Frank Mitchell

Lane’s End brings you The Weekender Pedigree: Frankel

By Frank Mitchell Unbeaten in three starts, the Galileo colt Frankel has soared to the top of the ante-post betting for next year’s English classics with an impressive victory in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Sadly, the 10-length winner of the Royal Lodge over a mile is not likely to […]

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Lane’s End brings you The Weekender Pedigree: Stormin Fever

By Frank Mitchell As the most commercially dominant American sire of the past decade, Storm Cat also had more sons enter stud than any other stallion.   Some were very high-class on the racetrack, such as Tabasco Cat and Giant’s Causeway, others had tremendous presence and speed like Tale of the Cat or Hennessy, but […]

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Lane’s End brings you The Weekender Pedigree: A.P. Indy’s $4.2 Million Colt

By Frank Mitchell Q: What happens if you breed America’s leading classic sire to the Grade 1-winning half-sister to the best racemare in the country? A: You get the sale-topping yearling at Keeneland September. That, at least, is what happened to John and Jerry Amerman, who bred and sold the $4.2-million colt by A.P. Indy […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: AFLEET EXPRESS

By Frank Mitchell Where do the best young sires come from? They don’t come from the most insightful advertising, although it never hurts. They don’t always shine out of the sales results, although there sometimes is good support from perceptive buyers and a degree of positive response from the marketplace. The proving […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: BLIND LUCK

By Frank Mitchell The flashy chestnut filly Blind Luck took her fifth Grade 1 victory with a game success in the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday and is the leader of her division. The Alabama was the filly’s third G1 this season, following the Las Virgenes and Kentucky Oaks. Her immediate victim […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: BELLAMY ROAD AND POSITION LIMIT

By Frank Mitchell Position Limit’s blowout in Sunday’s Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga proved a pleasant reminder of her sire Bellamy Road’s 17 1/2-length victory in the G1 Wood Memorial of 2005. Bellamy Road’s dominating performance in the Wood Memorial was so overpowering, so convincing, and so inspiring that journalists from around the […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: BLAME’S FEMALE FAMILY

By Frank Mitchell With his game victory in the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, Blame widened and deepened the breeder base that will support him when the colt goes to stud at Claiborne Farm, which is the co-owner and co-breeder of the 4-year-old with Adele Dilschneider. By the Claiborne stallion Arch, Blame (click here for […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: SMART STRIKE

By Frank Mitchell The Mr. Prospector stallion Smart Strike has good karma with Monmouth Park. Fourteen years ago, Smart Strike won the Philip H. Iselin Handicap at the New Jersey track. It was one of his six victories from eight starts, but the Iselin was the most important. The race gave Smart Strike the all-important […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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