Karakontie: A family affair

By Frances J. Karon Over the weekend, Karakontie got his third SW from his first crop (88 named 2yos of 2019) when Sole Volante (dam by Kingmambo) won the Pulpit S. at Gulfstream Park. Sole Volante is the second SW bred on the Karakontie/Kingmambo cross, after G3SW Kenzai Warrior (Lemon Drop Kid), following a no-brainer pedigree … Continue reading Karakontie: A family affair

Freshman sires at the head of the class

By Frances J. Karon This year is looking like an excellent one for North American-based first-crop sires, with five stallions already registering at least one GSW in North America and/or Europe*. Ashford’s American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), who narrowly heads the TDN Leading First Crop Sire list by earnings (as well as overall SWs, with four, tied with … Continue reading Freshman sires at the head of the class

Giant in stature

By Frances J. Karon It was a blow to the industry when the “Iron Horse” Giant’s Causeway passed away at Ashford Stud in April of 2018, and I was reminded of that when scrolling through the black-type stakes results from the past week, when Giant’s Causeway’s sire- and broodmare sire-lines were represented by stakes horses in … Continue reading Giant in stature

Got Stormy?

By Frances J. Karon In June, I used this space to write about Stormy Atlantic, of whom I’ve long been an admirer. I’ve become an admirer of his son Get Stormy, too, with more to like all the time, it seems. Get Stormy is a $6,500 Crestwood Farm stallion whose 4yo daughter Got Stormy (dam by Malabar … Continue reading Got Stormy?