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Genre earns first black type in $100K Obeah S.

Genre stepped up into stakes company for the first time this year in Saturday's $100,000 Obeah S. and responded with a clear second-place finish... Read More...

Taralena back in stakes action on Sunday

Taralena, who has never been off the board in three lifetime starts, puts that streak on the line in Sunday's $200,000 Wonder Again S... Read More...

$200,000 Pennine Ridge S. (G3) on tap for Noble Quality

Fresh off his solid third-place effort in his first stakes start, Cheyenne Stables' Noble Quality will make his next start in Saturday's Pennine Ridge S. (G3)... Read More...

Kinsley Kisses continues graded stakes streak

Making her first start around two turns, Kinsley Kisses held her own against some of the best 3-year-old fillies in the country... Read More...

Big field for Kinsley Kisses in G2 Black-Eyed Susan

Kinsley Kisses, placed last out in the Beaumont S. (G3), will be part of a full field of 14 3-year-old fillies in the May 20 Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2)... Read More...

Uncle Mo lands the haymaker against Tapit

All spring leading up to the Derby, heavyweights Uncle Mo, the bay challenger, and Tapit, the gray champion, traded blows each weekend, it seemed, with one or the other landing major punches in the runup to the main event. And these weren’t the fluffy nothings like those thrown in a fight between “pastel bros” captured here … Read More...

Uncle Mo lands the haymaker against Tapit

All spring leading up to the Derby, heavyweights Uncle Mo, the bay challenger, and Tapit, the gray champion, traded blows each weekend, it seemed, with one or the other landing major punches in the runup to the main event. And these weren’t the fluffy nothings like those thrown in a fight between “pastel bros” captured here … Read More...

Noble Quality strong in first stakes start

Faced with an outside post and wide trip. Noble Quality still put in a hearty stretch run in Saturday's $75,000 English Channel S. at Gulfstream Park... Read More...

Noble Quality puts winning streak on the line

Cheyenne Stables' Noble Quality, riding a two-race winning streak, will try to make it three in a row when he goes postward in Saturday's $75,000 English Channel S... Read More...

Derby sire-line facts

Since Spectacular Bid, the champion 2-year-old colt of 1978, won the Derby in 1979, two other champion juvenile colts have emulated him in the ensuing 36 years: American Pharoah in 2015 and Street Sense in 2007. This isn’t a flattering endorsement for championship form at 2 for the Derby, and it extends to the winners of the … Read More...

Giant’s Causeway is big cat for sire and Ashford

Tapit and Uncle Mo have received the lion’s share of Derby press this year — including from this corner — with potential multiple entries in the classic, but they aren’t the only two. Results from the last few days were the reminder that there’s a third stallion in this elite group with far-reaching influence.  He’s Ashford’s … Read More...

Taralena handles stakes debut with class

Making just her third lifetime start in Sunday's $100,000 Memories of Silver S. at Aqueduct, Taralena responded with a rousing effort to finish third in the hotly-contested turf affair... Read More...

Taralena jumps into stakes company for Sunday’s Memories of Silver S.

Taralena, a sharp Gulfstream Park maiden winner in late February, will make the leap from maiden to stakes company when she faces eight foes in the $100,000 Memories of Silver S. Sunday... Read More...

Black type for Kinsley Kisses in Beaumont S. (G3)

Kinsley Kisses' valiant effort in Sunday's $150,000 Beaumont S. (G3) at Keeneland earned the 3-year-old Cheyenne Stables colorbearer black type in her first stakes start... Read More...

Kinsley Kisses lines up for Sunday’s Beaumont S. (G3)

Cheyenne Stables' Kinsley Kisses was installed the 9-5 morning line favorite in a small, but select, field for Sunday's $150,000 Beaumont S. (G3)... Read More...

Spirited effort from Madefromlucky in G3 Excelsior

A “very game” Madefromlucky valiantly battled through the Aqueduct stretch with Kid Cruz in the $200,000 Excelsior (G3)... Read More...

Lonhro’s Shakhimat makes move to Queen’s Plate for Attfield

Roger Attfield, along with Harry Giddings Jr., has won Canada’s premier classic, the Queen’s Plate, a remarkable eight times. Last year he attempted to enter the record books with Danish Dynaformer, a homebred colt from the last crop of Dynaformer for client Charles Fipke. This year, he will try again with Shakhimat, a colt from the … Read More...

Grade 1 Madison S. next assignment for Clothes Fall Off

Following her solid score in the Correction S. three weeks ago, Clothes Fall Off will face the toughest test of her career in Saturday's $300,000 Madison S. (G1) at Keeneland... Read More...

Sallisaw gets the fence for Saturday Bay Shore S. (G3)

Looking to build on his game allowance score of a month ago, Cheyenne Stables' Sallisaw drew the rail in the field of eight 3-year-olds set to contest Saturday's $300,000 Bay Shore S. (G3)... Read More...

Madefromlucky looks to get the trip in Grade 3 Excelsior

Multiple stakes winner Madefromlucky will make his next start in Saturday's $200,000 Excelsior S. (G3) at Aqueduct... Read More...

Montjeu sprinter rising as a sire in New Zealand

Lots of news from Australia and New Zealand today. Winx is becoming an icon for her late sire Street Cry — a Southern Hemisphere bookend for Street Cry’s legendary Northern Hemisphere daughter Zenyatta. Written Tycoon, fresh off the G1 mark with the Golden Slipper winner Capitalist a few weeks ago, struck again at the highest level with … Read More...

Pope link to California Chrome and Sunday Silence

The last two posts here were about California Chrome and Sunday Silence, both linked by the races in Dubai on Saturday — and perhaps by their non-commercial female families. California breeder George A. Pope, Jr. (1901-1979), mentioned in the piece on Sunday Silence as the breeder of his first three dams (4th dam Dowager was bred … Read More...

The age and level a Thoroughbred will perform at it’s peak.

Another tool for Horse Racing Partnerships. As with most athletes, including equine athletes, the performance life cycle has three basic stages. First, early rapid improvement, peak performance in the middle of the career and a decline at the end of a career. Gramm and Marksteiner produced an article “The Effect of Age on Thoroughbred Racing Performance” […] Read More...

Weak family of Sunday Silence

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence, the broodmare sire of G2 UAE Derby winner Lani and the paternal grandsire of G1 Dubai Turf winner Real Steel this past weekend, was sold to Japan for stud duty because there wasn’t interest in him here. In a Daily Racing Form piece on January 3, 2014, the … Read More...

Tesco Boy’s heirloom line back with Big Arthur

The speedy Princely Gift branch of Nasrullah through Tesco Boy is an heirloom sire line though this was not always the case. Before the advent of the big-time Shadai stallions, which have dominated the leading sire list almost uninterrupted since Northern Taste topped it in 1982 to Deep Impact in 2015, the Nasrullah sprinter Princely Gift’s British-bred … Read More...

Taylor Made gamble pays off big

What a change in the perception and accomplishments of California Chrome from a year ago, huh? Second in the Dubai World Cup, he was then taken from the popular trainer that had developed him and sent to Newmarket to prepare for … well, you know the strange and unflattering story that ended with Chrome’s return … Read More...

Shake Down Baby gallant in Sanibel Island S.

Making her first start for Cheyenne, Shake Down Baby overcame a very rough stretch run to earn a second-place finish in the $75,000 Sanibel Island S. Saturday at Gulfstream Park... Read More...

Speed of Kantharos trickles to X Y Jet

It’s going to take an exceptionally fast old horse to defeat the 4-year-old gray gelding X Y Jet in the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, a 1200-meter dirt race with a $2 million purse that’s attracted nine others with a combined average age of almost 7 years. X Y Jet has been brilliant in his last … Read More...

Shake Down Baby tries Gulfstream turf in Sanibel Island H.

Shake Down Baby will make her first start in the Cheyenne Stables silks in Saturday’s $75,000 Sanibel Island H. at Gulfstream Park... Read More...

Three Tapits at Meydan

The champion sire and most expensive horse in North America will be represented by an eclectic trio on Dubai World Cup day, and it’s possible by next week that all the chatter will be about Tapit again because one, two, or all three could win. Frosted is Tapit’s main chance, and he’s the most straightforward … Read More...

The graying of America

Just a few Tapits from the last year or so, some accomplished, others on the way up. Of course all the good ones are not all gray, but run against them and you’ll get gray quickly. TAPIT @Gainesway, Sires the 2016 Rebel S.-G2 winner, Cupid, by Tapit shown with Neil Drysdale, trainer of A.P.Indy pic.twitter.com/ug48aj9ljo — … Read More...

Tapit, Uncle Mo continue to rock ‘n’ roll

With apologies to Led Zeppelin, the song remains the same for Uncle Mo and Tapit each weekend, it seems. Both stallions are represented by the two leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby, Nyquist for Uncle Mo and Mohaymen for Tapit, and the two undefeated 3-year-olds are scheduled to meet on a crash course before the … Read More...

First stakes victory for Clothes Fall Off

Clothes Fall Off proved too tough for the competition in the $125,000 Correction S. at Aqueduct on Saturday... Read More...

Written Tycoon, sire of Slipper winner Capitalist

A prolific winner-getter and noticeably bubbling just beneath the G1 surface for a while, Written Tycoon popped like a bottle of champagne today when his son Capitalist won the G1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens — one of the most famous 2-year-old races in the world and the most important race in Australia for making … Read More...

$125,000 Correction S. next up for Clothes Fall Off

Clothes Fall Off will make her next start in Aqueduct’s $125,000 Correction S. on Saturday... Read More...

Kinsley Kisses super-sharp in Tampa score

Cheyenne Stables rising star Kinsley Kisses turned in another extraordinary performance Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs, rolling to a seven-length allowance victory... Read More...

Madefromlucky nears $1 million earnings mark

Madefromlucky turned in a valiant effort in Sunday’s $125,000 Stymie S. at Aqueduct... Read More...

Madefromlucky highweight in Sunday’s Stymie H.

Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol’s Madefromlucky was assigned a top weight of 123 pounds for Sunday’s $125,000 Stymie S. at Aqueduct... Read More...

Market Rally and the UAE Derby

The March 26 G2 UAE Derby at 1900 meters on dirt is a $2 million race and a lucrative target in its own right, but it has the added allure of conferring 100 qualifying Kentucky Derby points to the winner, too. That’s why trainer Doug O’Neill’s California invader Frank Conversation is headed to Dubai. The … Read More...

War Front’s Jack Milton

Pope McLean’s Crestwood near Lexington is the latest Kentucky farm to stand a son of Claiborne’s War Front — one of the most sought-after stallions in the world. Jack Milton, a G1 winner who joined the Crestwood roster for 2016, is the least expensive of his sire’s five sons in the state at $6,500 live … Read More...

Desert God wins Indian Turf Invitation Cup

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) (Ed. note: link to video of race below. Grades of races listed for informational purposes only. All Indian graded races qualify as Listed black type internationally.) The G1 Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby winner Desert God (Burden of Proof – Running Flame) added the G1 Indian Turf Invitation Cup to his tally … Read More...

Big Saturday for Darley stallions

Darley had a weekend to remember with top stallions Medaglia d’Oro, Teofilo, Dubawi, Shamardal, Hard Spun, and Bernardini represented by notable Graded winners around the world on Saturday, March 5. Songbird remains unbeaten in the Grade III $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes! #SantaAnitaPark pic.twitter.com/2dZY43oYNi — Santa Anita Park (@santaanitapark) March 5, 2016 At Santa Anita yesterday, Medaglia … Read More...

Sire Watch Pedigree Focus: First-crop sires, Street Boss

The Wednesday, March 2, edition of At the Races with Steve Byk featuring ‘Sire Watch Pedigree Focus.’ Topics include first-crop sires at Fasig-Tipton and Street Boss and Street Cry, among other things. Click here to listen. Read More...

Mystical Star foals Pioneerof the Nile colt

Graded stakes winner Mystical Star produced her first foal, a bay colt by last year’s leading Third Crop sire Pioneerof the Nile, on March 4... Read More...

Treasure Beach reminiscent of Florida sire Sword Dance

At first blush, British-bred Treasure Beach, who stands for $10,000 at Pleasant Acres in Morriston, Florida, seems out of place in the state. He’s by Galileo out of Honorine, by Mark of Esteem, and is a product of the great Sadler’s Wells/Darshaan cross noted for turf stamina. He ran true to his pedigree, winning, among … Read More...

Juvenile sales can be a barometer for sire success

Recent juvenile sales have unearthed some of the best first-crop runners of new sires and can be an indicator for high placement on the year-end Freshman Sire list and also a barometer for future sire success. Last year, Nyquist sold for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton February sale and led the charge for Uncle Mo, who … Read More...

New sires at Fasig-Tipton

Below is a listing of new sires represented by 2-year-olds at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale. Click on the sire for his page at the farm. Click on the works for the pedigrees of the individual horses. The fastest time recorded was :10 flat, shared by 10 horses. Algorithms (by Bernardini at Claiborne): 10.1, 10.3 Astrology … Read More...

Street Boss, sire of undefeated Cathryn Sophia

Street Boss was one of four G1 winners from the celebrated first crop of Street Cry, Darley’s flagship stallion who died in Australia in September of 2014 at the age of 16 and is the sire of more than 100 stakes winners. The star of that crop was Zenyatta, but it also included the Kentucky … Read More...

Karakontie, from Japan to USA via Europe

The number of new foreign-bred and/or primarily foreign-raced stallions standing in Kentucky keeps increasing incrementally each year, it seems. At the moment the only two active leading sires bred or raced abroad on the Top 40 General Sire list of 2015 are Lane’s End’s Candy Ride, bred in Argentina; and Ashford’s Giant’s Causeway, raced in Europe. Darley’s … Read More...

Super Saver’s Competitive Edge is speed

Competitive Edge is the “other” new sire for 2016 at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky after the poster boy and racing icon American Pharoah, but when he comes out of the stallion barn to pose for visitors, he’s got the swag of a rugged matinee idol instead of the look of a supporting actor. At $12,500 … Read More...