Blacktypepedigree Notes Archive

Posted 04/09/2014
Charm Spirit’s victory in the Prix Djebel, the first French group race for 3yo’s, inspired the article on Montjeu’s daughters at stud. Two days later there was another reason – the three-year-old Lucia Valentina, whose dam is the daughter of Montjeu, won the Vinery Stud Stakes (registered as the Storm Queen Stakes) in Australia and it was clear that this stallion, who unfortunately died prematurely two years ago, cannot be avoided by this column. Full article
Posted 04/02/2014
Winning the Florida Derby on Saturday, Constitution made it among the serious candidates to win the Kentucky Derby. If he succeeds to repeat last year’s campaign of Orb he will become the second winner of the Bold Ruler line in a row, the line for which last year’s triumph in the “most important two minutes of sport” was the first major success since Swale won in 1984. Full article
Posted 03/26/2014
Inbreeding is one of key techniques in breeding and it has always had – thanks to the fact that the Stud Book is closed – an important role in thoroughbred breeding. Its role was especially prominent in the very beginnings of thoroughbred breeding and in the course of history the periods of its importance varied, often thanks to important breeders (let us mention, for instance, Marcel Boussac who had great success with narrow inbreeding). Today, due to the narrowing blood base, we may be at the threshold of a period in which inbreeding is to be used again quite often. Full article
Posted 03/18/2014
Saturday’s New Zealand Oaks (Gr.1) at the Trentham racecourse was taken easily by Miss Mossman, who thus avenged its second place from Miss Selby in the Lowland Stakes (Gr.3) two weeks ago. So far the biggest achievement of Miss Mossman was this years's fifth black-type victory for her sire Mossman, based at Vinery, Australia, who today represents one of the last hopes of the Prince Rose - Princequillo line to survive. Full article
Posted 03/11/2014
The breeders are likely to disagree who of Danehill’s sons at stud today is the best. Many would no doubt name Fastnet Rock and Redoute’s Choice, European breeders would mention great achievements of Dansili and Danehill Dancer and Rock of Gibraltar would have their supporters too. Who of Danehill’s sons is the best one in the first months of this year – judging by achievements in black type races – is clear enough though. And oddly enough, it is none of the stallions mentioned above. Full article
Posted 02/28/2014
The Saturday triumph of the four-year-old gelding Opinion at the Rosehill track was not only the first black-type achievement of a horse by Oasis Dream in Australia. The winner, bred at Ballylinch Stud, Ireland, became 75th black-type winner sired by this successful product of Juddmonte Farm at Newmarket. This is indeed a great score for the fourteen-year-old stallion who definitely – not just because of this milestone – deserves a short retrospective of his achievements and successful combinations. Full article
Posted 02/26/2014
Saturday was the most successful day at stud for the fifteen-year-old chestnut Captain Rio, based at Westbury Stud, New Zealand. It was in New Zealand that two horses by him won a group race in a single day. Once again, he remained us of his status of a successful stallion, actually more successful in the southern hemisphere than in Europe, but also of the line of his sire, Pivotal, one of the most successful sons of Nureyev at stud. Full article
Posted 02/19/2014
A few days ago, the new mating seasons started in the northern hemisphere. Same as every year, it is a source of a hope of number of breeders who believe that their combinations will produce a new Secretariat, Nijinsky or Frankel. Besides that, however, there is a volume of data that provide an overall outlook on the breeding as such, dominant lines and the most frequently demanded stallions. Full article
Posted 02/12/2014
The Coolmore giant Galileo has nothing to prove as a sire. He regularly places on top positions among sires and his progeny has managed to win most of major world races (although a victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is still missing) and he is likely to succeed as the sire of sires. Although it is early to say, he seems to perform well as damsire – a role in which he has just had a very successful weekend. Full article
Posted 02/05/2014
The Sunday triumph in the Centenary Vase (Gr. 3), under the heaviest weight, confirmed the exceptional class of the five-year-old Akeed Mofeed, a class demonstrated already by his December triumph in the Hong Kong Cup or even earlier in the Hong Kong Derby. He hinted at something of his abilities during his stay in Europe where, trained by John Oxx, he finished second to David Livingston in the Beresford Stakes. His achievement is not just another success in his sire Dubawi’s excellent career but – if you look further back into his pedigree – can serve as a reminder of the once exceptional star of European racing, Dancing Brave, whose name now appears more and more often in the pedigrees of successful horses. Full article
Posted 01/29/2014
Horse racing has become established in most of the countries of the world and the same holds true for thoroughbred breeding. Its achievements vary country to country, depending not just on the economic power of the people in the given country but, perhaps even to a larger extent, on the local tradition and popularity of horse-racing. Despite this, neither racing nor breeding are isolated from the world at large and they reflect the economic development. In the following lines we will make an attempt to answer the question whether and how the global economic crisis, which fully erupted after the Lehman Brothers collapse, has impacted the thoroughbred breeding worldwide. Full article
Posted 01/23/2014
Three times champion sire in America, thirteen of his progeny won a group race last year, the USD 85,000 fee making him not just one of the most expensive stallions at Ashford Stud but in the whole United States – this is Giant’s Causeway. A successful sire, and now a successful sire of sires, whose first crop made it to the track ten years ago. Full article
Posted 01/14/2014
Czech Republic and Poland are not exactly countries that would be attractive for European breeders to visit and look for suitable sires for their broodmares. Despite this, however, the local offer of stallions is not an uninteresting one and it may remind some of you of names that you remembered for their achievements in black-type races but later disappeared from view. Full article
Posted 01/08/2014
Coolmore-based Galileo, probably the most successful sire in the world today, tops many charts of champion sires. He became, once again, a champion sire in England and Ireland, he tops the performance chart in Europe and with earnings exceeding USD 14.7 million he heads the global chart published by Equiline on the basis of race results from North America, Europe and UAE. Full article
Posted 12/18/2013
Much has been written about Animal Kingdom, mostly of course after his triumph in the Kentucky Derby, then after he won the Dubai World Cup, and his trip to Royal Ascot met with attention too, as did his pedigree. Today, we would like to look at his pedigree from a different perspective, perhaps not so much interesting for practical breeding, but one providing, before Christmas, an interesting look into the history. Full article
Posted 12/10/2013
When the five-year old Dominant beat the favourite The Fugue in the first of four international races in Hong Kong on Sunday, it was the second Gr. 1 victory for his sire Cacique to be achieved by his progeny. It was the more significant that so far only twenty-five of horses sired by him appeared on the track. Full article
Posted 12/04/2013
Will Take Charge’s Friday victory in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs meant not only the third Gr. 1 victory for the horse but the colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas, losing by nose from Mucho Macho Man in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, has confirmed his position as the best thoroughbred whose pedigree contains inbreeding to one of the sons of the legendary Mr. Prospector. Full article
Posted 11/27/2013
A victory in a restricted race at Woodbine, Canada, and the second place in the most famous Japanese race, the Japan Cup. What do these races have in common? The first one is a milestone and the second could become one soon too… the milestone for the line founded by the succesful sire, and sometime the most expensive U. S. stallion, Kingmambo. Full article
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Posted 11/20/2013
The Cartier Horse of the Year title for the winner of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the unbeaten Treve, closed the successful year for Montjeu’s son at stud. After a lukewarm start, they now present themselves in a much better light than the first crops suggested. Full article
Posted 11/12/2013
If you check regularly the New Blacktype Stallions section you could not have missed the fact that after Saturday’s races in Australia, there appeared three sons of Redoute’s Choice. Ten-year old Mutawaajid scored the first group and blacktype winner thanks to the two-year old filly Boomwaa and two other sons of Redoute’s Choice, Legion and Redoutable, saw their offspring place in blacktype races. Full article

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