International breeding

Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: A History Of International Influence

This weekend and over the coming month in racing, a consistent theme will be the variety and volume of international competition. Among countries sending horses to race in France for the Arc de Triomphe and other premier races, the Arc festival is one of the highlights of international racing, and next month, the United States […]

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Voss On Magic Millions Sale: Differences Down Under

This week, the Paulick Report is in Queensland, Australia, bringing you news and features from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Racing Carnival. As Frank Mitchell detailed in this week’s Bloodlines column, the Gold Coast yearling sale started as an innovative concept full of risk for its backers. “I think there was a […]

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Bloodlines: Magic Millions Formula A Proven Success In Australia

The Magic Millions is a fascinating concept. And dead simple. One of the horses in this sale is going to win a race worth $1 million. As a means of selling horses and promoting racing, the Magic Millions has come a long way since its inception in 1986. From that first catalog came the following […]

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Bloodlines: Frankel Destined For Greatness At Stud, Too?

Frankel. They called him the greatest ever. Judges as time-tested as Timeform rated Frankel as the absolute best, and writers with decades of experience in watching races and racehorses were bowled over by the bay colt’s pace and class. Even Tony Morris, who saw Sea-Bird win the 1965 Derby at Epsom and never had seen […]

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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary: Top 10 Breeding Stories of 2014

As the year winds down, there will be plenty of copy written looking back on 2014 in various aspects of the racing industry. A Thoroughbred Racing Commentary piece suggests 10 storylines that were the most important developments in the international breeding community this year: Galileo’s dominance as a stallion continued, the buzz about Frankel was […]

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Bloodlines: Breeders’ Cup Success for Overseas Buyers

In a weekend that included a number of wildly unexpected results, some of the biggest success stories from the Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday involved breeders and buyers overseas who purchased sires and dams closely connected to prominent players in the Breeders’ Cup races. The biggest coup of them all was the purchase […]

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Bloodlines presented by VTA Stallion Season Auction: AI Battle Not Over Yet

Wealthy Australian Bruce McHugh is once again pushing for the legalization of artificial insemination in breeding Thoroughbreds. In 2011, McHugh filed suit against the Australian Jockey Club, Australian Racing Board, and Australian Stud Book on the grounds that the live-cover regulation which prevails round the world with Thoroughbreds was an illegal restraint of trade. Slightly […]

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Group 1 winner Rulership retired to stud in Japan

Following a third-place finish in Sunday’s Grade 1 Arima Kinen in Japan, Rulership has been retired to stud.  The five-year-old son of King Kamehameha won five of his 16 starts, including the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin in April. Rulership will stand at Yoshida’s Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Howe Great?

The story behind Howe Great, winner of last Sunday’s Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park, sounds somewhat similar to the one associated with last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Both horses race for Team Valor International. Animal Kingdom was bred by Team Valor and Howe Great was bred by Team Valor founder […]

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Biles: Women control Panama’s Thoroughbred breeding future

The Blood-Horse’s Deirdre Biles is among the American turf writers in Panama this week for Sunday’s Clasico Internacional del Caribe (Caribbean Derby).  While in country, Biles is visiting various racing-related entities, including the two top Thoroughbred farms – Haras Cerra Punta and Haras San Miguel.  Biles says both farms are run by women: “Both women […]

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