breeders in japan have their eyes on the classic prize


From Frank Mitchell’s blog

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:

The following post was first published at Paulick Report last week.

“Well, who wants to win the Arc?” was the comment of a local participant whose apparent goal is to win sprints on dirt.

That is, quite literally, the root opinion of a large portion of the participants in horse racing in North America, including a certain majority of the selectors at the ongoing Keeneland September sale.

This very sizable contingent of breeders, buyers and their advisers wants horses of great power and speed, who show it early. Quick, early, and fast are engaging traits in the racehorse, but those qualities come with a price.

For instance, few horses of this type carry their speed past a mile. Even fewer become classic horses. And therein lies the disjunct between those looking for the premium American sales yearling and those trying to breed or buy the best horses of a generation…

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