By Elaine Belval Reina Cross won the Criterium Aretuseo II in Italy on the first of December. She is by the Italian stallion Reinaldo, who is a graded stakes-placed son of Green Desert. What makes Reina Cross especially interesting is that her dam, Starry Cross, is by Cape Cross, another son of Green Desert. Reina … Continue reading Green Desert’s legacy
By Sid Fernando First-crop European sire Iffraaj, a prolific sire of winners with 31 to date, went to the next level today when son Wootton Bassett took the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Gran Criterium at Longchamp over 1400 meters (about 7 furlongs) to become his first winner at the highest level. Wootton Bassett is now … Continue reading Prolific Iffraaj gets quality today
By Jack Werk We at Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. track sire data from around the world, and it’s one of the edges we have in being able to anticipate developing trends. For example, earlier this year, in an April 23 post, I wrote: “It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on here in … Continue reading Silence is Golden (for the West!)
By Jack Werk I’ve been saying for several years now that Danzig is the most influential sire line worldwide, because of Danehill’s influence in both Europe and Australia and Green Desert’s influence in Europe. Danehill, of course, has become the most dominant sire line in Australia since Sir Tristram. Lately, the Green Desert branch of … Continue reading The Danzig Dynasty
By Jack Werk How about that Rachel Alexandra? I try not to go “over the top” in praise of a horse, but this very special 3-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro, in my book, became the greatest filly I’ve seen in my lifetime – and that includes Ruffian! It takes a special filly to win the … Continue reading Sea Rachel Run!
Just recently I wrote a post on the Green Desert sire line in Europe (“One of the biggest sire-line developments of recent times is the growing influence of sons of Green Desert”), and the point was driven home Saturday in the “other” major classic of the day, the G1 2000 Guineas in England. As everyone … Continue reading Urban Sea – Broodmare to the Stars!
It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on here in the U.S., but these days, especially, it pays to follow global trends – and there’s something huge brewing in Europe that bears watching. One of the biggest sire-line developments of recent times is the growing influence of sons of Green Desert (by Danzig), … Continue reading Green Desert and his Invincible Sire Line