Frank Mitchell

Bloodlines: War Of Will’s ‘Depth Of Family’ Bodes Well

War Front could be pardoned for a bit of pride because the big bay horse from Claiborne Farm had a pretty good weekend. War of Will won the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes on Saturday; Etoile won the G3 Fillies Sprint at Naas in Ireland on Sunday, with Peace Charter second (both by War Front); and […]

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Bloodlines: Global Campaign Furthers Curlin’s Still-Growing Legacy

Cue the pulsing base rhythm. First one, then a second, golden lamp-like eye opens in the dark. Then the leviathan stretches itself in the darkness with a sound like the gentle rustling of a tide, and a soft and deep nicker fills the stall. Wait, that’s not a shark sound. No, it’s far worse; it’s […]

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Bloodlines: Derby, Oaks Winners Create Proud Moments For Believing Breeders

Classic successes are an unqualified boon to stallion owners and managers, and this weekend’s winners of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby have shined the spotlight on their sires, Alternation (by Distorted Humor and sire of Serengeti Empress) and Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike; Country House). The latter is much more of a household name […]

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Bloodlines: ‘The Realities Of Raising A Good Horse’

There was a period, not so long ago, when mavens of horse racing were lamenting that “modern horses just can’t compete in, let alone win, the Triple Crown.” Such fainting lilies have been jerked up short the last few years, first as American Pharoah sailed across the finish line for the Belmont Stakes in 2015. […]

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Bloodlines: War Front, Tapit Colts Chase First Kentucky Derby Victory For Sires

The two leading point earners for the 2019 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4 are Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus (by Tapit) and G1 Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach (War Front). The unbeaten Tacitus leads with 150 points, and Omaha Beach is a strong second with 137.5. The current points system to […]

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Bloodlines: War Front Sends A Pair Of Derby Contenders Into Battle Again

Six months ago, some Thoroughbred owners and buyers would have wavered on the question of buying a young prospect by the distinguished Claiborne Farm sire War Front (by Danzig) due to the misperception that he was a “turf sire.” The versatile sire had more recently had major successes with numerous racers in Europe, where the […]

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Bloodlines: Vekoma’s Distinguished Family Roots

Standing stallions is a highly competitive business, and the farms that stand the premium sires rarely have as successful a day as Lane’s End Farm had on April 6, when the 3-year-old colt Roadster (by Lane’s End stallion Quality Road) won his first stakes in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby against odds-on favorite Game […]

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Bloodlines: Undefeated Maximum Security Flatters Sire New Year’s Day

Nearly three months after the announcement that the young stallion New Year’s Day (by Street Cry) was sold to Luis Felipe Brandão dos Santos and sent to stand in Brazil at his Stud Eternamente Rio, the stallion’s 3-year-old colt Maximum Security won the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream on March 30. Raced and bred […]

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Bloodlines: Bricks And Mortar’s Pedigreed Courage Shines Through

Winner of the Grade 1 Pegasus Turf Invitational in his previous start, Bricks and Mortar was odds-on to win the G2 Muniz Memorial at the Fair Grounds on March 23, and the dark bay son of Giant’s Causeway (by Storm Cat) prevailed by the narrowest margin over a fellow 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, Markitoff. […]

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Bloodlines: Rebel Winners Both ‘Take Charge’ Of Derby Opportunity

Few mares are good enough to win the Spinster Stakes at Keeneland, which has been one of the nation’s premier races for decades, and those who can win it twice are extra special. Since Bornastar won the second and third runnings of the race in 1957-58, only three other mares have won a pair of […]

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