Sid Fernando

Gay Dalton and other Forgotten Horses of Hollywood Park

By Rosana Rivera (copyright 2014) Many articles have been written recently portraying the insurmountable loss suffered by the sport of thoroughbred racing with the closure of Hollywood Park. Now the grand structure is just waiting to be demolished and all we are left with are the memories of past champions and racing feats. Yet unbeknownst […] Read More...

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Racing Distances!’ #HorseMovies

It all started with a Daily Racing Form piece by Mark Simon the other day.  It ended with some humor, but there’s really nothing to laugh about. Follow the story as it unfolded on Twitter Friday. Here goes: Only 17.3% of all races in N America in 2013 were at distances of more than a […] Read More...

Usha Stud leaves its mark on invitation races

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Race videos below] The Indian Turf Invitation Cup weekend is one of the high points of the Indian racing year and is held in rotation at different centres. There are four Gr. 1 contests with the Sprinters’ Cup and the Stayers’ Cup being held on Saturday, March 1, and the […] Read More...

The metaphysical horseplayer

Racing and gambling through the metaphysical lens. A short film by Gabriel Böhmer. Read More...

Winchell’s first horse and her degrees of separation to Presidents

For the second consecutive weekend, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Tapit were in the limelight with stakes winners descending from female families developed by Verne H. Winchell. Yesterday, the filly Untapable won the G3 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds; the weekend before, Tapiture had won the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. See the last few posts […] Read More...

Risen Star starter Gold Hawk’s Winchell links

Here’s some background on G2 Risen Star Stakes entrant Gold Hawk’s pedigree. He’s from the last US crop of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, who was sold to Japan for the 2011 breeding season. Empire Maker is a son of Derby winner Unbridled and is the sire of 45 black type winners to date, including […] Read More...

Tapit’s Winchell cross with Carols Christmas

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s recent Southwest Stakes winner Tapiture was the subject of this post three days ago. By Tapit from Free Spin, by Olympio, Tapiture’s pedigree has the Winchell imprimatur on it from many angles: Tapit was raced by Winchell, as were Free Spin (and much of her tail-female family from 3rd dam Debs Angel […] Read More...

Tapiture’s pedigree reeked of failure until Tapit injected class

Tapiture defeated the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Strong Mandate in the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn today, and that’s a good entry point for discussing the colt’s fairly weak and speed-oriented pedigree. Lukas may not know that Tapiture’s 3rd dam is Debs Angel, but he purchased and trained Debs Angel for Lee and Debi Lewis many […] Read More...

Who gets the Triple Crown trips?

I was on Steve Byk’s radio show At the Races yesterday discussing Triple Crown colts. These conversations—if you’ve listened over the last year or so, you know this—are unscripted and can meander all over the place,  mostly because Steve is up on pedigree and turf history and has the ability to swim to depths most […] Read More...

Scat Daddy gets 1-2 finishers in El Derby at Valparaiso Sporting Sunday

[El Derby video below] Ashford-based Scat Daddy’s first Chilean crop is now age three and firing in the turf classics as it suggested it would as dominating juveniles last season. The son of Johannesburg had the first two home in the El Derby at Valparaiso Sunday, and the winner, Solaria, his first G1 winner at […] Read More...

Danehill sire gets 1-2 finish in McDowell Signature Indian Derby

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Video of Indian Derby below] A brilliant ride at Mahalaxmi today by jockey Y.S. Srinath atop Alaindair (Multidimensional – God’s Grace) enabled the gelding to nail the public fancy, Dubawi’s son Murioi, and then stride away without alarms to win comfortably by two and a half lengths from the filly Starry […] Read More...

‘Mil’s Life’ is about an inner city jockey and his one-eyed horse

From the notes: “Mil’s Life” examines the intimate relationship between an aspiring jockey, Jamil Pratis, and his one-eyed horse, Dusty. The film will explore one man’s passion for racing while uncovering the true nature of the environment that has defined his character and determination. My nephew Nick Colt, a film major at Temple, is editor on […] Read More...

Santa Claus wins a photo finish at Hipodromo Camarero

Words and Photos by Rosana Rivera [Video of race below] Every January 6th Puerto Ricans commemorate the “Día de los Reyes” (Day of the Epiphany), the date on which according to Catholic tradition, the Magi, or Three Wise Men, visited Baby Jesus with offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Moreover, on this day, the islanders […] Read More...

Indian Oaks: Isn’t She Special lives up to her name at Mahalakshmi

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Video of Indian Oaks below] A brilliant tactical ride, planned by jockey David Allan and that very astute trainer S. Padmanabhan, saw Isn’t She Special (Ace – Rain Splasher) lift the Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks, Gr.1 at Mahalakshmi on Saturday. She was quickly off the blocks but the jockey was […] Read More...

He’s coming back…or is he?

Or is he? People want to know where Ed DeRosa, or @EJXD2,  is. The dude eating wings. Why no Derosa on twitter. MT @SheaLeparoux Great scene here at eclipse award party http://t.co/L43YnkjqV6—   (@Pullthepocket) January 17, 2014 I think DeRosa isn't tweeting because all CDI employees except @jeremyclemons are not allowed to in 2014 by […] Read More...

Middle-aged men and a rough racing culture sounds familiar

The following excerpt is from a blog post about a day at the races at the Hippodrome in Moscow. My Twitter pal Ani Wandaryan (@goldentent) brought it to my attention, and when I read the paragraph below I was fascinated by its similarity to a day of winter racing in New York.  The post can […] Read More...

Commonalities in racing despite differing climates

The polar ends of racing were randomly depicted in two recent and unrelated blog posts that appeared on back-to-back days this week, and their juxtaposition here shows how stark the contrast in air is from the top of the game to the bottom. On the 16th, the America’s Best Racing blog—which exists to publicize (and glamorize) […] Read More...

Korean Classic Winners Speedy First & Major King In USA For 2014 Campaign

Originally posted on Horse Racing in Korea:Korean Derby and Oaks winner Speedy First and Minister’s Cup winner Major King are in the United States where they will be trained and raced for at least the first part of the year. Stateside: Korean Derby and Oaks winner Speedy First The pair, who between them won… Read More...

war front showing his speed in a climb to the top

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. In the great test of the racetrack, one thing is certain. Speed kills the opposition, and a stallion or broodmare who consistently transmits speed, whether quality front-running speed or powerful finishing speed, has a license to become a […] Read More...

A State of Existing, North Dakota

Reblogged from Find the Beauty: “Ghost towns stud North Dakota, and this empty house is just one bone in a giant skeleton of abandoned human desire.” A quote from a perfectly written article for National Geographic about North Dakota titled, “The Emptied Prairie” By Charles Bowden I remember, as a little child, walking hand in hand […] Read More...

Bossert got mad as hell today and didn’t take it anymore

Watch Peter Finch in “Network” below before you read the rest of this post, will ya? Jerry Bossert of New York Daily News, stuck in a leaking and pigeon-shatted press box at rain-soaked Aqueduct today, reprised the specter of Finch on Twitter this afternoon in a spontaneous rant against the Man—in this case, the “new” […] Read More...

リアルインパクト牝系図(Family line of Real Impact)

Reblogged from pedigreenotebook: Family Number 3-l Solita | Solabar - Arlington Matron Handicap | | Starsweet | | | Sweet Little Star | | | | Only Above | | | | | El Cielo - Hollywood Turf Express Handicap (gr.3), San Simenon Handicap (gr.3) in 2000, Morvich Handicap (gr.3) in 2000/01 | | | […] Read More...

Murioi runs away with Indian 2000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Video of Indian 2000 Guineas below] Murioi (Dubawi – Zacheta’s Girl) — which is a biblical word meaning ten thousand — found the Deltin Casinos Indian 2000 Guineas, Gr.1 an easy picking today at Mahalakshmi in Mumbai as he posted an emphatic victory, scoring by three and a half lengths […] Read More...

The trajectory of an illegal drug and its repercussions

Just imagine this: A new performance-enhancing drug is discovered, it comes into the hands of a relative few, and they exploit it for 20 years before it’s legalized and available for all to use as a “therapeutic” medication. At first, the drug in question is illegally obtained and expensive to produce and only those with […] Read More...

Latest EIPH and Lasix study has a precedent in Brazil

The latest “Lasix Study,” commissioned  by Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and conducted by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, was released yesterday with enough “evidence” for those for and against the use of race-day furosemide (Lasix and Salix) for EIPH (exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage) treatment to ring their respective bells. And the bells were ringing yesterday on Twitter from […] Read More...

Mariinsky scores easily in Indian 1000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Video of race below] Second favourite at 5/1, Mariinsky (Burden of Proof – Sabre Dance) hit the front fairly early in the straight and then motored comfortably to pick up the Deltin Casinos Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1, the first Classic of the year at Mahalakshmi in Mumbai this afternoon. Richard […] Read More...

Remember the Corrupt Horse Racing Practices Act of 1980?

The above excerpt is from the Sept. 17, 1980, New York Times. Steve Crist is the author. We haven’t come a long way, baby. Read More...

History lesson: drug usage comes full circle

The recent Penn National “interstate fraud” arrests, coming one day after a Senate House subcommittee hearing on H.R. 2012—the racing bill that would introduce Federal oversight and phase out Lasix—renewed cries for drug reform and featured a well-publicized and impassioned plea from Arthur Hancock for the government to protect horses by doing away with Lasix […] Read More...

Read Michael Slezak’s TVline columns of American Idol here!

The entertainment portion of The Best-of-Twitter-Blogs Daily is usually culled from the work of @MichaelSlezakTV. Read his columns here. He’s an avid horse breeder/owner, too. The Best-of-Twitter-Blogs Daily is out! paper.li/sidfernando/be… Stories via @TBAblogs @EJXD2— Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) November 27, 2013 Read More...

Snapshot of Triple Crown winners by percentage of imported or foreign-bred ancestors could lead to conclusions

The 11 US Triple Crown winners spanned the time frame from Sir Barton in 1919 to Affirmed in 1978, roughly about 60 years. Each is listed below by year of classic wins, name, the number of generations to the first imported or foreign-bred ancestor in the pedigree (in parenthesis  after name; if a sire or […] Read More...

November sale meeting led to this soliloquy on Fazenda Mondesir, Spend a Buck, and Ghadeer

Lately I’ve been waxing lyrical on the significance of imported bloodstock. This soliloquy took place on Twitter on Nov. 9. Saw one of the owners of Brazil's Fazenda Mondesir at the sale. Farm, started in the 1930s by the Peixoto de Castro family, bred Einstein.— Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) November 09, 2013 Einstein, by Spend […] Read More...

Some French history behind the female line of Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew

Regarding the post below this one (discussing the pedigrees of Imagining, Super Saver, and Revolutionary), the foundation of some of the best racers of the Phippses—and many, many others—is the imported French mare La Troienne, the dam of Baby League. The story of La Troienne is well known, but here’s the long story short: the […] Read More...

Twitter discussion: Ray Paulick and I note the breeding of Phippses behind Imagining

@raypaulick the other half of the pedigree secure4.werkhorse.com/enicks/display…— Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) November 16, 2013 @raypaulick yup. Same as Super Saver sidfernando.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/sam…— Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) November 16, 2013 The chart of the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap. Read More...

Coolmore puts its money down on War Front’s projection

War Front’s stud fee has followed the upward trajectory of Tapit’s, and in 2014 both young sires—two of the best in North America—will stand for $150,000 after beginning their respective careers modestly. Tapit began for $15,000 at Gainesway in 2005, spent some time at $12,500 during the difficult early years, then started the upward march […] Read More...

shared belief makes a positive prevue for sire candy ride

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. A number of years ago, one of the favored anti-drug slogans was “Speed kills.” Though questionable for drug deterrence, the slogan is ever so true in horse racing. The horse with the most speed kills his opposition. That was […] Read More...

European and turf blood is seeping back into North American breeding

One of the most interesting aspects to the sale topper at Fasig-Tipton November, Betterbetterbetter, is her all-European pedigree and that she was purchased by an American, Mandy Pope. Bought for $5.2 million from John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale consignment, Betterbetterbetter is by Galileo—the best sire in Europe (and perhaps the world)—and from the Darshaan blue-chip […] Read More...

Small-time racing is the subject of remembrances by Nevills and White

Two recent well-received and highly personal posts/articles by Joe Nevills of Daily Racing Form and Emily White of horseracingnation.com highlight the benefits of small-time racing in the biggest possible way: as the entryway into a lifetime love affair with the sport. For Nevills, the venues were Mount Pleasant Meadows and Great Lakes Downs in Michigan […] Read More...

Conversation with Steve Byk: sales, BC, and the Phipps stallion prospects

Had a chance to talk Breeders’ Cup (London Bridge and the juvenile Euros), the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November mixed sales (24 seven-fig lots at FT and 14 at Keeneland, plus foreign buying), and the Phippses (Orb and Point of Entry to stud and how the stable has transitioned to a family operation with keener bottom-line […] Read More...

An Acquired Taste Canters Away With the Signature Premier Indian St. Leger

By Major S. Nargolkar (Retd.) An Acquired Taste (Strong Contender – G Waitin On O[USA] by Brocco) drew upsides the front runners rounding the final bend and then sauntered away to win by nine and a half lengths from Tintinnabulation and Wind Stream. There have been longer margin St. Leger winners but no one had […] Read More...

breeders in japan have their eyes on the classic prize

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post was first published at Paulick Report last week. “Well, who wants to win the Arc?” was the comment of a local participant whose apparent goal is to win sprints on dirt. That is, quite literally, the root opinion of a large portion of the participants in […] Read More...

First-crop classic types selling well at Keeneland

Claiborne first-crop sire Blame is enjoying a banner Keeneland September yearling sales. To date, his stats are dazzling for a horse whose yearlings were conceived on a $35,000 stud fee: 28 sold for a gross of $5,442,000, for an average price of $194,357 and a median of $192,500. The latter number is particularly impressive. Blame’s […] Read More...

Smarty Jones enjoying a fine summer renaissance

In a thirty-day period from the end of June to the close of July, Northview’s Pennsylvania-based Smarty Jones scaled new heights: he got his first Grade 1 winner, first international Derby winner, and first Canadian Graded stakes winner. Had these runners been members of his first few crops, Smarty might still be at stud at […] Read More...

breeding progress in germany is a model for the rest of us

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: This post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. The runaway victory by Novellist in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday carries several points of importance for breeding and racing. First, German breeders and their bloodstock are hitting the brass ring […] Read More...

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING

Reblogged from RacingB*tch:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbMlHGEICuY&w=660&h=402] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbMlHGEICuY Who would have thought that a racing radio station would be playing Start Me Up by the Stones at 10.43am between races? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGyOaCXr8Lw But that's exactly what Perth's Racing Radio did on Monday before heading off to Echuca for the call of a race on a Heavy 9 track. It shows […] Read More...

Videos of Monsun’s leading winners in 2013

The late, great sire Monsun, a German-bred and -based genetic anomaly who died last September at age 22, leads all sires with G1 winners to date in 2013. They are Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (12F) and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (12F) winner Novellist, Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate (20F), Prix Saint-Alary heroine […] Read More...

Nipissing represents for Unbridled line in Queen’s Plate

  Two fillies, Nipissing and Spring in the Air, appear to have excellent chances in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Sunday, and one common denominator in their pedigrees is Unbridled. The latter is the sire of Nipissing’s sire, the late Niigon, and of Spring in the Air’s dam, Unbridled Run. The two were 1-2 in […] Read More...

Danehill freshman Multidimensional hot in India

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Bangalore’s summer classics provide an early opportunity for new stallions on the block to leave their calling card and some notable stallions like Grey Gaston, Riyahi, Razeen and Burden of Proof have done just that in the past. No freshman sire had, however, bagged the double of Bangalore Fillies’ Championship […] Read More...

Danehill freshman Multidimensional hot in India

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Bangalore’s summer classics provide an early opportunity for new stallions on the block to leave their calling card and some notable stallions like Grey Gaston, Riyahi, Razeen and Burden of Proof have done just that in the past. No freshman sire had, however, bagged the double of Bangalore Fillies’ Championship […] Read More...