691986USARaja Baba - Roman Rockette, Proudest Roman
Alphabet Soup1998 - 2014171991USACozzene - Illiterate, Arts And Letters
Indian Charlie1999 - 2011131995USAIn Excess - Soviet Sojourn, Leo Castelli
Malibu Moon2000 - 2015161997USAA.P. Indy - Macoumba, Mr. Prospector
Yes It's True2001 - 2015151996USAIs It True - Clever Monique, Clever Trick
Mizzen Mast2003 - 2015131998USACozzene - Kinema, Graustark
Mineshaft2004 - 2015121999USAA.P. Indy - Prospectors Delite, Mr. Prospector
Tapit2005 - 2017132001USAPulpit - Tap Your Heels, Unbridled
Uncle Mo2012 - 201762008USAIndian Charlie - Playa Maya, Arch

Timelines

1951 - 1960

1951195219531954195519561957195819591960
Nasrullah
NoorNasrullah
Curragh KingNasrullah
Indian HempNasrullah
Mister GusNasrullah
NashuaNasrullah
NantallahNasrullah
AmarullahNasrullah
Bold RulerNasrullah
Fleet Nas.

1961 - 1970

1961196219631964196519661967196819691970
NoorNasrullah
Curragh KingNasrullah
Indian HempNasrullah
Mister GusNasrullah
NashuaNasrullah
NantallahNasrullah
Cockrullah
AmarullahNasrullah
Fleet NasrullahNasrullah
Bald EagleNasrullah
On-And-OnNasrullah
T. V. LarkIndian Hemp
JaipurNasrullah
RidanNantallah
Never BendNasrullah
Outing ClassNasrullah
StevwardNashua
GrotonNashua
Lt. StevensNantallah
GummoFleet Nasrullah
Diplomat WayNashua
Bold RulerNasrullah
Bold CommanderBold Ruler
ChieftainBold Ruler
Bold BidderBold Ruler
Cornish PrinceBold Ruler
EnvoyBold Ruler
JacintoBold Ruler
Bold LadBold Ruler
BoldnesianBold Ruler
SuccessorBold Ruler
What a PleasureB.R.
Bold Hitter
Never BendNasrullah
Iron Ruler
Young EmperorGrey Sovereign
1961196219631964196519661967196819691970

1971 - 1980

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1971197219731974197519761977197819791980
Curragh King
Indian Hemp
NashuaNasrullah
NantallahNasrullah
AmarullahNasrullah
Fleet NasrullahNasrullah
Bald Eagle
T. V. LarkIndian Hemp
JaipurNasrullah
RidanNantallah
Outing ClassNasrullah
StevwardNashua
GrotonNashua
Lt. StevensNantallah
GummoFleet Nasrullah
Diplomat WayNashua
T. V. CommercialT. V. Lark
NaskraNasram
QuackT. V. Lark
Buffalo LarkT. V. Lark
It's Freezing
S. de Naskra
Bold Ruler
Bold CommanderBold Ruler
ChieftainBold Ruler
Bold BidderBold Ruler
Cornish PrinceBold Ruler
EnvoyBold Ruler
JacintoBold Ruler
Bold LadBold Ruler
BoldnesianBold Ruler
What a PleasureBold Ruler
Bold HitterBold Ruler
Dust CommanderBold Commander
DewanBold Ruler
ReviewerBold Ruler
Bold HourBold Ruler
BladeBold Ruler
What LuckBold Ruler
Irish CastleBold Ruler
Raja BabaBold Ruler
Bold ReasoningBoldnesian
SecretariatBold Ruler
CannonadeBold Bidder
Key to the KingdomBold Ruler
WajimaBold Ruler
On To GloryBold Lad
King EmperorBold Ruler
Master DerbyDust Commander
Bold ForbesIrish Castle
Foolish PleasureWhat a Pleasure
Honest PleasureWhat a Pleasure
Super ConcordeB.Reas.
Tyrant
Never BendNasrullah
Iron RulerNever Bend
DistinctiveNever Bend
Proudest RomanNever Bend
TorsionNever Bend
Bravest RomanNever Bend
J O TobinN.Bend
Riverman
Young EmperorGrey Sovereign
CaroFortino
Blushing GroomRed God
Seattle SlewB.Reas.
1971197219731974197519761977197819791980

1981 - 1990

1981198219831984198519861987198819891990
Nashua
StevwardNashua
GrotonNashua
Lt. StevensNantallah
GummoFleet Nasrullah
Diplomat WayNashua
T. V. CommercialT. V. Lark
NaskraNasram
QuackT. V. Lark
Buffalo LarkT. V. Lark
It's FreezingT. V. Commercial
Star de NaskraNaskra
Flying PasterGummo
ChieftainBold Ruler
Bold Bidder
Jacinto
Cornish PrinceBold Ruler
What a PleasureBold Ruler
Bold Hitter
Dust CommanderBold Commander
DewanBold Ruler
Bold HourBold Ruler
BladeBold Ruler
What LuckBold Ruler
King EmperorBold Ruler
Irish CastleBold Ruler
TyrantBold Ruler
Raja BabaBold Ruler
SecretariatBold Ruler
Mount HagenBold Bidder
CannonadeBold Bidder
Key to the KingdomBold Ruler
WajimaBold Ruler
On To GloryBold Lad
LiloyBold Bidder
Master DerbyDust Commander
Bold ForbesIrish Castle
Foolish PleasureWhat a Pleasure
Honest PleasureWhat a Pleasure
Super ConcordeBold Reasoning
Spectacular BidBold Bidder
Bold RuckusBoldnesian
Well DecoratedRaja Baba
Air Forbes WonBold Forbes
CaveatCannonade
Fit to FightChieftain
General Assembly
Notebook
Iron RulerNever Bend
DistinctiveNever Bend
Proudest RomanNever Bend
TorsionNever Bend
J O TobinNever Bend
RivermanNever Bend
Irish RiverRiverman
CaroFortino
CozzeneCaro
Parade MarshalCaro
TejanoCaro
Blushing GroomRed God
Runaway GroomBlushing Groom
Mt. LivermoreBlushing Groom
RahyB.G.
Seattle SlewBold Reasoning
Slew O'GoldSeattle Slew
Seattle SongSeattle Slew
CapoteSeattle Slew
1981198219831984198519861987198819891990

1991 - 2000

Raja Baba
1991199219931994199519961997199819992000
QuackT. V. Lark
Star de NaskraNaskra
Flying Paster
Dust Comm.
BladeB. Ruler
Key to the KingdomBold Ruler
On To GloryBold Lad
Master DerbyDust Commander
Foolish Pleasure
Honest Pleasure
General Assembly
Spectacular BidBold Bidder
Bold RuckusBoldnesian
Well DecoratedRaja Baba
Air Forbes WonBold Forbes
CaveatCannonade
Fit to FightChieftain
NotebookWell Decorated
GlittermanDewan
Is It True
TorsionN.Bend
J O TobinNever Bend
RivermanNever Bend
Irish RiverRiverman
CozzeneCaro
Siberian ExpressCaro
TejanoCaro
With ApprovalCaro
In ExcessCaro
Alphabet SoupCozzene
Indian CharlieIn Excess
Runaway GroomBlushing Groom
Mt. LivermoreBlushing Groom
RahyBlushing Groom
Cherokee RunRunaway Groom
Candy StripesBlushing Groom
Arazi
Seattle SlewBold Reasoning
Slew O'GoldSeattle Slew
Seattle SongSeattle Slew
CapoteSeattle Slew
A.P. IndySeattle Slew
PulpitA.P. Indy
Malibu Moon
1991199219931994199519961997199819992000

2001 - 2010

2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Spectacular BidBold Bidder
Well Dec.
NotebookWell Decorated
Fit to FightChieftain
GlittermanChieftain
Is It TrueRaja Baba
Yes It's TrueIs It True
Irish River
CozzeneCaro
With ApprovalCaro
In ExcessCaro
Alphabet SoupCozzene
Indian CharlieIn Excess
Mizzen MastCozzene
Runaway GroomBlushing Groom
Mt. LivermoreBlushing Groom
RahyBlushing Groom
Cherokee RunRunaway Groom
Seattle SlewB.Reas.
Slew O'Gold
CapoteSeattle Slew
A.P. IndySeattle Slew
PulpitA.P. Indy
Malibu MoonA.P. Indy
MineshaftA.P. Indy
TapitPulpit
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010

2011 - 2017

2011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Yes It's TrueIs It True
In Excess
Indian Charlie
Mizzen MastCozzene
Uncle MoIndian Charlie
PulpitA.P. Indy
Malibu MoonA.P. Indy
MineshaftA.P. Indy
TapitPulpit
2011201220132014201520162017201820192020