Thanks Laurie for another great analysis. I didn't realize what a great combination Quality Road makes with a Dixie Union mare. Looks like Lane's End is the perfect place for him as there must be plenty of Dixie Union mares there, as the late Dixie Union stood there. And the daughters of Union Rags would also be an excellent match.
One of Quality Road's most memorable races was the Donn Handicap (a few months following the Breeders Cup meltdown). He just glided effortlessly down the Gulfstream Track; what a magnificent sight to see.
Klimt looks to be a Preakness favorite.
Really? I saw Mohaymen and Cathryn Sophia run and there was nothing mediocre about them.
Mohaymen was so relaxed before the Fountain of Youth, he looked like he was going to take a nap before the race. Nothing bothers this horse.
I took a course in Genetics in college back in the late 70's when I was a Science Major in college.
That's why I wrote in amazement that a sire and daughter of that sire, ran in the same style and won their maiden races by exactly the same number of lengths. There is nothing in genetics to explain this.
That's why horse racing and breeding is a mind blower at times.
Laurie, thanks for a brilliant pedigree analysis. I was unaware that the Bull and his sons are the only male familiar lines traced back to Plaudit in the US.Incidentally, Denis Drazin, the owner of Sunny Ridge, also raced a mare,Smarty Bull, a grand daughter of Holy Bull. Smarty Bull won her maiden by 7 1/2 lengths, running down the middle of the track just like her sire, Smarty Jones, did in his maiden. That's too crazy. Jimmy Croll, Holy Bull's owner and trainer, must be having a good laugh up in heaven.
Congratulations to Travis Stone. Best of luck to you.
NYRA is NOT playing. I hope that he will make some serious changes. Security cameras in all stall need to be implemented. And I am sure that NYRA and the Jockey Club are not too pleased by the amount of breakdowns of horses by certain trainers in NY. Hopefully, this will be a start for a new era of racing in NY and will follow in other areas of the country.
Thanks Laurie for a great pedigree analysis of Ocho Ocho Ocho. I love his family. It's great that so many progeny of Personal Ensign have been doing well in the past year. It would be lovely in memory of his paternal grandsire Street Cry, if 888 does something splendid in the Derby. Also, I love that his maternal grandsire, is from South Africa; they are known for their tough horses.
I was thinking that a move to Palm Meadows might be good for him as there is peace and quite there unlike Gulfstream Park. And maybe he misses some of his barn mates. I think they would have a lot more time to work on gate issues at Palm Meadows as well.
I was at Gulfstream for Honor Code's allowance race on 3/12. Honor Code appeared to lose the race even before it was run. He acted up a little bit in the show ring. Then, while going from the show ring to the track and on the track, he really became upset and was drenched with sweat. He refused to load in the gate several times and acted up even worse; once loaded he backed out of the gate. The gatekeepers did a marvelous job of pushing him into the gate and preventing him from backing out. I don't know if he has been more agitated as he's been staying at Gulfstream; Shug moved him from Payson Park as the track was too deep for him after he injured his rear ankles. Maybe a move to Palm Meadows will help. He'll need lots of gate training. Thankfully, he has a great trainer who will figure it all out.
Most of the writers have labeled Wildcat Red as only a fast sprinter due to his sire's bloodline. However,his dam Racene, is out of Miner's Mark who was by Mr. Prospector and the undefeated champion and blue hen Personal Ensign. Miner's Mark won the 1 1/4 mile Jockey Club Gold Cup which is a Grade 1 stakes. Personal Ensign was undefeated in 16 races. War Emblem is the son of Miner's Mark full brother, Our Emblem. Wildcat Red has a very classy female family. And although, his sire is from top class sprinters they are a very classy group as well.
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