Sid Fernando

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...

Videos, article on Acorn winner Midnight Lucky

Shortly after the Bob Baffert-trained Midnight Lucky won the Sunland Park Oaks, I wrote about her pedigree for the May issue of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine (you can read it for free online if you register) anticipating that she’d win the Kentucky Oaks. She’d won like a freak at Sunland in track record time for […] Read More...

Oxbow’s color discussed on Byk show

Frances J. Karon, editor of North American Trainer and blogger at Running Rough Shod, brought to my attention Preakness winner Oxbow’s interesting coat color (to the naked eye “roan,” but officially registered as “bay”) as she photographed him during Derby week (see her photo below).  As it relates to heritability, his is a curious case. […] Read More...

emory a hamilton discusses verrazano and developing the family of too chic

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following article first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. One advantage that home breeders have in the selection of stock is that they can make themselves aware of subtleties in stock that are meaningful and can disregard things that are not. For Emory Alexander Hamilton, who bred […] Read More...

Questions of aggregation and my role in it

Jessica Chapel, a one-time news aggregator, takes Ray Paulick’s popular Paulick Report, the king of racing news aggregation, to task in this blog post, The Unethical Report. You can read the story and decide for yourself if PR is guilty as charged by Jessica, but the concept of news aggregation itself is relatively new and closely tied […] Read More...

Derby recap from Steve Byk’s show from Wednesday, May 8.

Derby recap (including more on Golden Soul), plus a look at Departing on Steve Byk’s show from Wednesday, May 8. Click here to listen. Read More...

Vyjack’s sprint pedigree discussed in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

I wrote about the speedy female family of Vyjack developed by the late Maryland horseman C. Oliver Goldsmith in the April issue (pages 60-61) of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. The issue is available online for free if you register for it here in the “Mid-Atlantic Club.” Read More...

Eddie Plesa Jr. cover story on North American Trainer magazine

Frances J. Karon, editor of North American Trainer magazine, takes a look at conditioner Eddie Plesa Jr. in the Triple Crown issue. The full color glossy is available free online by clicking here. My commentary on Animal Kingdom’s and Graham Motion’s rescue of our self-loathing selves is on page 91 and titled, “North America — […] Read More...

Comments on Java’s War’s pedigree from Byk radio show 4/17

Spoke about Charles Fipke’s Grade 1 Blue Grass winner Java’s War on the Steve Byk radio show this past Wednesday, April 17. Listen to it by clicking here. Read More...

war pass scores with derby colts

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. Victory in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland made Java’s War the first Grade 1 winner from the progeny of 2007 champion juvenile War Pass (by Cherokee Run). The Blue Grass winner joins G2 Louisiana Derby winner […] Read More...

Same Phipps imprimatur on Revolutionary and Super Saver

Revolutionary, WinStar’s Louisiana Derby winner, traces in tail-female to the same renowned ancestress of its 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver: La Troienne. WinStar bred Super Saver from a mare purchased from the Phipps stable but purchased Revolutionary as a two-year-old for $235,000 at the 2012 OBS March sale. Bred by WS Farish, the colt […] Read More...

Derby talk on Steve Byk’s show

Spoke about some Derby horses and Animal Kingdom on Steve Byk’s show Wednesday. Noted the Jockey Club influences in Orb (bred by Janney and Phipps), Revolutionary (Farish), Hear the Ghost (Farish and Lazy F Ranch), Verrazano (Hamilton), Lines of Battle (Darby Dan family), etc. Click here to listen to our conversation.   Read More...

Now is the time to pull out all the stops for Caviar…

Reblogged from Thedarkknight On Racing: 16-1, 12-1, 8-1, 6-1, 5-1, 7-2, 5-2.... If you saw that sequence of odds on an upcoming race you would think there was an almighty gamble being hatched and that the horse in question probably had a very strong chance of winning. But these odds aren't for an upcoming race […] Read More...

New Derby recap show, website unveiled in social media

Caught this today on Twitter. A new Derby recap show with Ed DeRosa (on left, with the doughnut) of Brisnet and Sean Feld (in hoody), the promoter of Bullet Train. Both men are opinionated presences on Twitter—and, one presumes, in daily life. Interesting content with a handicapping angle, presented by a couple of “regular guys” […] Read More...

Coming To America Part II

Reblogged from John W Hills: So, we landed in Washington DC, on Concorde, on time. To be greeted by a new phenomenon. The mobile Jetway. You think your on the ground, technically you are, you think your in America, yes, but in fact you actually have yet to arrive. Instead you are now driving around […] Read More...

#BlackCaviar Lightning Day at Flemington: Tweet Recap and Photos

Reblogged from inkmarksofsu: Tweet Recap Su-Ann Khaw ‏@inkmarksofsu Rockin' red lips to see the unbeaten champ #BlackCaviar at@MelbCupCarnival #FabulousFlemington pic.twitter.com/WsupXUmQ Casquets (Fastnet Rock ex Suitely (Woodman)) wins the Listed Talindert Stks - bred on the same Fastnet Rock x Woodman mare cross as Rothesay Placings in the Listed Talindert Stks: Annenberg (Artie Schiller) and Essie's Pride (Murtajill) Sunshine and blue [...] Read More...

A bad day at the track

[Fiction inspired by current events---SHF] The man is up early as usual. He’s making the rounds on the backstretch of a flea-bitten racetrack nestled in a dust bowl. It’s four o’clock in the morning. Still dark outside but light is hinted at on the horizon. The man goes stall to stall in a barn; horse [...] Read More...

Photos from Cape Town

Reblogged from inkmarksofsu: Read more… 97 more words Check out Su-Ann Khaw on Vine for a video of Trippi from Drakenstein Stud---SHF Read More...

France Galop’s response to EIPH questionnaire

re the last post on Hong Kong’s treatment of EIPH, this was France Galop’s response to the same questionnaire at the International Summit on race day medication (2011). Read More...

Hong Kong treatment of EIPH

How do vets in Hong Kong treat EIPH, as furosemide is not used race day or in training? The following are answers provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in a survey form for the International Summit on race day medication held June 13-14, 2011, in New Y... Read More...

If the horse could talk

The following excerpt is from an entertaining blog post by Michael Cox (@kemblaCoxy on Twitter) in the South China Morning Post. Michael covers racing in Hong Kong, and as you might tell, he’s not one to sugar coat the game. Read it in its entirety here. If racing wants to pretend it’s still the good [...] Read More...

Indian Derby: Super Storm in fairy tale finish for Jimmy Fortune and owners

(See Indian Derby video below—SHF) By Maj. Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)—The 20 to 1 outsider Super Storm (Rebuttal – Cielo Vodkamartini), ridden by Jimmy Fortune, trained by Satish Narredu and bred at Hazara Stud, grabbed the lead inside the final furlong and lasted out determinedly to beat the favorite Wind Stream, Hemisphere, and the Indian 2000 [...] Read More...

new kentucky stallions for 2013: hansen

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: Hansen (2008 gr c by Tapit x Stormy Sunday, Sir Cat) Ashford $12,500 This stallion prospect for 2013 is part of Coolmore's ongoing plan to conquer American racing and breeding. As linchpin of that effort, the... Read More...

Using the Hong Kong model in a kinder, gentler way

Wherever you sit on the Lasix debate, it’s important to realize that bleeders haven’t materialized overnight and are not a figment of one side’s imagination; also, that Lasix (furosemide) has been shown to help control EIPH (Exercise-... Read More...

Under the spotlight: pedigree of Malibu Moon colt Orb

Orb and Cerro are two three-year-olds on the radar for the classics after winning allowance optional claiming races at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream the same day, Jan. 26. Both colts have similar records—two wins from five starts—and are improv... Read More...

Mine That Bird and Canonero II – Both Derby Longshot Winners Trained at High Altitudes

Reblogged from ThoroEdge Equine Performance: Mine that Bird and Canonero II are commonly recognized as the biggest upsets in modern Derby history, with post time odds only surpassed by the 91-1 Doneraile, winner of the 1913 edition of this American cla... Read More...