Ribot's Line in the United States

Author: Jana Nemeckova, published: 11th January 2018

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Ribot died at the age of 20, after 12 seasons in the United States. He left his best sons there: Tom Rolfe was born in 1962, Graustark in 1963 and His Majesty a little later in 1968. Graustark's line was the widest, but also disappeared as the first. His Majesty sired Pleasant Colony, and Tom Rolfe's son Hoist the Flag added Alleged, another double Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner like Ribot. However, compared to other American sirelines, this line was always somewhat weak. One of its reasons could be Ribot's temper, but the fact is that Ribot was sent to start his American career right against the best years of Nasrullah and Bold Ruler - and their first descendants, including no less than eight American champions Nashua, Never Bend, Bald Eagle, T.V. Lark, Jaipur, Bold Lad, Bold Bidder and Successor. Not to mention that Northern Dancer's first foals were born right in the middle of Ribot's American era.

Still, the line was able to survive into the 21st century. It looked very well for a while - Pleasant Tap was voted the champion older horse and Go For Gin won the Kentucky Derby and placed in the other two legs of the Triple Crow. Their sons were great runners too, as Pleasantly Perfect won the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Albert the Great ran third in it. Unfortunately, it seems that this was only the swan song of Ribot's line.

Stallions of the line - in chronological order:

SireAt studYearsCountryBornPedigree
Ribot1961 - 197212USA1952GBTenerani - Romanella, El Greco
Prince Royal1965 - 19728USA1961GBRibot - Pange, King's Bench
Graustark1966 - 198823USA1963USARibot - Flower Bowl, Alibhai
Maribeau1966 - 198621USA1962USARibot - Cosmah, Cosmic Bomb
Tom Rolfe1967 - 198923USA1962USARibot - Pocahontas, Roman
Ribocco1968 - 19725USA1964USARibot - Libra, Hyperion
Arts And Letters1971 - 199424USA1966USARibot - All Beautiful, Battlefield
Hoist the Flag1972 - 19809USA1968USATom Rolfe - Wavy Navy, War Admiral
Droll Role1973 - 19797USA1968USATom Rolfe - Pradella, Preciptic
His Majesty1973 - 199523USA1968USARibot - Flower Bowl, Alibhai
Unconscious1973 - 198311USA1968USAPrince Royal - Brown Berry, Mount Marcy
Grenfall1973 - 198816USA1968USAGraustark - Primonetta, Swaps
Key to the Mint1974 - 199421USA1969USAGraustark - Key Bridge, Princequillo
Ruritania1974 - 19785CAN1969USAGraustark - Aiming High, Djebe
Groshawk1975 - 199420USA1970USAGraustark - Songster, Jester
Prove Out1975 - 198915USA1969USAGraustark - Equal Venture, Bold Venture
Avatar1977 - 199216USA1972USAGraustark - Brown Berry, Mount Marcy
Cormorant1978 - 199518USA1974USAHis Majesty - Song Sparrow, Tudor Minstrel
Sauce Boat1979 - 199113USA1975USAKey to the Mint - Missy Baba, My Babu
Alleged1979 - 199719USA1974USAHoist the Flag - Princess Pout, Prince John
Filiberto1980 - 1984
1985 - 1988
5
4
CAN
USA
1970USARibot - Fast Line, Mr. Busher
Run the Gantlet1981 - 19855USA1968USATom Rolfe - First Feather, First Landing
Pirate's Bounty1981 - 199818USA1975USAHoist the Flag - Bad Seed, Stevward
Codex1981 - 19833USA1977USAArts And Letters - Roundup Rose, Minnesota Mac
Plugged Nickle1982 - 19887USA1977USAKey to the Mint - Toll Booth, Buckpasser
Stalwart1982 - 200322USA1979USAHoist the Flag - Yes Dear Maggy, Iron Ruler
Pleasant Colony1982 - 199918USA1978USAHis Majesty - Sun Colony, Sunrise Flight
Linkage1984 - 2002
2003 - 2006
19
4
USA
CAN
1979USAHoist the Flag - Unity Hall, Cyane
Badger Land1988 - 19958USA1983USACodex - Gimieroom, Racing Room
Java Gold1989 - 19957USA1984USAKey to the Mint - Javamine, Nijinsky
Lost Code1989 - 200012USA1984USACodex - Loss or Gain, Ack Ack
St. Jovite1993 - 200513USA1989USAPleasant Colony - Northern Sunset, Northfields
Pleasant Tap1993 - 201018USA1987USAPleasant Colony - Never Knock, Stage Door Johnny
Go For Gin1996 - 201116USA1991USACormorant - Never Knock, Stage Door Johnny
Albert the Great2002 - 201615USA1997USAGo For Gin - Bright Feather, Fappiano
Pleasantly Perfect2005 - 201410USA1998USAPleasant Colony - Regal State, Affirmed

Timelines

1961 - 1970

1961196219631964196519661967196819691970
RibotTenerani
Prince RoyalRibot
MaribeauRibot
GraustarkRibot
Tom RolfeRibot
RiboccoRibot
Ribero

1971 - 1980

1971197219731974197519761977197819791980
Ribot
Prince RoyalRibot?
UnconsciousPrince Royal
MaribeauRibot
GraustarkRibot
GrenfallGraustark
Key to the MintGraustark
RuritaniaGraustark
Prove OutGraustark
GroshawkGraustark
AvatarGraustark
Sauce BoatKey to the Mint
Tom RolfeRibot
Hoist the FlagTom Rolfe
AllegedHoist the Flag
Droll RoleTom Rolfe
Ribocco
Arts And LettersRibot
His MajestyRibot
CormorantHis Majesty
Filiberto

1981 - 1990

1981198219831984198519861987198819891990
UnconsciousPrince Royal
GraustarkRibot
GrenfallGraustark?
Key to the MintGraustark
Prove OutGraustark
GroshawkGraustark
AvatarGraustark
Sauce BoatKey to the Mint
Plugged NickleKey to the Mint
Java GoldKey t.t. Mint
Tom RolfeRibot
AllegedHoist the Flag
Run the GantletTom Rolfe
Pirate's BountyHoist the Flag
StalwartHoist the Flag
LinkageHoist the Flag
Arts And LettersRibot
CodexArts And Letters
Badger LandCodex
Lost CodeCodex
His MajestyRibot
CormorantHis Majesty
Pleasant ColonyHis Majesty
FilibertoRibot

1991 - 2000

1991199219931994199519961997199819992000
Key to the MintGraustark
Java GoldKey to the Mint
AllegedHoist the Flag
Pirate's BountyHoist the Flag
StalwartHoist the Flag
LinkageHoist the Flag
Arts And LettersRibot
Badger LandCodex
Lost CodeCodex
His MajestyRibot
CormorantHis Majesty
Pleasant ColonyHis Majesty
Pleasant TapPleasant Colony
St. JovitePleasant Colony
Go For GinCormorant

2001 - 2010

2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
StalwartHoist the Flag
LinkageHoist the Flag
Pleasant TapPleasant Colony
St. JovitePleasant Colony
Go For GinCormorant
Albert the GreatGo For Gin
Pleasantly PerfectPleasant Colony

2011 - 2017

2011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Go For Gin
Albert the GreatGo For Gin
Pleasantly PerfectPleasant Colony