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Pedigree Analysis: Olympia

Pedigree Analysis: Olympia

Olympia entered stud in 1951 at Danada Farm in Kentucky and proved a prolific sire, getting 40 stakes winners (12%) until his retirement in 1967. His progeny tended to have ample speed like himself.

Pedigree Analysis: Solow

Pedigree Analysis: Solow

Looking at his pedigree, it's not too surprising that Solow's connections -- trainer Freddy Head and owner/breeders Wertheimer et Frere -- would have expected Solow to require a test of stamina.

Tom Bowling, The Wild Horse

Tom Bowling, The Wild Horse

When Tom Bowling was a foal in 1870, a visitor remarked the colt would never stay a mile. Brilliant, quirky, and downright dangerous, he grew into one of the greatest runners ever bred in America.

Pedigree Analysis: Glencoe

Pedigree Analysis: Glencoe

In America, Glencoe was the leading sire eight times between 1847 and 1858. His best runners included the champions Peytona, Charmer, and Reel, all great fillies, winning at upward of four-mile heats.

Pedigree Analysis: Pompoes

Pedigree Analysis: Pompoes

Group III-placed at 3 in France and stakes-placed at 4 in the United States, Pompoes went on to become a successful broodmare and a reminder that class can emerge from unlikely places.

Stellar Wind Striking for Curlin

Stellar Wind Striking for Curlin

Three of Smart Strike's best sons-who retired to stud in the space of four years-are shaping up as if they have the potential to make their way to the upper echelons of the North American stallion colony.

A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

Cinderella became a mother to two great American sire lines through her sons Hastings (1893) and Plaudit (1895).

The Legacy of Gone West

The Legacy of Gone West

The Mr. Prospector sire line has been an American institution since his first runners hit the races in 1978. Those descending from his son Gone West have remained relatively true to Mr. Prospector's gift of brilliant speed.

Pedigree Analysis: Grey Eagle

Pedigree Analysis: Grey Eagle

Foaled in 1835, Grey Eagle helped establish Kentucky's reputation as a premier source of great horses, but his influence on the American Thoroughbred went far beyond racing.

Kentucky Sire Lines for 2015

Kentucky Sire Lines for 2015

There are 175 stallions, give or take, standing in Kentucky at a fee of $5,000 or more. The dominant sire lines are very evenly represented, with 53 from the Northern Dancer line and 52 from the Mr. Prospector line.

Wild Again Still Impacting the Breeders' Cup

Wild Again Still Impacting the Breeders' Cup

Thirty years after winning the first Breeders' Cup Classic, Wild Again is still relevant, counting high-profile runners Bayern, Just a Way, Fed Biz, and Vicar's in Trouble among his headlining descendants in 2014.

Pedigree Analysis: Euro Charline

Pedigree Analysis: Euro Charline

Myboycharlie, already sire of a group I winner in the Southern Hemisphere, matched that feat with a member of his first European crop when 3-year-old filly Euro Charline won the Beverly D.

Lemon Drop Kid: A Class Act

Lemon Drop Kid: A Class Act

Lemon Drop Kid was the complete package when he went to stud in 2001 with an impeccable pedigree, top-of-his-class ability all three years racing, and dashing good looks.

Pedigree Analysis: Bayern

Pedigree Analysis: Bayern

By a 10-furlong grade I winner out of a mare by a Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, with a second dam who was a graded stakes winner at 10 furlongs, Bayern illustrates the difficulties of interpreting modern U.S. pedigrees.

Daddy Does Best

Daddy Does Best

Scat Daddy is on quite a roll in Chile, having sired seven Chilean group winners (including two group I winners) since the beginning of 2014.

The Swaps Connection

The Swaps Connection

Just more than 60 years ago a trim California-bred with unorthodox connections came East to shock the racing establishment by scoring an upset win in the 1955 Kentucky Derby.

Sources of Stamina

Sources of Stamina

It's time to remind breeders and broadcasters alike that stamina still exists in America and remains an essential part of breeding classic winners.

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