Bred by Crabbet Arabian Stud, Sussex, England. Imported from England to United States of America in 1932 by Roger A. Selby, Portsmouth, Ohio. Sire of one hundred twenty-three registered purebred Arabian foals. (Raffles was a gift from Lady Wentworth to the Selby children, as he was believed to be sterile). In 1937, at age 11, he was brought back to fertility by the Selby Stud Manager, Jimmy Dean and his wife, Thelma, primarily through exercise. In 1949, when he was 23, Raffles was nearly lost to the breed when he broke a hind leg above the hock. Jimmy Dean and his son, Pete, rigged a special sling that supported the stallion enough to let the leg heal. The prepotency of the Raffles type (Ali Pasha Sherif type - classy, bold motion, density of bone and stamina) fixed Arabian type for American breeders for generations. By 1981, 65 percent of the U.S. National Champions and Reserves had one or more crosses to Raffles. Owners: 1926/1931 Crabbet Arabian Stud - Sussex, England; 1932/1948 Roger A. Selby - Portsmouth, Ohio; 1949/1953 Alice Payne - Whittier, California. Deceased 5-11-1953 at age of 27.