Frank Mitchell

Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Why European Horses Can’t Win The Breeders’ Cup

Of course, they can. At least some of them. The head-scratching thing for fans and the ticket-cashing mania for savvy bettors is that most of them don’t. In particular, the horses who come to the Breeders’ Cup races with the highest-flying reputations and seemingly unconquerable form absurdly don’t show it on the day. And in […]

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Bloodlines: Urban Sea A Broodmare Legend

Too often, mares do not receive the credit they deserve. On the breeding and bloodstock side of the fence in particular, mares are typically overlooked by the public and even by professionals due to the vast output from stallions compared to the puny production a mare can add to the Thoroughbred population annually. One. A […]

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Bloodlines: European Juvenile Winners Tell A Tale Of Two Pedigrees

In looking at the winners of the two Group 1 races for juveniles at Newmarket, Iridessa (by Ruler of the World) in the Fillies Mile and Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) in the Dewhurst, I was immediately tempted to paraphrase Charles Dickens. We shouldn’t say that “it was the best of pedigrees; it was the worst […]

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UPDATED: Bloodlines: Knicks Go Steps Up For KRA Program

In a stunning wire-to-wire performance, Knicks Go won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity by 5 ½ lengths on Oct. 6 at Keeneland to become the first Grade 1 winner by first-crop sire Paynter (by Awesome Again). Sent off at 70-1 odds largely because he had been beaten into fifth in the G3 Sanford Stakes at […]

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Bloodlines: Despite Setback, McKinzie’s Career Near Perfect So Far

Victory in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 22 put McKinzie’s lifetime record at four victories and a second from five starts. The great question of his ranking among his contemporaries, however, will remain a mystery: How would he have fared against Justify? With the pro tem champion and Horse of the Year standing […]

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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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