Thoroughbred breeding

Bloodlines: Global Campaign Furthers Curlin’s Still-Growing Legacy

Cue the pulsing base rhythm. First one, then a second, golden lamp-like eye opens in the dark. Then the leviathan stretches itself in the darkness with a sound like the gentle rustling of a tide, and a soft and deep nicker fills the stall. Wait, that’s not a shark sound. No, it’s far worse; it’s […]

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100 Years Ago: Virginia’s Audley Farm Preserves Memory Of First Triple Crown Winner Sir Barton

It was a hundred years ago that Sir Barton became the first horse to sweep what would become to be known as the Triple Crown. A small colt, Sir Barton won the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his first start as a 3-year-old, and then the Preakness Stakes (G1), Withers and Belmont Stakes (G1). After being […]

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Bloodlines: Derby, Oaks Winners Create Proud Moments For Believing Breeders

Classic successes are an unqualified boon to stallion owners and managers, and this weekend’s winners of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby have shined the spotlight on their sires, Alternation (by Distorted Humor and sire of Serengeti Empress) and Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike; Country House). The latter is much more of a household name […]

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Silver Colors Delivers A Tapit Colt At Gainesway Farm On National Museum Of Racing And Hall Of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2

Silver Colors, a 12-year-old mare owned by Gainesway Farm, delivered a colt by Tapit at Gainesway at 3 a.m. on April 28 as part of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2. Silver Colors delivered the eighth and final foal of the season on Foal Patrol. Previous mares to […]

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Bloodlines: ‘The Realities Of Raising A Good Horse’

There was a period, not so long ago, when mavens of horse racing were lamenting that “modern horses just can’t compete in, let alone win, the Triple Crown.” Such fainting lilies have been jerked up short the last few years, first as American Pharoah sailed across the finish line for the Belmont Stakes in 2015. […]

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Bloodlines: War Front, Tapit Colts Chase First Kentucky Derby Victory For Sires

The two leading point earners for the 2019 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4 are Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus (by Tapit) and G1 Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach (War Front). The unbeaten Tacitus leads with 150 points, and Omaha Beach is a strong second with 137.5. The current points system to […]

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Bloodlines: War Front Sends A Pair Of Derby Contenders Into Battle Again

Six months ago, some Thoroughbred owners and buyers would have wavered on the question of buying a young prospect by the distinguished Claiborne Farm sire War Front (by Danzig) due to the misperception that he was a “turf sire.” The versatile sire had more recently had major successes with numerous racers in Europe, where the […]

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Triple Crown Winner Justify Attracts Star-Studded First Book Of Mares

When a Triple Crown winner retires to stud, the expectation is that his debut book of mares will be one of the strongest of the season. The first class of mares bred to 2018 Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Justify has lived up to that expectation, per an advertisement released by Coolmore […]

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Bloodlines: Vekoma’s Distinguished Family Roots

Standing stallions is a highly competitive business, and the farms that stand the premium sires rarely have as successful a day as Lane’s End Farm had on April 6, when the 3-year-old colt Roadster (by Lane’s End stallion Quality Road) won his first stakes in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby against odds-on favorite Game […]

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Lassofthemohicans Delivers Candy Ride Filly At Denali Stud On National Museum Of Racing And Hall Of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2

Lassofthemohicans, a 7-year-old mare owned by Gretchen and Roy Jackson’s Lael Stables, delivered a filly by Candy Ride at Denali Stud at 10:06 p.m. on April 6 as part of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2. The delivery went well and both mare and foal are in excellent […]

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