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Blushing Groom

Blushing Groom
Sire Red God
Dam Runaway Bride
Grandsire Nasrullah
Damsire Wild Risk
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1974
Country France
Color Chestnut
Breeder John McNamee Sullivan
Owner HH Aga Khan IV
Trainer Francois Mathet
Record 10: 7-1-2
Earnings $407,153
Blushing Groom is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Runaway Bride by Red God. He was born around 1974 in France, and was bred by John McNamee Sullivan.
Major wins
Prix Robert Papin (1976)
Prix Morny (1976)
Prix de la Salamandre (1976)
Grand Critérium (1976)
Prix de Fontainebleau (1977)
Poule d'Essai des Poulains (1977)
French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1976)
European Champion 3-Year-Old Miler (1977)
Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1988, 1995)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1989)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on June 19, 2007

Blushing Groom (1974–1992) was a French Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred by American businessman, John McNamee Sullivan and raced by HH Aga Khan IV. A descendant of Nearco, Blushing Groom was sired by Red God and out of the mare, Runaway Bride.

Conditioned by Francois Mathet, Blushing Groom raced six times in 1976 at age two. He finished third in his debut then won the next five, including four Group One races, capturing the Prix Robert Papin, Prix Morny, Prix de la Salamandre, and the Grand Critérium. His performances earned him French Champion Two-Year-Old honors.

As a three-year-old, Blushing Groom extended his win streak to seven, winning the 1977 Prix de Fontainebleau and the GI Poule d'Essai des Poulains. Sent to England to compete in the Epsom Derby, Blushing Groom faced a 1½ mile challenge, a distance fifty percent longer than he had ever run before. Although he raced well, he was not suited for that distance and finished third to winner The Minstrel, a son of Northern Dancer. In his final race, Blushing Groom finished second in France's GI Prix Jacques Le Marois.

Champion sire

Although Blushing Groom met with considerable success in racing, he would become an even greater sire. He was sent to stand at stud at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where he produced winners at major tracks in Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong. Like his sire Red God, Blushing Groom had been a champion miler but many of his offspring are renowned for their stamina and have been able to win consistently at longer distances.[1]

A sire of 92 stakes winners, Blushing Groom's influence is still strongly felt to this day. Some of his notable progeny includes:

Among others, Blushing Groom is the grandsire of Let's Elope, Cherokee Run, Silic, Subordination, Congaree, Leroidesanimaux, Tie the Knot, Swain, Dreaming of Anna, Bago, Wekiva Springs, multiple European Champion March Groom and 2006 World Champion, Invasor. He is also the damsire of Awesome Again, Kahyasi, Lammtarra, Mayano Top Gun, 2000 Japanese Horse of the Year, T M Opera O, and Goldikova.

Blushing Groom died in 1992 and is buried at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.



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