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Bloodlines: Global Campaign Furthers Curlin’s Still-Growing Legacy

Cue the pulsing base rhythm. First one, then a second, golden lamp-like eye opens in the dark. Then the leviathan stretches itself in the darkness with a sound like the gentle rustling of a tide, and a soft and deep nicker fills the stall. Wait, that’s not a shark sound. No, it’s far worse; it’s […]

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Bloodlines: War Front Sends A Pair Of Derby Contenders Into Battle Again

Six months ago, some Thoroughbred owners and buyers would have wavered on the question of buying a young prospect by the distinguished Claiborne Farm sire War Front (by Danzig) due to the misperception that he was a “turf sire.” The versatile sire had more recently had major successes with numerous racers in Europe, where the […]

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Bloodlines: Bricks And Mortar’s Pedigreed Courage Shines Through

Winner of the Grade 1 Pegasus Turf Invitational in his previous start, Bricks and Mortar was odds-on to win the G2 Muniz Memorial at the Fair Grounds on March 23, and the dark bay son of Giant’s Causeway (by Storm Cat) prevailed by the narrowest margin over a fellow 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, Markitoff. […]

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Bloodlines: Code Of Honor A Surprise Package To Many

The sight of Code of Honor (by Noble Mission) sailing down the stretch at Gulfstream Park on March 2 to win the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes exploded the reputations of some and confounded the expectations of others. As the fifth choice in a field of 11, Code of Honor turned the public choices […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Curlin To Mischief, A Climax Stallion: Out Of The Claiming Ranks, Into The Limelight

With her victory in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 23, Vasilika (by Skipshot) now has won 12 of her last 14 starts, with earnings of $938,595, and that enviable record is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the first two of those victories came in claiming […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Curlin To Mischief, A Climax Stallion: City Of Light Offers Diverse Traits

When the slop settled at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, City of Light (by Quality Road) took home the gold and glory after bolting home by 5 ¾ lengths over a talented outsider in Seeking the Soul (Perfect Soul) and race favorite Accelerate (Lookin at Lucky). And just like that, the first and third horses in […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Editorial, A Climax Stallion: Top Freshman Sires Of 2018

The leading freshmen sires of 2018 were notable on a couple of counts, and not the least of these is that the leader is the Unbridled’s Song stallion Cross Traffic, sire of the likely juvenile champion filly Jaywalk and the first son of his fabled sire to lead a national sire list in North America. […]

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Bloodlines: Juvenile Champ Game Winner In Good Pedigree Company

Unbeaten in four starts after a clear victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and a near-certainty to be the Eclipse Award winner as the leading colt of his division, the 2-year-old Game Winner will be the second juvenile champion by his sire, the Argentine-bred Candy Ride (by the Cryptoclearance stallion Ride the Rails). The stallion’s […]

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Bloodlines: European Juvenile Winners Tell A Tale Of Two Pedigrees

In looking at the winners of the two Group 1 races for juveniles at Newmarket, Iridessa (by Ruler of the World) in the Fillies Mile and Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) in the Dewhurst, I was immediately tempted to paraphrase Charles Dickens. We shouldn’t say that “it was the best of pedigrees; it was the worst […]

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Bloodlines: Eskimo Kisses Reveals Her ‘Winning Colors’

Running off through the stretch of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga to win by 6 ½ lengths, Eskimo Kisses (by To Honor and Serve) looked ever so much like her famous grandmother, Hall of Fame member and classic winner Winning Colors (Caro). In the spring of 1988, Winning Colors set West Coast racing […]

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