pedigrees

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: 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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Bloodlines: Filly Grade 1 Victories Come In Different Packages

Two talented fillies with radically different sales histories became Grade 1 winners on opposite ends of the country on Sept. 2. A sales ring star with a $650,000 price tag at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, Moonshine Memories (by Malibu Moon) won the Del Mar Debutante. At Saratoga, not only across the country but from […]

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Bloodlines: Holy Helena Carries On Tradition, Lasix-Free

The once-beaten Holy Helena (by Ghostzapper) became the fourth winner of the Queen’s Plate for owner-breeder Frank Stronach, who breeds in the name of Adena Springs and races in the name of Stronach Stable. His filly Holy Helena is the eighth winner of the Woodbine Oaks to come back and win the Plate, and she has […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Scat Daddy’s Legacy Lives On Royally

There were four Kentucky-bred winners at Royal Ascot – Lady Aurelia (King’s Stand Stakes), Con Te Partiro (Sandringham Stakes), Caravaggio (Commonwealth Cup), and Sioux Nation (Norfolk Stakes). All showed speed and class. Two of them, Lady Aurelia and Caravaggio, are among the most widely praised and highly touted speed horses of last year and this. […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Blame Finds Success Overseas

On Sunday at Chantilly, the high-quality 3-year-old filly Senga (by Blame) became her sire’s first Group 1 winner with victory in the Prix de Diane over 2100 meters. This male line has a grand tradition of classic quality, and Blame has done his job to add another classic success with this filly who stayed on […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Tapit’s Sire Appeal Runs Deep

Only the great Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens had a more impressive string of success (five in a row) at the Belmont Stakes than America’s leading sire Tapit. After the most recent renewal of America’s longest classic, Tapit has sired three of the last four Belmont Stakes winners, and only 2015 Horse of the […]

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