By Frances J. Karon On a significant Saturday of stakes racing in the U.S., the sires of most of the Graded winners were not surprising: Bernardini, Candy Ride, Curlin (sire of a GSW on Friday, too), Distorted Humor, Into Mischief (also with a GSW on Friday), Speightstown and son Munnings, Tapit (two GSWs), Uncle Mo … Continue reading Factor of two
By Frances J. Karon It’s always a success story when a horse retires to stud at his birthplace, particularly when that farm is Claiborne. Ironicus, bred by longtime client Stuart Janney III, is the second stallion in his immediate family born at Claiborne who went to stud there. Flatter (A.P. Indy) is the other, and they … Continue reading Helium proves Ironicus is not full of hot air
By Sid Fernando Super Strong, a US-bred son of Super Saver, and Japanese-bred Pink Kamehameha, by the Japanese sire Leontes, are two outsiders on the G1 Kentucky Derby trail, literally and figuratively. They are also examples of the peculiarities of black type. A $127,000 Keeneland September yearling and a $77,000 OBS 2-year-old, Super Strong won … Continue reading Super Strong, Pink Kamehameha, and black type
By WTC Staff Three new $5,000 stallions for 2021 in Florida have caught our eyes: Mr. Money at Journeyman, and Seeking the Soul and Win Win Win at Ocala Stud. Each brings a big race record to the table and though none of them are by big-time sires, they are grandsons of them — good … Continue reading Staff Picks Florida: Mr. Money, Seeking the Soul, and Win Win Win
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 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