Frank Mitchell

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: 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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Bloodlines: Round Table Makes A Return With Iselin Winner

Have you wondered whatever happened to Round Table in pedigrees, especially in the male line? He all but disappeared; so it is all the more interesting to note that the winner of the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth on June 22 was won by Monongahela, a male-line heir of Round Table. The […]

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Bloodlines: Plenty Of Momentum For Uncle Mo

Uncle Mo’s offspring earned more headlines than money over the weekend with victories by Miss Mo Mentum in the Grade 3 Trillium Stakes at Woodbine and by King for a Day in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth. The latter race, in particular, made headlines across all media because a son from the fourth of […]

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Bloodlines: Sir Winston Provides ‘Awesome’ Classic Win For ‘One Of The Great Stallion Resumes’

Sir Winston’s victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on June 8 was the second success in a Triple Crown race for a son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and leading sire Awesome Again (by Deputy Minister). The other classic winner for Awesome Again here in the States was 2013 Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, now […]

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