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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...