Frank Mitchell

Bloodlines: ‘Tremendous Family’ Produces Runaway Filly Serengeti Empress

For those who hadn’t seen Serengeti Empress (by Alternation) win the Ellis Park Juvenile Fillies by 13 ½ lengths on Aug. 19, the filly’s victory on September 15 in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs was a revelation. The dark brown 2-year-old won the historic stakes by 19 ½ lengths, the longest margin […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: Book 2 Champions

Following the strongest Keeneland September Yearling Sale opening in more than a decade, Book 2 of the world’s most important yearling auction begins Saturday in Lexington, Ky., at 10 a.m. ET. The Paulick Report is pleased to offer the third of four print newsletters, the PR Special, available here and on the Keeneland sale grounds. […]

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Bloodlines: Hertrich’s ‘Lasting Commitment’ And ‘Logical Program’ Yield Results

As the serving chairman of the Breeders’ Cup, as the owner of Watercress Farm in Bourbon County, Ky., and the breeder of several dozen Thoroughbred foals annually (72 in 2017, for instance), Fred Hertrich III has a very serious and lasting commitment to the sport of racing and to breeding the Thoroughbred. One of his […]

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Bloodlines: ‘More Improvement To Come’ For Spinaway Winner Sippican Harbor

The result of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga was a positive milestone for second-crop sire Orb (by Malibu Moon), whose 2-year-old daughter Sippican Harbor came from last to first and won the stakes by two lengths. This filly had won her maiden in masterful style by 17 lengths in her previous start for […]

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Bloodlines: Catholic Boy’s Potential, Versatility Run Deep

With a four-length victory in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, Catholic Boy (by More Than Ready) has taken a serious position among the 3-year-olds of 2018. Although unlikely to depose Justify in the regard of the Triple Crown winner’s legion of racing fans, Catholic Boy is a sound and progressive sort of racehorse […]

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Bloodlines: Eskimo Kisses Reveals Her ‘Winning Colors’

Running off through the stretch of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga to win by 6 ½ lengths, Eskimo Kisses (by To Honor and Serve) looked ever so much like her famous grandmother, Hall of Fame member and classic winner Winning Colors (Caro). In the spring of 1988, Winning Colors set West Coast racing […]

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Bloodlines: Best Picks Another Impressive Winner With Instagrand

A wide-margin victory in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar confirmed the grand-looking bay colt Instagrand (by Into Mischief) is a force of significance among the current 2-year-olds racing on the West Coast, a group which appears freakishly loaded with quality and talent. In both his debut on June 29 and in the Best […]

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Bloodlines: Magic Elements Of Stride And Power In Curlin Offspring

Everything’s coming up Curlin. On July 28, the stallion’s son Tenfold won the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, with the Curlin colt Vino Rosso a flying third in the nine-furlong race, and the next day, last year’s champion 2-year-old colt Good Magic, also by Curlin, won the G1 Haskell by three lengths as […]

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Bloodlines: Diana Winner Sistercharlie Awash In Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector Influences

Over lunch with John Clark at the Thoroughbred Club some years ago, the sage horse trader and pedigree reader gave me a pop quiz. When he asked, “What’s the most important nick in breeding?” I launched into an esoteric discourse on Nijinsky and Blushing Groom, the marvelous match of Buckpasser and Northern Dancer, and then […]

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Bloodlines: Reflecting On The Green Monkey

A week ago, the activity and interest in the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s two sales obscured the reporting that The Green Monkey had been euthanized earlier in the spring. The record-priced Thoroughbred sold at auction, The Green Monkey has become a footnote in racing history due to his price, and his death was noted because of […]

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