Blacktypepedigree Notes Archive

Posted 06/30/2015
Urmentera, two-year-old son of Cosmic, won the Gran Premio Estrellas Juvenille at San Isidro on Saturday. The Gran Premio was one of the six Gr.1 races of the mega meeting at the racecourse. A day later, a two-year-old Only Me, sired by Pour Moi, finished second in the listed Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh. Who do these two-year-olds have in common? Beside the fact that they both come from first crops of their sires and both are their first black-type progeny, both are inbred to the legendary Sadler’s Wellse. Full article
Posted 06/23/2015
Last week’s column was dedicated to Dansili thanks to the hundredth progeny who won a black-type race. Five days of great racing at Royal Ascot later and Dansili commands attention again, this time as the sire of sires thanks to the fantastic debut of his son Zoffany whose progeny won three Royal Ascot stakes races for two-year-old. Full article
Posted 06/16/2015
Two black-type races were run in Cork, Ireland, on Sunday. One of these, the Munster Oaks Stakes for three-year-plus fillies and mares was won by the single three-year-old filly in the race, Words, for whom the race was her second career start and second win. The daughter of the Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, unbeaten in two races, proves to be another good investment of the Coolmore team Smith, Magnier & Tabor. Above all she became the milestone 100th black-type winner of her sire Dansili, one of the most successful sons of Danehill at stud. Full article
Posted 06/09/2015
Danehill’s son Fastnet Rock, champion of sprinters and stallions in Australia, belongs among the best sires in the world. The flagship of Coolmore’s Australian operations and once the most expensive stallion in Australia, who during his career never won a race longer than six furlongs, is the provider of speed at stud and most of his progeny saw their major achievements on distances under a mile. Last weekend, however, Fastnet Rock presented himself in new roles. Full article
Posted 05/26/2015
It was not the simplest race but supported by the brilliant Ryan Moore and thanks to his strong burst of speed, Gleneagles beat the competition in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He thus became the eighth winner of the Guineas double after Right Tack (1969), Don’t Forget Me (1987), Tirol (1990), Rodrigo de Triano (1995), Rock of Gibraltar (2002) Cockney Rebel (2007) and Henrythenavigator (2008). Full article
Posted 05/20/2015
The victory of American Pharoah in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday was impressive indeed. The winner of the Kentucky Derby managed to win the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown in great style and will no doubt be odds-on favourite in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. If he is luckier than California Chrome last year, he could become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Full article
Posted 05/12/2015
The last weekend saw a number of major races including two classic races in France. But more than these I was intrigued by another victory of top Australian filly Delicacy who just a week after her victory in Australian Oaks won another Gr.1 race – the South Australia Derby, in which she was able, as a month ago in the W.A.T.C. Derby (Gr.2), to beat the competition of colts. Full article
Posted 05/05/2015
It was an excellent finish that Danehill Dancer’s daughter Legatissimo performed in the closing stages of the 1,000 Guineas. She was given a virtuoso ride by Ryan Moore, who won the second English classic after 2,000 Guineas on Gleneagles. Same as Gleneagles, whose dam is a sister of Giant’s Causeway, Legatissimo is a daughter of a mare who is a full sister to a Gr.1 winner. In her case it is the winner of the 2009 Irish Derby Fame and Glory, a grandson of the German 1,000 Guineas winner Grimpoly, who was bought in Germany by Leslie Harrison for Lord Howard de Walden’s Plantation Stud where she founded a successful family. Full article
Posted 04/28/2015
Turffontein, South Africa, saw the most important meeting of the season during the weekend, with the peak of the South African Derby. We will not speak about any of the five Gr.1 Saturday winners but to a filly who finished second in the listed Highveld Sand Challenge four days earlier, The Royal Rumba. Full article
Posted 04/21/2015
This racing season could mean a breakthrough for one of the leading European sires Shamardal. Although in Europe the season is at the very start, seven of his progeny have already won a black-type race and more five black-type wins were achieved by his progeny outside Europe, namely through the excellent Hong Kong sprinter Able Friend. Full article
Posted 04/14/2015
The prestigious meeting at Randwick continued with its second day on Saturday. Last column was dedicated to pedigrees of the first day Gr.1 winners and this time we will focus our attention on a single one, or to her family to be more precise. The horse in question is the winner of the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (Gr.1) Amanpour, another Gr.1 winner from the family of the legendary Natalma but the very first one from the branch of her daughter Born a Lady, foaled in 1981. Full article
Posted 04/07/2015
Randwick, Australia, hosted a rich meeting on Monday, which had its peak in the AJC Australian Derby and three more Gr.1 races. The quality of the races was not impacted by postponing the programme from Saturday and again it showed that Australian races belonged among the best, if not the very best, in the world. And the races brought a number of interesting insights for breeders. Full article
Posted 03/31/2015
Last Wednesday Mr Prospector’s son Smart Strike was euthanized at Lane’s End Farm, U.S., aged 23. He was a Gr.1 winner and two-time champion sire in Northern America. The death of a stallion, who, despite his age, belonged with the fee of USD 100,000 among the most expensive sires in the United States, is a great loss not just for Lane’s End but the breeding in Northern America as such. Will some of his sons fill the gap? Full article
Posted 03/25/2015
While the breeding season is in full in the Northern Hemisphere, breeders in the South enjoy a period of peace and they can assess data of the past season. Let us do the same in an article which looks back on the last year’s breeding season in Australia. Full article
Posted 03/17/2015
The Sunday HK$18 million Hong Kong Derby (Gr.1) at Sha Tin was – slightly against odds – was won by the gelding Luger, Australia-bred son of Choisir (Danehill Dancer), bought by John Foote at Australian Easter Yearling Sale for UAD 260,000. Luger, full brother of the Gr.3 winner Psychologist, is a son of Danzero mare Miss Conception, granddaughter of Danehill, to whom Luger is 3x3 inbred. The Hong Kong triumph, his first stakes achievement, made him the twenty-fifth black-type winner whose pedigree includes Danehill inbreeding. Full article
Posted 03/11/2015
He has produced a single black-type winner (although successful in a classic race) and his first black-type winner as damsire did not arrive until last Friday when he was dead for fourteen years. These details might imply a rather non-attractive and unsuccessful sire. They belong, however, to the winner of the most important race in the world (from the perspective of breeders), a horse belonging to a dynasty that once dominated thoroughbred breeding. His name was Shaamit. Full article
Posted 03/03/2015
A week ago this column was dedicated to the recent achievements of Street Cry and his sons at stud. The success wave continued the next weekend, during which the list of Gr.1 winners by Street Cry was expanded by two-year-old Pride of Dubai who won the prestigious Blue Diamond Stakes. He, too, same as many others of Street Cry’s progeny, is out of a dam by Danehill. Full article
Posted 02/24/2015
It was a huge loss not just for Jonabell Farm when Machiavellian’s son Street Cry had to be euthanized last September, aged just sixteen, after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition. The most successful sire of all the Dubai World Cup winners had sired not just the excellent Zenyatta, but also a number of sons at stud who prove to be promising young stallions. Full article
Posted 02/17/2015
The four-year-old Dissident easily justified the favouritism at Caulfield when he won the Gr.1 C F Orr Stakes by 1 ½ lengths from Entirely Platinum. It was the fourth Gr.1 victory for Dissident and the score of his damsire Anabaa increased to nineteen Gr.1 triumphs. Full article
Posted 02/11/2015
Coolmore Australia announced last week that one of their most successful sires, the twenty-one-year old Encosta de Lago, had been pensioned. Australian breeders thus lose not just two-time champion sire but also the most successful son of Fairy King at stud. Full article

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