Bronze, 22 3⁄4” x 27”
$6,000. – 9,000.
At stud, St. Simon sired 423 foals, who won a combined 571 races and brought in more than half a million pounds in earnings in two decades. Taunton writes again of him in Famous Horses, stating “at the stud his success has been so wonderful that it has been almost impossible to secure a subscription to him, whatever the price offered.” He was the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland nine times and the leading broodmare sire six times. He sired 10 English classic winners: Memoir, Semolina, La Flèche, Mrs. Butterwick, Amiable, Persimmon (lot 41), St Frusquin, Diamond Jubilee, La Roche, and Winifreda. His bloodline continued to Ribot, Nearco, and Northern Dancer in modern times. Anne Peters considers his bloodline to be “one of the most widespread and omnipresent in the Thoroughbred gene pool today.” Nearly all of the horse portraits from the Blackwell collection in this sale represent descendants of St. Simon or have some connection to the horse.