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Pronto Pronto, son of Major Impact, won Indian Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Handled brilliantly by Richard Hughes — a chance ride for him since the declared jockey Y.S. Srinath was indisposed — Pronto Pronto (Major Impact - Sandslash), having his first run in five months, lifte... Read More...

Alma Mater swoops from last to first in Indian 1000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Laying last at the half-way stage of the Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1, Sunday, jockey B. Prakash on Alma Mater (Royal Kingdom – La Pieta) improved spectacularly — travelling widest of all — to be in ... Read More...

Professor Sugarcane Hancock: Intellectual, racing fan, dude

More than a year ago, I visited the Northampton fairgrounds and documented what was left of the racetrack, grandstand, and barn area. Click here to read the post and see the photos. For me, it was akin to an archeological expedition because I’d b... Read More...

Overdose returns to winning international Group form today

The star-crossed Hungarian racehorse Overdose, last seen finishing fourth in the five-furlong Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes June 14 at Ascot, reappeared today in Italy at the Capannelle to win the Group 3 Premio CEF Aloisi over 1200 meters (about s... Read More...

Razeen’s unique feat: Son of Northern Dancer dominates day

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Sunday, Razeen’s daughter Hills and Stars won the Nanoli Stud Pune Derby, Gr.1, in a new track record time. That was his only winner of the day when 11 races were run. Six of the other winners—Yuville... Read More...

Teofilo’s first Group 1 winner has Galileo x Montjeu mixture

Teofilo, a first-season son of Galileo, was represented by his first Group 1 winner today when 2-year-old colt Parish Hall won the Dubai Dewhurst at Newmarket for breeder/trainer Jim Bolger and his mother, owner Jackie Bolger. The same combination (plu... Read More...

Decline of stamina in our racing program has impact in shed

[Part of the following was extrapolated from my talk at the pedigree symposium in Lexington from earlier this month. They are notes that I used.] In the 1970s, five North American-breds won the Derby: ’70 Nijinsky (Northern Dancer) ’71 Mill Reef (N... Read More...

Storm Cat sire responsible for the Indian St. Leger winner

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Macchupicchu (Emerald Cat- Anaroma by Razeen), owned by Messrs. Berjis Minoo Desai, Vijay B. Shrike & K.N. Dhunjibhoy, won the McDowell Signature Indian St. Leger, Gr.1, in fine style at Pune Sunday, clocking a ... Read More...

Video (from Android phone): St. Leger run at incredible pace

The Video here is from an Android phone tape. Masked Marvel, under William Buick, won an incredible St. Leger today. The 14-furlong classic at Doncaster was marked by an incredulously quick early pace that took the legs off most of the runners and rew... Read More...

Video: So You Think holds off Snow Fairy in an Irish thriller

What a run by So You Think to hold off Snow Fairy in the Group 1 Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown today! Notice the size of the NZ-bred ex-Aussie star next to pacemaker Roderic O’Connor and the filly. Read More...

The breed is indeed faster, but can it carry its speed here?

Emma Berry, the bloodstock editor at Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder in the UK, tweeted a link yesterday to a very interesting online piece dated August 31, 2011, by James Willoughby, titled, “The breed stays further, faster.” (Her husba... Read More...

Back in the day, the USSR bred and raced some rock stars

During the early 1960s, If you’d uttered the phrase “I gotta piss like a Russian racehorse at the Kentucky Derby with a glue truck behind it” within earshot of the Russian contingent that frequented the Washington DC International, KG... Read More...

Polish racehorses, Kazakhstan Derby, and the Danzig line

Here’s the video of the Kazakhstan Derby from Aug. 20. The winner, Debet, was bred in Poland, a country in the US racing news lately because of a Polish stakes winner (the US-bred Santina Dond) that won a stakes race at Arlington for her Russian ... Read More...

Kentucky racehorses, Russian President’s Cup, and Kadyrov

Mr. Hal Dane is a reader of this blog, a follower of Russian racing, and a frequent and contentious commentator here. In the two posts below this, Hal has made several comments about Russian racing, and I thought I’d take the opportunity here to ... Read More...

Russian racehorses, the Kentucky Derby, and a glue truck

The Russian combination of Gennadi Dorochenko and owner Vladimir Kazakov, who recently won a stakes race on the Arlington Million undercard, may eventually change the perception of Russian racehorses as more than low-level performers, but for now they... Read More...

Johar colt wins Russian Derby; a Lemon Drop Kid wins Oaks

A Russian-bred colt from US-based Johar’s third crop won the 2400-meter Russian Derby (a dirt race) at the Central Moscow Hippodrome Sunday, Aug. 21. Owned and bred by the Donskoi Stud, one of the leading breeding farms in Russia, the Johar colt ... Read More...

Union Rags: Video, sales results for sire, and Today column

Union Rags won the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Saratoga Special Stakes Monday, dueling from the start, ridden with purpose on the turn, and busily handled throughout the lane by jockey Javier Castellano. The Dixie Union colt was making only his second start... Read More...

Polish form, Equineline, Electra Deelites, and the G3 Derby

After the ex-Polish filly Santina Dond won the Hatoof Stakes on the Arlington Million undercard Saturday, I examined her only two Polish starts at age two in 2010 and found that she was two for two and she’d won the most prestigious stakes race f... Read More...

Video: Goldikova defeated in Prix Jacques Le Marois today

Returning to the races two weeks after winning the Group 1 Prix Rothschild against fillies at the same track, Goldikova was defeated in Deauville’s Group 1 Prix du Haras De Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois today by Immortal Verse, a three-yea... Read More...

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...