Bloodlines

Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Telling The Story Of Sir Barton

A century ago, the leading 3-year-old of 1919, Sir Barton (by Star Shoot), was in winter quarters at this time of year and pointing toward his 4-year-old season. Owner J.K.L. Ross had high hopes for the successes of that campaign because Sir Barton was the stable’s leading money winner, largely from the purses for the […]

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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: American Pharoah Off To Soaring Start

What seemed a certainty in the last weeks of the 2019 racing season is now official: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile) is the leading freshman sire in North America. The bay champion is also ranked second overall among all sires of 2-year-olds behind only the overall leading sire of 2019, Into […]

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Bloodlines Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Storm The Court Finds Focus

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court (by Court Vision) went a half-mile “handily” in :48 4/5 at Santa Anita on Dec. 22, and that effort marked the first work for the bay colt since his big victory on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. In the interim, the colt who finished a head second to […]

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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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Bloodlines: Volume And Value Among Less-Expensive New Sires For 2020

The continuing great challenge for any farm or stallion manager in standing and managing a young sire with a lower-price stud fee is getting enough mares, especially getting enough of the right mares. The challenge of getting sufficient volume to less-known or less-popular stallion prospects has been there since the days of Eclipse, but Spendthrift […]

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Bloodlines: Price Is Right For New 2020 Stallion World Of Trouble?

In the hyper-competitive world of managing and standing commercial stallions, the higher-end horses get a chance, frequently a superb chance, to prove whether they have the genetic and phenotypic qualities to make a successful sire. The economic stress of the undertaking, however, means there is a pivot-point in the pricing of stallions, a point at […]

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Bloodlines: A First Look At New 2020 Sires Catalina Cruiser, Yoshida

One of the fascinating things about the horses entering stud for 2020 is that they show such a wide variety, in both pedigree and racing character, that breeders are virtually sure to find one or more they can’t live without. In addition to pro-tem divisional champions like Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso (by Curlin) […]

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Bloodlines: A First Look At New 2020 Sires Catholic Boy, Audible

In the first article on the new sires entering stud in Kentucky at the top end of the stud fee rankings, one point of interest was the large group of well-performed 3-year-olds in 2019 who will remain in training for 2020. This generates increased competition and produces more excitement and anticipation at the racetrack, all […]

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Bloodlines: A First Look At New High-End Sires, Part 1

From the perspective of racing fans, the list of 3-year-olds and older horses coming back to race next year is excellent news. One reason for this is some of these young stars of the equine firmament need to prove themselves further on the racetrack to justify a premium stud fee. But in addition to this […]

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Bloodlines: Belvoir Bay Goes Out In A Blaze Of Speed

If you wanted to race very fast, you needed to be at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup, and if you wanted to race fastest of all, you needed to be Belvoir Bay (by Equiano), racing at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint over five fast furlongs. The 6-year-old bay mare won for […]

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