thoroughbred pedigrees

Woodbine presents Bloodlines: Wise Dan Proves Pedigree Isn’t Paramount

With a slim victory in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, Wise Dan earned his 14th victory from his last 16 starts. A multiple champion and Horse of the Year, Wise Dan is legitimately one of the most recognizable and most popular horses in training. Wise Dan is also a poster boy for […]

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Woodbine presents Bloodlines: The Return of Calumet

By any measure, sportsman Brad Kelley has taken a bold position with his acquisition of Calumet Farm and with the money and energy that he has poured into that historic farm. Last year, Calumet won the Preakness Stakes with Oxbow (by Awesome Again); this year, Kelley’s Bluegrass Hall bred Saturday’s Travers Stakes winner V.E. Day […]

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Woodbine presents Bloodlines: Danzig, Hard Spun Pass Down ‘Core’ Values

Half a lifetime ago, I spent the summer and fall of 1984 watching Danzig’s first crop of racers set their sire on the path of a legendary stallion career. Among that first crop was the year’s champion 2-year-old colt Chief’s Crown, who won four Grade 1 stakes that season, including the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. […]

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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: 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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