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Starting Early

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:16 PM

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already had the first U.S. juvenile stakes of the new season. Winner of the colt’s division of the Copper Top was Verny. His sire, Gold Case (by Forty Niner), was 3-for-3, all at two, including the Old Hickory Stakes and Sugar Bowl Handicap. He’s now in New Mexico, but has been a very useful stallion wherever he has stood, getting... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

And Now For The Stakes Winners...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 7:18 PM

Wildcat Heir ( TrueNicks , SRO ) ended 2009 with the frankly-staggering total of 39 individual juvenile winners. Despite this, he’d reached November before a stakes winner appeared. But surely enough, time has begun to reveal quality among Wildcat Heir’s great quantity of winners. On November 13, Karmageddon took the Jersey Juvenile Stakes, and the very next... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

A Lucky Pair With Three of a Kind

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:26 PM

There was a 'lucky' ending to the last major two-year-old contests of the year with Looking At Lucky taking the Cashcall Futurity (gr. I) and Blind Luck the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I). Lookin At Lucky is a son of Smart Strike ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , who won’t repeat his Leading Sire titles of 2007 and 2009, but who has had enjoyed another excellent season... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 22, 2009 | 3 Comments

Family Rules

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 1:47 PM

Out of the Silver Deputy mare, Silvery Swan, El Corredor ( TrueNicks , SRO ) (by Mr. Greeley ( TrueNicks , SRO )) was the second grade I winner inbred to Mr. Prospector when he took the 2000 edition of the Cigar Mile (gr. I). He was also the first notable runner with such inbreeding to retire to stud and he quickly dispelled fears that his pedigree pattern would... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 08, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Ramsey's Joy

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 1:17 PM

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey have done a tremendous job with their stallion, Catienus, a Storm Cat son whom they claimed, then sent out to win a minor stakes, run second in the Suburban Handicap (gr. II), two renewals of the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and place third in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I). Catienus has never been a fashionable stallion, but... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Juveniles Rule

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:39 PM

The surprising Pollard's Vision ( TrueNicks , SRO ) had leapt to the head of the Freshman class following the victory of Blind Luck in the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) last weekend. That lead was short-lived, however, and Hill 'n' Dale's Roman Ruler ( TrueNicks , SRO ) now has the top spot after his son Homeboykris (TrueNicks A++) captured the Champagne Stakes (gr... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 13, 2009 | 1 Comment

Good Vision

Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:53 AM

We've tracked the progress of freshman Pollard's Vision ( TrueNicks , SRO ) in several previous posts, but we must admit we didn't expect him to vault to the top of the Freshman Sire table. However, that's what happened when his daughter, Blind Luck, emerged from the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) with a 2½ lengths victory. She is the fourth stakes winner from the first... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 08, 2009 | 7 Comments

Whywhywhy Out From Under the Radar

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 8:58 AM

One of the best juveniles of his crop, Whywhywhy (Mr. Greeley--Thorough Fair, by Quiet American), made a promising start to his stud career. He ended 2007 as a top-six freshman sire, and was represented by inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Nownownow. Whywhywhy ( TrueNicks , SRO ) rather flew under the radar in 2008, but he lit up the screens recently... Read More...

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

Bernstein Bouncing Back

Friday, October 03, 2008 4:41 AM

Storm Cat's well-bred son Bernstein made a very good start to his career. From a first crop sired when he stood at Doug Arnold's Buckpond Farm, Bernstein was represented by just 37 foals, of which 32 have started and 26 have won. Five of these captured stakes events, their number being headed by the Astarita Stakes (gr. III) victress Toll Taker; the Providencia... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 03, 2008 | 1 Comment

Northerns Are Fleet

Thursday, October 02, 2008 2:42 PM

We happened to be studying a Saint Ballado mare the other day for a client, and noticed that to date, the only two graded stakes winners out of mares by that stallion are Saint Afleet (TrueNicks A ), who took the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) and this year's Futurity (gr. II) winner, Charitable Man (TrueNicks B ). The speedy Saint Afleet is a son of Northern... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 02, 2008 | 4 Comments

Pulpit Preaching Precocity

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 6:40 PM

Given that he never raced at 2, Pulpit would seem to be an unlikely influence for precocity, but we are noting that seems to be a trait associated with his stallion sons. A few weeks ago, we mentioned his son Stroll, a middle-distance turf horse, who already has three 2-year-old stakes winners from his first crop. Pulpit has another first-crop freshman son in... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Sep 30, 2008 | 6 Comments