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  • On the Fate of the Holy Bull Male Line

    The impressive Suburban Handicap (gr. II) victory of Mucho Macho Man on July 7 is in interesting juxtaposition to the pensioning of his grandsire, Holy Bull, which was announced one day later.

  • 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.

  • Class Dismissed - By Richard Zwirn

    While Avalyn Hunter takes a rather hopeful view on whether high-class racemares make the best producers in her piece "From Fame to Foals" (The Blood-Horse of Feb. 12, page 390 ), sad to say, I am a bit more skeptical.

  • 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.

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    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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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).

  • Whitney winner Bullsbay&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%3D8393567%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Bullsbay Confirms Tiznow/Turkoman Affinity

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Stamina influence Tiznow again matches with a speed-oriented Turkoman-line mare. Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Bullsbay joins Colonel John as elite runners bred on the cross.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Belmont Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

    Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Belmont contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter and Avalyn Hunter. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

  • 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?

  • Preakness Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

    Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Preakness contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

  • 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.

  • Kentucky Derby Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

    Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?'

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Daiwa Scarlet

    Daiwa Scarlet World Tour '09?

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter Daiwa Scarlet (JPN) staked out a place among racing's queens with a victory in the prestigious Arima Kinen (Jpn-I). Just the fourth female to win the race, her victims included just about every top Japanese male still in training, including 2007 Arima Kinen winner Matsurida Gogh (JPN); 2008 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) winner Screen Hero (JPN), and 2006 Japanese champion 3-year-old male Meisho Samson (JPN).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Dream Empress Could Shine at BC

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>It's a bit of a guess who will handle Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface the best on Breeders' Cup World Championship Day. Dream Empress seems in a good position heading into the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) because she has won over a synthetic track and has won at 8 1/2 furlongs. And, she is by Bernstein, who is proving to be a talented sire on two continents.

  • Delightful Kiss

    Delightful Kiss Is Going the Distance

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P> Hobeau Farm owner Jack Dreyfus as been three-times blessed with Delightful Kiss, recent winner of the Turfway Park Championship Stakes (gr. III). The colt is a fourth generation homebred, a graded stakes winner, and now a Breeders' Cup Marathon contender.

  • Magical Fantasy rolled to a two-length victory at odds of over 42-1 in the Del Mar Oaks.&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%3D5553339%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Pedigree is Magic on Turf

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p> Magical Fantasy chose a big race to break into stakes company in North America. After two modest showings in graded stakes at Hollywood Park, the daughter of Diesis rolled to a two-length victory at odds of over 42-1 in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. I). No one has to look too deep in her pedigree to see her affinity for the grass.

  • Winchester, winner of the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) is part of an exceptionally strong contingent of European turf runners this year.

    Winchester Among World's Top Turf Horses

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p>Winchester, winner of the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) is part of an exceptionally strong contingent of European turf runners this year. The son of Theatrical may be headed for the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). If he wins, Theatrical will become the first Turf winner to sire a Turf winner.

  • Sky Mom is perpetuating the momentum that&#39;s been building steadily for the progeny by the late Maria&#39;s Mon.

    Sky Mom is More Fight Than Flash

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Sky Mom is perpetuating the momentum that's been building steadily for the progeny by the late Maria's Mon. Recently the winner of the grade III Arlington Oaks, Sky Mom is also proving that highly fashionable pedigrees are required to produce top-class runners.

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    Forever Together a Rising Star

    In just her third start on grass, Forever Together announced her arrival in the turf female division with a visually impressive win July 26 in the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.

  • Evening Attire

    Evening Attire, Solid and Sharp

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Evening Attire remains at the top of his game, having just qualified for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships by taking the "Win and You're In" Greenwood Cup Stakes at Philadelphia Park.