Govenor Charlie's dam was unraced. His second dam, Silverbulletday won the Miss Preakness stakes. His second tail sire Real Quiet (the sire of Govenor Charlie's sire, Midnight Lute) won the Preakness Stakes. However, tracing directly back through only his female line (dam, second dam, third dam, etc.) only one horse produced by this female family has won the Preakness. I hope that clarifies it for you CauseForConcern
Terrific article! I agree that Orb and Verrazano are the top 2 to beat. Only 4 favorites have won the Derby since 2000.
Travel Vic, spoken like someone who doesn't know the first thing about 'capping on the Poly. Bias can cange during every meet, be it dirt, turf or synthetic tracks. A good example is this year's GP turf.
Great article as always Brian! Thanks for the Kudos!
Purple Egg had a fever and was scratched from the Pasco. His last breeze was January 6.
Testa Matta won the Japan Derby (listed) at 10F
Icyhotboo, Thanks for the kind compliments! Bern Identity closed rapidly at the end and the result may have been different if he had a better trip. I review a pedigree differently for handicapping than I do for breeding. For handicapping, I focus on the first two generations. I will go back further to the 2nd dam if a horse has a pedigree borderline for distances. I give equal weight to both sides of the pedigree. I agree, this could be the basis for an article. Thanks!
This isn't the Flotilla entered in the Juvie Filly Turf.
Dr. Hansen graciously spent time answering my questions about Hansen and he has some unique ideas about the types of mares he'd like to breed to Hansen. Refreshing to speak to someone with an "out of the box" approach.
True, it's a roll of the genetic dice, but it's fun to speculate.
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