Keyword: pedigree analysis

  • Frosted<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-vG23RJh">Order This Photo</a>

    Pedigree Analysis: Frosted

    Frosted is a son of Tapit, the first sire from the Seattle Slew line to benefit consistently from inbreeding to Seattle Slew.

  • Pocahontas Stakes winner Dothraki Queen descends from Bloodroot

    Pedigree Analysis: Bloodroot

    Bloodroot's title as the inaugural Kentucky Broodmare of the Year added one of the last of many laurels to the career of her breeder Edward Riley Bradley, who died in August 1946.

  • Ben's Cat wins include the Mister Diz Stakes 6 times.

    Pedigree Analysis: Ben's Cat

    Sired by half brothers and out of full sisters, Ah Day and Ben's Cat share three of their four grandparents, and the differences between them may have a lot to do with that quarter they don't share.

  • Super Saver

    Pedigree Analysis: Super Saver

    Super Saver represents the male line of 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Majestic Prince, a branch of the Raise a Native sire line that has been overshadowed by the much more numerous Mr. Prospector tribe.

  • Smart Strike

    Smart Strike Stallion Sons

    30 years after Tasso became the first grade I winner sired by a son of Mr. Prospector, another son of Mr. Prospector, Smart Strike, is emerging as a sire of sires.

  • Giant's Causeway is a descendant of Spinaway.

    Pedigree Analysis: Spinaway

    Spinaway's family continues to produce runners of the highest class, so the race that carries her name at Saratoga is a wonderful way to keep her memory alive.

  • Busanda

    Pedigree Analysis: Busanda

    Busanda is remembered as the dam of 1966 Horse of the Year Buckpasser, a four-time champion broodmare sire whose name is a familiar presence in pedigrees.

  • Danzig sired 19% stakes winners from foals.

    Maternal Influences Make a Difference

    A team of researchers in China and Australia generated statistics that suggest a mother's influence may actually be more important than a father's influence when it comes to racing ability.

  • Fred Hooper, far left, with Olympia

    Pedigree Analysis: Olympia

    Olympia entered stud in 1951 at Danada Farm in Kentucky and proved a prolific sire, getting 40 stakes winners (12%) until his retirement in 1967. His progeny tended to have ample speed like himself.

  • Solow

    Pedigree Analysis: Solow

    Looking at his pedigree, it's not too surprising that Solow's connections -- trainer Freddy Head and owner/breeders Wertheimer et Frere -- would have expected Solow to require a test of stamina.

  • John Feeback's sketch of Tom Bowling from Walter Vosburgh's description

    Tom Bowling, The Wild Horse

    When Tom Bowling was a foal in 1870, a visitor remarked the colt would never stay a mile. Brilliant, quirky, and downright dangerous, he grew into one of the greatest runners ever bred in America.

  • Fappiano

    Fappiano's Follow Through

    The obvious question is whether American Pharoah, a colt gifted with excellent speed, has the stamina to master the "Test of the Champion," the 12-furlong Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Lovely Maria

    Pedigree Analysis: Lovely Maria

    Lovely Maria does have some of that old-fashioned classic stamina on her dam's side, as she's out of Thundercup, an unraced daughter of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Thunder Gulch.

  • Glencoe

    Pedigree Analysis: Glencoe

    In America, Glencoe was the leading sire eight times between 1847 and 1858. His best runners included the champions Peytona, Charmer, and Reel, all great fillies, winning at upward of four-mile heats.

  • Firing Line

    Pedigree Analysis: Firing Line

    Line of David is off to a promising start to his stud career -- he is near the top of the 2015 second-crop sire list. So far he has been represented by two stakes winners: Firing Line and Cross the Line.

  • 2015 Kilroe Mile winner Ring Weekend is out of daughter of Pompoes

    Pedigree Analysis: Pompoes

    Group III-placed at 3 in France and stakes-placed at 4 in the United States, Pompoes went on to become a successful broodmare and a reminder that class can emerge from unlikely places.

  • Stellar Wind

    Stellar Wind Striking for Curlin

    Three of Smart Strike's best sons-who retired to stud in the space of four years-are shaping up as if they have the potential to make their way to the upper echelons of the North American stallion colony.

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    Pedigree Analysis: Upstart

    Although Upstart has a better pedigree for getting a distance than many of his contemporaries, there is reason to think he might be better suited to intermediate distances.

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    Pedigree Analysis: Far From Over

    Far From Over stems from one of the most prolific branches of the Betty Derr family, that of his fourth dam, the 1983 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, Courtly Dee.

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    Another Chapter for John Nerud

    Even though Final Chapter isn't a 'typical' Nerud, he may yet prove a fitting epilogue to the story of one of the great figures of the American turf.

  • A Cinderella Story

    Cinderella became a mother to two great American sire lines through her sons Hastings (1893) and Plaudit (1895).

  • Gone West

    The Legacy of Gone West

    The Mr. Prospector sire line has been an American institution since his first runners hit the races in 1978. Those descending from his son Gone West have remained relatively true to Mr. Prospector's gift of brilliant speed.

  • Acceptance

    Acceptance's Roots Go Deep

    It's a little early to proclaim a Cinderella story in the making, but Old English Rancho does appear to have a nice colt in its homebred Acceptance.

  • Grey Eagle

    Pedigree Analysis: Grey Eagle

    Foaled in 1835, Grey Eagle helped establish Kentucky's reputation as a premier source of great horses, but his influence on the American Thoroughbred went far beyond racing.

  • Leave the Light On

    Leave the Light On for Storm Cat

    Remsen winner Leave the Light On is one of many stakes winners to be inbred to Storm Cat, with both duplications within the first four generations.

  • Northern Dancer

    Kentucky Sire Lines for 2015

    There are 175 stallions, give or take, standing in Kentucky at a fee of $5,000 or more. The dominant sire lines are very evenly represented, with 53 from the Northern Dancer line and 52 from the Mr. Prospector line.

  • Calumet Farm foundation mare Blue Delight

    Preparing for Breeding Season

    Preparation for the breeding season always begins with an honest assessment of the mare -- not just her pedigree, conformation, and race record, but her status as an individual.

  • Wild Again winning the first Breeders' Cup Classic

    Wild Again Still Impacting the Breeders' Cup

    Thirty years after winning the first Breeders' Cup Classic, Wild Again is still relevant, counting high-profile runners Bayern, Just a Way, Fed Biz, and Vicar's in Trouble among his headlining descendants in 2014.

  • Awesome Again, one of the many top sires in Kentucky who is an outcross.

    The Outcrossing Advantage

    Among the great sires in Kentucky, outcrosses also dominate. In 2014, 16 stallions stood for a fee of $50,000 or more. Of those, 13, or 81.3%, were the result of outcross matings, a serious majority.

  • American Pharoah

    Pedigree Analysis: American Pharoah

    Although too early for objective conclusions, we can say subjectively with some confidence that Pioneerof the Nile is well on his way to an important career as a stallion.