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Forego by the Numbers

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:00 AM

This weekend sees the running of the Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, a race named in honor of the great racehorse Forego, a three-time Horse of the Year. We thought about writing a pedigree post about his family, but in sifting through the library here at The Blood-Horse offices, we came across something a little more interesting that we thought... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Aug 28, 2013 | 10 Comments

Pedigree Time Machine: Brigadier Gerard

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:00 PM

With all the attention currently (and deservedly) lavished on Frankel , it's probably worth giving a perspective on Brigadier Gerard, the horse that he's supplanted as miler of a lifetime. "The Brigadier" had more humble beginnings than Frankel. Bred by John Hislop (an outstanding amateur jockey and noted breeding and racing writer), was by Queen's Hussar (a... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 27, 2012 | 33 Comments

The Real Bend Or

Friday, April 20, 2012 4:00 PM

Pedigree historians have long been suspicious about the exact parentage of the 1880 Epsom Derby winner. The record books will tell you that the winner was Bend Or , a son of Doncaster out of the Thormanby mare Rouge Rose, bred and owned by the 1st Duke of Westminster. However, not long after the 1880 running of the Derby, the owners of the runner-up, Robert the... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Apr 20, 2012 | 22 Comments

Pedigree Time Machine: Tom Fool

Friday, February 24, 2012 3:30 PM

Recent discussion of the pedigree of the Australian supermare Black Caviar focused some attention on Tom Fool, whose son Silly Season is doubled in Black Caviar’s pedigree. Since he was a foal of 1949, Tom Fool will now, to many, mean little more than a name that is found in the more distant removes of modern pedigrees. But, if you want to know how good Tom Fool... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 24, 2012 | 23 Comments

Pedigree Time Machine: Princequillo

Monday, September 27, 2010 12:00 PM

With the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) coming up this Saturday, let's take a look back at Princequillo , winner of the 1943 Jockey Club Gold Cup (then contested at 2 miles). He became the sire of Horses of the Year Hill Prince, Dedicate, and Round Table; champion Misty Morn; and influential sire Prince John. Princequillo was leading broodmare sire eight times... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Sep 27, 2010 | 27 Comments

Pedigree Time Machine: Flaming Page

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 11:30 AM

The 151st running of the Queen's Plate , Canada's premier classic race, will be run this Sunday at Woodbine. One glance at the race's past winners reveals several top Thoroughbreds: the great Northern Dancer ; La Lorgnette , Canadian champion and dam of Hawk Wing ; recently deceased Canadian Triple Crown winner With Approval ; 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr.... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jun 30, 2010 | 13 Comments

Pedigree Time Machine: 1966 Mother Goose

Friday, June 25, 2010 12:00 PM

The 54th Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) will be run tomorrow at Belmont, featuring Biofuel , Ailalea , Devil May Care , Connie and Michael , and Katy Now . Perhaps these fillies will one day become successful broodmares, but until then, let's remember the 10th Mother Goose Stakes, run in 1966. Eventual Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Lady Pitt (by Sword Dancer) won the... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jun 25, 2010 | 5 Comments

Pedigree Time Machine: Mr. P

Monday, June 21, 2010 2:30 PM

Here's an interesting first crop Florida stallion... Standing for a mere $7,500 fee in 1975, Mr. Prospector sired 28 foals in his initial crop that included 1978 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly It's In the Air . By 1981, Mr. Prospector's continued success had brought him to Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. Here he developed into one of the breed's great sires, siring 181... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jun 21, 2010 | 17 Comments