Breeding

Bloodlines: Eskimo Kisses Reveals Her ‘Winning Colors’

Running off through the stretch of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga to win by 6 ½ lengths, Eskimo Kisses (by To Honor and Serve) looked ever so much like her famous grandmother, Hall of Fame member and classic winner Winning Colors (Caro). In the spring of 1988, Winning Colors set West Coast racing […]

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Science Supports Slow, Steady Weaning Of Foals

Ask ten breeders how they wean foals and you may receive ten different responses. How a foal is weaned can greatly affect short- and long-term health, according to a new study*. “In feral horse populations, foals aren’t weaned until they’re almost one year of age, when the mare is about to foal again. The process […]

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Bloodlines: Best Picks Another Impressive Winner With Instagrand

A wide-margin victory in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar confirmed the grand-looking bay colt Instagrand (by Into Mischief) is a force of significance among the current 2-year-olds racing on the West Coast, a group which appears freakishly loaded with quality and talent. In both his debut on June 29 and in the Best […]

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The Jockey Club Projects 2019 Foal Crop Of 21,500

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2019 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 21,500. The 21,500 foals estimated for 2019 is the same as the 2018 foal crop projection, which was announced in August 2017. The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to […]

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Barretts Catalogs 86 For Select Yearling Sale At Del Mar

Barretts has cataloged 86 yearlings for its Select Yearling Sale scheduled for Tuesday, August 28. The afternoon session will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place. General Manager Kim Lloyd has high expectations for this year’s sale. As a result of last year’s $300,000 sale topper “consignors have supported us with increased […]

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Hager Ventures Out With Taproot Bloodstock

Phil Hager has made a career out of doing his best work away from the spotlight. That fact made stepping out on his own to form Taproot Bloodstock a bold step, not only for creating a new business, but being the face of it. Still, Hager said he hopes to keep a similar mentality in […]

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Breeding Broodmares After Colic Surgery

Colic can strike at any time in any horse, but certain types of colic occur more frequently in particular breeds or horses used for specific purposes. Broodmares, for example, tend to suffer colic due to large colon volvulus—a full twist of the large intestine that completely cuts off the flow of ingesta, as well as the […]

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Bloodlines: Tracing The Origins Of Justify’s Triple Crown Stamina

Fifty years ago, Stage Door Johnny (by Prince John) saved us from having an asterisk-laden Triple Crown. In the Kentucky Derby five weeks earlier, Peter Fuller’s highly talented gray colt Dancer’s Image (Native Dancer) had defeated Calumet’s Forward Pass (On-and-On), then had been disqualified due to the presence of a metabolite of bute in the […]

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Bloodlines: Accelerate Adds Notch For Lookin at Lucky, Smart Strike’s Unexpected Journey

Accelerate (by Lookin at Lucky) won the Gold Cup Handicap to pair with his Santa Anita Handicap, both Grade 1, and those victories make him look like the best older horse on the West Coast at 10 furlongs, at least unless West Coast (Flatter) comes out of hibernation and asserts some of his best form. […]

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Bloodlines: Tracing Justify’s Lineage To An English Triple Crown Winner

Now a dual classic winner with victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the saga of unbeaten Justify (by Scat Daddy) is bookended by major mares both today and at the beginning of the 20th century. Justify’s dam, like the colt himself, was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther’s Glennwood Farm near Versailles. Gunther’s daughter Tanya […]

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