ROYAL ASCOT DAY III – FIT FOR A QUEEN

U.S.-trainer Wesley Ward, who nearly took yesterday’s Queen Mary Stakes (gr. II) with Sweet Emma Rose (City Zip), gained compensation at Royal Ascot today with the Scat Daddy colt, No Nay Never in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II). Ward’s two-year-olds usually break like greased lightning, but No Nay Never dwelt leaving the stalls. He was

MONSUN SEASON

It’s no secret that the late German stallion, Monsun – who died in September, 2012, at the age 22 – was an outstanding sire. However, even by his standards, he had exceptional day on Sunday, with five-year-old Maxios taking the Prix d’Ispahan (gr. I) and three-year-old filly, Silasol, capturing the

ROYAL ASCOT – DAY FOUR: FALLEN FOR DANSILI

The expression “pace makes the race” is a common one in the U.S., but it also sums up the feature race on the fourth day of Royal Ascot, the Coronation Stakes (gr. I), run over a mile for three-year-old fillies. On soft ground the 1,000 Guineas (gr. I) winner, Homecoming

ROYAL ASCOT – DAY THREE: VISION OF GOLD

Despite being run over 2½ miles, the Ascot Gold Cup (gr. I) resulted in a three way photo finish. In a Godolphin one-two, and after surviving a stewards’ inquiry, the verdict went to four-year-old Colour Vision, over Halling’s son, Opinion Poll, and Saddler’s Rock. The defending champion of the race,

GERMAN BLOODLINES DOMINATE IN EUROPE

Stacelita (TrueNicks A) was foaled in France, but her pedigree is German on both sides. She is by the great German stallion, Monsun (from a sire line that goes back to 1935 English Triple Crown winner Bahram), out of a mare by Dashing Blade (by Elegant Air, from the Shirley Height/Mill Reef