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Australia Sends Shuttle Stallions North

For years Australian Thoroughbred breeders have welcomed European and American stallions as shuttlers. Recently Lonhro, Choisir, and now Redoute's Choice have returned the visits--and Northern Hemisphere breeding is better for it.... Read More

Significance of Royal Ascot

(By Avalyn Hunter) This year's Royal Ascot meeting saw two coronations. One was that of Frankel as possibly the best miler Europe has ever seen--rarefied air indeed when one considers the likes of Brigadier Gerard, Miesque, and Goldikova. The other was that of Black Caviar as not only the world's best sprinter but as a champion whose heart matches her stunning talent, overcoming both injury and an... Read More

Dynaformer's Huge Presence

Dynaformer was not a horse that had everything handed to him. While a multiple grade II winner on the track, he started his career in the shadow of two similarly-bred sons of Roberto, both members of his crop, who were both better racers: champion turf male Sunshine Forever and multiple grade I winner Brian's Time. But Dynaformer eclipsed both at stud.... (Avalyn Hunter reflects on Dynaformer's legacy.)... Read More

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

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