Sport Horse Pedigrees, 5–Nearco`s son, Royal Charger, 1942.

Just as Neactic`s legacy survives mainly because of one son, Northern Dancer, so Royal Charger`s place in history is mainly by way of his son, Turn-To, a foal of 1951. Turn-To was an exceptional sire of top of the line race horses, including Cyane, First Landing, Sir Gaylord, and Hail to Reason. First Landing sired Belmont and Kentucky Derby winner, Riva Ridge. Sir Gaylord sired Habitat and English Champion, Sir Ivor.

But the biggest portion of the Nearco-Royal Charger-Turn-To legacy is thanks to another Turn-To son, Hail to Reason, a foal of 1958, who is all over the place in modern pedigrees. Hail to Reason`s aggressive, actually dangerous son, Halo, sired two Kentucky Derby winners, Sunny`s Halo, and Sunday Silence, a many time top sire in Japan. Another great son, Roberto, is noted as a distance sire. But part of  Hail to Reason`s  powerful pedigree presence in modern times  is because his son, Bold Reason, sired Fairy Bridge, dam of 12 time leading English sire, Sadlers Wells. Sadlers Wells horses are “everywhere” in European racing.

Back in America, Seattle Slew, and his son, AP Indy have been leading sires, and since Seattle Slew`s sire, Bold Reasoning, is out of Reason to Earn, by Hail to Reason, there`s one more huge contribution to the Royal Chrger sire line.

Nearco`s three sons, Nasrullah, Nearctic, and Royal Charger, plus other sons and daughters, have made Nearco sort of a modern day “Adam”. You can find thoroughbreds without his genetic influence, but they are getting scarce, just as thoroughbreds without at least a trace of Native Dancer are increasingly hard to find. The next installment will look at some outcrosses, thoroughbreds without any Nearco or Native Dancer blood.


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