ROYAL ASCOT:DAY 1 – KING OF THE KICK

Highlight of day one at Royal Ascot was the St. James’s Palace Stakes (gr. I) which brought a rematch between the upset 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) victor, Night of Thunder, and the third in that race, Kingman, who had since taken the Irish 2,000 Guineas (gr. I). Night of Thunder

A NON-INTERFERING RECEPTACLE

The dean of English bloodstock writers, Tony Morris, once described the great broodmare Mrs. Moss as a “non-interfering receptacle,” by which he meant that rather than imparting her own characteristics, she somehow allowed the best qualities of her mates to be expressed. Perhaps the ultimate example of such a mare

ENGLISH & FRENCH GUINEAS – Dubawi, Dansili consolidate status; a potential new star in France

The 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) was supposed to lie between the undefeated Invincible Spirit colt, Kingman, and Aiden O’Brien’s highly-touted Australia, winner of the last two of his three juvenile starts, the last of which came in the form of a six lengths win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

UNTAPABLE, UNSTOPABLE – Kentucky Oaks winner is from a family on fire

The day before the Derby, the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) was won by Untapable, who like California Chrome is by a son of Pulpit from a family that has written more than a few headlines. Despite their similarities, there are some distinct differences between the two pedigrees, however. To start

SEBRING ON TRACK FOR STARDOM

One of the most interesting developments of the current Australian breeding seasons has been the rapid progress of second season sire, Sebring. A son of More Than Ready (two-time Leading Sire of Two-Year-Olds in Australia, and also winner of that title in the U.S.), Sebring won five of six starts

STRANGE DAYS INDEED

We we’re pretty sure that John Lennon didn’t have Kentucky Derby trials in mind when he penned the chorus of “Nobody Told Me” but, “strange days indeed” was our immediate reaction to the results of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday. After all,

MOSSMAN – EXTENDING THE ST. SIMON LINE

The Golden Slipper Stakes (gr. I) victory of Mossfun, gives us an excuse to post an article that we wrote about her sire, Mossman (who is having a career year) for Bluebloods magazine last month… The male line of the undefeated St. Simon – one of the greatest racehorses and sires

Dubai World Cup winner pedigrees: a brief look

The Dubai World Cup (gr. I) went to African Story, a seven-year-old who had enjoyed a previous incarnation as a high-class sprinter/miler in Europe, but who had no trouble seeing out the ten furlongs here. TrueNicks rated A+, African Story is by veteran sire, Pivotal, a top-class sprinting grandson of

Freshman Sires At the William Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sales

With the William Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale (from April 8-10) just over the horizon, it’s worth a look at the very eclectic mix of stallions that will be represented here by their first yearlings. It’s an unusually mixed bag, including Northern Hemisphere shuttlers, both proven and unproven in their