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  • George Smith, winner of the 1916 Kentucky Derby

    BH 100: What's In A Name

    1916 Kentucky Derby winner George Smith had a colorful history behind his prosaic name—a history that involved his dam and a man for whom playing the horses was as much a science as a passion.

  • Affirmed

    Pedigree Analysis: Affirmed

    In spite of his tremendous accomplishments as a racehorse, Affirmed went to stud in 1980 with modest expectations compared to those being heaped on American Pharoah.

  • Soaring's descendants include 1999 champion turf female Soaring Softly.

    Pedigree Analysis: Soaring

    Soaring's daughters as a group were speedy mares. When put to staying sires, however, they imparted a dash of quality speed, putting a finishing touch on Darby Dan's legacy of classic stamina.

  • Pocahontas Stakes winner Dothraki Queen descends from Bloodroot

    Pedigree Analysis: Bloodroot

    Bloodroot's title as the inaugural Kentucky Broodmare of the Year added one of the last of many laurels to the career of her breeder Edward Riley Bradley, who died in August 1946.

  • Super Saver

    Pedigree Analysis: Super Saver

    Super Saver represents the male line of 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Majestic Prince, a branch of the Raise a Native sire line that has been overshadowed by the much more numerous Mr. Prospector tribe.

  • Caro

    Pedigree Analysis: Caro

    Caro stands at the head of an American sire line being kept alive by his great-great-grandson Uncle Mo, the current leader of the freshman and 2-year-old sire lists.

  • Busanda

    Pedigree Analysis: Busanda

    Busanda is remembered as the dam of 1966 Horse of the Year Buckpasser, a four-time champion broodmare sire whose name is a familiar presence in pedigrees.

  • Fappiano

    Fappiano's Follow Through

    The obvious question is whether American Pharoah, a colt gifted with excellent speed, has the stamina to master the "Test of the Champion," the 12-furlong Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • 2015 Kilroe Mile winner Ring Weekend is out of daughter of 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.

  • Upstart<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-9X8Kzzm">Order This Photo</a>

    Pedigree Analysis: Upstart

    Although Upstart has a better pedigree for getting a distance than many of his contemporaries, there is reason to think he might be better suited to intermediate distances.

  • Final Chapter<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-LsK72sM">Order This Photo</a>

    Another Chapter for John Nerud

    Even though Final Chapter isn't a 'typical' Nerud, he may yet prove a fitting epilogue to the story of one of the great figures of the American turf.

  • Acceptance

    Acceptance's Roots Go Deep

    It's a little early to proclaim a Cinderella story in the making, but Old English Rancho does appear to have a nice colt in its homebred Acceptance.

  • Calumet Farm foundation mare Blue Delight

    Preparing for Breeding Season

    Preparation for the breeding season always begins with an honest assessment of the mare -- not just her pedigree, conformation, and race record, but her status as an individual.

  • Scat Daddy

    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.

  • 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist

    Classic Winner Emerges From the Mist

    This year Pleasant Colony's maternal grandson Tonalist, wearing the colors of Thomas Evans' son Robert 'Shel' Evans, played the role of Summing to deny California Chrome a Triple Crown.

  • Swaps

    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.

  • California Chrome

    A Pedigree Story Made for Hollywood

    The son of an $8,000 mare and a stallion that stood for $2,500 in the year of his conception, the flashy chestnut became the first California-bred since Decidedly in 1962 to win the Run for the Roses.

  • Seattle Slew

    The Continuing Impact of Seattle Slew

    While Seattle Slew did well crossed back to almost any of the major strains in his pedigree, he was particularly effective when bred to mares carrying Buckpasser in their pedigrees.

  • Cee's Song, who produced several successful full siblings, including 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow

    A Case for Full Siblings

    Common sense would indicate that full siblings to a good horse have a better chance of being good runners themselves than half siblings, all other factors being equal and the respective sires being of roughly equal merit.

  • Mr. Prospector

    Vein of Gold

    Among this year's classic prospects, the list with Mr. Prospector inbreeding includes California Chrome, Noble Moon, In Trouble, Rise Up, Vinceremos, and Ring Weekend.

  • Cairo Prince<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3041742429&k=JkPDNnj">Order This Photo</a>

    Prince of South Florida

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Cairo Prince could have just the right balance of stamina and speed to be a successful contender in the Kentucky Derby.

  • Al Kazeem

    Al Kazeem Fit for a Queen

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />As the first new sire to come to Sandringham since Motivator, Al Khazeem offers the Royal Studs both a sire line that is an outcross and a female family of transatlantic interest.