thoroughbred stallions

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 Presented By The Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Behind The Scenes Of California Chrome’s Sale To Japan

With the first crop of colts and fillies by Horse of the Year California Chrome (by Lucky Pulpit) ready to turn 2 on Jan. 1, their sire is going to leave for his new home in Japan sometime in the first half of January. Taylor Made Farm, which bought into California Chrome during his racing […]

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Bloodlines: Volume And Value Among Less-Expensive New Sires For 2020

The continuing great challenge for any farm or stallion manager in standing and managing a young sire with a lower-price stud fee is getting enough mares, especially getting enough of the right mares. The challenge of getting sufficient volume to less-known or less-popular stallion prospects has been there since the days of Eclipse, but Spendthrift […]

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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 2020 Sires Catholic Boy, Audible

In the first article on the new sires entering stud in Kentucky at the top end of the stud fee rankings, one point of interest was the large group of well-performed 3-year-olds in 2019 who will remain in training for 2020. This generates increased competition and produces more excitement and anticipation at the racetrack, all […]

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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: Florida-Based Khozan Quietly Moves Up Stallion Rankings

While Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile) is battling for freshman sire supremacy with Florida Derby winner Constitution (Tapit), nestled in among the highly ranked young sires standing for five-figure or six-figure fees is a pair of less-expensive animals: Competitive Edge (Super Saver) in third and Khozan (Distorted Humor) in fourth on […]

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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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