Before we get to this
past week’s races, there is a pedigree pattern developing this year
that you don’t normally see to this degree. We can talk all we want
about the A.P. Indys
and Unbridled’s Songs and other top-class stallions, but as we’ve often
seen in recent years it is the female family that is most influential
in getting our speed-induced horses to stay a mile and a quarter on the
first Saturday in May.
We’ve seen Derby
hopefuls out of major stakes-winning producers, major stakes winners,
and half- or full-sisters to outstanding runners. But this year, we
have at least four horses whose second or third dams have produced
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