Sid Fernando

El Prado filly boosts Polish form for Russian connections

Arlington’s signature international card today reinforced the dominance of European form with three European classic winners accounting for the three  Grade 1 races on offer, each on turf—Arlington Million (2010 Irish Derby winner Cape Bla... Read More...

Successful Appeal colt won the Kabardino-Balkaria Derby

The run of successes by US-bred yearlings in Russia and her republics is now translating to the next stage: broodmares exported there (or to Russian owners in Europe) in foal to US sires are producing locally bred winners. More to the point, US bloodst... Read More...

Jet Master update: West Nile virus has stopped the champ

Five-time South African champion sire Jet Master will not breed any mares during the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season because he’s being treated for West Nile virus. The first news about the sire’s problems came to light at the ... Read More...

Freddie Head’s latest star has qualifications for BC Mile

Yesterday at Deauville in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest-Goldikova at 1300 meters, trainer Freddie Head unveiled his latest star, the three-year-old filly Moonlight Cloud. She’s owned and was bred by American George Strawbridge Jr. and may we... Read More...

Galileo gets his first Group 1 winner as a broodmare sire

In a year that has seen his name all over the entries and results of European classics, Coolmore’s Galileo continues to find ways to exert his influence on the breed in the same all-conquering style that marked the careers of his sire, Sadler&#82... Read More...

Ocala Stud’s High Cotton is showing some early promise

Last summer at the Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Kentucky, my friend Frances J. Karon of Four Star Sales spoke highly and frequently enough on Twitter about a yearling in Four Star’s consignment that had a Northern Dancer-type look and comma... Read More...

Check out news, stakes database at ThoroughbredInternet

One of the best foreign racing sites on the net is ThoroughbredInternet.com, which is updated frequently with world news headlines and has one of the best stakes-result databases out there. Additionally, each week John Berry’s stallion profile he... Read More...

Champion South African sire Jet Master reportedly injured

Robert Brogan, who runs the African Betting Clan website, tweeted to me today that five-time South African champion sire Jet Master is injured and will not cover mares in the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Pat Devine’s South Africa... Read More...

Thoroughbred Times: Sunday Silence’s French connections

Japanese horseman Zenya Yoshida, who purchased and stood Sunday Silence at his Shadai Farm in Japan, was a sharp internationalist with a particular penchant for racing in France. Before Sunday Silence led the Japanese general sire list for 13 consecuti... Read More...

Beacon student awarded $5,000 JF Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of people like you, more than $37,000 was raised in donations in memory of my son John, who passed on March 19, 2011. These funds will be disbursed as grants over the next four years to college-bound students at Th... Read More...

Goldikova aided by pacemaker Flash Dance and Barzalona

Trainer Freddie Head has frequently used pacemakers for the Wertheimers’ Goldikova throughout her career as a premier miler, and in the 2010 Group 1 Prix du Haras de Fresney-le-Buffard Jacques les Marois at Deuville over a mile she had two in Onl... Read More...

Frankel versus Canford Cliffs duel proves that speed kills

The duel between Frankel and Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes on July 27 at Glorious Goodwood turned into a match race between them.  Click here to read a conversation about the race with Simon Rowlands of Timeform. Read More...

Excerpted from NAT mag’s “Do Bleeders Breed Bleeders?”

The topic of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) and its treatment through race-day medication (furosemide) has lit a fire under the industry of late, with The Jockey Club and The Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., taking well-publicized stances to el... Read More...

South African sire title battle: Jet Master versus Captain Al

Jet Master has led the South African general sire list the last four seasons. He is again vying for the championship, with weeks remaining, against rival Captain Al. Both are homegrown sires. The following discussion on the two sires is taking place at... Read More...

Importance of stamina in leading Japan-based stallions

The ability to stay at least 2000 meters (about 10 furlongs) is a prerequisite to be a leading sire in Japan, where the Triple Crown consists of the 2000 Guineas equivalent (Satsuki Sho) at 2000m; the Derby (Tokyo Yushun) at 2400m, or about 12 furlongs... Read More...

Big day for Roberto line as Blue Bunting wins Irish Oaks

The Roberto sire line enjoyed a globally successful classics haul Sunday with Dynaformer’s daughter Blue Bunting first in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh (see video below), Philanthropist’s Pender Harbour winner of the Prince of Wales ... Read More...

Emirates Singapore Derby winner Clint by Casual Lies

Below is the video of the Emirates Singapore Derby from Kranji Sunday. The winner, Clint, is by the US-bred Lear Fan horse Casual Lies. Click here to read about the race. Read More...

Pronto Pronto annexes the Kingfisher Derby Bangalore

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Written for IndiaRace.com and published here with permission The postponed running of the Kingfisher Derby Bangalore, Gr.1, took place Sunday afternoon in pleasant weather and good going and the Colts’ Champ... Read More...

Varola and the issue of dosage: A short history lesson

[In the December 13, 2008, edition of Thoroughbred Times, the magazine's eminent pedigree writer and bloodstock editor, John P. Sparkman, wrote this article, "A new understanding of dosage," which gives an historical account of the development of dosag... Read More...

Baseball took a back seat March 19, but it’s back Monday

Our world—mine and Joe’s—changed forever in the early hours of Saturday, March 19, when John Fernando was pronounced dead from an accident the night before. My son and Joe’s brother, Johnny Fernando, 17, was a high school senior... Read More...

Pedigree, race notes from Saturday’s Graded Stakes

12 Graded Stakes, five on turf, three to foreign-breds As it happened, five of the 12 Graded Stakes races Saturday in the US were carded on turf, each at 1 3/16 miles or above. They were the Grade 1 Man O’ War Stakes at 1 3/8 miles; Grade 2 Ameri... Read More...

Dr. Roman answers the question of why Danehill not chef

“Why is Danehill not a chef-de-race?” I recently received an email from Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.), former Keeper of the Indian Stud Book, asking this question. Chefs-de-race are used for Dosage calculations. Click here to read abou... Read More...

Preview: Kingfisher Derby Bangalore field is wide open

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Written for IndiaRace.com and published here with permission Sunday the 10th July will see the 50th renewal of Derby Bangalore—sponsored by Kingfisher since 1988—and if there has been any trumpeting by a... Read More...

First-crop Sunday Silence horse Hat Trick has 4 winners

Japanese-bred first-crop sire Hat Trick, a Group 1-winning miler in Japan and Hong Kong by Sunday Silence, stands at Walmac (and in the Southern Hemisphere at Haras El Mallin in Argentina) and is a curiosity for many reasons. Never commercially popula... Read More...

Video: President of the Russian Federation Cup from Kazan

Below is the video of the President of the Russian Federation Cup from the Kazan International Equestrian Complex. Click here to read a previous post about the June 24 race, held under lights at night. The Afleet Alex 4-year-old winner, Korol, is in a ... Read More...

Video: Treasure Beach leads 1-2 for Galileo in Irish Derby

Trainer Aidan O’Brien trained the 1-2-3 in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby for Coolmore, but the farm’s flagship sire, Galileo, had the first two home in winner Treasure Beach and runner-up Seville.  Galileo is in the midst of a me... Read More...

Anatoly wins the Gazi Derby at Veliefendi in Istanbul today

Osman Hattat’s homebred Anatoly won the Gazi Derby (Turkish Derby) at Veliefendi in Istanbul today. By Red Bishop, Anatoly covered the 2400 meters on turf in 2:27.83. The colt, who entered the Derby (which qualifies for international black type) ... Read More...

Afleet Alex is the sire of President’s Cup winner Korol

Gainesway sire Afleet Alex is the sire of Korol, this year’s winner of the President of the Russian Federation Stakes, or the President’s Cup as it’s known in shorthand. The race is the most prestigious in Russia, and this year it was... Read More...

Giant’s Causeway sire Morning Raider’s G1 winner Amani

The Giant’s Causeway sire Morning Raider, based at Oussama Aboughazaleh’s Haras Sumaya in Chile, is the sire of the undefeated 2-year-old Chilean filly Amani—now six for six and the standout for her age and sex . On June 18 at Hipodr... Read More...

Montjeu’s Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi and other fun facts

If you happened to miss it today, here’s the video of the Epsom Derby via Thoroughbred Times. The Queen’s Street Cry colt Carlton House went off the favorite but the winner was the Coolmore group’s French-trained Pour Moi, the second ... Read More...

Racing and the social network at European Trainer magazine

I wrote about social media and racing at European Trainer magazine (June issue). See quote below: Social media and racing, however, are engaging each other, and it’s a plus for the game because this means more interaction and shared information betwe... Read More...

Writer notes that Galileo nicks best with Danehill sprinters

An article by Kevin Blake in the May 28 issue of The Irish Field narrows the phenomenal success of the Galileo/Danehll nick to Danehill mares that were best at distances less than 7 furlongs. English and Irish 2000 Guineas winners Frankel and Roderic ... Read More...

Kadyrov’s ex-Valor Gitano Hernando wins SAI Cup

Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov won the biggest international prize of his career today when the ex-Team Valor International runner Gitano Hernando won the Group 1 Singapore Airlines International  Cup at Kranji today. Click here for the chart. Read More...

Polish form at Keeneland via V. Kazakov, G. Dorochenko

Trainer Gennadi Dorochenko is a frequent buyer for Russians at Keeneland as Raut LLC (click here to read), and owner Vladimir Kazakov is one of the more prominent Russian buyers at Keeneland (see this Racing Post column I wrote in 2009 featuring Kazako... Read More...

Conversation with Ed DeRosa about #Twitterhorse purchase

Today, a group known as #Twitterhorse, comprised of 50 people from Twitter, mainly from Europe, purchased a horse in training. I am a part of the group, and the following conversation took place today between me and Thoroughbred Times News Editor Ed De... Read More...

More than $25,000 raised for John Fernando scholly fund

The 78th Precinct Youth Council, a Brooklyn-based charity, has received more than $25,000 $30,000 in donations in memory of my son John Fernando, 17, who died on March 19, 2011. On behalf of my wife, Cynthia, and son Joe, 14, we thank you for the gener... Read More...

Revenge of Bambera: Commentary in Thoroughbred Times

Click here to read about US Grade 3 winner Z Humor’s invasion of La Rinconada in Venezuela Sunday. Click here to see Water Jet’s last race. Read More...

Uncle Mo’s legs: A discussion with Ray Paulick on Twitter

Twitter discussion with Ray Paulick about Uncle’s Mo’s legs. Click here. Read More...

Video: Elusive Quality’s Australian son Sepoy wins ‘Slipper’

How about the Aussies? Sprinter Black Caviar; New Zealand-bred but Australian-raced middle-distance star So You Think, now in Europe; machine More Joyous, a winner again for the 14th time from 18starts  Saturday; and now 2-year-old Sepoy—first ... Read More...

Video: Victoire Pisa mid move in Dubai World Cup was a key

Victoire Pisa, the Japanese-bred son of Neo Universe who won the Dubai World Cup today at Meydan, settled at the rear at the start but halfway through the 2000-meter race on Tapeta he started picking off opponents with alacrity in a surprising middle m... Read More...

I’ll be missing you

Every single day. John C. Fernando, June 22, 1993 to March 19, 2011. RIP.   Read More...

Video: Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Tuesday

The Montjeu 7-year-old Hurricane Fly won the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy yesterday at the Cheltenham Festival in England. Hurricane Fly was ridden by Ruby Walsh and is under blue silks. Click here to view the entire race. Read More...

Thoroughbred Times’s high-quality publications; baseball

The Thoroughbred Times (and before that, The Thoroughbred Record) has been a favorite of mine for years (and one for which I’ve occasionally written as far back as maybe 20 years). Mark Simon still edits it, Z’s excellent photos continue to... Read More...

Bloodstock links, blogs, posts, people you may have missed

Desert Party brief by Frank Mitchell The politics of pedigree by Roger Lyons Stallion profile: Thorn Park by John Berry from Thoroughbred Internet Secretariat, 1973 from David Dink’s blog, Boojum’s Bonanza (via Charles Hatton) Secretariat,1... Read More...

Videos: Bernardini’s Wilburn and Stay Thirsty bolster his rep

Bernardini had a big weekend with several winners, but most notably he was represented by the exciting California debut winner Wilburn, racing in the same colors of Rachel Alexandra, and Stay Thirsty, first in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes in New York and ... Read More...

Emma Berry’s photographs of Frankel at Newmarket today

As Uncle Mo, our undefeated 3-year-old star, prepares for his season debut and a tilt at the classics, England’s equally gifted and hyped Frankel readies for the Guineas across the pond. Writer Emma Berry, camera in hand and ubiquitous on the New... Read More...