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Bloodlines: Understanding Risk In The Thoroughbred Breeding Business

With the close of the 2019 sales season, one thing is clear: most yearlings lose money and therefore most breeders lose money. Losing is the key to horse racing because in any field of eight, seven are going to lose. But nobody wants to. Losing and its effect on profit is at the apex of […]

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Sunday Silence: Unwanted Youngster To Hall Of Famer

At the time, a young Sunday Silence going through the ring and back to owner Arthur B. Hancock III under his reserve at the California sale of 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park was anything but notable. In retrospect, it was history being written. The son of Halo’s ascension from an unwanted youngster into a Horse of […]

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National Museum Of Racing’s Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony To Be Live Streamed

The National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be live streamed on the home page of the Museum’s website Friday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion and is open to the public and free to attend. Seating is limited. Doors open at […]

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Bloodlines: War Front’s Future As A Sire Of Sires?

The next step in the evolution of a stallion’s reputation, from becoming a leading freshman sire to a leading sire, is to become a leading sire of stallions. Each step in a stallion’s rise to prominence is challenging, the barriers to success increase in difficulty, and the outcome is not easily evaluated till years have […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Speaks Volumes

Much like not seeing the forest for the trees, sometimes we don’t see the horse for the pedigrees. Seldom has that seemed more significant than with the 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence. The tall, dark, handsome son of leading sire Halo was not on anyone’s list of “must-have” yearlings when he went to […]

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My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine: No Higher Stakes

There couldn’t have been more on the line for Arthur Hancock III heading into the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Not only would second place likely fall short of saving his troubled farm and his family’s financial future, but his colt was matched against a foe with connections that represented a personal rivalry. Such a backdrop […]

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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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Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup Form Coalition To Back Federal Anti-Doping Bill

A diverse group of horse racing and animal welfare organizations today announced the launch of a coalition to support uniform medication standards for Thoroughbred racing and the formal introduction of proposed bipartisan legislation that would grant independent authority over rule‑making, testing and enforcement oversight to an entity created by the U.S. Anti‑Doping Agency (USADA). The […]

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Take Two: Jockey Club, TOBA’s Transparency Program Gets Failing Grade

Whatever happened to transparency and the publication of veterinary records for Kentucky Derby starters and other graded stakes runners? The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association initiative and website,, lists 130 owners who have “voluntarily pledged to make available to the public veterinary records covering a 14-day period preceding the date on […]

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