Pedigree Analysis

  • 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9047692%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Inside Pedigrees: Drosselmeyer

    Drosselmeyer continues the trend of recent classic winners being sired by horses known for speed from mares with a pronounced aptitude for stamina.

  • Lope de Vega, Makfi Put Spotlight on Sires

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Double French Classic winner Lope de Vega is by second-crop sire Shamardal, while group I winner Makfi is by second-crop sire Dubawi. Both sires are slugging it out to lead their crop.

  • Met Mile winner Quality Road&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%3D9047698%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Met Mile is Road to Breeding Shed Success

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />Traditionally considered a sire-making race, a win in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) is a coveted addition to the resume of future sires like 2010 winner Quality Road.

  • La Troienne

    Inside Pedigrees: Super Breeding

    Super Saver replete with seven lines of La Troienne. Maria's Mon, sire of Super Saver has a double of La Troienne including Busanda via faultless Buckpasser. Supercharger, dam of Super Saver, has five lines of La Troienne.

  • Derby Trial winner Hurricane Ike

    Hurricane Ike to Make Landfall at Preakness

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />His Derby Trial victory effectively dashed the Derby hopes of two competitors seeking graded earnings, but Hurricane Ike will use the win as a Preakness Stakes prep.

  • Exhi&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%3D8896198%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Exhi Emerges as Sophomore Standout

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<br />Descending from one of Canada's leading female families, Exhi hit his stride just a bit too late for likely KY Derby eligibility, but he's a good bet for other big races in 2010.

  • Blue Grass winner Stately Victor&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%3D8886089%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Stately Victor: a Blue Grass Surprise

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />The first grade I winner sired by Ghostzapper - whose own pedigree is free of five-generation duplicated bloodlines - has an inbreeding pattern to the closely-inbred In Reality.

  • Sunland Derby winner Endorsement

    Endorsement Earns Derby Nod with Sunland Win

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Distorted Humor again figures in Triple Crown hopes as son Endorsement enters the Derby picture in the newly-graded Sunland Derby.

  • Line On Linebreeding

    INSIDE PEDIGREES, by Les Brinsfield<BR/>The concept reduces genetic variance and increases odds of predictability.

  • Ice Box won the Florida Derby at 20-1 odds.&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%3D8849972%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ice Box Turns Up Heat on Derby Trail

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <br />By one of the hottest sires in American and out of a stamina-oriented mare, Ice Box has bloodlines that indicate he's a smart pedigree pick for the Triple Crown races.

  • Tampa Bay Derby winner Odysseus

    Odysseus Journeys to Churchill Downs

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />The Malibu Moon colt Odysseus embarked on what what might be an epic lead-in to a 2010 Triple Crown campaign when he captured the recent Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III).

  • La Troienne

    Power of La Troienne

    INSIDE PEDIGREES, by Les Brinsfield<BR/>La Troienne is the best mare in American pedigrees since going into production.

  • Awesome Act won the Gotham in his dirt debut.&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%3D8825557%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Awesome Act Sets Up Family Showdown

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <br />From a separate branch of the Almahmoud family than fellow Triple Crown hopeful Eskendereya comes Awesome Act, who powered into consideration with an easy Gotham Stakes win.

  • Backtalk

    Backtalk Looks to Follow Smarty's Hoofprints

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Brent Fernung stands to go down in history as a three-time purchaser of "Derby dams" if Backtalk's impressive style carries him to a win on the first Saturday in May.

  • She Be Wild

    She Be Wild is A Good Return

    INSIDE PEDIGREES, by Les Brinsfield<BR/>She Be Wild is evidence of the old formula, 'Return to the sire the best blood of his dam.'

  • Fountain of Youth winner Eskendereya

    Will Eskendereya Mature Beyond Youth?

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <br />Restoring new hope to a branch of the Almahmoud family of Northern Dancer, Eskendereya established himself as a legitimate Triple Crown contender with his Fountain of Youth win.

  • Robert B. Lewis winner Caracortado&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%3D8792512%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Caracortado Puts New Indiana Stallion on Map

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />In a breakout race that put Caracortado on Derby watchers' radar, the Cal-bred also focuses attention on newly-transferred Cat Dreams, who stands in Indiana for the 2010 season.

  • Peppi Knows&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%3D8781599%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Peppi Knows Two-Turn Racing

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <br />Stephen Got Even's rising star Peppi Knows scores his first 2-turn stakes victory in the Whirlaway Stakes. Is it a sign of Triple Crown potential?

  • Distorted Humor is the sire of the promising colt, Drosselmeyer.

    Winstar's TC Hopes at 4 with Drosselmeyer

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Although he hasn't yet won a stakes event, Distorted Humor's son Drosselmeyer showed plenty of potential and jumped into Triple Crown discussions with a nine-furlong allowance win.

  • Pretty Unusual&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%3D8753538%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    International Pedigree That's Pretty Unusual

    It's unusual for a runner to cross the finish line before a champion, unusual for any horse to have ancestors from 6 nations in her 3rd generation, and definitely Pretty Unusual to fit both of these descriptions.

  • Neko Bay flies home late under Mike Smith to win the San Pasqual. 
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    Neko Bay Tallies Stallion Credentials

    Many breeders anticipate that Giant's Causeway will become a powerful sire of sires. Paired with the sire-producing Missy Baba family genes, recent graded winner Neko Bay is likely to attract interest as a sire prospect.

  • Fly by Phil outlasted Lost Aptitude to take the Tropical Park Derby.

    Fly By Phil Scores Big Win for 2nd-Year Sire

    Multi-million dollar yearling Act of Duty apparently saved his talent for his progeny, as Fly By Phil's New Years Day win made him the first second-crop sire with a graded stakes winner.

  • Blind Luck winning the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (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%3D8710491%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Blind Luck is One of the Year's Top Juveniles

    Blind Luck's grade I Hollywood Starlet win helps Pollard's Vision jump to the Leading Freshman Sires top-three, and makes him one of three Carson City sons on the Juvenile Sires top-six list.

  • Good Ba Ba winning the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile for the 3rd time.

    Great Runner, Grand Bloodlines, Good Ba Ba

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p>Three times is impressive in any race; Good Ba Ba's three-peat in the group I Hong Kong Mile was an even greater feat because it came against some of the world's best racehorses.

  • Rule most recently won the Delta Jackpot on December 4.

    Roman Ruler: Rewriting the Inbreeding Rule

    Alan Porter addresses the emerging acceptance of Mr. Prospector inbreeding--while discussing the emergence of juvenile standout Rule, whose sire Roman Ruler is a Mr. Prospector double carrier.

  • The Usual Q.T.

    The Usual Q. T. Hot in California

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p>Winner of both the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) and Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) in November, this Unusual Heat gelding typifies the best of California breeding.

  • American Lion is the latest Juvenile Stakes winner from the Tiznow/Storm Cat cross. &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%3D86471691%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    American Lion: Tiznow/Storm Cat Cross Roars

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br /> Most discussion of Tiznow as a sire of stakes winners focuses on how well his foals do when they've had some time to mature. When crossed with Storm Cat's precocious line, though, his juveniles are unbeatable.

  • Medaglia d'Oro has a Passion for Gold

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>A win in the group I Criterium de Saint-Cloud sets up Passion for Gold as an early favorite for the French classics next year-and also validates Medaglia d'Oro as a sire who can produce top colts along with his abundance of black type fillies.

  • Zenyatta in the Winner&#39; Circle after her Classic victory.&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%3D8609368%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Sire and Pedigree Notes - Breeders' Cup 2009

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Alan Porter recaps the 2009 Breeders' Cup with pedigree observations about the sire lines, dominant female families, and inbreeding of the 14 winners.

  • Blame has a pedigree many generations in the making.&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%3D8591984%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Claiborne Happy to Accept Blame

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>With Claiborne bloodlines on the top and bottom, Fayette Stakes (gr. II) winner Blame has a pedigree many generations in the making.

  • April Pride

    April Pride Illustrates Parallel Pattern

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>A globetrotting sire and an all-American dam have strikingly similar pedigrees that combined to produce recent graded winner April Pride. Breeding analyst Alan Porter discusses how his "parallel pattern" theory is evident in the filly's pedigree.

  • Jackson Bend

    Jackson Bend Takes Florida

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Inspiring hope for small breeders is juvenile standout Jackson Bend, whose durability and precocity combined are traits this Florida homebred inherited from both sides of his pedigree.

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    Points and Promise: Second-Crop Sires On Top

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<p> That this is an exceptional crop of second-year sires is not exactly news any more. Still, the point was hammered home again October 10 when two second-season horses were represented by grade I winners.

  • Lookin At Lucky&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%3D8539189%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Luck Tends to Strike

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>A multi-generation affinity of his female family with Mr. Prospector-line sires might have championship repercussions as Lookin At Lucky prepares for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile this fall.

  • Toccet

    Toccet Racks Up Big Wins

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <p>With dual scores in the British Columbia classics, Toccet's progeny have made the stallion a hot second-crop sire.

  • Legal Jousting

    Byerly, Back in Business

    The first race on a Sunday card at Ontario's Fort Erie Race Track is an unlikely source of inspiration for a pedigree review. But the two horse, best by a length in that race Sept. 13, was a local gelding making a small mark in history.

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    Dublin Elicits High Hopes for Young Sire

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>By first-crop sire Afleet Alex and from the successful family of Sunday Evening comes Dublin, winner of the historic Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I).

  • Icon Project ran an impressive race in the Personal Ensign 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%3D8445078%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Icon Project: Yet Another Filly Standout

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>It seems 2009 would be a year for filly phenoms, and they're all the result of young, distance-loving sires.

  • Monitor Closely Adds to Dream Year for Sire

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Oasis Dream (GB) was considered a mildly-successful sire after his first two crops reached the track. An explosive year including the emergence of recent group II victor Monitor Closely (IRE) guarantees Oasis Dream more respect in Europe and internationally.