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HRN Original Blog:
Pedigree Power
Posted Wednesday, December 24, 2014
During a visit to Lexington, Kentucky recently, I met David and Debbie Clay and learned about their new broodmare farm. David’s roots run deep in Kentucky, as he’s a descendant of the great Statesman Henry Clay. David and Debbie invited me to their abode deep in the middle of nowhere, Kentucky. At least, to a Florida girl living in flat suburbia, D&D Drennon Creek Farm seemed like the middle of nowhere, as I traversed the steep, winding mountain inclines along narrow country roads, passing run-down shacks with outhouses in the back.
Posted Monday, December 22, 2014
Is the undefeated winner of the Los Alamitos Futurity a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender?
Posted Friday, December 19, 2014
The Los Alamitos Futurity may be Mr. Z's best shot at finally capturing that elusive graded stakes win.
Posted Friday, December 12, 2014
Which of this year's Freshmen Sires' offspring will make an impact on next year's races?
Posted Monday, December 08, 2014
El Kabeir is the latest Zayat colt to join the Kentucky Derby trail. Could he be their Derby Star?
Posted Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Can the Remsen winner, Leave the Light On, follow a historic Kentucky Derby trend?
Posted Saturday, November 29, 2014
New Yorkers invade for Kentucky Jockey Club exacta, as El Kabeir nips Imperia.
Posted Saturday, November 29, 2014
Leave The Light On is handled brilliantly by Jose Ortiz to score a Remsen Stakes victory.
Posted Friday, November 28, 2014
Bob Baffert trainee Lord Nelson heads a full field of juveniles in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).
Posted Friday, November 28, 2014
Thirteen colts will mix it up in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. Who can handle the 1 1/8 miles?
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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.