Bloodlines

Bloodlines: Pair Of Graded Winners Flatter Late Unbridled’s Song

Sometimes even a dead horse gets a break. The late Unbridled’s Song, whose death in 2013 was a significant loss felt by both breeders and buyers at the yearling sales, had a pair of first-time graded stakes winners on Feb. 13, and the big gray was offering a sort of Valentine’s note to breeders that […]

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Bloodlines: Good Things Happen After Stallions Sell Internationally

If you want to help your stallion get that big winner, just sell him overseas. For instance, there is Empire Maker, who already had Grade 1 winner proven on the track before the sire’s sale, then champion Royal Delta, G1 winner and Kentucky Derby-Preakness second , and other major performers came to light afterwards; and […]

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Bloodlines: Mohaymen Lives Up To His Name, Pedigree

Taking another step forward on the road to the 2016 classics, Mohaymen (by Tapit) won the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday with a visually impressive closing rush that left him alone at the finish, pricking his ears, in a time of 1:42.07 for the 1 1/16 miles. The colt’s name translates […]

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Bloodlines: Recent Deaths Weigh Heavy In Breeding Business

Kentucky breeders and racing fans everywhere have been slammed over the past week or so with the deaths of champions and leading sires. Both Gulch (age 32) and Kingmambo (26) died full of years and honors; they will be missed, but the time comes for us all. Champion sprinter Gulch was bred and raced by […]

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Bloodlines: Eclipse Award Winners Show Strong Female Influences

One of the consistent points of reference in the highly inconsistent game of breeding the Thoroughbred is that class in the dam, as well as depth in that family, give us a pretty good guide of what to select as breeding stock. Taking the most recent Eclipse Award winners as evidence, both champion 2-year-old filly […]

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Bloodlines: From Modest Roots, Keeneland Blossoms Into Sales Giant

With the Keeneland January sale on Monday firing the first bullet in its five-shot cylinder, it’s hard to recall that Keeneland hasn’t sponsored a full schedule of sales since the beginning of time. Founded in 1936, Keeneland did not get to pounding the drum at the sales until several years later. There was reason for […]

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Bloodlines: Discovering Class In Unexpected Places

There are a number of ways to evaluate stallions in addition to the general sire list, which ranks stallions by gross progeny earnings. The leader on that list, once again, is the great gray ghost of Gainesway Farm, Tapit. A beautiful horse who has grown nearly white with age, the son of Pulpit is fertile, […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Runhappy Shows Off ‘Super’ Pedigree

With a smooth victory in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, Runhappy put a smile and a bow on 2015 for his sire Super Saver (by Maria’s Mon). Bred in Kentucky by Wayne, Gray, and Bryan Lyster, the dark bay 3-year-old took his third G1 of the year in the Malibu, following successes […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Surprising Freshman Power

As the year winds down quietly, the clear freshman sire champion is Uncle Mo, who leads the nearly completed annual list with the kind of dominance that he showed during his own juvenile campaign. The Ashford Stud stallion by deceased Indian Charlie has more than $3.6 million in progeny earnings to this point, $2.5 million […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Sons Of Storm Cat Still Producing Top-Level Winners

Not so many years ago, the hottest stallion prospects in the world were the sons of leading sire Storm Cat, the blocky dark bay son of Storm Bird (by Northern Dancer) out of Terlingua (Secretariat). Beaten for the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in the last jump by Tasso, Storm Cat nonetheless became the dominant sire […]

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