Derby sire-line facts

Since Spectacular Bid, the champion 2-year-old colt of 1978, won the Derby in 1979, two other champion juvenile colts have emulated him in the ensuing 36 years: American Pharoah in 2015 and Street Sense in 2007. This isn’t a flattering endorsement for championship form at 2 for the Derby, and it extends to the winners of the … Continue reading Derby sire-line facts

Giant’s Causeway is big Cat for sire and Ashford

Tapit and Uncle Mo have received the lion’s share of Derby press this year — including from this corner — with potential multiple entries in the classic, but they aren’t the only two. Results from the last few days are a reminder that there’s a third stallion in this elite group with far-reaching influence.  He’s Ashford’s Giant’s … Continue reading Giant’s Causeway is big Cat for sire and Ashford

Lonhro’s Shakhimat makes move to Queen’s Plate for Attfield

Roger Attfield, along with Harry Giddings Jr., has won Canada’s premier classic, the Queen’s Plate, a remarkable eight times. Last year he attempted to enter the record books with Danish Dynaformer, a homebred colt from the last crop of Dynaformer for client Charles Fipke. This year, he will try again with Shakhimat, a colt from the … Continue reading Lonhro’s Shakhimat makes move to Queen’s Plate for Attfield

Montjeu sprinter rising as a sire in New Zealand

Lots of news from Australia and New Zealand today. Winx is becoming an icon for her late sire Street Cry — a Southern Hemisphere bookend for Street Cry’s legendary Northern Hemisphere daughter Zenyatta. Written Tycoon, fresh off the G1 mark with the Golden Slipper winner Capitalist a few weeks ago, struck again at the highest level with … Continue reading Montjeu sprinter rising as a sire in New Zealand