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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Racing Class Usually Wins Out In Breeding

As we see once more in the winner of the Grade 3 Marshua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream, better racemares make better broodmares. This was proven nearly a century ago through the august researches of Joe Estes, the first editor of The Blood-Horse magazine when it became a weekly publication, and one of the first undertakings […]

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Bloodlines: American Pharoah A Coming Attraction For ‘Coolmore Plan’

With the announcement that Coolmore has acquired the breeding rights to this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah, that means five of the last six Eclipse Award winners as the best juvenile colt or gelding will have gone to Coolmore and stood at Ashford. The only exception is 2013 Eclipse Award winner […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: Lucky And Good

Victory in the Grade 2 Peter Pan was a big step forward for Madefromlucky, who scored his first stakes victory in the nine-furlong race at Belmont Saturday. A sharp-looking chestnut, Madefromlucky showed good form as he kept improving through the spring, winning a maiden special at Gulfstream in late December and then an allowance in early February […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: The Source Of Pharoah’s Speed?

The Fappiano-Unbridled branch of Mr. Prospector produced yet another classic winner when American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile) sailed home a winner in Saturday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. In the male-line race, it was a clear victory for Mr. P over Northern Dancer, who had the second, Firing Line (Line of David) […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: A.P. Indy’s Derby Influence

Among the points of contention in the 2015 Kentucky Derby is which sire line will deliver the winner. Through the 1970s, the Bold Ruler line was eminent, and in the 1980s, Raise a Native’s descendants took a leading role, with Northern Dancer also in the ascendant, while Bold Ruler took a plunge in classic success. […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: Better With Age?

Whatever one thinks of the form in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby on Saturday, it takes a lot of guts and natural ability to jump from a maiden victory to a graded stakes success, and winner Whiskey Ticket (by Ghostzapper) is now unbeaten in two starts. Coming from the Bob Baffert training operation, Whiskey Ticket […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: Top Sires Offer Up Derby Hopefuls

This weekend’s classic preps brought a set of Kentucky Derby contenders into the foreground. At least they are contenders if anything can challenge the great bounding stag named American Pharoah in the 10-furlong classic on the first Saturday in May. The biggest and most perfect is unbeaten Dortmund (by Big Brown), winner of the Grade […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: Classics Material?

For the past several months, it had appeared that multiple classic winner Afleet Alex (by Northern Afleet) would be represented at the Kentucky Derby by a high-profile contender in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red. Hampered by foot problems this season, however, the colt was declared out of the Run for the Roses by his […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: Firing Line Looks The Part

The first criterion in selecting a prospective racehorse is “Does this look like an athlete?” If athleticism and its components – quickness, strength, attitude, and a sort of physical finesse – aren’t present in an individual, then it’s useless to look further. Those qualities were most emphatically present in the bright-eyed and purposeful bay colt […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: American Pharoah’s Classic Lineage

Last year’s champion 2-year-old colt, American Pharoah, returned to racing this season with an easy victory in Oaklawn Park’s Rebel Stakes on Saturday. Skipping over the muddy surface with power and ease, American Pharoah proved that he was as much at home on an off track as he had proven when racing on a fast […]

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