The Five-Cross Files

Female families… patterns of inbreeding… sire line nicks… what really influences the strength of a Thoroughbred pedigree? How do conformation and class factor in? The Five-Cross Files explores bloodlines old and new, analyzes Thoroughbred pedigrees, tests breeding tools, and simplifies the science (and art) of successful Thoroughbred breeding.

Kingmambo Is "C/S" Dosage Influence

Part of the legacy of the great racemare and producer Miesque, who died six days ago, is her top son Kingmambo. Tom Hall analyzes the miler son of Mr. Prospector, who is a member of the most recent Chef-de-Race class designated by Dosage chief Steven A. Roman, Ph.D.... Read More

Nodouble Becomes New Dosage Chef-de-Race

Six stallions were declared Dosage "chefs-de-race" this fall. I thought it would be fun to provide a short profile of each of the sires, concentrating on what type of influence they add to a pedigree. Blood-Horse's most knowledgeable pedigree historian, Tom Hall, guest-posts about NODOUBLE in this first installment.... Read More

Broodmarathon: A-R-G Spells "Bargain"

It's "Miss Argentina" Day at The Five-Cross Files. We're looking at Argentine-bred mares offered at the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales. Look for a few themes, including family 13-c; mares that excelled on both dirt and turf; Argentine blue hen mare Miss Peggy, and champions close-up on the catalog page.... Read More

Breeders' Cup Dominates Breeding Season Calendar

The Breeders' Cup dominates many owners' and trainers' calendars throughout the year, with many top runners being prepped all year for the biggest weekend of racing in the U.S. But Breeders' Cup also has a carryover influence on the Thoroughbred breeding calendar....... Read More

Couple of Mares at Keeneland Day 3

As we settle in to the marathon Keeneland breeding stock sale, I will occasionally comment on hips that are of special interest to me. Here are a couple of Book Two mares that I'd love to add to my little herd. Who are you watching during the big sale?... Read More

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