Bloodlines

Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Mucho Gusto’s Sire-Boosting Win

There have been times when Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man (by Macho Uno) has threatened to break through, but there’s no doubt that he’s barking with the big dogs now. The victory of the young stallion’s first-crop son Mucho Gusto in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Saturday has propelled Mucho […]

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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Telling The Story Of Sir Barton

A century ago, the leading 3-year-old of 1919, Sir Barton (by Star Shoot), was in winter quarters at this time of year and pointing toward his 4-year-old season. Owner J.K.L. Ross had high hopes for the successes of that campaign because Sir Barton was the stable’s leading money winner, largely from the purses for the […]

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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Racing Class Usually Wins Out In Breeding

As we see once more in the winner of the Grade 3 Marshua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream, better racemares make better broodmares. This was proven nearly a century ago through the august researches of Joe Estes, the first editor of The Blood-Horse magazine when it became a weekly publication, and one of the first undertakings […]

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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: American Pharoah Off To Soaring Start

What seemed a certainty in the last weeks of the 2019 racing season is now official: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile) is the leading freshman sire in North America. The bay champion is also ranked second overall among all sires of 2-year-olds behind only the overall leading sire of 2019, Into […]

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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Behind The Scenes Of California Chrome’s Sale To Japan

With the first crop of colts and fillies by Horse of the Year California Chrome (by Lucky Pulpit) ready to turn 2 on Jan. 1, their sire is going to leave for his new home in Japan sometime in the first half of January. Taylor Made Farm, which bought into California Chrome during his racing […]

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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Storm The Court Finds Focus

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court (by Court Vision) went a half-mile “handily” in :48 4/5 at Santa Anita on Dec. 22, and that effort marked the first work for the bay colt since his big victory on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. In the interim, the colt who finished a head second to […]

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Bloodlines: Understanding Risk In The Thoroughbred Breeding Business

With the close of the 2019 sales season, one thing is clear: most yearlings lose money and therefore most breeders lose money. Losing is the key to horse racing because in any field of eight, seven are going to lose. But nobody wants to. Losing and its effect on profit is at the apex of […]

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Bloodlines: Volume And Value Among Less-Expensive New Sires For 2020

The continuing great challenge for any farm or stallion manager in standing and managing a young sire with a lower-price stud fee is getting enough mares, especially getting enough of the right mares. The challenge of getting sufficient volume to less-known or less-popular stallion prospects has been there since the days of Eclipse, but Spendthrift […]

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Bloodlines: Price Is Right For New 2020 Stallion World Of Trouble?

In the hyper-competitive world of managing and standing commercial stallions, the higher-end horses get a chance, frequently a superb chance, to prove whether they have the genetic and phenotypic qualities to make a successful sire. The economic stress of the undertaking, however, means there is a pivot-point in the pricing of stallions, a point at […]

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Bloodlines: A First Look At New 2020 Sires Catalina Cruiser, Yoshida

One of the fascinating things about the horses entering stud for 2020 is that they show such a wide variety, in both pedigree and racing character, that breeders are virtually sure to find one or more they can’t live without. In addition to pro-tem divisional champions like Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso (by Curlin) […]

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