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Sires To Watch: North American Freshmen Looking to Make An Impact

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With the breeding sheds opening this week, a new generation of young stallions will be starting their journey toward attempting to make an impact on the breed. In this week’s blog, we look at some new stallions in North America that are hitting the shed with strong credentials this year.
Always Dreaming - One of two Kentucky Derby winners retiring this year, Always Dreaming also won the Grade 1 Florida Derby and was third in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy (to fellow WinStar freshman Good Samaritan (Harlan’s Holiday) during his three-year-old season. The colt finished second in the Grade 2 Hardacre Mile as a 4-year-old as well. Out of graded stakes winner Above Perfection (In Excess), who also produced Grade 1 winner Hot Dixie Chick (Dixie Union) (dam of New York first-crop sire Union Jackson (Curlin)), he’ll stand for $25,000 this year.
Ashford’s Scat Daddys – A few years after losing star stallion Scat Daddy, Ashford has a formidable duo of his sons joining their roster.
Justify is the second …

Sires To Watch: Europe's New Fathers

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With a top class group of racehorses going to stud around Europe in 2018, it’s no wonder breeders are looking forward to seeing what this foaling season brings. 
From Ireland to France, we look at 10 stallions who are catching the eye – and the imagination – this foaling season.
Aclaim – The busiest new flat sire in England in 2018 was Aclaim (Acclamation) with 160 mares covered. The winner of the Group 1 Qatar Prix de la Foret, Acclaim’s dam  is a half-sister to Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Again (Danehill Dancer) with their dam a half-sister to champion Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells). His sire has sons such as Dark Angel and Equiano proving he can have success as a sire-of-sires, boding well for the 6-year-old’s future. Aclaim stands for £9,500 at the National Stud in England this year.
Almanzor – One of the most successful horses to retire in 2018 was Almanzor (Wootton Basset), Europe’s Cartier Champion 3-Year-Old Colt. Winning three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including a listed s…

Sires To Watch: North America's New Fathers

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Foaling season is here and with it brings the excitement of seeing what last year’s freshman stallions have sired. 
Last year’s crop had many interesting horses from Arrogate and Gun Runner to regional stallions like Divining Rod and Union Jackson. Unfortunately in the interest of space I couldn’t include all of the major stallions with first foals who stuck out to me, but here are 10 both in Kentucky and in regional markets whose foals I am interested in seeing this year.

Arrogate – One of the two most eagerly anticipated retirees last year, Champion 3-Year-Old Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) won seven of his 11 starts including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Travers, and Dubai World Cup. Arrogate was limited to 145 mares but they were some of the best mares in the industry with the stallion breeding over 25 outside Group 1 winners or producers, according to Juddmonte Farm, and some of Juddmonte Farm’s best U.S. mares including Sightseek (Distant View), Rising Tornado (Storm Cat), and …

Examining Pedigree Trends of 2018's North American Grade 1 Winners

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Last year was a year to remember for United States racing with an undefeated Triple Crown winner in Justify (Scat Daddy) and the future looking bright with talented 2-year-olds taking part in some of the 113 Grade 1 flat races taking place in North America. 

Today we look to see who found the most success at the level as a racehorse, as a sire, and in the sales ring.

By The Numbers – In 2018, 85 different horses won 113 Grade 1 races. Thirty seven of those were fillies or mares, 11 geldings, and 37 colts or entires. Twelve of those entire males have already been announced to be retiring for the 2019 breeding season and already have an advertised stud fee. The average fee to breed to those horses is $32,333 with Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy) the most expensive of those at $150,000 and Long On Value (Value Plus) least expensive at $2,500. 

Seven 2018 Grade 1 winning mares went through the ring in November for an average of $2,033,333 for the six who sold with American Gal (Conco…

Five Lessons From the Springboard Mile Card

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The Springboard Mile was the biggest race of the day at Remington Park on Sunday but it was only one part of an interesting card. From a Springboard Mile prep race providing the industry with some top horses to a foreign country having a great day in New Mexico, here are five things we learned from the Springboard Mile card.

Take Charge Indy Strikes Again – Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy) has proven to be a nice up-and-coming sire with eight stakes winners from his first two crops and runners in both the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in his first crop. Listed Springboard Mile winner Long Range Toddy spearheads his second crop as his only 2-year-old stakes winner, but he has had two stakes placed 2-year-olds in Cover Charge and Pole Setter as well.
It’s rare that a horse returns to the United States for stud duties after being sold abroad but there were talks about bringing the horse back earlier this year. He is still in South Korea at the moment but if he has a few big horses …

Springing Into the Kentucky Derby at Remington

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The final day of the 2018 Remington Park Thoroughbred meet proved to be a history maker in more ways than one for the track.
The day included six stakes races and a dedication of a statue of one of Remington Park’s most famous runners. But first, Uncail (Uncle Mo) got the show started in spectacular style when he broke his maiden by 10 ¼ lengths in his eighth lifetime start to get the card started.

The second race fittingly saw Donnie Von Hemel in the winner’s circle. Von Hemel trained Clever Trevor (Slewacide) and had spent earlier that week telling me how the Oklahoma-bred gelding had affected his early training career. Later that day, Clever Trevor's saddling paddock statue was to be dedicated.

After taking a quick break to grab a bit at Henry Hudson’s where I had a view of the track – and Steve Asmussen tying his own single season win record, then breaking it – for the next few races, it was time to see the dedication of Clever Trevor’s statue.
An amazing statue, I had grabbed a…