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
By Frances J. Karon Uncle Mo is on the precipice of a singular and unprecedented accomplishment as a trio of his sons — Nyquist, Laoban, and Outwork — are poised to finish the year in three of the top four slots on the first-crop sires’ list. Not This Time, a son of Giant’s Causeway — … Continue reading Add “sire of sires” to Uncle Mo’s growing list of accomplishments
By Frances J. Karon When Campanelle cantered to victory under Frankie Dettori in Sunday’s Prix Morny, she gave her sire Kodiac (Danehill) his fifth career Group 1 winner. Five Group 1 winners might not sound like a big number for a 19yo stallion who stands for €65,000, but it is remarkable for several reasons. Kodiac … Continue reading Kodiac is ringing all the bells
By Frances J. Karon WinStar’s Speightstown gained his 112th SW — for the second time — on Saturday when 3yo Shirl’s Speight won the G3 Marine on the all-weather at Woodbine, not long after Charlatan, his sire’s first 112th SW (9% SWs to foals), was disqualified from his only stakes win in a division of the … Continue reading Surely another notable for Speightstown