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Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Ce Ce And The History Of ‘Magical Maiden’

Sometimes, all it takes is one good mare. For Clement Hirsch, businessman and co-founder of the Oak Tree Racing Association, that mare was Magical Maiden (by Lord Avie). First involved in racing back in the 1940s, Hirsch won the 1969 Hollywood Gold Cup with the Argentine import Figonero and raced a successful stable decade after […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Can Authentic Grab The Gold For Into Mischief?

Olympic athletes say that “medaling” only makes them want to score higher in the ascent to Olympic gold, and although racehorses get only a single chance at each of the Triple Crown races, their sires do not. Tapit, for instance, has sired a trio of Belmont Stakes winners, and the great classic racer and sire […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Maximum Security’s Pedigree Like Fine Wine

Some pedigrees are like wine and improve with age. Taking that analogy in the context of the winner of the inaugural Saudi Cup on Feb. 29, Maximum Security has a pedigree akin to aged Burgundy. The bay son of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day (by Street Cry) isn’t that old himself, of course, […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Remembering The Full Life Of A.P. Indy

The heir of greatness, the ancestor of glory, A.P. Indy died on Friday, Feb. 21, full of years and laden with honors. The grand bay was a son of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew (by Bold Reasoning) out of the exceptional producer Weekend Surprise, by Triple Crown winner Secretariat (Bold Ruler). Linebred to Bold Ruler […]

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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Max Player Adds To Honor Code’s Growing Resume

When he rolled down the stretch to win the Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 1, Max Player became the first stakes winner and first graded stakes winner for his sire, champion older horse Honor Code (by A.P. Indy). Now a winner in two of his three starts, Max Player has promoted himself […]

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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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