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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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Bloodlines: Best Picks Another Impressive Winner With Instagrand

A wide-margin victory in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar confirmed the grand-looking bay colt Instagrand (by Into Mischief) is a force of significance among the current 2-year-olds racing on the West Coast, a group which appears freakishly loaded with quality and talent. In both his debut on June 29 and in the Best […]

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Bloodlines: Tracing The Origins Of Justify’s Triple Crown Stamina

Fifty years ago, Stage Door Johnny (by Prince John) saved us from having an asterisk-laden Triple Crown. In the Kentucky Derby five weeks earlier, Peter Fuller’s highly talented gray colt Dancer’s Image (Native Dancer) had defeated Calumet’s Forward Pass (On-and-On), then had been disqualified due to the presence of a metabolite of bute in the […]

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Longtime Taylor Made Stallion Northern Afleet Dies At 25

Taylor Made Stallions reported today that Northern Afleet, a longtime stallion at the Nicholasville, Ky., farm, was euthanized Friday, June 1. The accomplished son of Afleet—Nuryette, by Nureyev, known for his versatility and consistency as a sire, was 25 years old. Dr. Charles Scoggin issued the following statement: Northern Afleet had experienced an episode of […]

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Bloodlines: Accelerate Adds Notch For Lookin at Lucky, Smart Strike’s Unexpected Journey

Accelerate (by Lookin at Lucky) won the Gold Cup Handicap to pair with his Santa Anita Handicap, both Grade 1, and those victories make him look like the best older horse on the West Coast at 10 furlongs, at least unless West Coast (Flatter) comes out of hibernation and asserts some of his best form. […]

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Bloodlines: Tracing Justify’s Lineage To An English Triple Crown Winner

Now a dual classic winner with victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the saga of unbeaten Justify (by Scat Daddy) is bookended by major mares both today and at the beginning of the 20th century. Justify’s dam, like the colt himself, was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther’s Glennwood Farm near Versailles. Gunther’s daughter Tanya […]

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Bloodlines: Peter Pan Winner Blended Citizen Does His Racing Family ‘Proud’

Victory in the Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park was the second graded stakes success for Blended Citizen (by Proud Citizen), who now falls under suspicion as a candidate for the Belmont Stakes on June 9. The Peter Pan is a logical prep for the longest classic in the States, and the race has […]

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Bloodlines: Justify’s Derby Win Checks Another Box For Storm Cat

With his game victory under trying conditions in the May 6 Kentucky Derby, Justify brushed a couple of tedious talking points into the dustbin of history. The most obvious is the wretched “curse of Apollo,” as the unbeaten colt became first Kentucky Derby winner in more than a century not to race as a 2-year-old. […]

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Bloodlines: The Staying Power is Right Here

To whatever reason you assign the absence of distance racing in American racing, do not blame the horses. Grumble about racing secretaries, fuss over the monocular view of super-trainers, or diss the Derby fixation of owners, but do not suspect the Thoroughbred of being ill-made for the job of racing over any distance at all. […]

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