Pedigree Analysis

  • Enable after her win in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

    Ladies Rule

    Say what you will about the quality of the fields as the Breeders' Cup approaches, but in this corner the two best racehorses in the world will not be there: Enable and Winx. Each achieved historic status in opposite hemispheres in October.

  • Mizzen Mast

    Mizzen Mast: Mastering the End of the Line

    Mizzen Mast was both a carbon copy of his sire Cozzene (on turf) and an accomplished versatile runner, as seen with his graded stakes wins, on the dirt. He was virtually a throwback in pedigree to what had worked in the last half of the 20th century.

  • Distorted Humor

    Laughing All the Way

    Don’t look now but it appears Distorted Humor has got us surrounded...it’s just a sneaky fact stemming from an examination of a variety of stallion lists over the past few months.

  • First Samurai

    Just Be-Cause

    First Samurai, as is the case for most of the other sons of Giant's Causeway, is a bit different from his sire phenotypically in that he is imbued with a good deal more power in his make-up.

  • Secretariat

    It Takes Only One

    The hypothesis here is that there has never been a horse bred in North America that has achieved greater influence as a broodmare sire of line-founding stallions than the son of Bold Ruler (Nasrullah—Miss Disco, by Discovery).

  • Smart Strike

    Solid Strike

    Smart Strike’s biomechanical profile reveals he was a natural two-turn individual with as much power as stride, the kind of horse that can get out there and stalk and then keep going until the rest are left behind.

  • Bodemeister

    Unbridled Redux

    That Always Dreaming came home on top in the Derby might not have surprised handicappers. However, the result underscored the importance of this rapidly emerging branch of a line which is often misidentified as that of Fappiano, sire of Unbridled.

  • Unbridled

    Unbridled Unleashed

    One might wonder why the Unbridled sire line has seemed to be spectacular in spurts. Part of the reason could be phenotypical.

  • Street Cry

    Sunny Side of the Street

    A “hidden” sire-line story has emerged in two hemispheres bracketed by one daughter (Winx) and one son (Street Boss). They serve to remind us of how much influence the late Street Cry has exerted on the international breeding scene. 

  • Malibu Moon

    Another A. P. Indy Line?

    A.P. Indy has a son out there whose own sons have yet to show their potential—and each of the most promising ones has his first foals about to race.

  • Maclean’s Music tops the year-end list with 20 winners

    The Final Score: Maclean's Music Tops List

    Last year, we undertook a review of the prospects of stallions with first 2-year-olds of 2016. The series focused on pedigree and biomechanical values as well as on our impressions of how their offspring performed at the juvenile sales.

  • Into Mischief

    Happy Holidays

    We looked at the eight stallions in the entire Harlan sire line as well as Storm Cat and Storm Bird and discovered that except for Storm Cat and one descendant of Harlan’s Holiday, this tribe rubs elbows very closely phenotypically.

  • Quiet American

    Quiet End to an Era

    Passing almost unnoticed in early October was the death of Quiet American, one of the most intriguingly successful, yet somewhat overlooked, members of a tribe whose physical attributes have revolutionized racing and breeding in North America. 

  • Smile for Daddy

    The upcoming mixed sales in Kentucky will be the first time we will be able to see a cornucopia of weanlings from stallions that entered stud in 2015.

  • Sorority Stakes winner Made Me Shiver is the top earner for Maclean's Music, one of the leading 1st-crop sires

    Halfway Home and Rounding Third

    In order to give some insight into what buyers might expect from how the freshmen sires of 2016 are doing, we’ve come up with some statistical compilations to project where they might be long-term.

  • Galileo

    When Tapit Met Galileo

    Taking a journey into prognostication, we've hypothesized what might happen were mares by Galileo to meet up in the breeding shed with Tapit or his sons.

  • The A.P. Indy line is responsible for stallions Take Charge Indy, Power Broker, and Orb

    Here Come the Freshmen - Part 2

    In our first installment we focused on the new stallions with a half-dozen or more yearlings in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. Here we will look at 11 other stallions—those that had 50 or more foals in their first crop.

  • A Song in an Everlasting Garden

    If your brain can sniff out what you remember about Songbird's third dam Torsion Belle, whose four black-type horses appear as siblings to Songbird’s second dam Beaty Sark (by Deputy Minister), a few bells might have started to ring.

  • Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale is July 12

    Here Come the Freshmen

    Here we go again, folks. The first yearling sale of 2016 will take place July 12 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s base in Lexington, and of the 347 cataloged, 122 (35%) are by 23 stallions that entered stud in 2014.

  • Ten of the 50 leading sires of 2016 are either by A.P. Indy or his son Pulpit.

    How a Sire Line Develops

    There are two overriding theories of how breeders decide on a mating for racing, and possible future breeding success: Paper Pedigree Analysis and Physical Analysis.

  • Belmont Stakes Winners as Sires

    Examining a widely held hypothesis that Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners are not taken as seriously as potential commercial stallions as winners of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) or Preakness Stakes (gr. I), or both.

  • El Prado

    America's Galileo

    The legacy of El Prado, who has emerged as a serious sire-line contender through two sons whose race records and stud accomplishments could not be more diverse.

  • Donald Brumfield on Kauai King  after 1966 Derby

    The King Who Did Not Get the Throne

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Triple Crown series of 1966 when one horse almost swept the prize, but another horse who never ran in any of those races was named champion 3-year-old male.

  • Hansen

    Freshman Sires of 2016: Conclusion

    Judging by how they looked at Gulfstream and Ocala, the seven by Hansen left little doubt that he will help establish Tapit as an emerging sire-of-sires.

  • Nyquist

    Classics Preview: 2 Champions and 1 Contender

    We have a unique opportunity to examine both the completely opposite pedigree patterns and remarkably similar biomechanical structures of three leading classics candidates.

  • Unbridled has consistently supplied the demand of many horsemen for larger individuals

    Freshman Sires of 2016: Part 2

    Unbridled was the product of a rather atypical son of Mr. Prospector in Fappiano, whose size and length and driving power came from his broodmare sire, Dr. Fager.

  • Six stallions that are male-line descendants of A.P. Indy are represented in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Florida juvenile sale.

    Freshman Sires of 2016: Part 1

    Six stallions that are male-line descendants of A.P. Indy are represented in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Florida juvenile sale.

  • Colonel John's son Cocked and Loaded won the 2015 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Pedigree Analysis: Colonel John

    The unpredictable nature of this business is illustrated by Colonel John, a top-class runner whose fee dropped to $7,500 for 2016 and suddenly has a pair of colts on the Derby Trail.

  • 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.

  • Scat Daddy

    Pedigree Analysis: Scat Daddy

    Scat Daddy, a son of Johannesburg, and a great-grandson of Storm Cat, was represented by his seventh and eighth Northern Hemisphere 2-year-old stakes winners of 2015 in Surfside Tiara and Get Jets.

  • Al Kazeem

    Al Kazeem Back to Stud in 2016

    Four-time group I winner Al Kazeem will stand for £12,000 (US$18,280) for the 2016 season after proving subfertile when initially retired. The 7-year-old will enter stud at owner/breeder John Deer's Oakgrove Stud.