Blacktype Weekly Column Archive

Posted 04/26/2017
The purchase of Harbinger seems to be the biggest Japanese breeding acquisition in this century. Shadai Farm bought him in August 2010, just a few weeks after he defeated the competition in the King George by a class, winning by eleven lengths from Cape Bianco. At the time he was the best-rated horse on the planet. Today, seven years later and as a stallion, Harbinger is very far away from such a position. His first two crops of three-year-olds disappointed. In the past few days, however, there were some marks that Harbinger’s third three-year-old crop could be better. Full article
Posted 04/19/2017
It will be thirty years this year since the two-year-old Epitome, previously successful in the Pocahontas Stakes, run her famous finish to catch on the wire the long-time pacemaker Jeanne Jones and took the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies, which brought her the two-year-old champion filly title. At three she did not achieve a major win but she left for stud with the record of five wins, five places and one show of fourteen races. Full article
Posted 04/12/2017
Last Saturday in the U. S. was marked by major Kentucky Derby trials. One of them, the Wood Memorial Stakes, was won by Curlin’s son Irish War Cry by 3 ½ lengths from Battalion Runner. How he fares in the Kentucky Derby we will yet have to wait for three weeks, but if he wins, it will be a remarkable victory indeed. For the first time in history, a horse out of the legendary Pretty Polly’s family would take Run for the Roses. Full article
Posted 04/05/2017
Zafonic’s son Iffraaj was, for a long time, considered mainly as an excellent sire of two-year-olds. He still performs this role but the last months show that his talent is much wider. And what more, he does not score achievements only as a sire but also as grandsire, both on the male and female side of the pedigree. Full article
Posted 03/29/2017
He was an excellent racehorse of an exceptional pedigree. Sired by the most successful stallion of his time, out of his most successful nick, a Gr.1 winner at two, two-time Derby winner at three, historically the first two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf who managed to win major Gr.1 races even at four. He proved to be an exceptional talent at stud too, where, however, he was not so lucky. He was not at the right place in the right time and then left prematurely for heavenly pastures. Full article
Posted 03/22/2017
Before the arrival of the Coolmore duo Montjeu - Galileo Barathea was, together with In The Wings, the most successful son of Sadler’s Wells at stud in Europe. The winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, the European Horse of the Year at Cartier Racing Awards, who produced impressive 81 black-type winners at stud, however, is even better as a damsire and this weekend proved to be a milestone for him in this role. Full article
Posted 03/15/2017
It was a sad day at Sweetenham Stud in May 2001 when after a complicated foaling one of the key dams of the famous stud’s stock, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Detroit, died. Her last foal, a filly by Entrepreneur, lived and was soon taken by a surrogate dam. Nobody could have foreseen that this orphan will in next few years become the most successful dam of all Detroit’s daughters. Full article
Posted 03/09/2017
The Meydan racecourse saw five group races on Super Saturday, two of which were Gr.1 classified. The Jebel Hatta Stakes, the richest race of the day on turf, was won by the five-year-old Decorated Knight, a horse of an excellent pedigree, by Galileo out of Storm Cat’s daughter Pearling, the full sister to the excellent Giant’s Causeway or the Gr.2 winner You’resothrilling, the dam of Gleneagles. Full article
Posted 03/03/2017
Caufield saw the first Gr.1 race for two-year-olds in Australia on Saturday, the Blue Diamond Stakes. The odds-on favourite Pariah was beaten by half a length by the second chance, Catchy, who, same as the beaten favourite, is the product of a stallion from Danehill’s line with a Mr Prospector mare. Full article
Posted 02/21/2017
Today’s BTP Weekly Column was inspired by the result of the Clasico Amilcar A. Mercader, a listed race for two-year-old fillies, run last week in La Plata, Argentina. The race over 1,300m on dirt was won by bay filly Maiandra, the first black-type winner sired by Master of Hounds, a stallion at Haras El Paraiso. Full article
Posted 02/14/2017
While I was thinking about a topic for this Weekly Column, I came across the result of the UAE 1,000 Guineas. The first two places were taken by fillies in whose pedigree, in the second generation, we can find the name of Unbridled’s Song, the stallion whose son Arrogate dominated the first edition of the Pegasus World Cup, the richest race in the world, just two weeks before. Full article
Posted 02/08/2017
Waikato Guineas, a Gr.2 race and the peak of the Saturday meeting at Te Rapa, New Zealand, was won by the three-year-old Wyndspelle, who took the race by a half a length from Shocking Luck, a horse bred by G. L. Currie a T. W. Archer Trust, who was successful in a black-type race for the very first time. Sired by Shocking, he has a rather interesting pedigree whose key aspect deserves attention. Full article
Posted 02/01/2017
Desert Sun’s daughter Helsinge went down into the history of thoroughbred breeding by producing the excellent Black Caviar, a sprinter unbeaten in twenty-five races, winner of fourteen Gr.1 races. Besides her, she gave birth to the colt All Too Hard, winner of the Caulfield Guineas and more three Gr.1 races. All Too Hard made his debut at stud in 2013 at Vinery Stud and in his first year covered 176 mares. In his first crop he has 145 horses and this Saturday the first of them, the filly Mystic Empire, managed to place in a black-type race. Full article
Posted 01/25/2017
Kahyasi’s daughter Hasili, the jewel among broodmares at Juddmonte Farm, belongs among the most successful broodmares in history. She produced a total of ten horses, of whom half won a Gr. 1 and more two won another group race. Of remaining three two fillies did not race and the only single runner was without a stakes victory. It is he, however, thanks to whom we will remember Hasili today. Full article
Posted 01/18/2017
The winner of the 1984 Prix du Jockey Club, beating Sadler’s Wells and Rainbow Quest, Shirley Heights’s son Darshaan, was a very successful stallion and, similarly to majority of stallions of the Mill Reef Line, an excellent damsire. Among his sons, Dalakhani, last year pensioned successor of his sire at Aga Khan’s studs, was the most successful of them at stud, having produced so far 49 black-type products, 8 Gr.1 winners, including the winner of the Prix du Jockey Club Reliable Man or two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Conduit. Among damsires, however, some other horse is the most successful – Mark of Esteem. Full article
Posted 01/10/2017
You will not find in history many cases when a sire has an impact on breeding in a racing-developed country as it happened with Sunday Silence and Japan. The thirteen-time champion sire in Japan, together with his sons, has dominated, with the exception of two-year-reign of King Kamehameha, the local championship for twenty-one years and just last year, the top ten sires included eight of his sons. This weekend, the Sho-Shinzan Kinen (Gr.3) winner Kyohei became the third group winner inbred to Sunday Silence. Full article
Posted 01/03/2017
The economic crisis, caused by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, had a profound impact on thoroughbreds. Due to the crisis, the numbers of broodmares decreased almost all over the world and, as we said three years ago quoting the IFHA data, the decrease amounted to about 30 per cent. What are the numbers like now? Full article
Posted 12/21/2016
San Isidro racecourse saw the highlight of the season in Argentina on Saturday, the Gran Premio Internacional Carlos Pellegrini. The race over a mile and a half with the purse of ARS 5.1 million was won by the three-year-old Sixties Song, the son of the St Leger winner Sixties Icon and the winner of two races in the United States, Blissful Song. Sixties Icon thus achieved the first Gr.1 victory as a sire and became the tenth son of Galileo to produce a Gr.1 winner. Full article
Posted 12/14/2016
The highlight of the last weekend were the four international races in Hong Kong, the virtual end of the 2016 season. The most breathtaking experience, at least for me, was the excellent performance by the Japanese Maurice who took the main race, the Hong Kong Cup, in an excellent fashion. And he inspired this weekly column. Full article
Posted 12/06/2016
In February, it will have been four years since Royal Academy died at twenty-five. An exceptionally successful stallion of an international repute was Nijinsky’s most successful son at stud and his blood is successful all over the globe. On Sunday, we had a chance to remember him again, this time in a role in which he was successful for the first time. Full article

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