Thoroughbred sires

Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: ‘Computing’ First-Crop Success

One of the signal facets of the contemporary commercial market is a fascination with first-crop sires. One prominent consignor even went so far as to declare that if sellers weren’t offering stock by first-crop sires or by proven sires, then potential buyers just walked on by. As perplexing as this situation is for breeders, not […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Infused With Speed And Something More

The Irish-bred mare Zhukova turned the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park into a procession with her six-length victory on Saturday (May 13). Rating in front over the soft course, Zhukova kicked for home with an impressive turn of foot and won the day. The 5-year-old mare’s sire, Australian champion Fastnet Rock, […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Having Ties To Last Two Derby Winners ‘Above Perfection’

When Always Dreaming pulled away from his opponents to win the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, two of the people cheering loudest for the elegant bay were Irishmen from different counties of the Emerald Isle. Those two were Mike Ryan and Gerry Dilger. Operating under the name of Santa Rosa Partners, […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: A Filly With A Derby Pedigree

This Kentucky Derby week column won’t feature a Derby horse because there are no remaining preps to the Run for the Roses. So the question for an avid writer is how many references to the Kentucky classic can we come up with, anyway? Naturally, it’s a filly who allows me to get into the spirit […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Collecting Wins For City Zip

Collected is snorting fire in his desire to become the leading son of sire City Zip (by Carson City). Collected would be within sniffing distance of the earnings leadership for sons of City Zip, except for a quintet of millionaires, and the glamorously good-looking Collected moved his earnings to $600,500 with victory in the Grade […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Inside Straight Laced With Power Of Native Dancer

Inside Straight (by Super Saver) won the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap over the weekend. It was neither the most important race, nor the most impressive performance of the weekend, but Inside Straight has a pedigree with some exceptional distinctions, as well as a nearly universal commonality. The great majority of all the top-tier racehorses today […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Irap’s Pedigree Like Fine Wine?

It’s not every day you see a major winner with a Buckpasser third dam. A foal of 1963, Buckpasser died all too young at age 15 in 1978, making his last-crop fillies born in 1979, 38 years ago. That’s fourth-generation territory because pedigrees average out to about 10 years per generation. So, typically, we would […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Always Dreaming Shines Positive Light For Bodemeister

Galloping under the wire of the Grade 1 Florida Derby a five-length winner of the race in 1:47.47, Always Dreaming (by Bodemeister) set all those connected with him to dreaming of roses. The performance was an emphatic victory, and it also reminded breeders and racing fans of the sire’s classic season in 2012, when he […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Malibu Moon ‘Incredible Success Story’

The results of the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra, won by Farrell (by Malibu Moon), and the G2 Risen Star, won by Girvin (Tale of Ekati), provided plenty of fodder for ruminations on their pedigrees. The most striking point is that the A.P. Indy stallion Malibu Moon was sire of the first and broodmare sire of […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Ghostzapper Continues To Deliver

When a stallion goes to stud amid great expectations and does not deliver – and deliver right now – the stampede away from him is emphatic. For a stallion to reverse the trend, to overturn the “disconfirmation of expectations,” as a noted breeder phases it, requires some seriously good results and consistency in them also. […]

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