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Plucky Liege

Plucky Liege
Sire Spearmint
Dam Concertina
Grandsire Carbine
Damsire St. Simon
Gender Mare
Foaled 1912
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Lord Michelham
Owner Jefferson Davis Cohn
Record 13: 4-?-?
Plucky Liege is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Concertina by Spearmint. She was born around 1912 in Great Britain, and was bred by Lord Michelham.
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Plucky Liege (1912-1937) was a British Thoroughbred filly racehorse who was sent to Lower Normandy in France after her racing career ended where she became one of the most important broodmares of the 20th Century. [1]

Foaled in England, Plucky Liege was bred by Sir Herbert Stern, 1st Baron Michelham. She was sired by Spearmint, a winner of the two most prestigious races in England and France at the time, the 1906 Epsom Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris. Her dam, Concertina, was a daughter of St. Simon who was one of the most successful sires in history. St. Simon was the Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland nine times, and the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland six times.

Plucky Liege was purchased by Jefferson Davis Cohn for whom she won four of her thirteen career starts. Retired to broodmare duty at Cohn's Haras du Bois-Roussel in Alençon, France, she produced twelve foals of which eleven were winners. According to Thoroughbred Heritage, "nearly every major runner in the world today carries at least one strain of Plucky Liege." In addition to the important offspring of her daughters Marguerite de Valois and Noor Jahan, Plucky Liege produced three very influential sires:

  • Bull Dog (b. 1927) - Leading sire in North America (1943), Leading broodmare sire in North America (1953, 1954, 1956)

In October of 1933, Jefferson Davis Cohn sold his racing operations, including Plucky Liege, to Leon Volterra. She died in 1937 at age twenty-five.[2]

Pedigree of Plucky Liege
Carbine Musket Toxophilite
West Australian Mare
Mersey Knowsley
Maid of the Mint Minting Lord Lyon
Mint Sauce
Warble Skylark
St. Simon Galopin Vedette
Flying Duchess
St. Angela King Tom
Comic Song Petrarch Lord Clifden
Frivolity Macaroni
Miss Agnes



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