KENDARGENT LOOKING GOLDEN

The victory of Snow Bell in the Prix des Lilas at Chantilly on June 4, credited the young French sire Kendargent with his sixth individual stakes winner from his first two crops. Kendargent’s start as a sire has been a lot more impressive than his early career as a runner.

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

A CLASSIC CASE OF COINCIDENCE?

The interpretation of thoroughbred pedigrees is no simple matter. With the multi-factorial elements that might be considered including nicks, inbreeding, linebreeding, the positions of ancestors relative to one another, the relationship of the pedigree to the female line, and the class of the individuals involved. Given the volume of the

FRANKEL AT STUD: FINDING MATES FOR A HORSE WHO COMBINES THE DOMINANT SIRE LINES OF HIS ERA

For Europeans at least, Frankel, redefined the definition of greatness as far as the thoroughbred is concerned. His magnificent 14 race career saw him crowned the champion of his generation at two, three and four, and head the World Thoroughbred rankings in 2011 and 2012. More telling is that the

EXTENDING THE LINE

The results of the two colt’s classics in the U.S. and England this weekend are notable in that they were both won by horses who offer the opportunity to extend the leading classic distance lines in their respective countries, those of A.P. Indy and Sadler’s Wells. A.P. Indy, despite his

SERVING CAVIAR

  While Frankel was redefining greatness in the Northern Hemisphere – to the degree that he brought about a recalibration of the International Classification – the two years older Black Caviar was compiling her own remarkable record in Australia. In fact in terms of the lengths of her domination, Black

SECOND SEASON SIRES SHAKE UP

The most recent weekend was a good one for second season sires. Since it shook the table up a bit, and there have been quite a few changes since we last looked at this group, we thought it was worth revisiting to see who is showing signs of coming through

KING IN DUBAI

Given the international nature of the event, there couldn’t have been a much more appropriate winner of the Dubai World Cup (gr. I) than Animal Kingdom (TrueNicks A++). Representing Australia – where he’s headed to stud for the second half of the year – he is U.S.-trained and foaled, by

WINTERING IN DUBAI

There has been a lot of action in Dubai this winter, and it’s worth taking a brief look at the major stakes winners there over the last few weeks. Several are adding to the records of young sires, from the U.S., Europe, Australia and South America, and a number of

ROLLING THE DICE IN CALIFORNIA

This post first appeared on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76382/rolling-the-dice-in-northern-california#ixzz2NRYxMzyo The Northern Californian route to the Triple Crown events tends to be “the road less traveled by” these days, at least for major contenders. In fact, the last time the winner of Bay Meadows’ El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), Northern California’s top event