Thoroughbred sires

Jockey Club: More Mares Bred To Large Book Sizes In 2015

The Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2015 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 13, 2015, The Jockey Club reports that 1,449 stallions covered 34,627 mares in North America during 2015. Based upon historical reporting trends, The Jockey Club estimates an additional 2,000 to 3,000 mares will […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Deep Bluegrass Roots For Air Force Blue

Although one of several US 2-year-old colts will win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and likely be named champion of his division, there is no great uncertainty among the juvenile colts overseas. Air Force Blue (by War Front) is the top of the tree in England and Ireland after three consecutive G1 victories, the most recent being […]

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Bloodlines: War Front Becomes Highly Coveted, World-Class Sire

In a briskly successful first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, the gross price rose 35 percent to $44.6 million, with an average price of $297,613. The top three prices at the opening session — $1 million and $1.45 million for two fillies and $900,000 for the top-priced colt — were paid for yearlings […]

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Bloodlines: Breeders Keep Circling Back To Curlin

Curlin is a like a great chestnut shark: basking in the sun, looking good, taking it easy, nothing to worry about here. Then, bang! He gets you. The two-time Horse of the Year got his latest graded stakes winner Aug. 16 when 2-year-old Exaggerator swept from last to first in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special […]

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Bloodlines: All Hail The Mighty Tapit!

America’s leading sire, Tapit, took over the 2015 Saratoga select yearling sale, with four of his first session yearlings bringing a gross of $4,350,000 for an average price that’s just a bit more than $1 million. The sleek, silvery-gray son of Pulpit entered stud in 2005, and his chief claim to fame at the time […]

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Bloodlines: Some Secret Ingredients In American Pharoah’s Pedigree

In writing about pedigrees, most of the time we concentrate on the major influences. Those horses like Northern Dancer, Raise a Native, or Mr. Prospector who dominate pedigrees and who repeatedly show up in the ancestry of the most famous horses week after week, year after year. But there are other steeds, some famous and […]

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Bloodlines: What Will Be The Legacy Of Storm Cat Clone?

When I read the nearly off-hand comment that Storm Cat had been cloned last week in a Vanity Fair article profiling Crestview Genetics, I felt that electric sensation that the future was already here. Or perhaps, the past was actually the future. Then, rationalizing, my reaction was that someone had misspoken, had meant that a […]

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Bloodlines: Gabriel Charles Earns Top-Level Victory For Classy Family

When Gabriel Charles powered home the winner in the Grade 1 Eddie Read at Del Mar on July 18, he established several firsts. The victory was the bay’s third stakes but first G1 success, and Gabriel Charles is the first winner at the top level for his sire Street Hero (by Street Cry) and for […]

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Bloodlines: Could California Chrome Be A Surprise At Stud?

With the announcement that champion California Chrome has a bruise to his cannon bone and will require an extensive rest to recover, it appears that the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit may not be able to race again this year and that his racing career may be over.  If so, retirement would send California Chrome […]

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Bloodlines: Lady Eli Off To ‘Divine’ Beginning

With her sixth turf victory in a row, unbeaten Lady Eli has clearly asserted herself as the best turf filly in America, and with her two and 3/4-length victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks over 10 furlongs on Saturday, Lady Eli may have shown that she is the best filly of her crop, regardless […]

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