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Vote for MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year

Fans of superhorse Zenyatta rallied for the 13-time grade I winner to take home any and all annual honors—even if by proxy. Vertigineux was the runaway winner of last year’s MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year title as fans of her 2010 Horse-of-the-Year daughter flooded the ballot boxes. Will Easter Bunnette, dam of reigning champion Havre de Grace, receive similar support this year? Will the broodmare... Read More

What Ails Us

The American Thoroughbred industry has reached a crossroads. Medication is by no means the only problem facing horse racing, but because of its position in the public eye, it is paramount.... Read More

Classic Prep Sire Lines

Three stallion lines dominate the list of potential 2012 Triple Crown candidates. Avalyn Hunter identifies the prospects--and also discusses the one stallion that appears well on his way to becoming universal in the pedigrees of American classic winners.... Read More

Dynaformer Dynasty

Dynaformer may be getting older but his offspring never lack in talent. MarketWatch intern Lizz Kunz reviews some of the Three Chimneys stallion's recent top-performing runners.... Read More

Tougher Than Ever to Market a New Stallion

Most observers would agree that we probably don't need to go back to the days when a first-year stallion who looked likely to produce flashy juveniles might serve 200 or more mares at the expense of good but not particularly fashionable sires. But the current contraction has its drawbacks, too.... Read More

Cape Blanco--The European Invader

As the Irish-bred victor of Belmont's Man o'War Stakes prepares for the Arlington Million as part of his American race campaign, MarketWatch intern Lizz Kunz argues that Cape Blanco is the perfect stallion prospect--for Kentucky.... Read More

Undervalued Sires in 2011

Here's last year's Undervalued Sires feature -it's a free PDF download for our blog followers. Read it and then tell us who you think needs to be included on this year's list. Convince us, and we just might include your stallions in the August feature! ... Read More

Animal Kingdom's International Pedigree

Animal Kingdom offers a gleam of hope that new bloodlines can be incorporated into the American breeding industry with success. Plus, download a FREE special report on the recent history of South American sires in North America.... Read More

Broodmare of the Year: Cast Your Ballot

Each spring for many years The Blood-Horse MarketWatch has reviewed leading dams from the previous year and presented a MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year award. For 2011’s award we present an expanded roster of candidates. Some of the names are repeat nominees, while others enter consideration for the first time this year. ... Read More

Fielding Candidates for Broodmare of the Year

Our special Broodmare of the Year issue has stories about 10 mares that had a major impact on U.S. racing last year, with their histories and statistics and photos--and the intrigue of a contest to see which one earns the title of 2010's top dam. We've decided on most of the nominees, but we want your input to help decide which mares make the final slots. ... Read More

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