thoroughbred pedigrees

Woodbine presents Bloodlines: Super Saver Makes Strides

One of the annual rituals in racing and breeding circles is to watch for signs of young sires who are emerging with more than average promise. This is one of the endless pleasures of the sport, as we assess form and weigh brilliance in the balance. Earlier this year at the sales of 2-year-olds in […]

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Bloodlines: Believe It or Not, 3-Year-old Division Still Undecided

Before the Belmont, and especially in its aftermath, there has been considerable discussion and analysis of the quality and ranking of the leading 3-year-old colts. There is, however, no question who’s the best gelding in the crop: Shared Belief. Last year’s divisional champion at 2, Shared Belief was a natural prospect for the Triple Crown […]

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Bloodlines: Albano Proving Istan Gamble a Good One

Despite the general perception that “pedigree” is a fixed thing, it truly is not. Racing, particularly high class shown in top races, makes pedigree; not the other way around. Pedigree researcher and writer Joe Estes developed his life’s work into exploring and shining light through the interwoven fabric of pedigrees and performance. As he saw […]

Continue reading presents Bloodlines: A ‘Bright Copper Penny’ of His Pedigree

After California Chrome collected the second jewel of the Triple Crown in authoritative fashion on Saturday at Pimlico, a perplexed observer asked me, “How can a horse with that kind of pedigree be so good?” Rather than go through a list of top horses with “that sort of pedigree” or something less fashionable, let me just say, […]

Continue reading presents Bloodlines: Tonalist the Latest Tapit Success

This is turning out to be a career year for one of the best stallions in the world. Now internationally respected, Tapit has been a revelation in the stallion ranks since his first crop, which included champion Stardom Bound and others. With the annual gains in his status as a sire of the first caliber, […]

Continue reading presents Bloodlines: Developing the Derby Winner’s Family

Although the first California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962, California Chrome comes from a branch of a major Kentucky female family that migrated from the Bluegrass to New York and Maryland before being transplanted across the country to the Golden State. Part of the reason the best racehorse from this branch […]

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Bloodlines: Gotham Winner of ‘Noble’ Birth

Certainly the most dramatic race of the weekend was the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, where a trio of promising colts finished heads apart. The winner and still unbeaten in five starts was Samraat, a dead game and quite appealing competitor for Leonard Riggio’s My Meadowview Farm, which bred the colt in New York. […]

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Bloodlines: Winners Keep Coming for Tapit

The Gainesway Farm stallion Tapit is one of the best stallions in the world, and he didn’t need a lot more good news after the positive performance of his son Tapiture in winning the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on President’s Day.  But the handsome gray had a pair of important winners over […]

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Ed DeRosa: Mr. Prospector’s influence in the Belmont

Ed DeRosa writes at about the significant influence Mr. Prospector has had on horses running in the Belmont. According to his research, 13 of the last 17 winners of the Belmont were direct descendants of Mr. Prospector. Those 13 winners come from seven different sons of Mr. Prospector, including Afleet, Fappiano, Forty Niner, Fusaichi […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Tapit Stays Strong

For a stallion, one good year can be a fluke. Two good years is a promising trend, and three good years is cause for celebration. The Gainesway Farm stallion Tapit, whose fifth crop of foals will soon be racing, has gone from strength to strength. The son of the A.P. Indy stallion Pulpit was the […]

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