John Sparkman

Northern Dancer, The Super Stud For All Times

All hail American Pharoah after his latest conquest, unanimous “Horse of the Year” honors! And in so doing it might be time to pay homage once again to one of his ancestors, even one five generations back. Any racing fan worth his salt remembers the name Northern Dancer. It always jumps off the page at […]

Continue reading
Judges Selected for Stan Bergstein Writing Award

Team Valor International is pleased to announce Tom Hammond, Karen Johnson, Tom Keyser, John Pricci and John Sparkman as the judges for the third annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Initiated by Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin to encourage the type of hard-hitting writing that the late Bergstein embodied as a columnist for Daily Racing Form […]

Continue reading
Sparkman: U.S. No Longer Produces World’s Best Racehorses

From 1923 to 1990, the U.S. was the paramount player on horseracing’s world stage, commanding the top of the world’s leading money earner rankings. By the 1990s, the decades-long domination of American racehorses had was faltering. As John Sparkman writes for the Daily Racing Form, two world records for earnings by a Thoroughbred fell to Japanese […]

Continue reading
Keeneland yearling sale takes on a significant role

As the bloodstock market appears to be recovering from a severe slump, and encouraged by a positive shift in the market evidenced by 2011’s first three American yearling sales, the Keeneland September yearling sale will be a significant indicator of the industry’s health, according to John Sparkman of Thoroughbred Times. There was more optimism than […]

Continue reading
Sparkman: Stronach’s medication move might be only way forward

In a new column, Thoroughbred Times bloodstock editor John Sparkman suggests Frank Stronach’s push at the state level for help in banning race day medication is likely the path of least resistance.  Sparkman doesn’t think Congress will intervene anytime soon but “the legal framework for changes in medication rules on a state by state basis… […]

Continue reading
Sparkman: Americans can no longer claim “exceptionalism” in Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbred Times Bloodstock Editor John Sparkman discusses the latest World Thoroughbred Rankings with an eye on how American-bred and trained horses are perceived abroad.  For several decades, American horses were considered the best in the world, but recently, Sparkman says “it is glaringly obvious that American-trained horses are superior to the rest of the world […]

Continue reading
Pedigree patterns: Prospects for future of the breed

John Sparkman notes that the male line descending from Mr. Prospector has come to dominate America’s classic races, including the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (G1), despite the fact that he was a sprinter and he was unsound (he broke bones at both three and four). The victory of Ruler On Ice in the 143rd edition […]

Continue reading
Sparkman: Gallant Man an all-time Belmont highlight

John Sparkman says his favorite Belmont Stakes may still be his first as a 10-year-old fan in Tennessee when you could actually follow racing in the Nashville Tennessean. He describes the crop that year of Bold Ruler, Federal Hill, Gallant Man, Gen. Duke, Iron Liege and Round Table as one of the single greatest crops […]

Continue reading
Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Battle of the Sire Lists

John Sparkman writes a thought-provoking commentary in the Jan. 8, 2011, issue of Thoroughbred Times (“Across the Statistical Divide”) that calls for a unified statistical approach to sire lists. He compares, with some historical perspective, how the Times and Blood-Horse magazines differ in which statistics and sires to include in their most definitive “general” sire […]

Continue reading
GOOD NEWS FRIDAY brought to you by Liberation Farm: ONLINE DATING FOR YOUR MARE?

By Bradford Cummings When your life is on the line, no doctor of any credibility would even think twice about you seeking a second opinion on his diagnosis. So when thousands, sometimes millions of dollars are in the balance, wouldn’t it be nice to consult a second opinion without upsetting your highly paid […]

Continue reading
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram