Blacktype Weekly Column Archive

Posted 08/16/2017
The three-year-old chestnut Sea of Grace won the listed Dick Hern Fillies Stakes at Haydock on Sunday, her second black-type win after the last year’s triumph in the Flame of Tara Stakes. The runner up in the Poule d’ Essai des Pouliches (Gr.1) is so far the most successful progeny of Galileo’s half-brother Born To Sea but looking at her pedigree we should not miss the dam side, including her damsire, Machiavellian’s son Vettori. Full article
Posted 08/09/2017
This column has focused on black-type winners, stallions whose progeny win black-type races or families and their achievements – again mainly on the black-type scene. Black-type races are the very top that racing has to offer and they are naturally related to the focus of our online service, whose database includes as many as 72,000 black-type horses. Today we’ll make an exception though – we’ll look on a pedigree of a filly who has won a classic race and was second in a local Derby… but in a country whose top races lack the black-type status – in Hungary. Full article
Posted 08/02/2017
The racing weekend saw its peak in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, in which the three-year-old daughter of Nathaniel, Enable, taught a lesson to older colts and achieved another Gr.1 victory after Epsom Oaks and Irish Oaks. Her pedigree, or rather the quite close inbreeding to Sadler’s Wells, has already been covered by this column, so let’s pay attention to others. Full article
Posted 07/26/2017
Sons of successful sires, even when they achieved a lot on the racecourse, face much tougher conditions at stud than their predecessors. While at the time when the best stallions covered about forty mares a year, their sons had a rather wide field to excel in, today, when the most demanded stallions at stud cover about 100 to 200 mares a year, the field for their sons, successful at the racecourse, yet not tried at stud, is getting narrower. Full article
Posted 07/11/2017
The Saturday meeting at Haydock had its peak in the Lancashire Oaks, a Gr.2 race for three-year-old plus fillies & mares. The race was won by the four-year-old bay filly The Black Princess, bred by Petra Bloodstock Agency, by 1/2 length. After her April triumph in the Gr.3 Allez France The John Gosden-trained filly took another group victory, this time with the Gr.2 status. The victory is not only her biggest achievement so far, but also the biggest achievement of a horse inbred to Ahonoora’s daughter Park Appeal. Full article
Posted 07/06/2017
It was no easy thing to follow English racing from behind the Iron Curtain. News arrived with terrible delays and the opportunity to watch English or other races live was something that one did not even dream about. But still you could pick your favourites who you followed, albeit from distance and with delay. Full article
Posted 06/28/2017
Last week was characterised by another edition of Royal Ascot, which – as usual – brought much excellent racing experience. For me personally, one of the strongest moments was the performance of Highland Reel in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and his fight for sixth Gr.1 triumph. Three days later, in the Hardwicke Stakes, his full brother Idaho took the victory and their dam Hveger was the first mare in this century to have two black-type winners in a single royal meeting. Full article
Posted 06/21/2017
A rather unexpected winner of the dramatic Prix de Diane, the French Oaks, was the filly Senga, trained by Pascal Bary and bred by Flaxman Holdings of the Niarchos family. The first Gr. 1 successful progeny of the single horse that beat the excellent Zenyatta, Blade, was foaled in the United States but he has more in common with U.S. breeding than just the place where he was foaled. Full article
Posted 06/14/2017
The final instalment of the U. S. Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, run on Saturday, was won by the second favourite and sixth in the Kentucky Derby Tapwrit. The colt is the third son of Tapit, the most expensive U.S. stallion today, to have won the Belmotnt in the last four years and there is much class on the maternal side of the pedigree, too, as his dam Appealing Zophie won the Gr.1 Spinaway Stakes. A great stallion prospect, one might say. However, a look on the stud career of the Belmont Stakes winners in this century shows that the triumph in the longest American classic race is no guarantee of a prominent position at stud. Rather the contrary, it is often an air ticket to countries with less developed racing industry than in America. Full article
Posted 06/06/2017
Both Epsom classics offered great races and exceptional performances, both by the impressive Oaks winner Enable and the mightily surging Wings of Eagles. As always they offered a number of interesting issues to discuss for breeders. As far as Enable was concerned, many comments and remarks concerned the success of Nathaniel’s first crop, as well as the fact that this stallion beat his rival on the racecourse, the invincible Frankel. Enable’s pedigree, however, offers much more, including a close 3x2 inbreeding to Sadler’s Wells, and this was the very first time this inbreeding was successful in a Gr.1 race. Full article
Posted 05/31/2017
The Sunday Tokyo Yushun, the official name of the Japanese Derby, was won in a close finish with Suave Richard by Rey de Oro, the winner of the Hopeful Stakes. What is unusual in the pedigree of the son of King Kamehama, himself the 2004 Japan Derby winner, is that it lacks the name of Sunday Silence. It is indeed rather unusual in the major race of the Japanese calendar for three-year-old, namely if we take into account that among eighteen runners in this year’s Japan Derby Rey de Oro was the only Japan-bred horse without Sunday Silence in his pedigree. Full article
Posted 05/24/2017
The stallion of Dalham Hall Stud Poet’s Voice boasts a significant record indeed. The winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, with his second crop of three-year-olds, has so far produced six stakes winners, but half of them were successful in a classic race. The last triumph arrived this Sunday when his son Poetic Dream won the Mehl-Mülhens Rennen (Gr.2), the German 2,000 Guineas. Full article
Posted 05/17/2017
Brametot and Le Brivid made a beautiful fight for victory in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, the French 2,000 Guineas, at Deauville. Rajsaman’s son Brametot took the race by a short head, the runner-up Le Brivid is the son of Siyouni. The first two positions were thus taken by the progeny of stallions based in France, which is not quite usual in a French classic race. Full article
Posted 05/10/2017
The Florida Derby winner Always Dreaming justified favouritism in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The colt is from the first crop of the Arkansas Derby winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister. Two years after the triumph of American Pharoah the most exciting minutes in sport were won, again, by the grandson of the former Juddmonte stallion Empire Maker, who returned to the U. S. from Japan two years ago. Full article
Posted 05/04/2017
Thirty-three years ago the three-year-old daughter of Northern Dancer, Northern Trick, dominated the top races of the French season and it brought her the title not just of the top three-year-old filly in France but also the best rated three-year-old filly in Europe. She excelled at stud too – the family she had founded has produced an English classic winner or champions in the United States and Brazil. Now the family won a group double, including a Gr. 1 victory, in just four days. Full article
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

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