Frank Mitchell

LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: LE MI GEAUX

By Frank Mitchell We are still in the early furlongs of the freshman sires’ race, but the first returns have been promising for the well-regarded young stallions Bluegrass Cat, Sharp Humor, and First Samurai, who are the top three Kentucky-based sires on the list, as well as for the Florida freshmen Congrats, With Distinction, and […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: MALIBU MOON

By Frank Mitchell As stallion prospects, horses who do not win stakes manage to succeed as sires only at a rate of less than 1 percent, and in the present state of Thoroughbred breeding, where better stallions have been receiving books in excess of 100 mares for nearly two decades, the opportunities are even more […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: POLLARD’S VISION

By Frank Mitchell The victory of Blind Luck in the Delaware Oaks paid tribute to the gameness of the chestnut daughter of Pollard’s Vision, who won for the eighth time in 12 starts and now has earnings of $1,578,712. The filly’s standing as the leading member of her crop also foregrounds the accomplishments of her […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: KANTHAROS

By Frank Mitchell The story behind Kantharos, winner of the Bashford Manor Stakes for 2-year-olds at Churchill on July 3, is the kind that keeps people breeding horses. In short, it’s a great longshot story. A breeder with limited means took a free mare, bred her to promising young sires, and has produced a fleet […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: LINGOTE DE ORO

By Frank Mitchell BUENOS AIRES – At Saturday’s races for Las Estrellas (Breeders’ Cup equivalent) at Palermo racetrack in the city here, Kentucky shuttle sires Bernstein and Pure Prize sired winners of distinction that will make Storm Cat and his branch of the Northern Dancer line increasingly powerful in South American breeding. But the […]

Continue reading
AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: RACING’S LEADING MEN

By Ray Paulick Overlooked last weekend in all the excitement surrounding unbeaten, two-time champion Zenyatta’s 17th-consecutive victory and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra’s return to top form were two very impressive performances in the older male category by Blame, winner of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs and Rail Trip, the […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: LADY SHAKESPEARE

By Frank Mitchell The victory of Lady Shakespeare in the Grade 2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday reminds attentive breeders that the genes that create a successful racehorse – wherever it comes from – are the best indicators that the colt or filly is likely to be able to transmit similar traits […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: BLAME

By Frank Mitchell More than the weather is heating things up. Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta both showed their form in victory over the weekend, Quality Road reinforced the evidence that he is the best older colt in America with his Metropolitan Handicap a fortnight ago, and now Blame has won his seventh race from 10 […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: DROSSELMEYER

By Frank Mitchell With his victory in the Belmont Stakes, Drosselmeyer gave owner WinStar Farm an uncommon distinction of winning two Triple Crown races in the same year with different colts. (Fourteen years ago, Overbrook did so with Grindstone and Editor’s Note.) There was an added bonus for WinStar in Drosselmeyer’s victory because the […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: MAN O’ WAR AND AMERICAN FLAG

By Frank Mitchell Memorial Day is an appropriate time to think of the heritage of sport and courage that lies in the pedigrees of our horses. In the claimer, as well as the classic horse, lie traces of the greatest racers of past years. Lack of immediate exposure of past champions as a sire or […]

Continue reading
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram