Avalyn Hunter

  • Moonlight Cloud

    Moonlight Cloud, Invincible in 2013

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Moonlight Cloud has a Win and You're In ticket to the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and on her form this year, she would be a more than worthy challenger for Wise Dan.

  • Kettle Corn

    Kettle Corn is on a Sweet Ride

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Kettle Corn isn't likely to be mistaken for a great horse, but on his day, he can be dangerous, as he proved July 27 when defeating Paynter in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II).

  • Chief White Fox

    Mahubah's Corner: White Thoroughbreds

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />So far, no white Thoroughbred has ever become a stakes winner in American, but a breakthrough for these horses of a different color may be only a matter of time.

  • 2013 Irish Derby winner Trading Leather&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2610818081&amp;k=tDZHBJ7&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Mahubah's Corner: Jim Bolger

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Jim Bolger could be thought of as the 'little giant' in the Irish arena, given the magnitude of what he has accomplished while operating on a small scale.

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    Dawn Approach: A Perfect Heir to His Sire

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Son of New Approach has already proven himself both a worthy heir to his sire and a proud addition to a family that has enjoyed substantial success on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Normandy Invasion (left) finished 2nd to Verrazano in the Wood Memorial.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2443957153&amp;k=3B96dJp&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Normandy Invasion Ready for May 4

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Normandy Invasion has a running style that suggests the Derby distance will be no problem, but he has a pedigree that is ambiguous when it comes to stretching out to 10 furlongs.

  • Centre Court

    Centre Court Takes Center Stage

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Racing as a homebred for the G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust, Centre Court dominated a solid field of distaff turfers to notch her third graded stakes win of the year.

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    Shanghai Bobby Clear Leader Among 2YO Males

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />The standout among this year's juvenile males will likely shine at the Breeders' Cup. His pedigree, however, raises questions about his stamina when it comes to next year's classics.

  • Golden Ticket (right)

    Travers Tie a Golden Ticket to Stud Future

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Montana-based Magic City Thoroughbreds cashed in a Golden Ticket of its own Aug. 25 when its colt of that name dead-heated with favored Alpha for the historic Travers Stakes.

  • Winter Memories

    Bringing Back Memories

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />No one will be forgetting Memories of Silver any time soon, because her daughter, Winter Memories, won some the same races at Saratoga as her dam.

  • Point of Entry

    Point of Entry Could Be Dynaformer's Heir

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Sometimes good things come to those who wait. Such appears to be the case for the Phipps Stable, whose homebred Point of Entry secured his first grade I win with his victory July 14 in the Man o' War.

  • Jeranimo

    Jeranimo Seeks to Lead Arazi Tribe

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />On the final day of June this year, Arazi's 6-year-old grandson Jeranimo showed a flash of magic, coming from last to first to score his first grade I win in the Shoemaker Mile.

  • Queen&#39;s Plate winner Strait of Dover

    Strait of Dover Navigates Canada's Classics

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Now the winner of four consecutive races, Strait of Dover not only went gate to wire to defeat Irish Mission but set a new Woodbine track record of 2:01.99 for the Polytrack surface.

  • Irish Mission

    Irish Mission Shows Classic Canadian Breeding

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />From an owner's point of view, there is no better time for a 3-year-old to make rapid improvement than when the spring classics are on the line, as Irish Mission did in winning the Woodbine Oaks.

  • Gentildonna winning the Japanese Oaks.

    Gentildonna Impacts Japanese Racing

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Gentildonna is from the 2nd crop of 2-time Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact, and is the first of his offspring to win a group race at more than a mile.

  • Done Talking

    Done Talking Silencing Critics

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />With $300,000 in graded earnings from the Illinois Derby, Done Talking is now virtually guaranteed a starting spot in the Derby should his owners so desire.

  • Tampa Bay Derby Winner Prospective

    Prospective Rising

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />After a gritty win in the Tampa Bay Derby, Malibu Moon colt became a 'prospective classic horse.'

  • Hutcheson winner Thunder Moccasin

    'Roses' Not in Plans for Thunder Moccasin

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />After Thunder Moccasin's visually impressive win in the Hutcheson Stakes, Starlight Racing's tentative plan is not roses in May but one-turn sprint races -- at least for now.

  • Gone West

    100 Stakes Winners and Counting for Gone West

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />On January 13, 2012, Treble Jig became the 100th stakes winner for his late sire, Gone West. This goal was achieved through excellence over time, with an average of just 61 foals per crop.

  • Star Guitar winning the Louisiana Champions Day Classic
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    Mahubah's Corner: Star Guitar

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />The Guitar Hero video game franchise has been exceedingly popular...But it probably isn't half as popular in Louisiana as the state's own four-legged "guitar hero," Star Guitar.

  • Gemologist

    Gemologist Eyes Crown Jewels

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />His stout pedigree and an affinity for the Churchill Downs main track set up Tiznow's grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes winner Gemologist for consideration in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

  • Americain

    Americain International

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Ky-bred Americain is an Australian group I winner and French highweight. But, where will the Dynaformer sire line's great hope stand at stud?

  • Rapid Redux

    Rapid Redux Approaches Historic Milestone

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />The story of Rapid Redux -- winner of 19 straight from December 2010 through October 2011 -- points out the importance of consistent placement at a level at which he can compete.

  • Together&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9708619%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    American Breeders Should Get It Together

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />A trip to the U.S. was just what Galileo's Irish-bred daughter Together needed to break a 12-race losing streak -- which she did in the grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.