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Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Modernist Shows Traits Of Classic Profile

The victories by Mr. Monomoy (by Palace Malice) and Modernist (Uncle Mo) in the two divisions of the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans promoted those two colts to the top of the Kentucky Derby point standings for the time being. While Mr. Monomoy is now atop the […]

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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: 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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