Bloodlines

Selectivity of yearling buyers has led to a challenging market for stallions entering stud at the lower end of the stud fee scale
Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Challenging Market For New Stallions On Lower Tier

In an earlier article, I assessed the top tier of entering stallions for 2017, which are led by Horse of the Year California Chrome (by Lucky Pulpit), Grade 1 winner Frosted (Tapit), Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Uncle Mo), and Preakness winner Exaggerator (Curlin). In a rational scheme or market, a breeder would expect an upper […]

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Iliad, a 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper, wins the San Vicente
Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Ghostzapper Continues To Deliver

When a stallion goes to stud amid great expectations and does not deliver – and deliver right now – the stampede away from him is emphatic. For a stallion to reverse the trend, to overturn the “disconfirmation of expectations,” as a noted breeder phases it, requires some seriously good results and consistency in them also. […]

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Irish War Cry scores an impressive victory in the Holy Bull
Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Curlin In Classic Demand

At the end of January, chestnut champion California Chrome closed out a career, and a week later, a fresh classic prospect with a touch of ‘chrome’ upended the form in the toughest 3-year-old contest of the new season with a victory in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The winner of the Holy Bull […]

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By winning the Pegasus World Cup, Arrogate topped $11 million in earnings
Bloodlines: Arrogate Quickly Building The Riches

With victory in Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28, champion Arrogate took a giant leap toward becoming the leading money winner in the States, perhaps even the world. The current leading American money winner is California Chrome, who has earned $14,752,650 with 16 victories from 27 starts, racing from 2 to 6. Now retired to […]

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Guest Suite splashes home first in the Lecomte
Bloodlines: Guest Suite Shows Off Family’s ‘Quality’

The leading third-crop sire of 2016, when his oldest foals were 4, Quality Road (by Elusive Quality) has made a good start to 2017 with Guest Suite, winner of the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds racecourse. Quality Road had a cracking year with his top runners in 2016, which included a trio who […]

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Lockdown wins the Busanda to earn 10 points toward the Kentucky Oaks
Bloodlines: Lockdown’s Future Appears Wide Open

The 2017 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct is named for a mare who was born 70 years ago. By Triple Crown winner War Admiral (by Man o’ War) and out of the Blue Larkspur mare Businesslike, Busanda was bred by Ogden Phipps from some of the exceptional stock that he acquired from the estate of E.R. […]

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10 of the last 13 winners of the Golden Slipper juvenile race were sold at Magic Millions
Bloodlines: Magic Millions Formula A Proven Success In Australia

The Magic Millions is a fascinating concept. And dead simple. One of the horses in this sale is going to win a race worth $1 million. As a means of selling horses and promoting racing, the Magic Millions has come a long way since its inception in 1986. From that first catalog came the following […]

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Midnight Storm and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
Bloodlines: Pioneerof the Nile On The Rise

The leading sire in America for 2017 is Pioneerof the Nile. The sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah had a good year with runners in 2016, but anyone counting crops, like me, knew that the stallion’s third-crop 3-year-olds were on deck last year, with the 2-year-olds coming from Pioneerof the Nile’s fourth crop. […]

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How much appeal will Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist have as a new stallion prospect?
Bloodlines: Which New Sires Will Attract Most Attention In 2017?

The entering group of stallion prospects for 2017 is not large, nor should it be. There are nine new boys for the upper tier of the stallion market, and by stud fee, these are Frosted (by Tapit; $50,000), California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit; $40,000), Nyquist (Uncle Mo; $40,000), Exaggerator (Curlin; $30,000), Air Force Blue (War Front; […]

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California Chrome wins The Winter Challenge in track record time  at Los Alamitos ©Benoit Photo
Bloodlines: After Pegasus, California Chrome’s Stallion Future Looks Bright

In preparation for next month’s Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, there was a considerable amount of saber-rattling this weekend. The object of this demonstration was Arrogate (by Unbridled’s Song), winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita and the highest-ranked horse on the listing of Longines Best Racehorses for 2016. The […]

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