Blacktypepedigree Notes Archive

Posted 09/02/2014
On Friday, Le Havre’s son Orbec became the sixth black-type winner of his sire, only six days after his first black-type winner, the winner of the Prix du Calvados (Gr. 3), Queen Bee, appeared in his second crop. He is currently on the third position, behind Sea The Stars and Mastercraftsman, in the European championship of stallions. He has two crops on the racecourse and thanks to the results scored so far he can be considered the most promising stallion of the Blushing Groom line in European breeding. Full article
Posted 08/19/2014
Five years ago the first three-year old progeny by El Prado’s son Medaglia d’Oro appeared on the American racecourse. They performed excellently, the best example being Rachel Alexandra, the winner of the Kentucky Oaks and four more Gr.1 races who has managed, as the first filly since Nellie Morse in 1924, to win the Preakness Stakes. The new season started a few days ago in Australia and it will see debuts of first Medaglia d’Oro’s three-year-old progeny born in the Southern Hemisphere. Their start was fine – his son Nostradamus won the Gr.3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, thus becoming the first Australian born black-type winner by Medaglia d’Oro. Full article
Posted 08/12/2014
A few days ago, Tattersalls published the catalogue for its most prestigious sale - Tattersalls October Yearling Sale - Book 1. Although it has strong rivals, Arqana’s August Sale in France and Goff’s Orby Sale in Ireland, it still remains the best European yearling sale. Reading the catalogue is interesting in itself but it also gives a perspective on the development of the thoroughbred market in Europe. Full article
Posted 08/05/2014
Saturday’s Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes (2yo, L) at Mountaineer Park was taken by Hashtag Bourbon who won in his second race. Bred at Farfellow Farms, he is sired by the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver who has his first crop of two-year-olds this year and Hashtag Bourbon won him the first black-type triumph as a sire. Full article
Posted 07/29/2014
The Saturday meeting at Greyville, South Africa, consisted of seven black-type races, including four ones classified as Gr.1. One of these, Premier’s Champion Stakes for two-year-olds, was taken by the Australian-born Harry’s Son, the son of Haradasun, for whom it was the first Gr. 1 achievement as a sire. Haradasun has thus become the third son of Fusaichi Pegasus to sire a Gr.1 winner. Full article
Posted 07/23/2014
The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, saw the Slovakian Derby on Sunday. The highlight of the season does not have the black-type status and its winner, Love Me, has never raced in a black-type race but his pedigree can serve as an illustration of thoroughbred breeding in the former communist countries. And it can serve, for some of you, as a reminder of once famous names that you have not heard since they ended their racing careers. Full article
Posted 07/15/2014
Civic Stakes, held on July 5 at the Rosehill racecourse, were historical in a way. It was the first black-type race in which the first two places were taken by the progeny of mares sired by the Australian champion Redoute’s Choice. The winning gelding Generalife score the first black-type success of his career, which made him not just the 29th black-type winner out of a dam sired by Redoute’s Choice, but also the 50th black-type horse out of a dam by this successful son of Danehill. Full article
Posted 07/09/2014
A stunning performance. There are simply no other words for the fantastic run of the unbeaten Sea The Moon in the German Derby. The horse bred by the Gorlsdorf stud, based in the former GDR, took the richest race of the German racing calendar easily by eleven lengths and thus brought, after Taghrooda’s triumph in the Epsom Oaks, the second classic triumph to his sire Sea The Stars. If we look at Sea The Moon’s pedigree, we must say that the colt’s exceptional class has no doubt been contributed to by his excellent family, established in Germany by Old Vic’s unraced daughter Sacarina. Full article
Posted 07/02/2014
When the two year-old Mocklershill won the Prix Yacowlef (L) at Deauville, it was indeed a reason for celebration at the Haras de Bonneval - their first crop stallion Siyouni scored the first black-type victory as a sire. The former two-year-old Gr.1 winner Siyouni thus became not just the sixth son of Pivotal (after Kyllachy, Captain Rio, Excellent Art, Windsor Knot and Falco) who has produced a black-type winner, but also the fourteenth stallion - sire of the black-type winner - whose damsire is Danehill. Full article
Posted 06/25/2014
Five days full of the very best that racing has to offer — this was Royal Ascot, a meeting in which twenty-two black-type races saw the best horses of England and Ireland plus a number of international stars, headed by the French champion Treve. What has it brought from the breeder’s perspective? Full article
Posted 06/18/2014
Last week we discussed the winner of the Epsom Derby, Australia. A day before his victory, however, another classic race was run at Epsom – the Oaks. The pedigree of its winner Taghrooda is worthy of attention too, not just because she is the first Gr.1 winner produced by the champion Sea the Stars but also because she is the first Gr.1 winner whose dam is the product of the extremely successful Sadler’s Wells x Darshaan nick. Full article
Posted 06/11/2014
Breed the best to the best and hope for the best – this is one of the oldest recipes to breed a champion. The authorship of the motto is heavily contested, nevertheless, it is without any doubt one of the most often quoted ways to achieve success in thoroughbred breeding. As it is the case with formulas, this one, too, does not bring success each time but the winner of this year’s Derby, Australia, is a good example of when such a way is successful. Full article
Posted 06/04/2014
He did not run in the Epsom Derby, he has even never raced on the Epsom racecourse, nevertheless he is, for several years already, the key horse for the three major events of the Epsom season – The Derby, Oaks and Coronation Cup. In the recent years, the offspring of his sons and daughters, or even grandson and granddaughters now, make up most of the fields in any of the above mention Gr. 1 races. It needs not to emphasise whom we are talking about – Sadler’s Wells. Full article
Posted 05/27/2014
It has been twelve years since the three-year-old son of Danehill, Rock of Gibraltar, cruised through European Gr.1 mile races. His victory in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket built upon his triumphs in the Grand Criterium and Dewhurst Stakes achieved when he was two. After the Newmarket classic he took the Irish 2,000 Guineas, and then the St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp which rounded the number of consecutive Gr.1 wins at seven, beating an old record set by Mill Reef. This year, he has started his twelfth season at stud at Coolmore where he has been, with the exception of a single season in Japan, for all of his seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. His fee is EUR 12,500. This fee puts him somewhere in the mid-range of Coolmore’s stallions but recently he has proved himself much more influential that we would have expected of a stallion with such fee. Full article
Posted 05/20/2014
The chestnut California Chrome took the Preakness Stakes in a similar style to the Kentucky Derby. The son of Lucky Pulpit now faces the toughest of challenges – to succeed in the Belmont Stakes which would win him a place alongise the eleven Triple Crown winners, himself being the first winner after thirty-six years since Affirmed took it in 1978. His pedigree has been widely discussed, we would like to look at the dam side of it, namely to the mare which you will find twice in the pedigree of his dam — the excellent mare Numbered Account. Full article
Posted 05/13/2014
The Saturday’s Champagne Stakes (Gr.2) for two year-olds at Doomben, Australia, was taken easily by 1 and 3/4 length by Brazen Beau, a colt from the first year crop of the successful Australian sprinter I Am Invincible. He thus became not only the second group winner by this stallion but also the fifteenth black-type winner and thirtieth black-type horse sired by an Invincible Spirit’s son. Full article
Posted 05/07/2014
Four years after Makfi, the product of Dubawi’s first crop, won the 2,000 Guineas, the sire saw another of his progeny to score in the first English classic race. Night of Thunder, who was forty to one, beat the favourites Kingman and Australia and snatched the victory by a half-length despite swerving strongly to the left in the final yards. The winner is the very first Dubawi’s black-type product out of a dam by Galileo; looking at his pedigree in detail, however, we will see that it is built on the well-tried combinations and ones that are characteristic for Dubawi’s most successful progeny. Full article
Posted 04/29/2014
Two weeks ago, Amadeus Wolf saw his first group triumph as a sire when his son Hamza won the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket. A week later, it was Archipenko who had reasons to celebrate as his daughter Lady Penko won the Prix Caravelle at Toulouse and the next day brought one of the highest career achievements for Bernardini whose progeny – Go Indy Go and Essay Raider – won a Gr. 1 and Gr. 3 victory on a single day. The above mentioned winners have one thing in common – pedigrees of all of them are marked by the influence of the excellent racehorse, and later one of the major disappointments at stud, the grey stallion Spectacular Bid. Full article
Posted 04/22/2014
It’s A Dundeel’s victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr.1) at Randwick on Saturday seems to be the biggest achievement of a horse by High Chaparral – at least judged by the prize money. The double Derby winner (England and Ireland) and the first horse to defend Breeder’s Cup Turf victory is a demanded and successful sire both on the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, although the ways of his use differ. Full article
Posted 04/16/2014
It was a fascinating ease with which Kingman won the Gr.3 Greenham Stakes. True to his name, he dominated the field in the 2,000 Guineas trial and it was not just the silks worn by his jockey James Doyle that reminded one of the same race three years ago, when the excellent Frankel launched his three-year-old campaign. Now it is Kingman, unbeaten in three races, who is the favourite of the 2,000 Guineas when he could expand the rich collection of classic winners bred at Juddmonte Farms and, also, to become the first classic winner of the Irish National Stud stallion Invincible Spirit in Britain and Ireland. Full article

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