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Hampton Court, fourth Aussie-bred reverse shuttler

B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm is traveling the road first paved by John Phillips’s Darby Dan with All American and later traversed by Darley’s Lonhro and Denman; Spendthrift is reverse shuttling Australian-bred Hampton Court from the farm’s Australian facility to Kentucky this year. (Technically, Darley’s Animal Kingdom is a reverse shuttler from Australia, too, but, … Read More...

Radio: ‘Sire Watch Pedigree Focus’

“At the Races with Steve Byk,” Byk’s daily racing radio show on Sirius satellite radio Monday through Friday from 9AM to 12 each morning, has a new sponsor for the pedigree segment where I’m a guest each Wednesday beginning the second hour at 10AM. Download the App and join @sidfernando on ATR for 'Sire Watch … Read More...

Dixie Union’s emergence as a sire of broodmares

Three highly regarded 3-year-old colts share Dixie Union as a broodmare sire, and when something like that happens it’s usually a sign that a broodmare sire is on his way up. This is a nice position in which to be if you happen to own a daughter of Dixie Union, too. Mohaymen, the pro-tem leader … Read More...

Candy Ride and sons

The recent success of Argentine-bred Candy Ride’s Gun Runner in the G2 Risen Star Stakes from the Uncle Mo runners Forevamo and Mo Tom is a snapshot of unconventional triumph. Both Candy Ride and Uncle Mo represent odd branches of significant stallions, and their success may in part be attributable to the outcross opportunities they … Read More...

Who are the Derby contenders plucked from 2-year-old sales?

The Derby preps starts to heat up concurrently with the 2-year-olds-in-training sales, and trainers, like college coaches, are on the recruiting trail for next year’s prospects while preparing this year’s athletes. It all starts in Florida (Fasig-Tipton’s sale pictured above; photo by Frances J. Karon) in late February/early March, first at Fasig-Tipton’s “The Florida Sale,” … Read More...

Airoforce: turf future if dirt doesn’t pan out

Airoforce, who makes his season debut in the G2 $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Saturday as the 5-2 morning-line favorite, faces 12 others, including four sons of Uncle Mo and Rachel Alexandra’s half-brother Dolphus, but if he doesn’t win or take to the track like he did the dirt at Churchill … Read More...

AP wire: Suddenbreakingnews

Two of the last three Derby winners, California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit, by Pulpit, by A.P. Indy) and Orb (Malibu Moon, by A.P. Indy), are by A.P. Indy-line stallions, and this year’s crop of contenders includes several others, including Mohaymen (Tapit, by Pulpit), Greenpointcrusader (Bernardini, by A.P. Indy),  Shagaf (Bernardini), Economic Model (Flatter, by A.P. Indy), … Read More...

Can Nyquist stay?

Shortly after undefeated juvenile champion Nyquist (Breeders’ Cup Photo, above, winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile) had scorched the seven furlongs of the G2 San Vicente at Santa Anita in 1:20.71 on Monday, questions and comments — all legitimate, given his pedigree — surfaced on Twitter about his ability to get the Derby distance. Really, really … Read More...

New Chilean stallion standing in Kentucky

Ro Parra’s Millennium Farms in Lexington has an unusual stallion entering the ranks in 2016. He’s Chilean-bred and-raced Hakassan, initially a Green Hills Farm acquisition for racing. Hakassan came to the US after having last raced in Chile in December of 2012 and was held in high esteem as a winner of five of seven … Read More...

Clothes Fall Off runs a big one in Barbara Fritchie H. (G2)

It took a lifetime best race by Pangburn to deny victory to stablemate Clothes Fall Off in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie S. (G2) Saturday at Laurel Park... Read More...

Songbird’s Campbell history

Fox Hill Farms’ champion Songbird (Breeders’ Cup Photo, above) made an impressive 3-year-old debut on Feb. 6 in the G2 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita — if you don’t believe the speed figures — by winning off by six and a half lengths in 1:36.84 to remain undefeated in five starts. Now, this is the … Read More...

Congrats has another stakes filly in Polar River

The conversation and observation above on Twitter on Jan. 17 was a result of the way Congrats had started off the year near the top of the General Sire List (alongside his brother Flatter and in the mix with Tapit and Candy Ride). His top runner this year is the 3-year-old filly Forever Darling, who … Read More...

Clothes Fall Off shoots for G2 success in Saturday’s Barbara Fritchie H.

Cheyenne Stables and partners’ Clothes Fall Off will try to give her owners an early Valentine’s Day present on Saturday when she faces a field of six other fillies and mares in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie H. (G2)... Read More...

Mor Spirit and Baffert

Before he was on the Triple Crown trail for Bob Baffert, Mor Spirit was a ‘lovely looking 2-year-old’ from the consignment of Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree, as announcer Terence Collier notes in the video above when bidding stalls at $575,000. Mor Spirit had worked an eighth in 10 1/5, but his physical maturity, athleticism, and sheer attractiveness … Read More...

Bayern as a prospect

Bayern, who will start his career at stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in a few days, is a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner (in 1:59.88), a Haskell winner (in 1:47.82 by seven-plus lengths), a G2 Pennsylvania Derby winner (in 1:46.96 by five-plus lengths), and a G2 Woody Stephens winner (in 1:20.75 by seven-plus lengths) over … Read More...

Indian Derby to Desert God

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.)  Desert God (Burden of Proof – Running Flame) beat the filly Myrtlewood (Multidimensional – Adamile) by half a length to win the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby, Gr.1 … Read More...

Bernardinis with classic aspirations

Preakness winner Bernardini (A.P. Indy – Cara Rafaela, by Quiet American) has 13 Triple Crown nominees this year, third behind only Uncle Mo (19) and Tapit (16). Standing at Darley for $100,000 in 2016, the same as his entry fee in 2007, the stallion has been on an extended roll since last summer after a … Read More...

Trappe Shot next up for Tapit

Tapit has started off 2016 where he left off at the end of 2015, and his headliners this week are Frosted, a very impressive winner in Dubai yesterday, and Mohaymen, the pro-tem leader of the 3-year-old division. Top sons will mean stallion sons, and Tapit will have every opportunity to establish his credentials as a … Read More...

Madefromlucky draws the rail for Grade 1 Donn H.

Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park, the feature race of the meet for older males, drew a tough field of eight... Read More...

Wests’ 3-year-old prospects profiled

On Monday, the TDN ran a piece on four promising 3-year-olds owned by Gary and Mary West, each trained by Wayne Catalano and headed by “TDN Rising Star” Malibu Sunset, a 10 1/2-length maiden special winner at Fair Grounds Sunday. You can read the article here. This is the time of year when hope springs eternal … Read More...

Mohaymen and Smokey Image

Mohaymen, a $2.2 million yearling owned by the Shadwell Farm of Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, and Smokey Image, a California homebred for Betty Irvin’s Irvin Racing Stable, made auspicious season debuts Saturday as they begin the demanding task of securing a berth in the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May. Both colts are undefeated … Read More...

Cathryn Sophia’s long ties to Manfuso

The exciting Maryland-bred Street Boss filly Cathryn Sophia won the G2 Forward Gal today by five lengths and remains undefeated in three starts for owner Cash Is King LLC. However, it’s her breeder, Maryland-based Robert T. Manfuso, who is the focus here. Manfuso is associated with five generations of this pedigree. It all began with … Read More...

Seattle Slew inbreeding part of Mohaymen and Conquest Big E

The two sons of Tapit (pictured, photo courtesy of Frances J. Karon), Mohaymen and Conquest Big E, who clash Saturday in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream at 1 1/16 miles, have pedigrees that contain inbreeding to Seattle Slew, and so do the following Graded stakes winners by Tapit, all at a mile or above: G1 … Read More...

Kingmambo and Arch

Kingmambo and Arch, both influential sires, died recently, and I had occasion to speak about them Wednesday on the Steve Byk show. You can listen to it below, at the end of the post. Also included here is the link to the post I wrote about Kingmambo on Sept. 29, 2010, the day after he … Read More...

Myrtlewood Completes a Stylish Double in Indian Oaks

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.) Myrtlewood (Multidimensional – Adamile) added the Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks, Gr.1 to her Eat India Company Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1 to bag a splendid […] Read More...

Kinsley Kisses off to a great start in Gulfstream debut

Cheyenne Stables latest unveiling came early Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park when Kinsley Kisses lived up to the pre-race hype... Read More...

Finding a Great Riding Instructor

There’s something about little girls and horses that just go together. It’s rather like peanut butter and jelly. Most girls go through a phase where it seems like all they do is beg their parents for a pony of their very own. Instead of breaking down and getting your daughter the cute little pony you […] Read More...

Aqueduct’s Ladies H. on tap for Sustainable

Sustainable will try to get her first stakes win on Sunday at Aqueduct when she faces a field of five fillies and mares in the $100,000 Ladies H... Read More...

Madefromlucky entered in Saturday’s Fort Lauderdale S. (G2)

Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol’s Madefromlucky was installed the 8-5 favorite for Saturday’s $200,000 Fort Lauderdale S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park... Read More...

Sallisaw boosts black type resume

Cheyenne Stables’ multiple stakes-placed colt Sallisaw earned his second straight black type of his young career on New Year’s Day... Read More...

Sallisaw to start 2016 in Lost in the Fog S.

Cheyenne Stables’ stakes-placed 2-year-old Sallisaw will make his first start as a 3-year-old in the $125,000 Lost in the Fog S. on New Year’s Day... Read More...

Sons of Phoenix Tower 1-2 in Indian 2000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) (Ed. note: link to video of race is below. India is a Part II country and grades of races are listed for informational purposes only. All Indian graded races, however, qualify as Listed black type internationally.) Two dark bay sons of the Manjri Stud stallion Phoenix Tower battled at the […] Read More...

Uncle Mo latest freshman king for Ashford

Irish-based Coolmore’s Ashford division in Kentucky began collecting domestic 2-year-old champions with Lookin at Lucky (2009 champ), followed by Uncle Mo (2010), Hansen (2011), Shanghai Bobby (2012), and most recently American Pharoah (2014) — with whom they hit the bonanza at 3, too. The only other juvenile champ during these range of years was the […] Read More...

Society’s Chairman leading in Canada

I’ve tweeted this story-in-the-making as it’s developed throughout the season, but perhaps it’s time for a longer format, because, frankly, it’s dumbfounding in this age of commercial breeding. Imagine this: a little-known stallion who didn’t make his racetrack debut until age 5 — and, for the record, he’s by an unraced stallion — goes to […] Read More...

Myrtlewood wins first Indian Classic Sunday

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) (Ed. note: link to video of race is below. India is a Part II country and grades of races are listed for informational purposes only. All Indian graded races, however, qualify as Listed black type internationally.) Myrtlewood  (b f 2012 Multidimensional[IRE] – Adamile by Razeen [USA]) won the Eat India […] Read More...

Madefromlucky adds to stakes tally in Harlan’s Holiday S.

Madefromlucky’s powerful stretch rally in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Harlan’s Holiday S. at Gulfstream Park may have come up a half-length short, but could set up the 3-year-old colt perfectly for the 1 1/8 mile Donn H... Read More...

Madefromlucky kicks off Gulfstream meet in $100K Harlan’s Holiday S.

Cheyenne Stables’ and Mac Nichol’s multiple graded stakes winner Madefromlucky will make his next start in Saturday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday S... Read More...

Sallisaw a clear second in the $150,000 Kings’s Swan S.

Sallisaw returned to the main track for Saturday’s $150,000 King’s Swan S. at Aqueduct and responded with a solid second place finish... Read More...

$150,000 King’s Swan S. next up for Sallisaw

Cheyenne Stables’ sharp debut maiden winner Sallisaw will make his next start in the Nov. 27 King’s Swan S. at Aqueduct... Read More...

Madefromlucky surpasses $900K earnings mark in Discovery H. (G3)

In what may have been his final start of an excellent 2015 campaign, Madefromlucky forged through the sloppy Aqueduct surface to finish second in the $150,000 Discovery H. (G3)... Read More...

Madefromlucky still going strong at the end of 2015

Cheyenne Stables’ and Mac Nichols multiple graded stakes winner Madefromlucky looks to make his third graded score of 2015 in Wednesday’s $150,000 Discovery H. (G3) at Aqueduct. Read More...

Racetrack Clockers, workout times and their value

Horse Racing Partnerships, Trainers and Gamblers use private clocker information to gain a valuable edge.   There are basically two types of clockers. The first is an official clocker. This is a racetrack employee whose breeze figures are supplied to the Daily Racing Form and Equibase. The second is a private clocker. A private clocker […] Read More...

Clothes Fall Off finishes with big rally in $100K Fort Springs S.

Cheyenne Stables’ 3-year-old filly Clothes Fall Off got her first black type in the $100,000 Fort Springs S. in the finale Saturday at Keeneland... Read More...

Clothes Fall Off in Breeders’ Cup day finale at Keeneland

Less than an hour after Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is history, Cheyenne Stables and Southern Equine’s 3-year-old filly will try to make her own highlight in the $100,000 Fort Springs S... Read More...

Stormy Regatta gears up for Grade 3 Valley View S.

After giving a very good account of herself in the Commonwealth Oaks (G3) at Laurel Park last month, Cheyenne Stables’ Stormy Regatta will face a full field of 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $150,000 Valley View S... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Trends through the Ages

The Kentucky Derby has been known as the fashion show of sporting events. Though trends have changed over the years, but the hat has remained a tradition. 1920s – You could expect to see these ladies decked out in their finest apparel, including their best dress or suit with a jacket, long gloves, high heels, […] Read More...

Sallisaw looks to punch ticket to Breeders’ Cup in Sunday’s Bourbon S. (G3)

Cheyenne Stables’ 2-year-old colt Sallisaw will look to earn a shot in the Breeders’ Cup later this month at Keeneland when he lines up Sunday in the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon S. (G3)... Read More...

India: Quasar romps home in final classic

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) (Ed. note: link to video of race is below. India is a Part II country and grades of races are listed for informational purposes only. All Indian graded races, however, qualify as Listed black type internationally.) Quasar (ch c 2011 Seeking The Dia – Belle Jour, by Smarty Jones) came […] Read More...

Stormy Regatta becomes Cheyenne’s newest Graded performer

Stormy Regatta, a 3-year-old Midshipman filly trained by Christophe Clement, became Cheyenne’s newest Graded performer on Saturday, Sept. 26th when she rallied to be a good third in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3)... Read More...