Pedigree Analysis

  • Shackleford

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    Shackleford's Preakness Puts Forestry Back On

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES: The 2011 Preakness Stakes winner gives Forestry a boost the same year the stallion's stud fee dropped to its lowest point. Shackleford also has pedigree ties to Mr. Prospector and Dr. Fager.

  • Flashpoint

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    Flashpoint: An Intriguing New Face

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Peachtree Stable's Flashpoint may be the most intriguing of the new faces entering the 2011 Preakness Stakes. Descending from the family of Raise a Native, he has plenty of speed to set the pace.

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    Animal Kingdom's History-Making Pedigree

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Son of a Brazilian-bred stallion and a German mare, Animal Kingdom has perhaps the most international pedigree of any Kentucky Derby winner in history.

  • Joyful Victory

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    Joyful Victory Living Up to Her Name

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />If she is as good as she looked when taking apart her opposition at Oaklawn Park this spring, Joyful Victory has a good shot of living up to her name in the Run for the Lilies.

  • Derby Kitten with Ken Ramsey after victory in the Coolmore Lexington.&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%3D9500940%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Derby Kitten Aims for Preakness

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Peaking a bit late for Kentucky Derby consideration, Derby Kitten instead prepares for the Preakness after a win in the grade III Lexington Stakes.

  • Brilliant Speed in the 2011 Blue Grass Stakes.
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    Brilliant Speed, Solid Stamina

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br /> With a closing kick that makes him aptly named and a pedigree infused with stoutness, Brilliant Speed should have no trouble with the Kentucky Derby's 10 furlongs.

  • Midnight Interlude&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%3D9490548%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Midnight Interlude is Late-Hour Derby Hopeful

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Another Danzig-line runner enters the 2011 Kentucky Derby picture as the previously unheralded Midnight Interlude annexes the Santa Anita Derby and looks toward Churchill Downs.

  • Dialed In&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%3D9478180%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Dialed In's Next Call: Kentucky Derby

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Same connections, same track, same race, same finish -- just a different horse. Can Florida Derby winner Dialed In improve on Ice Box's 2nd-place finish in the Kentucky Derby?

  • Pants On Fire

    Pants On Fire Heats Up La. Derby

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Jump Start was a standout juvenile who missed out on a sophomore campaign -- but his son Pants On Fire is getting hot right in time for the upcoming 3-year-old classics.

  • Watch Me Go in the Winner&#39;s Circle after the Tampa Bay Derby.

    Watch Me Go Enters Derby Watch

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Gilbert Campbell's homebred Watch Me Go enters Derby fray & focuses spotlight on sire West Acre, from the immediate family of Tale of the Cat and Pulpit and Johannesburg and Minardi.

  • Stay Thirsty&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%3D9432789%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Stay Thirsty Stays Focused on Classics

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />Descending from a full sister to Man o'War, this colt has the pedigree to be in contention for the 2011 Triple Crown -- but he has plenty of competition, even from within his own barn.

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    The Danzig Line Soldiers On Through Soldat

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Soldat's bloodlines initially appear to indicate he could have problems with the Kentucky Derby's distance -- but he has close pedigree connections to good classic runners.

  • Mucho Macho Man&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%3D9412817%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Mucho Macho Man, Mucho Magnifico

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />Representing a regional sire line and an undistinguished female family, Mucho Macho Man is poised to make waves in the 2011 American classics.

  • Brethren in the Winner&#39;s Circle after the Sam F. Davis.

    Brethren Reaffirming a Powerful Cross

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES. Sam F. Davis Stakes winner Brethren is showing the power of the Distorted Humor/A.P. Indy cross, which has now produced five stakes winners from 27 starters (18.5%).

  • Toby&#39;s Corner in the 2011 Whirlaway Stakes.&lt;br&gt;
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    Toby's Corner, Cal Nation a Study in Contrast

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />One colt earns black type and aspires to the Kentucky Derby as the other shows the promise of his royal bloodlines in an impressive maiden score. Will they meet up on the TC trail?

  • Pomeroys Pistol&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%3D9388346%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Pomeroys Pistol Fires for Young Sire

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Sophomore Pomeroys Pistol gives her young sire a first graded-winning progeny. The filly's pedigree represents multiple generations of crossing Northern Dancer with Mr. Prospector.

  • Indian Firewater&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%3D9372247%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Indian Firewater Improves With Age

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Indian Firewater's grade II San Fernando score was the biggest victory for several Indian Charlie colts running the weekend of January 15.

  • Dance Quietly in the 2010 Busanda Stakes.

    Dance Quietly, a A.P. Indy/Quiet American win

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />As the breeder/co-breeder of Minstrella, Misty Gallore, Silver Ghost, and Saint Liam, Edward P. Evans contributed greatly to the preservation and advancement of Gallorette's family.

  • Richiegirlgonewild was first graded winner for Wildcat Heir.&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%3D8735866%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Close Race for Second-Crop Sires

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Leadership of the stallion crop with 1st 3yos of 2010 was determined by less than $21,000. Some names changed and others made the transition from leading freshman sires of 2009.

  • Comma To The Top
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    Welcome to the Top, Indian Charlie

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Top 2-year-old colt Uncle Mo has to share some of the juvenile spotlight as newcomer Comma to the Top makes 2010 a bright year for the Indian Charlie sire line.

  • Mack Miller

    Mack Miller, Breeder

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />Whether Miller's long-term legacy as a breeder will approach his enduring reputation as a trainer is a question for the future.

  • Washington Bridge&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%3D9318845%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Washington Bridge Supports Yankee Gentleman

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Louisiana's leading sire racks up another progeny graded stakes winner as Washington Bridge annexes Hollywood Park's grade II Bayakoa Handicap.

  • To Honor and Serve&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%3D9301724%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    To Honor and Serve Extends Family Legacy

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />Bernardini's juvenile standout To Honor and Serve, who's on early watch lists for Triple Crown 2011, descends from Darby Dan's foundation mare Golden Trail.

  • Nashua winner To Honor and Serve is the latest graded stakes winner for Bernardini.&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%3D9267506%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Bernardini Impresses as First-Crop Sire

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />With an excellent race record, a fine pedigree, and superb conformation, Bernardini looked as close to a sure thing as exists in the ranks of prospective stallions.

  • 2010 Breeders&#39; Cup Classic winner Blame&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%3D9267695%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Taking the Blame

    Claiborne homebred Blame descends from a historic family associated with the farm for nearly 60 years.

  • Murjan at Churchill Downs&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%3D9263223%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Murjan is the Canonero II of 2010

    Thirty-nine years ago Kentucky-bred but South American-based mystery horse Canonero II did very well beneath the Twin Spires. Will Peruvian classic winner Murjan follow in his hoof prints?

  • Casamento&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%3D9244655%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Casamento Stakes Claim as Classic Favorite

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Does Shamardal's son Casamento have an Epsom Derby pedigree or will he peak at 10 furlongs? Alan Porter analyzes the prospects of one of Europe's hottest juveniles.

  • Berdinini&#39;s daughter A Z Warrior, winner of the Frizette (gr. I).&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%3D9226135%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    It's All A.P. Indy in Freshman Sire Race

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Rising quickly in the first-crop juvenile sire standings is Bernardini. As the year winds down, he's competing for supremacy over other A.P. Indy-influenced young sires.

  • Jaycito&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%3D9221904%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Jaycito has the Staying Power for Ky Derby

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />His pedigree makes it clear that he'll handle classic distances. Will Jaycito be the first Kentucky Derby winner for octogenarian breeder Catesby Clay, dean of historic Runnymede Farm?

  • Morning Line

    New Names in Contention for Sophomore Honors

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />In most years, likely sophomore stars have made a name for themselves before mid-September. This year, Apart and Morning Line enter the scene right as autumn arrives.

  • Southern Belle Rivals Zenyatta in Chile

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />Belle Watling became the 1st runner ever to sweep the 'Chilean Quadruple Crown.' Her success is an example of breeding Northern sires with South American families to produce top horses.

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    Man o' War Runners Top Juvenile Ranks

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Colts on opposite coasts are battling for honors at top 2-year-old. Both J P's Gusto and Boys At Tosconova descend from the In Reality line of Man o' War.

  • Boys At Tosconova is the first grade I winner for Officer.&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%3D9174037%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Boys At Tosconova Reports for Officer

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />From a field of 4 maiden winners in the grade I Hopeful Stakes, Boys At Tosconova left little doubt which was the best runner with a dominating performance.

  • Discreetly Mine won the grade I King&#39;s Bishop Stakes on Aug 28.&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%3D9166915%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Discreetly Mine: Enigma of Aptitude, Pedigree

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />His pedigree shouts stamina but Discreetly Mine--winner Aug. 28 of the grade I King's Bishop Stakes--seems intent on proving himself as a top sprinter.

  • Congrat&#39;s daughter Wickedly Perfect won the Sorrento Stakes.&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%3D9133131%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Freshman Sires Starting Fast

    Four of the current top 10 freshman sires of 2010 already have juvenile stakes winners. Alan Porter takes an early look at what's working with pedigree crosses for this year's 'young guns.'

  • West Virginia Derby winner Concord Point

    Concord Point Rides the Waves

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />West Virginia Derby winner Concord Point is the first graded winner with siblings Relaunch and Moon Glitter in his pedigree--a pattern to watch for in future pedigrees.

  • Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm&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%3D9124506%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Playing on Some Themes with The Minstrel

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Alan Porter's focus this week is the interbreeding of close genetic relatives The Minstrel and Nijinsky II, as exemplified by recent stakes winners A Little Warm and Malibu Prayer.

  • Prince of Wales winner Golden Moka

    Hunch is Rewarded in Golden Moka Comeback

    Canadian classic winner Golden Moka's story involves a crippled jockey who sees something in a cheap Panamanian 2yo; a stallion that has struggled to meet expectations; and a female family with a long and proud tradition.

  • Swaps winner Skipshot&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%3D9110110%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Skip Away's Skipshot Surprises in Swaps

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />The cross that produced Swaps Stakes surprise winner Skipshot appears to be based on an affinity of Skip Away for Halo-line mares.

  • Jessica Is Back

    Jessica Is Back, Brings the Family With Her

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />Although she descends from an important early American female family, Jessica Is Back is the sole grade I-winning representative of her dam line's branch in a half-century.

  • United Nations winner Chinchon

    Chinchon Proof of Inbreeding's Effects

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />From a Sex Appeal family branch that has rarely hit in recent generations, United Nations (gr. IT) winner Chinchon was bred on a smart family inbreeding pattern.

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    Cape Blanco Adds to Irish Derby Dynasty

    Coolmore, Sadler's Wells, and trainer Aidan O'Brien have a longstanding presence in the Irish Derby winner's circle. This year, the trio made it a trifecta, headed by the Galileo colt Cape Blanco.