Bloodlines

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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Frankel-sired Soul Stirring (#3) is unbeaten in three starts and gave Frankel his first crop's initial G1 victory in Japan Sunday
Bloodlines: Frankel Destined For Greatness At Stud, Too?

Frankel. They called him the greatest ever. Judges as time-tested as Timeform rated Frankel as the absolute best, and writers with decades of experience in watching races and racehorses were bowled over by the bay colt’s pace and class. Even Tony Morris, who saw Sea-Bird win the 1965 Derby at Epsom and never had seen […]

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Edgar Prado beams after Miss Temple City's winning performance in the G1 Matriarch
Bloodlines: A ‘Voyage’ Through Time

Getting a pair of Grade 1 stakes winners over the weekend was a feather in the growing headdress of the young sire Temple City (by Dynaformer). The 3-year-old Annals of Time won the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar; that was the colt’s first stakes victory. The 4-year-old Miss Temple City won the Matriarch, which was […]

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Kitasan Black and his connections after his Japan Cup victory
Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Progeny Still Speak Volumes

Perhaps you’ve read praise of Sunday Silence, champion racer in the US and Horse of the Year. Perhaps the gentle reader has even perused my comments on the degree to which the black son of Halo changed the breed and changed breeding in Japan. The saga of Sunday Silence began 30 years ago in Bourbon […]

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Mastery wins the Bob Hope Stakes
Bloodlines: Hancock-Bred Mastery Shows Classic Promise

That man in Bourbon County. The one who bought in Sunday Silence at the Keeneland July sale, discovered that he had bought the colt for himself because the breeder didn’t want to retain him, and then watched the colt win two-thirds of the Triple Crown. Well, that horse-breeding Arthur Hancock is at it again, and […]

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Spendthrift hopes another son of War Front, Hit It a Bomb, will prove a hit with breeders
Bloodlines: Grass Turning Greener For Turf Sires?

Not long ago, being a turf horse was nearly the equivalent of being a gelding as a gauge for a racehorse’s prospects as a stallion in Kentucky or the primary regional markets. A farm simply could not stand one and have any reasonable expectation of support from breeders. This state of affairs always seemed strained […]

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