thoroughbred stallions

Farrell, a daughter of Malibu Moon, wins the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds
Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Malibu Moon ‘Incredible Success Story’

The results of the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra, won by Farrell (by Malibu Moon), and the G2 Risen Star, won by Girvin (Tale of Ekati), provided plenty of fodder for ruminations on their pedigrees. The most striking point is that the A.P. Indy stallion Malibu Moon was sire of the first and broodmare sire of […]

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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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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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Frankel-sired Soul Stirring (#3) is unbeaten in four starts and gave Frankel his first crop's initial G1 victory.
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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