Frank Mitchell

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: ICE BOX

By Frank Mitchell Since his dramatic run from far back in the 10-furlong Kentucky Derby to grab second behind classic winner Super Saver, the Pulpit colt Ice Box has been considered a super play for the 12-furlong Belmont Stakes. That daring manner of charging home from far back had helped the colt claim […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: LOOKIN AT LUCKY

By Frank Mitchell A month ago, neither the sponsor of this column nor the Paulick Report could have imagined the run of luck awaiting all of us in the May classics. In the intervening weeks, the Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver was out of a mare by Lane’s End stallion A.P. Indy, the […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: FLY DOWN

By Frank Mitchell With his first stakes victory in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, the Mineshaft colt Fly Down set the stage for a challenge in the classic Belmont Stakes next month. Although trainer Nick Zito is still evaluating the colt’s readiness, the classic-winning trainer did say that “if he […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: SUPER SAVER

By Frank Mitchell Saturday’s Kentucky Derby winner, Super Saver, is from the next-to-last crop of champion Maria’s Mon and was produced by a mare descending from the First Family of American Thoroughbred Breeding, the imported French-bred mare La Troienne. Those are serious pedigree credentials, although nothing too unusual for the stock produced annually at […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: DEVIL MAY CARE

The Paulick Report is pleased to launch a new weekly feature today, Lane’s End brings you The Weekender Pedigree. We are equally pleased that Frank Mitchell, whose fascination with Thoroughbred bloodlines goes back 40 years, will author the series, which will give a fresh look each week on the pedigrees of prominent stakes winners […]

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