Bloodlines

Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Inside Straight Laced With Power Of Native Dancer

Inside Straight (by Super Saver) won the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap over the weekend. It was neither the most important race, nor the most impressive performance of the weekend, but Inside Straight has a pedigree with some exceptional distinctions, as well as a nearly universal commonality. The great majority of all the top-tier racehorses today […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Irap’s Pedigree Like Fine Wine?

It’s not every day you see a major winner with a Buckpasser third dam. A foal of 1963, Buckpasser died all too young at age 15 in 1978, making his last-crop fillies born in 1979, 38 years ago. That’s fourth-generation territory because pedigrees average out to about 10 years per generation. So, typically, we would […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Always Dreaming Shines Positive Light For Bodemeister

Galloping under the wire of the Grade 1 Florida Derby a five-length winner of the race in 1:47.47, Always Dreaming (by Bodemeister) set all those connected with him to dreaming of roses. The performance was an emphatic victory, and it also reminded breeders and racing fans of the sire’s classic season in 2012, when he […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Climax Stallions: Man o’ War’s Century Of Influence

A classic winner and unbeaten at 3 in 1920, Man o’ War closed out his historic career with an emphatic victory over the previous year’s star Sir Barton, who is recognized as the first winner of the Triple Crown. Such is Man o’ War’s renown as a racer that some fans do not know his […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Climax Stallions: Malagacy Shines For Shackleford

With a victory in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, Malagacy (by Shackleford) remained unbeaten in three starts, put himself squarely in contention for the classics, and became the third Triple Crown candidate this year by a sire standing at Darby Dan Farm. Darby Dan owner John Phillips has been in the horse business […]

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Bloodlines Presented By At The Sale: Bal a Bali Represents Long Line Of Success

In Reality’s grand gray son Relaunch has tried single-handedly to resurrect the male line of Man o’ War – Fair Play and their male-line ancestors Matchem and the Godolphin Arabian. In reality, Relaunch has done a damned good job, and the victory of Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali in the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile at Santa […]

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Bloodlines: Sharing The Wealth With Dialed In

Although Horse of the Year Mineshaft (by Horse of the Year A.P. Indy) had a good weekend with Grade 2 Gotham Stakes winner J Boys Echo, Mineshaft’s son Dialed In had a great weekend. The Darby Dan Farm stallion fielded a pair of stakes winners from his first crop of 3-year-olds, led by G2 Fountain […]

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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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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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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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