Named for an opera, this champion made sweet music on the race course and was touted as "the best horse in the world" by his proud owner at the end of his 3-year-old season. While owners are invariably biased, the estimation probably wasn't far off. Our subject horse never left his native land but had a substantial influence on breeding on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly through his daughters. Who was he?
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan with a particular interest in Thoroughbred mares and their contributions to the history of the breed.