Pedigree Analysis

  • Soul Warrior

    Second-Crop Standouts

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>The weekend brought a couple of new players to the 3-year-old scene and also underlined just how strong the second-crop sires are.

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    Misremembered Scores for Breeder Bob Baffert

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Already in the news for his move to Lane's End, Candy Ride also figures in to the first progeny black type for an 18-year-old mare and the first stakes win as a breeder for Bob Baffert.

  • Sariska's Pedigree Combines Speed, Stamina

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>A female-line descendent of the top sire-producing mare Selene, Sariska adds the group I Irish Oaks to her impressive record. Here is an example of a stamina-oriented damline infused with raw speed.

  • Zensational

    Sophomore Standouts Best Elder Rivals

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter Holiday weekend racing featured 3-year-old sprinters Munnings and Zensational, who both captured prestigious graded wins over older horses.

  • Fame and Glory Across the Pond

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Montjeu has enjoyed considerable success as a sire of Classic horses. Irish Derby winner Fame and Glory adds to his sire's tally-while also tying in this year's theme of German bloodline influences.

  • Grazen

    Grazen Is New Benchmark for Alydar Line

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <p>California homebred Grazen's first graded win is more proof that Benchmark is the true heir to Alydar's male-line legacy.

  • Emergent German Thoroughbred Bloodlines

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>The German Thoroughbred is a stouter, more stamina-oriented version of the breed in England, France, or the U.S. The possibilities for outcross - and just plain high quality - make German bloodlines sought after in the West.

  • There are parallels in the pedigrees of Acorn winner Gabby&#39;s Golden Gal (shown) and Belmont winner Summer Bird.&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%3D8223203%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Classic Parallels

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Similarities in the pedigrees of Summer Bird (by Birdstone) and Gabby's Golden Gal (by Medaglia d'Oro) provide some insights into the bloodlines of their young sires.

  • Bribon puts back-to-back wins together with a Met Mile triumph.&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%3D8151798%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Bribon Breaks Through

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>It would have been hard to predict that Bribon would achieve his most prestigious victory at age 6 on American dirt when he made his juvenile debut in a seven-furlong event at Saint-Cloud in France.

  • What kind of boost will Birdstone&#39;s stallion career receive from Mine That Bird&#39;s Derby win?&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%3D8063583%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    'Big Horse' Boost for First-Crop Sires?

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Thanks to Mine That Bird and Rachel Alexandra, respectively, both Birdstone and Medaglia d'Oro have achieved the distinction of becoming Classic sires with their first crops. But how much of a boost will it really give them?

  • Lone Star Derby winner Mythical Power

    Mythical Power on Display

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>If one was inclined to follow the form book literally, there had to be few better bets in a stakes race May 9 than Mythical Power in the Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

  • The Stars Aligned

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>The first Saturday in May is a red-letter day on the American racing calendar Derby Day. But it is also an important day in European racing as the European Classic season kicks off with the Two Thousand Guineas. This year's Guineas was won by Christopher Tsui's Sea The Stars (IRE) and was quite as memorable for the connections of the winner as for the winner himself.

  • Mahubah's Corner: Unrivaled

    For Sunday Racing Co., life could not be better. The partnership heads into the Derby with a colt that was not only sired by one Derby winner but is half-brother to another - talk about pedigree. And that colt won his final pre-Derby race impressively April 19 to establish himself as the probable favorite for the big race.

  • Papa Clem

    Porter on Pedigrees: Papa Clem

    One of the great uncertainties in evaluating the prospects of this year's Kentucky Derby contenders is weighing all-weather form. And it has been brought into particularly sharp focus by the efforts of two horses that have run behind the West Coast's dominant 3-year-old, Pioneerof the Nile.

  • I Want Revenge is an outcross within five generations.
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    Taking Revenge

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Leading Kentucky Derby candidate I Want Revenge is an outcross within 5 generations, partially due to the Argentinian breeding of his dam, but also because of Stephen Got Even's unusual pedigree.

  • Well Armed

    Armed and Ready

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Well Armed's runaway victory in the Dubai World Cup was due to a combination of factors, including his improvement with age and an affinity for 10 furlongs on dirt.

  • Hold Me Back

    Mahubah's Corner: Hold Me Back

    With his victory March 21 in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), WinStar Farm's homebred Hold Me Back answered one big question but raised three more. Whether he has the class to be competitive with this year's better 3-year-olds is no longer in doubt.

  • Friesan Fire

    Porter on Pedigrees: Friesan Fire

    In the metal-working technique called "brazing," two metals with disparate properties are joined by a third that is sufficiently similar to both to create an effective union.

  • Patchen Prince (by Pioneering), a fourth-generation descendant of White Beauty, has won 2 races in nine starts.

    A Horse of a Different Color

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>When White Beauty arrived into the world in the spring of 1963, what she portended to breeder Herman Goodpaster was trouble. At the time, The Jockey Club did not accept "white" as a color for registration, and there was serious doubt as to whether a pure Thoroughbred could be white.

  • Fountain of Youth 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%3D7832417%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Continuing Down a Quality Road

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Foals from the first Elusive Quality crop conceived after Smarty Jones's heroics have come to hand earlier. Even though they've only just turned 3, five of their number are stakes winners. Prominent among them is Fountain of Youth winner Quality Road.

  • What a Pear

    Mahubah's Corner: What a Pear

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>What a Pear has just served notice that Stardom Bound will have competition in the sophomore filly division this year.

  • Sam F. Davis Stakes winner General Quarters

    Porter on Pedigrees: General Quarters

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>One generally doesn't expect to find Kentucky Derby hopefuls hurtling down 4 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs in May of their juvenile season. Even less expected would be for that debut to be in a $20,000 maiden claiming event. That, however, was the launching point for the career of General Quarters.

  • Nicanor, full-brother to Derby winner Barbaro.&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%3D7610203%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Mahubah's Corner: Sibling Rivalry

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>The recent debut of Nicanor, full-brother to Derby winner Barbaro brings up the question, 'How often do siblings come even close to measuring up to a top horse's talents?'

  • Holy Bull winner Saratoga Sinner

    Porter on Pedigrees: Saratoga Holiday

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Holy Bull winner Saratoga Sinner is the first stakes winner from Harlan's Holiday's 2nd crop.

  • Smarty Jones, whose 3-year old daughter recently made him a &quot;grandpa.&quot;

    Breeding Two-Year Olds

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>On January 18, 2009, Smarty Jones became a "grandpa" when his 3-year old daughter Jonespartyofwon produced a filly in Pennsylvania. Is breeding a filly as a 2-year-old a good idea?

  • Whywhywhy&#39;s son Nownownow took the San Fernando Stakes on January 17.

    Isn't It Obvious

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Whywhywhy is now back with a bang, with Nownownow capturing the San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) and another son, Ikigai, capturing the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III).

  • Friesan Fire figured it out with a nice win in the LeComte.

    Friesan Fire: The Big Thaw

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>In the case of Friesan Fire, understanding was a little slow in coming, but Larry Jones' patience seems to be paying off. On pedigree, Jones had every reason to be confident that Friesan Fire would eventually come around.

  • Haynesfield was one of two stakes winners for Speightstown the weekend of Jan. 3-4.&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%3D7300630%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Just for Speight

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Speightstown's sophomores are off to a quick start with Haynesfield taking the Count Fleet Stakes and Gemswick Park scoring a game victory in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) in the first weekend of the new year.

  • Pioneerof the Nile winning the CashCall Futurity (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%3D7146565%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Pioneerof the Nile Growing Sire's Status

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Pioneerof the Nile, winner of the CashCall Futurity (gr. I), is one of three Empire Maker sons whose recent performances have helped grow their sire's reputation among breeders. The others are Daiwa Prevail (JPN) and Summer's Empire.

  • Laragh winning the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I)on Dec. 13.

    Laragh Should Be Dangerous in '09

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Laragh's victories, most recently in the grade I Hollywood Starlet Stakes Dec. 13, have helped seal her sire Tapit's position as the leading freshman sire and juvenile sire of 2008. Laragh has won on synthetic surfaces and turf and could be equally dangerous as a sophomore on dirt in 2009.

  • Peppers Pride

    Peppers Pride Stays Hot to the End

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Peppers Pride extended the modern day American record for consecutive wins to 19 when she won at Zia Park on Dec. 14. It may have been the amazing New Mexico-bred filly's final performance and was certainly one of her best.

  • Briecat set swift fractions of :46.01 and 1:09.79 on her way to winning the Bayakoa Handicap.

    Deep Roots Give Briecat Her Speed

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> Brilliant speed isn't the trait you'd expect from the offspring of Briecat's sire and dam. Her sire Adcat won his best race at nine furlongs. Briecat's broodmare sire Marlin won a grade I race at 1 3/4 miles, the 1997 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap. And yet, here is Briecat, who won the Bayakoa H. (gr. II) in near track-record time.

  • Old Fashioned winning the Remsen Stakes (gr. II)on Nov. 29. &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%3D6898323%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Nothing Like Old Fashioned Talent

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p>Old Fashioned won the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) impressively and seems ready to add to his family's already sterling reputation. The son of Unbridled's Song is out of Collect Call, who decends from the family of notable producer Maggie B.B. This family has produced eight champions.

  • Paul Pompa, shown hoisting the 2008 Preakness trophy, has another impressive winner in Well Positioned.

    Well Positioned for More

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Deja vu? It may feel that way for Paul Pompa, Jr. Last year, he sold a 75% interest in Big Brown to IEAH Stables after the colt broke his maiden. Now the phones are ringing with offers again thanks to Well Positioned, who cruised to a 14 ¼-length maiden victory Nov. 22 at Aqueduct.

  • Evita Argentina&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%3D6753222%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Don't Cry For Candy Ride

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Candy Ride's success as a first-crop sire was emphasized recently when daughter Evita Argentina took the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park, and his son El Brujo claimed runner-up spot in Canada's top juvenile contest, the Coronation Futurity.

  • Lookin at Her, who took the Great White Way Stakes, was one of two winners for his sire Hook and Ladder in the New York Stallion Stakes series.

    New York-breds Shine in Stallion Stakes

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> The sires Performing Magic, Hook and Ladder, Freud, American Chance and Regal Classic were represented by winners in the New York Stallion Stakes series.

  • Better Than Honour sold for $14 million during the Fasig-Tipton November sale.

    Even Top Mares Can Be Risky

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Broodmares could wear the same warning as mutual funds: past performance is not an indicator of future results. Several top-selling broodmares that had produced multiple graded stakes winners before being sold never repeated their success for their new owners.

  • Crowded House winning the Racing Post Trophy on October 25.

    Crowded House a Euro Classic Hopeful

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p> Crowded House raised his profile as a contender in next year's European classics when he won the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I) on Oct. 25. The question is whether his sire Rainbow Quest can add distance to the colt's speed-oriented female side.

  • Acoma

    Second-Crop Sires Shuffle in 2008

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> The sires with their first 3-year-olds racing in 2008 have seen some reshuffling among the leaders by progeny earnings, particularly compared with the rankings of this sire class as freshmen.

  • Ladies Classic winner Zenyatta is one of eight 2008 Breeders&#39; Cup winners from the Mr. Prospector line.&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%3D6470967%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Mr. P Sire Line Rules at Breeders' Cup

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Mr. Prospector line stallions were represented by eight of the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship winners. Ten of the 14 winners are inbred within five generations, while four were outcrosses.

  • Good Night Shirt

    Domino Lives On Through Good Night Shirt

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Champion steeplechaser Good Night Shirt is doing his part to reenforce the value of the Domino male line, which has survived over the past 50 years by the slimmest of margins.

  • Vertigineux&#39;s first three foals have all been stakes winners, including Zenyatta who won the El Encino.

    BC Pedigree Profile: Zenyatta

    For whatever Vertigineux lacked as a racehorse, she has more than made up for as a broodmare. The first three foals produced by the daughter of Kris S. have all become stakes winners, including Zenyatta.

  • Henrythenavigator

    BC Pedigree Profile: Henrythenavigator

    Kingmambo excelled at a mile on the track but his offspring have shown a mix of speed and stamina. Henrythenavigator, a three-time group I winner, is among Europe's leading milers this year. He is the sixth group winner and third classic winner produced from the cross of Kingmambo with Sadler's Wells daughters.

  • Street Boss&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%3D5295781%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    BC Pedigree Profile: Street Boss

    Street Boss is completely different horse than he was in 2007, when he couldn't seem to break through with a big win in allowance company. This year the son of Street Cry has won six of seven starts, with two wins in grade I races. He has become the third exceptional racehorse to blossom out of his sire's first crop.

  • Mr. Nightlinger

    BC Pedigree Profile: Mr. Nightlinger

    Mr. Nightlinger picked a good year for a strong improvement in form. The son of Indian Charlie could soon find himself in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred championship, contesting the inaugural Turf Sprint.

  • Whobegotyou is Street Cry&#39;s best runner to date in Australia.

    Top Aussie Sprinter Poised to Show More

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Whobegotyou is the best runner to date by Street Cry, who shuttled for four years to Australia. The top-notch sprinter performed like a superstar in The Age Caulfield Guineas (Aus-I) is now poised to show what he can do at distances longer than a mile. Whobegotyou is inbred to Mr. Prospector and Riverman, both within four generations.