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.

Is This a Broodmare -- Donnova

Black type on the catalog page, an exceptional Thoroughbred female family with old-time names throughout her pedigree, in foal to a nice Kentucky stallion -- this mare has some good things going for her. And I have the perfect match for her.... Read More

7 Tips for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Some of the secrets revealed in A Guide to Buying Thoroughbreds at the Keeneland September Sale are tips on how to read what the sales catalog page really says ...why timing can be everything ... who should be on your team of advisors ... and how you can compare the offerings hip-by-hip to determine your top picks.... Read More

Anak Nakal Puts It All Together

Anak Nakal's Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) win gives me the opportunity to tie together such disparate topics as inbreeding to Dr. Fager... the re-emergence of a branch of female family #1... Quiet American as a broodmare sire... and Djebel (FR) blood in the modern Thoroughbred.... Read More

This Thoroughbred Stallion Is All-American

On a day when the world loudly celebrates a couple of all-American political campaigns -- the Obama/Biden ticket is now official and McCain/Palin is today's big news -- I thought it would be fun to look at an aptly-named Thoroughbred whose influence on the breed is growing every year.... Read More

About Those Photos...

The weekend photo contest exposed a few readers as true Turf historians -- not all of the pictures were easy but we had a couple of perfect responses.... Read More

The Rest of Their Lives

Are broodmares exploited? Is the Thoroughbred industry callously breeding our mares to death? When should a mare be retired -- and what happens to her then?... Read More

All in the Attitude

Readers weighed in on the idea that a Thoroughbred's temperament is a measure of his potential talent. Here's a look at the poll results.... Read More

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