SO FAR, SO GOOD – BUT CAN UNION RAGS STAY THE DERBY DISTANCE?

The death of Dixie Union, who was euthanized in July 14, 2010, at the age of 13, due to a deteriorating neurologic problem, was a major loss, not only to his connections, but also to the industry at large. Standing at $35,000 in his final season, Dixie Union was a horse

RECENT STAKES POINT UP VALUE SIRES

A few weeks back we noted Northern Afleet as a stallion who appeared to be great value at his current fee. Looking at last weekend’s results, we’re prompted to note a couple more. >Proud Citizen’s son, Mark Valeski, didn’t add to his sire’s total of stakes winners at the weekend, but he ran with

CLASSIC PEDIGREES TAKE CLASSIC RACES IN DUBAI

Preps for the Dubai World Cup meeting continued at Meydan on February 23, with the UAE Oaks (gr. III) and Meydan Classic. A slowly-run Oaks saw Falls Of Lora (TrueNicks A++), who had good, but not outstanding form in Europe last year – she ended the year with a fifth of five

DECONSTRUCTING BLACK CAVIAR – WHAT WERE THE REASONS BEHIND THE MATING THAT LED TO THE CHAMPION?

The brilliant victory of Black Caviar in today’s MRC C.F. Orr Stakes (gr. I) – which took her record to 18 wins in 18 starts – gives as an excuse to post an article of her pedigree that ran in the Australian publication “Inside Breeding” last year, and explored the potential reasoning

KING FOR A DAY – MAJOR MEYDAN PREPS FOR WORLD CUP MEET

One of the great classic sires of the era, the now retired Kingmambo, added another “classic” to his laurels when his son, Kinglet, took the UAE 2,000 Guineas (gr. III). Unlike some who have contested this race, Kinglet, who campaigned in England at two, doesn’t seem a likely candidate for the

NORTHERN AFLEET STILL VALUE

Bearing in mind that stud fees have been ticking up again, and that proven horses are in demand, we were pretty surprised to hear recently about a stallion that you can still book to. While many other proven stallions are already full, this stallion can still be bred to for

FINDING GOLD ON THE COAST

While horseman in the Northern Hemisphere are working their way through the dark, damp days of winter, a significant portion of the Australasian breeding and racing community were enjoying the sunshine at the Gold Coast in Queensland. From a racing standpoint, the highlight was the A$2,000,000 BMW Magic Millions Two-Year-Old

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

A TIZNOW SIRELINE?

There was no doubt about Tiznow’s quality as a racehorse. Horse of the Year and Champion of his crop at three, he earned honors a Champion Older Horse the following season. He won a quartet of grade one events, but there is no doubt that his career highlights were his

SAINT BALLADO SIRE LINE – SO NEAR, SO FAR

There was a moment when the Hail to Reason line through Halo threatened to establish itself as the “third force” in U.S. breeding (behind the inevitable Mr. Prospector and Northern Dancer). Of course we still have the ultra-consistent Southern Halo son, More Than Ready (whose own son, Ready’s Image currently has first yearlings), and some imported Sunday Silence stallions (including Hat Trick, who is