Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Can Authentic Grab The Gold For Into Mischief?

Olympic athletes say that “medaling” only makes them want to score higher in the ascent to Olympic gold, and although racehorses get only a single chance at each of the Triple Crown races, their sires do not. Tapit, for instance, has sired a trio of Belmont Stakes winners, and the great classic racer and sire […]

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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: 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 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: Street Sense Colt Maxfield Shines At Keeneland

Godolphin is having a wonderful fall. Across the pond, their Irish-based stallion Shamardal (by Giant’s Causeway) is having a phenomenal year with a trio of 2-year-old sons – Earthlight, Pinatubo, and Victor Ludorum – who have won Group 1 races, and here in the States at Darley’s Jonabell stallion complex, hometown hero Street Sense (Street […]

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Bloodlines: Strong ‘Storm’ Lines Produce International Victories

The Storm Cat line isn’t half as dead as some would have you believe. For instance, on Sunday at the Curragh in Ireland, the Shamardal colt Pinatubo, now unbeaten in five starts, added the Group 1 National Stakes to his record and is one of his sire’s best performers ever. A top-class racehorse, Shamardal has […]

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Bloodlines: Sky’s The Limit For Spinaway Winner Perfect Alibi

Sky Mesa (by Pulpit) got his third U.S. Grade 1 winner from 13 crops of racing age when Perfect Alibi won the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 1 after a game contest with the Into Mischief fillies Frank’s Rockette and Figure of Speech. On the same day, Sky Mesa’s juvenile daughter Sky Kitten finished […]

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Claiborne Farm’s Trappe Shot Headed To Turkey

Claiborne Farm announced Aug. 28 that Trappe Shot (Tapit – Shopping), a Grade 2 winner and multiple Grade 1-performer who entered stud in 2012, will be relocated to Atman Stud in Turkey. The 12-year-old son of Tapit, out of the Private Account mare Shopping, is the sire of graded stakes winners Hotshot Anna, Untrapped, Fish Trappe […]

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Bloodlines: McKinzie Building Plenty Of ‘Street’ Credibility For Stallion Career

A three-time winner at the Grade 1 level (Los Alamitos Futurity at 2, the Pennsylvania Derby and Malibu Stakes at 3), McKinzie added a fourth G1 to his record with a smart-looking victory in the Aug. 3 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. As a highly regarded member of his crop at 2 and 3, McKinzie was […]

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