Thoroughbred sires

Bloodlines: Making A Breeding Partnership Work

Raising a good horse is not a simple thing, and selling one well is even harder. One breeding partnership that has seen its time in the snakebite section of the sales results is operated by Kentuckian Hume Wornall and Louisiana native Jay Adcock. Currently, the lifelong horsemen have three 2-year-olds who are stakes horses. Two […]

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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 Presented By Merck Animal Health: A History Of International Influence

This weekend and over the coming month in racing, a consistent theme will be the variety and volume of international competition. Among countries sending horses to race in France for the Arc de Triomphe and other premier races, the Arc festival is one of the highlights of international racing, and next month, the United States […]

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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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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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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Accelerate Shines For Lookin At Lucky

The 4-year-old chestnut Accelerate certainly outperformed expectations with his victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap. Already a winner at the G2 level and now an earner of $607,480, Accelerate placed third in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last year, but few thought he had a chance against champion Arrogate. The gray son of […]

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