Frank Mitchell

The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Nereid

The improving 3-year-old filly Nereid won her first Grade 1 when she dead-heated for victory in the American Oaks at Hollywood Park on Saturday. The near-black daughter of the Kris S. stallion Rock Hard Ten is from her sire’s second crop and is his first G1 winner. An uncommonly handsome and athletic colt who stood […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Cape Blanco

Seems to me that there is more to Cape Blanco’s trip to New York for the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes than “just” winning another good purse and giving the 4-year-old son of Galileo a tour of the place. First of all, I believe Coolmore’s farsighted chief, John Magnier, is trying to decide which […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Flat Out

The victory of Flat Out in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday is one further rung in the ladder of increasing success for the A.P. Indy stallion Flatter. For the past year, he has been the “full brother to Congrats” as that young stallion established himself as the leading freshman sire […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Ruler On Ice

As the chestnut gelding Ruler On Ice splashed to victory in the Belmont Stakes, he showcased the accomplishments of Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm, who bred, raised, and sold the son of Roman Ruler and Champagne Glow to owners George and Lori Hall. Rob Whiteley breeds horses in the name of Liberation Farm, and Jim […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Alternation

The Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont has traditionally been an important prep for the Belmont Stakes, and this year’s winner, the highly regarded colt Alternation, may take a role in the classic. If so, the colt would present an opportunity for his owner-breeder, Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stud, to win its first classic. Pin Oak’s […]

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bloodstock in the bluegrass: Kentucky breeders should drop a third of their broodmare bands

Frank Mitchell points out that the Kentucky breeding industry is “dying of oversupply right now” and doesn’t see that trend improving soon. His solution? It involves limiting the supply and improving the quality of the breed, but we’re not going to spoil it here. Click the clicky below.

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Uncle Mo and Frankel – A Stunning Contrast

The paths of the two most exciting juvenile colts of last year (Uncle Mo and Frankel) have not followed the same trajectory. Although Uncle Mo only lost his unbeaten status in the Wood Memorial last month, questions and innuendos have followed his every step this year. And coming into the Kentucky Derby this weekend, this […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Toby’s Corner

In a telephone interview with owner-breeder Dianne Cotter after her colt Toby’s Corner won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on Saturday, the breeder said “luck is often better than skillful planning.” That is important for breeders, as well as punters, to remember in this joyous season of the Triple Crown. Luck can certainly change your […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Dialed In

Now the winner in three of his four starts, including Sunday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, Dialed In has risen from winner of a maiden special to G1 victor in three quick steps. The colt’s rise has been so precipitous that trainer Nick Zito seemed almost apologetic for raising the colt so quickly […]

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