Bloodlines

Bloodlines: A First Look At New 2020 Sires Catholic Boy, Audible

In the first article on the new sires entering stud in Kentucky at the top end of the stud fee rankings, one point of interest was the large group of well-performed 3-year-olds in 2019 who will remain in training for 2020. This generates increased competition and produces more excitement and anticipation at the racetrack, all […]

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Bloodlines: A First Look At New High-End Sires, Part 1

From the perspective of racing fans, the list of 3-year-olds and older horses coming back to race next year is excellent news. One reason for this is some of these young stars of the equine firmament need to prove themselves further on the racetrack to justify a premium stud fee. But in addition to this […]

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Bloodlines: Belvoir Bay Goes Out In A Blaze Of Speed

If you wanted to race very fast, you needed to be at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup, and if you wanted to race fastest of all, you needed to be Belvoir Bay (by Equiano), racing at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint over five fast furlongs. The 6-year-old bay mare won for […]

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Bloodlines: Maximum Security Casts ‘Bold’ Reflection In Victory

The most notorious racer in America, Maximum Security, put his foot down in style at Belmont Park and won the seven-furlong Bold Ruler Stakes in quick time, 1:20.76. The bay son of New Year’s Day (by Street Cry) had missed a much-anticipated race in the Pennsylvania Derby due to an episode of colic but showed […]

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Bloodlines: Florida-Based Khozan Quietly Moves Up Stallion Rankings

While Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile) is battling for freshman sire supremacy with Florida Derby winner Constitution (Tapit), nestled in among the highly ranked young sires standing for five-figure or six-figure fees is a pair of less-expensive animals: Competitive Edge (Super Saver) in third and Khozan (Distorted Humor) in fourth on […]

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Bloodlines: Frankel Rocks On With Quadrilateral Victory At Newmarket

So, how is the unbeaten superhorse Frankel doing at stud? Right nicely, since you asked. Only his sire Galileo would garner higher praise among most breeders and assessors of bloodstock in Europe, and on Oct. 12, the burly young sire notched his tenth Group 1 winner when Juddmonte Farms’s Quadrilateral won the G1 Fillies Mile […]

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Bloodlines: Street Sense Colt Maxfield Shines At Keeneland

Godolphin is having a wonderful fall. Across the pond, their Irish-based stallion Shamardal (by Giant’s Causeway) is having a phenomenal year with a trio of 2-year-old sons – Earthlight, Pinatubo, and Victor Ludorum – who have won Group 1 races, and here in the States at Darley’s Jonabell stallion complex, hometown hero Street Sense (Street […]

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Bloodlines: Mongolian Groom Defies His Odds, Not Pedigree

When Mongolian Groom overturned the applecart in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita, the dark bay gelding produced a proper upset. The son of Hightail (by Mineshaft) started at odds of 25.4-1, the second-longest in the field, and longershot Isotherm finished last. Mongolian Groom, in contrast, finished 2 ¼ lengths in front […]

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Bloodlines: Performers Start Adding Up For Algorithms

Maybe it’s something in the water at Claiborne. But over the weekend, freshman sire Lea (First Samurai) had his first stakes winner when Vast won the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes at Monmouth by two and three-quarter lengths, and Algorithms got his first Grade 1 winner when Math Wizard won the Pennsylvania Derby at 31-1. In fact, […]

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Bloodlines: Strong ‘Storm’ Lines Produce International Victories

The Storm Cat line isn’t half as dead as some would have you believe. For instance, on Sunday at the Curragh in Ireland, the Shamardal colt Pinatubo, now unbeaten in five starts, added the Group 1 National Stakes to his record and is one of his sire’s best performers ever. A top-class racehorse, Shamardal has […]

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