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Light the City faces eight in Santa Ysabel (G3)

Fresh off her Grade 1 runner-up effort in the Las Virgenes S. (G1), Cheyenne Stables' stakes-winning Light the City will face eight of the top 3-year-old fillies in the West, in the 48th running of the Santa Ysabel S. (G3) on Saturday at Santa Anita... Read More...

McLaughlin considering options for Cheyene Stables’ Classy Class

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has a few targets in mind for Classy Class as far as a next start is concerned, including the Gotham and Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park... Read More...

Horse Chestnut, Adjudicating reported dead via Twitter

Terrible news that Legendary South African racehorse Horse Chestnut has passed on — Robert Brogan (@SAFBETTINGCLAN) February 20, 2015 -RIP Champ- Today is a sad day for South African breeders as we mourn the loss of a true champion,Horse… http://t.co/kS8Dkofb0b — Drakenstein Stud (@DrakensteinStud) February 20, 2015 SA bids farewell to a legend as Horse Chestnut […] Read More...

Metaboss, Street Boss discussed on Byk radio show along with Power Jam, Concord Point

Metaboss, the Street Boss colt who will aim to get to the Derby without a win on dirt – like Animal Kingdom – was the starting point of a pedigree analysis on Wednesday on the weekly radio appearance I make on At the Races, Steve Byk’s show. Also discussed: the exciting Kaleem Shah homebred Power […] Read More...

Glen Hill didn’t get Ocala Stud, but it did get Diversy Harbor

Craig Bernick, president of Glen Hill Farm and grandson of GHF founder Leonard Lavin, tweeted tonight that Ocala Stud has been sold to developers and that GHF wasn’t afforded an opportunity to buy the land, much to Bernick’s dismay. However, a day earlier GHF’s Diversy Harbor won her first Graded stakes, which brought a lot […] Read More...

Kentucky snowscapes from Twitter

Today it is snowing.. a lot. How appropriate is the February calendar photo? By Dell Hancock pic.twitter.com/SlCtPdAPaj — Claiborne Farm (@claibornefarm) February 16, 2015 A lovely day at Denali Thanks to our guys and gals who have to get it done regardless of what Mother Nature delivers pic.twitter.com/7vJPCMiwzw — craig bandoroff (@BandoroffCraig) February 16, 2015 […] Read More...

Talented Genre seeking first stakes win in Davona Dale (G2)

Cheyenne Stables' Genre will tackle the best 3-year-old fillies in the East, when she lines up in... Read More...

Some background on Metaboss breeder

John Toffan, who w late partner Trudy McCaffery raced horses such as Free House and Bien Bien, is breeder of Metaboss and first three dams. — Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) February 15, 2015 re last tweet: Toffan longtime client of @headleybell and Metaboss's dam by Free House and second dam by Bien Bien. Purchased […] Read More...

Galileo’s affinity for female family 9

Got the following note from Fernando Martinez, pedigree advisor at Haras Musa, in Uruguay, about the tremendous success Galileo has enjoyed with mares from female family 9. It’s an interesting read. I have edited for language, when appropriate, and length. Dear Sid, 22,22% of Group 1 winners by GALILEO are from mares descending from the […] Read More...

Far From Over, Dortmund, Firing Line pedigrees discussed on Byk show

Latest appearance on the Steve Byk radio show on Wednesday was all about Blame’s classic prospect Far From Over and the duo of Dortmund and Firing Line, sons of Big Brown and Line of David, respectively. Note that Line of David, originally advertised for $2,000 LF, stands now for $3,500. Firing Line, by the way, […] Read More...

Classy Class considered for Gotham S. after gutsy Withers (G3) effort

Classy Class’ race-long duel with favorite El Kabier in Saturday’s Withers S. (G3) at Aqueduct may... Read More...

Classy Class draws rail for Grade 3 Withers S.

Cheyenne Stables’ promising 3-year-old Classy Class makes his first start of 2015 in Saturday’s $250,000 Withers S. (G3) at Aqueduct... Read More...

Ocean Knight, Prospect Park pedigrees discussed on Steve Byk show today

Had an interesting conversation on the pedigrees of Curlin’s Ocean Knight and Tapit’s Prospect Park with Steve Byk on his radio show today. See the link below to listen to it. http://www.thoroughbredracingradionetwork.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=1919&year=2015&month=02&day=04&Itemid=35 Read More...

Holy Roman Emperor’s Be Safe wins Indian Derby today

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Link to video at end of post.] The Holy Roman Emperor colt Be Safe (out of Oriental Lady, by King’s Best) cruised to a four-and-a-half length victory in the McDowell Signature Indian Derby, Gr.1, today at Mahalakshmi, and yet bettered the race and track record to give his owner Dr. […] Read More...

Light the City right there in Grade 1 Las Virgenes

Light the City’s close second in Saturday’s $300,000 Las Virgenes S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park earned the 3-year-old Cheyenne Stables’ filly her first top-three finish in a graded stakes... Read More...

Light the City aims for G1 glory in Las Virgenes S.

Cheyenne Stables’ stakes-winning Light the City heads a quintet of entries trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s $300,000 Las Virgenes S... Read More...

The scent of money last fall

From Thoroughbred Owner and Breeder magazine, Europe. Read More...

Tiger Hill’s daughter Tiger Tops captures Indian Oaks

[The Indian Oaks video link is provided at end of post. The race was contested today.] By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Just last Sunday, Tiger Tops was beaten less than a length in the Eveready Calcutta Derby, Gr.1 and the consensus of opinion was that her jockey Zervan could have done better. She came down […] Read More...

Holy Roman Emperor colt wins Indian 2000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) On Thursday, trainer Mallesh Narredu and his nephew jockey Suraj Narredu won the New Hope Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1 with Godspeed. Today they completed the Guineas double with Dr. M.A. Ramaswamy’s Be Safe (Holy Roman Emperor – Oriental Lady) winning the ABV Nucleas Indian 2000 Guineas, Gr.1. On Godspeed, Suraj […] Read More...

My Mother-in-Law is Obsessed with Horse Racing!

When I was a little girl, my dad attended seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. We spent a summer living in a cramped dorm room with my brother and I sleeping on the floor and my mom trying to keep us occupied exploring the campus while my dad was in classes. One weekend, my dad had a […] Read More...

Gutsy Godspeed prevails in Indian 1000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Link to video of Indian 1000 Guineas at end of post.] Godspeed (Multidimensional – Almandine), despite wandering about a bit in the closing stages as she is wont to, held on determinedly by a neck to deny the odds-on favourite Maisha (Footstepsinthesand – My Pension) a victory in the New […] Read More...

International confusion

Last night on Twitter, a participant in the Japanese bloodstock industry tweeted a link to a Racing Post article about a Grade 1 race in Japan. Here it is: The race, however, is not a Grade 1 race by the body that adjudicates on such matters, the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA). The […] Read More...

Elusive Quality as a broodmare sire

Darley’s Elusive Quality got his 19th unrestricted black type winner as a broodmare sire today when Japanese-bred two-year-old filly Shonan Adela (by Deep Impact from Always Willing) won the G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, the year-end championship defining race in Japan. The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is a 1600-meter race on turf, the surface on which 11 […] Read More...

The Speightstown effect

This post was originally published at werkhorse.com Munnings, a first-crop sire by Speightstown at Ashford Stud for Coolmore, had two stakes winners yesterday, bringing his total to three so far as he makes a late-season impression with his first two-year-olds. He already has an impressive 24 winners—co- tied in North America with Ashford’s Lookin at … Continue reading The Speightstown effect → Read More...

Bloodstock news from Twitter: 12/7/2014

First-crop sire Munnings on a roll: 22 first-crop winners for Munnings so far. http://t.co/vJ2GmHh85I — Sire Watch (@SireWatch) December 6, 2014 Another two-stakes-winners day for Munnings: Lake Sebago & Catalina Red. Catalina Red is a new SW. Total of 3 first-crop SWs for the sire. — Frances J Karon (@francesjkaron) December 6, 2014 Neither here … Continue reading Bloodstock news from Twitter: 12/7/2014 → Read More...

Getting your mare ready for the Breeding Season

The process Breeder’s go through to pick the right stallion. There are a number of questions that need to be answered before a breeder sends his or her mare to the breeding shed. Some basic things need to be considered before looking at the list of prospective stallions. Is the goal to sell the foal […] Read More...

Light the City earns black-type in the $100K Desi Arnaz S.

Cheyenne Stables’ 2-year-old filly Light the City finished a game third, beaten little more than a length, in the $100,000 Desi Arnaz S. Sunday at Del Mar... Read More...

Light the City puts unbeaten streak on the line $100K Desi Arnaz S.

Cheyenne Stables’ unbeaten 2-year-old filly Light the City will try to run her record to 3-for-3 when she breaks from the rail in the $100,000 Desi Arnaz S. Sunday at Del Mar... Read More...

Cheyenne 2yo romps in Belmont MdSpWt debut

Cheyenne Stables' Classy Class lived up to his name today, with a decisive debut victory in a $75,000 maiden special weight at Belmont Park... Read More...

Light the City shines in $99,000 Anoakia S.

Light the City ascended to new heights Sunday as the Cheyenne Stables colorbearer drew off to a 2 ½-length victory in the $99,000 Anoakia S... Read More...

Paige adds Grade 1 chapter to her record

Cheyenne Stables and Jim Wells' juvenile filly Paige added Grade 1 blacktype to her resume, with a strong third-place effort in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades S. (G1) at Keeneland on October 3rd... Read More...

Paige seeks third consecutive win in historic Alcibiades S. (G1)

Cheyenne Stables and Jim Wells' two-year-old filly Paige seeks her third straight victory in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades S. (G1) over 1 1/16 miles on the brand new racing surface at Keeneland Racecourse on Friday... Read More...

Amazing Grace slams Signature Indian St. Leger field

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Indian St. Leger video below] Dr. Vijay Mallya’s Amazing Grace (Hurricane Run – Efrhina[IRE] by Woodman) slammed champion Alaindair (Multidimensional- God’s Grace) by seven long lengths without breaking into a sweat to win the Signature Indian St. Leger, Gr.1 at Pune on Sunday. They say “it’s better to travel hopefully […] Read More...

Cardiologist Demands Truth From WHO About Vaping

I recently had the chance to visit a local horse race. I love horses and I love the aspect of betting so it was a natural fit. However while I was there I had the chance to meet several famous people and the conversations that we had were very deep and life changing. One of […] Read More...

Mushka fam has ties to big prices, stamina, Darley

The Bernardini filly from Mushka that topped the first day of Keeneland September at $1.2 million has long ties to big commercial prices at Kentucky auctions stretching back to the 1980s. Price is usually tied to performance, and there’s plenty of high-class classic form in this family tracing back to the 1976 Kentucky Derby and […] Read More...

Stallion news from the day job

Yes, I’ve been slacking off in this space, but I’ve been busy elsewhere, at the day job! Here’s some posts you may or may not have seen via SM links: No guarantee seasons to Claiborne’s ascendant War Front have been trading for $250,000 to $300,000, even though he stood the 2014 season for $150,000 live […] Read More...

Light the City zips to maiden special weight victory at Del Mar

Cheyenne Stables’ newest star was unveiled in Sunday’s third race at Del Mar as the 2-year-old filly Light the City stepped out to a clear-cut 2 ¾-length score... Read More...

Easy Living seeks first stakes score in $200,000 Fleet Indian S.

Easy Living drew the outside post in the field of nine for the inaugural running of the $200,000 Fleet Indian S. Sunday at Saratoga... Read More...

Cheyenne Stables’ 2YO a ‘Rising Star’ at Saratoga

Clothes Fall Off took to the off going at Saratoga on Aug. 21 to score a sparkling 3 ¼-length maiden special weight victory in the career debut for 2-year-old daughter of Daaher... Read More...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Originally posted on RACING & BREEDING IN INDIA:When I started writing this blog, the intention was to put down on record my thoughts on a sport that is also my business and a way of life for me. The response has been overwhelming so far and one hopes that I am able to convince… Read More...

uncle mo is the keystone of a serious plan from coolmore stud in america

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:Over the past few years, Coolmore put together an interesting group of young stallions at its American facility in Kentucky, Ashford Stud, that included four consecutive champion juvenile colts: Lookin at Lucky, Uncle Mo, Hansen, and Shanghai Bobby. The payoff on this apparently calculated gamble to collect the… Read More...

multiple champion gio ponti is beginning his career at stud with a strong set of yearlings

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:A champion three times during a rich and exciting career, Gio Ponti showed qualities as a racehorse that are not commonly seen today. Gio Ponti raced from age 2 through 6, winning stakes each season, and he won 11 of them in total, accounting for 11 more stakes… Read More...

Combining Electronic Cigarettes And Horse Racing

So on the surface the very idea of combining electronic cigarettes and horse racing seems a bit peculiar. How in the world could these two diametrically different items go together? Well the truth is that this union was made possible for me jus ta few weeks back. As you know horse racing is a very […] Read More...

Make Money By Betting On Horse Races

Picking the right horse is the best way to win and make money on a horse race. Of course that doesn’t guarantee you a win, but it does help your odds quite a bit. The next best way of making money on a horse race is to choose a horse that has been winning lately. […] Read More...

new stakes winners are promising stars in the sky for the next crop of young racers

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:With the 2014 Triple Crown in the record books, the participants are largely resting and planning to resume the fray in the heat of the summer for prizes like the Grade 1 Haskell and Travers Stakes. And now it is time to cast an eye upon the next… Read More...

new stakes winners are promising stars in the sky for the next crop of young racers

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:With the 2014 Triple Crown in the record books, the participants are largely resting and planning to resume the fray in the heat of the summer for prizes like the Grade 1 Haskell and Travers Stakes. And now it is time to cast an eye upon the next… Read More...

pedigree follows performance, just as form follows function

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass: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… Read More...

pedigree follows performance, just as form follows function

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass: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… Read More...

Elitism makes stakes debut in $100,000 Saylorville S.

Following a sharp allowance score just two weeks ago, Cheyenne Stables' 4-year-old filly Elitism will make her first stakes start in the $100,000 Saylorville S. on Friday night at Prairie Meadows Racetrack. Read More...

Clarinda seeks breakthrough in $100,000 Iowa Distaff

Cheyenne Stables' Clarinda will make her second start for trainer Donnie Von Hemel in the $100,000 Iowa Distaff S. Friday at Prairie Meadows... Read More...