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A Classic Case of Coincidence?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:40 AM

The interpretation of Thoroughbred pedigrees is no simple matter. The multi-factorial elements that might be considered include nicks, inbreeding, linebreeding, the positions of ancestors relative to one another, the relationship of the pedigree to the female line, and the class of the individuals involved. Given the volume of the data, and the difficulty of... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 29, 2013 | 12 Comments

Danedream the Newest Addition to Frankel's 2013 Book

Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:00 AM

2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Danedream has been retired and will be bred to Frankel in 2013. Danedream was forced to miss the 2012 Arc when her Cologne, Germany, training base was put under quarantine for swamp fever Oct. 1. The filly remains confined to the facility pending future tests. Owner Teruya Yoshida, whose family also owns top Australian... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 22, 2012 | 18 Comments

Top Australian Filly Mosheen to Visit Deep Impact

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 11:30 AM

Four-time group I-winning filly Mosheen, who fractured a hind leg in the Oct. 20 Yellowglen Tristarc Stakes (Aus-II), has been retired and is scheduled to be bred to leading Japanese sire Deep Impact in 2013. Katsumi Yoshida, who stands Deep Impact at his family's Shadai Stallion Station, purchased a 50% share in the Fastnet Rock ( TrueNicks ) filly in January... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Oct 23, 2012 | 4 Comments

Deep Impact Making an Impact

Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:45 PM

The astonishing start to his stud career made by Japanese sire Deep Impact continued last weekend when he enjoyed a group stakes double that included a victory by his son Deep Brillante in the Japanese Derby (gr. I, video below). Deep Impact is a son of the Halo stallion Sunday Silence, whose status as not only the greatest Japanese stallion of his era, but arguably... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 31, 2012 | 10 Comments

Dubai World Cup: Japanese National Pride

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:00 AM

Japan may still be reeling from the consequences of the epic natural disaster that hit that country, but the result of the Dubai World Cup (gr. I, video below), the world’s richest race, gave considerable cause for national pride. Not only did the Japanese-bred 4-year-old colt Victoire Pisa score a famous victory, but that triumph was achieved at the expense... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Mar 30, 2011 | 9 Comments

Paint It Black

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 12:00 PM

On the international scene, the performance of last week was that put up by Black Caviar in the Lightning Stakes (gr. I, video below). The Australian filly was officially rated the best sprinter in the world for 2010, and confirmed that she will be hard to dislodge from her perch, while maintaining her unbeaten record and defying a ten week layoff to tally by... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Mar 02, 2011 | 3 Comments

The King and I

Sunday, February 06, 2011 3:30 PM

While thankfully not (not yet, at least) being quite as folically challenged as Yul Brynner, we do have a connection with a King who has played a staring role in the orient. Having recommended the mating for King Kamehameha, whose dam was sold to Japan carrying that horse, we we’re delighted when he captured the Japan Derby and subsequently earned a title as... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Feb 06, 2011 | 2 Comments

Not Your Father's Cross

Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:10 PM

We were interested to note the victory of Apapane in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), the most important contest for two-year-old females in Japan. The race has been won in recent years by such stars as Buena Vista and Vodka, and Apapane was scoring for the third straight time in four starts. Apapane (TrueNicks rated A++ ) is by Kingmambo ( TrueNicks , SRO... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 17, 2009 | 3 Comments

Second-Crop Sires Make History

Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:45 AM

This week's Porter on Pedigrees column at BloodHorse.com discusses the rare classic doubles earned this year by second-crop sires Birdstone and Medaglia d'Oro (both were represented by different winners in classic races).That hasn't happened Stateside since -- as pointed out by Mahubah's Corner columnist Avalyn Hunter -- Count Fleet sired Count Turf and Counterpoint... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jun 11, 2009 | 7 Comments

Brave New World -- Sons of Sunday Silence Continue Legacy

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 4:30 PM

One of a number of sons of Sunday Silence battling to establish themselves as the true heir to their sire is Shadai Stallion Station's Neo Universe (JPN). With his first-crop 3-year-olds, Neo Universe is sire of Unrivaled (JPN) , who took the Japanese classic Satsuki Sho (Jpn-II), and of Logi Universe (JPN) , who lost his unbeaten record with a disappointing... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jun 03, 2009 | 0 Comments