Breeder: Stadnina Koni Krasne
Sponsor: Stadnina Koni Krasne

xx (stallion) born in 1884 | bred by Count Ludwik Krasiński
Isonomy – Reate / Vespasian

Ruler was born in Krasne Stud Farm in 1884. He called at Poland in his mother’s womb; she was Reate bought in United Kingdom. Ruler’s father was the superb performer and head stallion Isonomy (1875-1891) that made his debut in the Cambridgeshire race; unexpectedly, he won and his owner received 40 thousand pounds (sovereigns); many bookmakers sank into despair. Ruler’s dam was a semi-sister of St. Christoph, a winner of Grand Prix de Paris. Ruler as an athletic two-year-old started only once. As a three-year-old, he made his debut at Mokotów Racecourse in the Special Award of Polish Stud Farm Management and was a runner-up. Then, he was sent to Russia. In the Russian Empire, awards were high, as well as the competition was.

Ruler started in Moscow and Petersburg eight times and won all races, among others Produce, Derby and St. Leger. He won 43.216 roubles. As four-year-old, Ruler became malicious. He not only fought back but also caught jockey’s knees with his teeth and was dangerous. In view of his character, he was scratched from racing and returned to the stud. On that account, he did not receive many mares through fear that his offspring could inherit his character. However, this fear proved useless when numerous winners appeared in his offspring.

Ruler proved a wonderful stallion. His offspring won over two million roubles. As a sire of dams, he was the best in the period 1907 – 1915 (9 years in succession). A price of mating service with Ruler was at first 300 roubles and it increased tenfold to reach 3,000 roubles, so 300 pounds. So much was paid for mating service of Isonoma in United Kingdom, thus Ruler measured up to his sire.

Ruler’s offspring won among others:
All-Russian Derby – twice,
Warsaw Derby – twice,
Imperial Award in Moscow – 6 times,
Imperial Award in Petersburg – 3 times,
Imperial Award in Warsaw – 4 times,
St. Leger in Petersburg – 3 times,
in Warsaw – twice,
Wielka Warszawska – 4 times,
OAKS in Moscow – twice,
OAKS in Warsaw – 3 times.

On 11 May 1904, Ruler died due to twisting of the bowels; he was 20 years old. None of Ruler’s sons, multiple winners of classics, was a useful stallion. However, many Ruler’s daughters created vital so far female lines. Ruler is memorialized in Poland. Since 1911, a prestigious nominal race at the distance of 1,600 m for Ruler’s Award has taken place in May.

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„Ruler” (1934) – Witold Pruski

„Minął rok” (2021) – Roman Krzyżanowski