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Bold Ruler

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Bold Ruler, Eddie Arcaro up (Keeneland-Morgan)
Bold Ruler
Induction Year: 
1973
Foaled: 
1954
Breeder: 
Wheatley Stable
Owner: 
Wheatley Stable
Trainer: 
James E. "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons
Sire: 
Nasrullah
Dam: 
Miss Disco
Damsire: 
Discovery
Career Years: 
1956-1958
Starts: 
33
First: 
23
Second: 
4
Third: 
2
Earnings: 
$764,204.00

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Bio

A son of Nasrullah out of the Discovery mare Miss Disco, Bold Ruler was bred and raced by Gladys Mills Phipps’ Wheatley Stable and foaled at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. He was trained by James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons and Eddie Arcaro was his regular rider.  

 

Bold Ruler won the first five races of his career in 1956 and won the Belmont Futurity on the same day his stablemate, the great Nashua, won his farewell race in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. With his success as a 2-year-old and Nashua’s retirement, Bold Ruler was being hailed as Nashua’s successor, as both were sired by Nasrullah. Bold Ruler concluded his juvenile season with a record of 7-1-0 from 10 starts and earnings of $139,050.

 

As a 3-year-old, Bold Ruler began his campaign by setting a track record in the Flamingo Stakes. He then won the Wood Memorial, Preakness Stakes, Jerome Handicap, Vosburgh Handicap, Queens County Handicap and Trenton Handicap. As a sophomore, Bold Ruler won four stakes in which he carried 130 pounds or more and set three track records. His best effort of the year is generally considered to be the 1¼-mile Trenton Handicap in which he defeated Gallant Man and Round Table. Overall, Bold Ruler compiled a record of 11-2-2 from 16 starts and earnings of $415,160 as a 3-year-old.

 

Bold Ruler continued to excel as a 4-year-old in 1958, winning the 1¼-mile Suburban Handicap under 134 pounds and the Monmouth Handicap, also at 1¼ miles and again with 134 pounds. Bold Ruler also won the Stymie, Carter and Toboggan handicaps that year. He injured an ankle carrying 136 pounds in the Brooklyn Handicap and was retired to stud with an overall record of 23-4-2 from 33 starts and earnings of $764,204.

 

Standing at Claiborne, Bold Ruler sired Triple Crown winner Secretariat and the great filly Gamely. Other standouts sired by Bold Ruler included Bold Bidder, Lamb Chop, Bold Lad, Queen Empress, Successor, Queen of the Stage, Vitriolic and Wajima. He was also the grandsire of Ruffian, Bold Forbes, Foolish Pleasure, Bold ’n Determined and Spectacular Bid, as well as the great-grandsire of Seattle Slew.

 

Bold Ruler was the leading North American sire each year from 1963 through 1969. He died at Claiborne Farm in 1971 at the age of 17.

 

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