By Frances J. Karon Almost 22 years ago, on March 3, 1999, Bob Lothenbach dropped a claim for a 3yo daughter of Valid Appeal (In Reality) at Gulfstream. The filly, in for $40,000, was second that day, taking her record to two wins, two seconds, and two thirds in eight starts, and Lothenbach sent her … Continue reading Appealing Storm keeps giving to Lothenbach
By Sid Fernando Horses like Curlin and Street Sense have been getting the lion’s share of attention recently for their successes with Bernardini mares, and results from this past weekend only reinforced this notion. Now four, Maxfield (Street Sense from Velvety, by Bernardini), a 2-year-old Grade 1 winner, won the G3 Mineshaft at Fair Grounds … Continue reading Liam’s Map’s success with Bernardini mares
By Sid Fernando Calumet’s Oxbow, a son of Awesome Again from Tizamazing, by Cee’s Tizzy, has an intriguing 4-year-old colt named Tuz who’s scheduled to start at Meydan on Thursday, either in the Listed Curlin Stakes over 2000 meters or a handicap over 1600 meters. He’s been cross entered in both races with a stablemate … Continue reading Oxbow’s ex-Russian entered in Dubai again
By Sid Fernando I wrote about the Man o’ War [Godolphin Arabian] sire line recently in TDN through the prism of Tiznow’s recent Grade 3-winning son Midnight Bourbon’s pedigree, which you can read here, and got some interesting feedback from owner-breeders Philip J. Leckinger of Plano, Texas. Leckinger, who once stood the last Secretariat son … Continue reading Texas breeder responds to shrinking Man o’ War line
By Frances J. Karon Back in October of 2018, Knicks Go lit up the board when he won the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity by 5 1/2 lengths, paying $142. He followed that up with a runner-up finish to subsequent 2yo champion Game Winner in the Gl Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. But over the course of the … Continue reading What’s in a Knick?
By Sid Fernando I recently bought a small tool shaped as a key that fits on my key ring, and it’s a handy-dandy piece that’s a wrench, bottle opener, box cutter, and other useful things in one. I use it all the time. If you have an interest in international racing and breeding, I’ve got … Continue reading A tool for converting distances and years at stud
By Sid Fernando This post is a follow up to a column I wrote on Jan. 15 in the TDN, “The Widener Influence in Capo Kane,” and I suggest that you read that, if you haven’t already, before continuing below to better follow along. The last 100-year history and relevance of the ownership of historic Elmendorf Farm … Continue reading Elmendorf, Tinkham Veale ll, and Haras du Mesnil
By Frances J. Karon In April, I wrote about how the pandemic might affect first-crop sires, and now that 2020 is behind us, I’m revisiting the topic to see how they did. I originally focused only on North American-based sires and am doing the same in this follow-up. The references used below are the TDN’s … Continue reading How 2020’s leading freshman sires performed during the pandemic