Alfred de Prades
Alfred de Prades (British, 1840–1895)
Oil on panel, 24 ¾” x 18 ¾”
Blair Athol, a foal of 1861, matured slowly and never raced at 2. In the spring of his sophomore year, he showed great promise, having been entered in nine races but never starting in any. His difficulties resulted from abuse, including kicks to the legs and genitals, by a stable lad being paid by bookmakers to prevent him from running. On May 25, 1864, Blair Athol made his first career start in the Epsom Derby and, after eight false starts, drew clear at the finish to win. Between May and September he made seven starts, winning five, including the St Leger. Blair Athol was retired after the St Leger with a tendon injury. At stud he was champion sire in 1872, 1873, 1875, and 1877.