Thoroughbred breeding

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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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: We Hardly Knew Ya?

After winning the Allen Jerkens Stakes a couple weeks ago and collecting his third Grade 1 career victory, word came this week that Practical Joke would be retired as a 3-year-old following this season. It’s an all-too familiar scenario for fans of Thoroughbred racing. Just as a horse develops a following and shows potential as […]

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Mohaymen Retired, To Stand For $7,500 In 2018 Season

Multiple graded stakes winner Mohaymen has been retired and will stand stud next season at Shadwell’s Nashwan Stud in central Kentucky for a fee of $7,500, per a report from The Blood-Horse on Thursday. The big gray trained by Kiaran McLaughlin was an early standout on the 2016 Kentucky Derby trail, winning the Grade 2 […]

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Bloodlines: Filly Grade 1 Victories Come In Different Packages

Two talented fillies with radically different sales histories became Grade 1 winners on opposite ends of the country on Sept. 2. A sales ring star with a $650,000 price tag at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, Moonshine Memories (by Malibu Moon) won the Del Mar Debutante. At Saratoga, not only across the country but from […]

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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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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Elate Carries On Saratoga Tradition

With her victory in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes on Aug. 19, Elate (by Medaglia d’Oro) became the highest-profile stakes winner at Saratoga for owner-breeders Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm since their champion Blame (Arch) won the G1 Whitney in 2010 over Quality Road. In her previous start, Elate had been a close and controversial […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: The Great And Total Eclipse

The most significant event in Kentucky over the coming week is the full solar eclipse, and the Bluegrass State is dead-center for viewing a total eclipse of the sun. The Bluegrass, more than most portions of the Earth, should be eclipse conscious because the pattern and character of the Thoroughbred today is significantly shaped by a […]

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Washington TOBA Releases Catalog For Summer Yearling And Mixed Sale

A total of 132 yearlings are entered in the 2017 WTBOA Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale, the highest number cataloged in the annual summer event since 2009. This year’s sale is comprised of 70 colts and 62 fillies, of which 76 are Washington-bred. The remaining yearlings originally hail from Kentucky (26), California (23, along with […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Freshman Sire Power

The freshmen sires of 2017, those with their first racers breaking from the gates this season, are gaining momentum and credit. Already, there are 10 sires who have sired a stakes winner from their first crop at the races. Ranked in order of their total earnings, the stallions with first-crop stakes winners already are Violence […]

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