Watercolor, 8 1⁄2” x 10 1⁄4”
Signed, inscribed, details en verso
$6,000. – 9,000.
Blenheim was bred by Henry Herbert, the Earl of Carnarvon and was sold as a yearling for 4,100 guineas to the Aga Khan. He was put into training with Richard “Dick” Dawson, who had trained both Blenheim’s sire and dam. He won four of his seven starts as a 2-year-old. His 3-year-old season was a bit slow to start, and he didn’t perform well until his win in the Epsom Derby as an 18-to-1 longshot. While preparing for the Eclipse Stakes, he suffered an injury and was immediately retired to stud.
Blenheim entered stud at the Aga Khan’s Haras Marly-La- Ville in France. His second crop produced Mahmoud for the Aga Khan, who went on to win the Epsom Derby in 1936, setting a new stakes record. That same year he was purchased by a syndicate that included Claiborne Farm, Calumet Farm, Greentree Farm, and others, and was exported to the United States. He became known as Blenheim II and was the sire of Whirlaway, winner of the 1941 Triple Crown, as well as 1947 Kentucky Derby winner Jet Pilot. He produced both English and American classic winners. He is buried at Claiborne Farm.
Mahmoud followed in his father’s footsteps as a winner of the Epsom Derby. He would also become an influential sire. Bought from the Aga Khan by C.V. Whitney for 20,000 guineas, he sired 70 stakes winners after he was imported to America. Most notably (at least for this collection) he was the damsire of Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer (lot 38).