Sid Fernando

NARREDUS TO THE FORE AS QUASAR SHOCKS BE SAFE IN THE INDIAN TURF INVITATION CUP, GR.1

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 (Seeking The Dia – Belle Jour) clung on by a fast-diminishing neck to […] Read More...

Pedigrees of Royal Son and Stellar Wind discussed on ATR with Steve Byk this week

Tiznow’s Royal Son and Curlin’s Stellar Wind are both from Seattle Slew-line mares; last week, the same applied to Tale of Ekati’s Ekati’s Phaeton and Notional’s Far Right. Most of Seattle Slew these days comes through AP Indy, top and bottom, but the iconic sire’s presence in the sire line of the last two Derby […] Read More...

Tale of Ekati’s Ekati’s Phaeton and Notional’s Far Right: pedigrees examined on Byk show

Click here to listen to the Feb. 25 At the Races radio broadcast with host Steve Byk. We discussed the filly Ekati’s Phaeton and her sire, plus Notional’s son Far Right, but the conversation meandered through a lot of pedigree territory as it always does when Steve and I talk shop. One correction: I said that […] 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...