Stallions

How Genes Play A Role In Stallions’ Attraction To Mares

Research shows that the amount of effort a stallion invests in his ejaculates, referred to as ejaculate economics, can vary based on his attraction to the mare he is intended to breed and the teaser mare. Surprisingly, that attraction can be affected by the genetics of both the mare and stallion. What makes a mare attractive […]

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Bloodlines: Top 2017 Freshman Sires And Their Prospects?

One of the bugbears of contemporary breeding is the extreme attention paid to the results of the first-year sires’ standings. The hyper-focus on immediate, short-term racing success drives the market both for stallion prospects and their offspring. First of all, breeders look at a stallion prospect and ask themselves whether he’ll be a good 2-year-old […]

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Bloodlines: Breeders’ Cup Results Show Respect For Older Sires

The geezer brigade of elder stallions made their presence and importance felt at the Breeders’ Cup over the weekend, and these include deceased sires like Smart Strike (Battle of Midway; BC Dirt Mile) and Unbridled’s Song (Forever Unbridled; Distaff). The oldest living sire of a Breeders’ Cup winner this year is the 24-year-old sire Northern […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Into Mischief Proves No ‘Joke’

On seeing that the relatively young 12-year-old stallion Into Mischief (by Harlan’s Holiday) had supplanted evergreen Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) as the high-priced stallion on the Spendthrift Farm roster, I wondered, “How many Kentucky Derby winners has Into Mischief sired?” Fair question, but the answer is the same as for nearly all stallions: none. So […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: A Tale Of Two Chestnuts

Timing isn’t everything for a stallion, but opportune success sure makes a sire’s life a lot easier. The highly distinguished veteran stallion Distorted Humor (by Forty Niner) began his career by becoming the leading freshman sire of 2002, when the stallion had four stakes winners, including a chestnut son by the name of Funny Cide. […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Freshman ‘Fire’

The 2-year-old crop of 2017 is reluctantly assuming some degree of order amidst the dust created by most graded stakes for juveniles being filled with non-winners of a race other than maiden. So the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park was a welcome relief as Firenze Fire took home the prize for his third […]

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Bloodlines: Cotillion Winner Continues Arch’s Legacy

With her victory in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx on Sept. 23, It Tiz Well became the latest G1 winner for the Kris S. stallion Arch. A striking horse, Arch was a top sales yearling of 1996 when Seth Hancock bought him for $710,000 out of the King Ranch consignment from breeders Helen […]

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Bloodlines: Animal Kingdom Emerges, Scat Daddy Lives On

Two stakes over the weekend signalled a coming and going within the Kentucky stallion ranks that bears attending to. On the positive side of the ledger, Animal Kingdom (by Leroidesanimaux), winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup over his preferred 10 furlongs, was represented by his third stakes winner from his first crop […]

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Bloodlines: Value And ‘Upside’ In Embracing Turf?

When breeders come to review potential mates for their mares, the majority of mare owners are looking for the most commercial sires, and that generally means “young, precocious, and dirt-oriented,” if not campaigned entirely on domestic, conventional dirt surfaces. This makes the revelation of “turf form” all the more interesting from the progeny of stallions […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Flatter ‘Nothing But Good’ For Connections

With a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, West Coast defeated each winner of the 2017 classics, as well as the winners of the Haskell and Jim Dandy. Now a winner in five of his seven starts, West Coast never has finished worse than second, and his earnings to date stand at $993,800. […]

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