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26 | Thomas Percy Earl<br>  <i>(British, 1874–1947)</i><br><br>PORTRAIT OF MR. GEORGE BLACKWELL SR.<br>$5,000. – $7,000.<br><br><strong>Sale Price: $3,450.</strong>

Oil on canvas, 22” x 29 1⁄2”

Signed, dated ’02

$5,000. – 7,000.

 

Though he’s best known for his connection to Northern Dancer (lot 38), Blackwell and his family were no strangers to other influential sires. His father, also named George Blackwell, began his career as the head traveling lad for trainer Matthew Dawson, who led St. Simon (lots 27 and 28) to an undefeated career. The elder Blackwell also assisted in the training of Mons Meg and Melody (lot 32), who respectively won the 1890 Queens Vase and Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot on the same day. He became a trainer on his own in 1891 after Dawson retired and went on to train Rock Sand (lot 33) to his 1903 English Triple Crown sweep. Rock Sand went on to be the damsire of Man o’ War and the great-great grandsire of Princequillo (lot 35), whose line can be seen in horses such as Triple Crown winners Secretariat and Seattle Slew, and in pedigrees of horses such as A.P. Indy, Cigar, Zenyatta, and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. It is worth noting all of these horses trace directly back to St. Simon.

 

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