Leading European Sires: Galileo dominates

For 13 straight years, from 1992 to 2004, the title of leading sire in England and Ireland fell to Sadler’s Wells. The next three years saw another great stallion, Danehill, rule the roost. Sadler’s Wells’ son Galileo took the title in 2008, followed by Danehill’s son Danehill Dancer the following

TALE OF TWO FILLIES

The Wertheimer family first won the Prix Marcel Boussac (gr. I) – France’s premier race for juvenile fillies – with Jacques Wertheimer’s Gold Splash in 1992. The brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, racing as Wertheimer et Frere took their first edition of the race with Juvenia in 1998. They repeated

Complacent About The Rasmussen Factor?

We’d have to admit, we’ve never taken too seriously the idea that the “The Rasmussen Factor” – inbreeding to superior females within five generation through different individuals – was a direct causal influence for upgrading racing performance. In fact at the generational distances usually found in thoroughbred pedigrees, it’s unlikely

WILL TAKE CHARGE SHINES LIGHT ON FAPPIANO INBREEDING

Classic trials apart, in the U.S. the championship-defining contests for straight 3-year-olds are usually the three Triple Crown events plus the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) and the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Prior to the weekend, the first four events had taken place and had been won by four different horses:

WAR FRONT/PULPIT WAS A PREDICTABLE NICK

While there is no doubt that nicks tend to run in sire lines, we’ve also often found it profitable to consider the dam of a stallion when attempting to predict potential crosses. For example, when Smart Strike retired to stud, we noted that he was a half brother to champion

FASIG-TIPTON SARATOGA REVIEW

There is a French saying that translates as something like “the more things change, the more they say the same.” Plenty has changed in the macro- and micro-economic climates since last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, but despite the various undercurrents, as far as numbers sold, totals, and average, we

VALUE FOR MONEY AUSTRALIAN SIRES

Wherever in the world you’re breeding, the search for value goes on, and like we did yesterday with New Zealand sires, today we’ll take a look at some Australia sires that we think fall into that category. Choisir (AUS) (by Danehill Dancer) strikes us as incredible value at Aus$27,500 when

GALILEO/DANEHILL REVISITED

A little over two years ago, we looked at the cross of Galileo with mares by Danehill. This was fast becoming a European mega nick, having—in the space of three weeks—been represented by Frankel, who had just taken the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) in breathtaking style; Golden Lilac, successful in

ROYAL ASCOT DAY V – TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY

The final day of what had otherwise been a wonderful Royal Ascot was marred by the death of Thomas Chippendale, who collapsed and died—apparently of a heart attack—shortly after winning the 1 1/2-mile Hardwicke Stakes (Eng-II). Successful last year in the King Edward VII Stakes (Eng-II) over course and distance,

ROYAL ASCOT DAY IV – SKY CROWNED MILER QUEEN

  Day four at Royal Ascot kicked off with the six-furlong Albany Stakes (Eng-III) for 2-year-old fillies. The winner, Kiyoshi, looked to travel nearly as far sideways as forwards in the last couple of furlongs, but still scored impressively from favorite Sandiva (by Footstepsinthesand), with Frankel’s half sister Joyeuse third.