Frank Mitchell

Bloodlines: Sky’s The Limit For Spinaway Winner Perfect Alibi

Sky Mesa (by Pulpit) got his third U.S. Grade 1 winner from 13 crops of racing age when Perfect Alibi won the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 1 after a game contest with the Into Mischief fillies Frank’s Rockette and Figure of Speech. On the same day, Sky Mesa’s juvenile daughter Sky Kitten finished […]

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Bloodlines: Code Of Honor Stakes Out New Territory For Sire Line

Victory in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga made Code of Honor (by Noble Mission) the seventh colt of 2019 to win a G1 stakes in the States at nine furlongs or farther on dirt. The others are Maximum Security (Florida Derby, Haskell), Roadster (Santa Anita Derby), Omaha Beach (Arkansas Derby), Country House (Kentucky […]

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Bloodlines: Medaglia d’Oro’s Grade 1 Del Mar Double

The Darley stallion Medaglia d’Oro sired the winners of both Grade 1 events in California on Saturday, Aug. 17: the Pacific Classic and the Del Mar Oaks. One of the consistent factors in American breeding for top-quality stock that race well at distances of a mile and beyond, Medaglia d’Oro is a leading son of […]

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Bloodlines: Japan’s Grass Is Greener For Stallion Prospects Like Turf Star Bricks And Mortar

The Grade 1 Arlington Million became the 10th victory in 12 starts for Bricks and Mortar (by Giant’s Causeway), who is a virtual certainty to be divisional champion and is also a serious contender for Horse of the Year. Not since Kotashaan (Darshaan) in 1993 has a turf champion exerted the prowess to become Horse […]

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Bloodlines: McKinzie Building Plenty Of ‘Street’ Credibility For Stallion Career

A three-time winner at the Grade 1 level (Los Alamitos Futurity at 2, the Pennsylvania Derby and Malibu Stakes at 3), McKinzie added a fourth G1 to his record with a smart-looking victory in the Aug. 3 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. As a highly regarded member of his crop at 2 and 3, McKinzie was […]

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Bloodlines: Tax Soars From Maiden Claiming, Strong Family

Not many winners of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga begin the racing careers in a claiming race, but this year’s winner did. Just like G1 Haskell winner Maximum Security (by New Year’s Day), Tax (Arch) made his debut in claiming company. Maximum Security had massacred his competition for maiden claiming $16,000 by […]

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Bloodlines: Unbeaten Guarana Could Be Off On A ‘Magical’ Ride

For the last three years running, and in five of the last nine racing seasons, a filly has won both the Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park and the Coaching Club American Oaks, now contested at Saratoga. This year, undefeated Guarana (by Ghostzapper) added the Oaks to her previous blowout success in the Acorn. In winning […]

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Bloodlines: Deep Dive On Saratoga Juvenile Stakes Winners

The first 2-year-old stakes races at the 2019 Saratoga meeting went to bright, unbeaten young things sired by a first-year stallion and by a proven sire of the highest order. In the meet’s opening day Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes on July 11, Comical (by Into Mischief) won the six-furlong dash by a neck in 1:11.66 […]

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Bloodlines: A Shackleford Colt Fulfilling His Promise

When it comes to pure eye candy with hooves, it is not easy to surpass Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford (by Forestry), and his Grade 1-winning son Promises Fulfilled might be even fancier. Surely, when pulling away to win the Grade 2 John A. Nerud Stakes at Belmont on July 6, Promises Fulfilled not only filled […]

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Bloodlines: Maven Likely The First Of Many Stakes Winners For American Pharoah

Victory in the Group 3 Prix du Bois on June 29 at Chantilly made Maven the first stakes winner from the first crop of racers by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile). A champion at both 2 and 3, American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed (Exclusive Native) […]

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