• The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 2 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 3 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 3 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 9 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 9 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 9 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 10 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 10 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 10 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 10 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Pedigree Power
Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The latest newcomer to the Kentucky Derby Trail scored a technical knock out in the Fountain of Youth. Will his pedigree knock him out of Derby contention?
Posted Friday, February 13, 2015
Now that American Pharoah is back in action after a hoof injury, let’s take a look at the 2014 Champion Two Year Old Colt’s Kentucky Derby potential.
Posted Monday, February 09, 2015
Far From Over stormed onto the Triple Crown Trail with his upset victory in the Withers Stakes. Is Todd Pletcher's latest star a legitimate Derby contender?
Posted Saturday, February 07, 2015
Constitution set much of the pace, and went all the way to upset last year's Donn hero Lea.
Posted Monday, February 02, 2015
Who is off the trail, back on the trial or MIA? An update on Kentucky Derby contenders.
Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015
Ashley Tamulonis and Laurie Ross go head-to-head handicapping the San Vicente Stakes.
Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Upstart carries the bloodlines of Triple Crown heroes. Can this latest upstart on the Kentucky Derby trail live up to the hype?
Posted Friday, January 23, 2015
Will Frosted follow in the hoof prints of Cairo Prince by scoring in the Holy Bull?
Posted Thursday, January 22, 2015
Calculator was a model of consistency and class while chasing American Pharaoh in the Del Mar Futurity and Frontrunner Stakes, before his big Sham win. How will he fare going longer?
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015
In the third of a three-part series of 2015 Kentucky Derby prospects, we’ll review twelve youngsters who have graduated the maiden ranks and could be horses to watch in the upcoming graded stakes.
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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
I welcome your questions regarding pedigree, handicapping and breeding. If you would like me to cover a specific topic please contact me at lross@horseracingnation.com.