Cristina Patino played all her cards right to get Oaks win

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  1. Sid,

    This is timely and very interesting background information. Roberto is a serious ingredient in Euro breeding, more so than in American pedigrees, although he works here too.

    Noted that a Dynaformer played a big role too. More Roberto.

    Go man!


  2. I guess this is not the space to place this comment, but i did not know where else to write it.
    I noticed that this blog follows racing from all over the globe, and you have created a few posts about the selective races for two year olds in Argentina this year.
    Last friday i went to San Isidro racecourse and in the 3º race i saw a very impressive win by a highly promissing two year old. I thought you might like to check it out (in case you already have not). Here´s the race:
    The colt´s name is Paulinho (he is number 7 in black and yellow silks) and is by a hot young national sire: Equal Stripes (Candy Stripes)
    It is not entirely noticeable in the video, but i can tell you that the turf course at San Isidro is not at its best this time of the year.
    I know the opposition in this race was not the most demanding, but regardless of that aspect, the impression i got from the colt, just blew me away (reminded me of Husson).
    The colt is now two for two. He won his debut at Palermo (dirt/sand) on april 17 by 11 lenghts going 6 furlongs (1200 metres).
    Hopefully he will make it to the second semester, although with these demonstrations he will probably be sold in the short term.
    If you check it out please let me know what you think.

  3. Here is another angle on how a filly bought for a pittance ends up winning the Oaks.

    Snow Fairy the winner of the Epsom Oaks doesn’t possess a Classic winner’s pedigree. When she was bought for 1,800 euros at Tattersalls in December 2008 presumably those present had a similar view. Her third dam was placed in a Listed race and her second dam did produce Big Bad Bob a Group 3 winner in Germany. However the price reflects the overall look of the pedigree.

    However there is one thing that Snow Fairy shares with Workforce who followed her into the Epsom winner’s enclosure 24 hours later. Now his pedigree is far more blue chip than hers but lurking in the background is Nogara and this time in even larger dollops.

    Nogara, winner of the Italian 1000 and 2000 guineas in her day, appears no less than 6 times in Snow Fairy’s sire Intikhab’s pedigree and 6 times again in her dam Woodland Dream´s.

    So it’s an Epsom double for Nogara and her famous breeder Federico Tesio.

  4. Thanks Sid I missed that.

    In addition I thought I should give a bit more detail on my bigging up of Nogara as a causative factor in Snow Fairy’s success.

    While she was a high class filly and producer of great horses that is not where I am coming from.

    The great thing about deep pedigree analysis is that horses appear often enough that very large samples can be compared and statistical significance can be verified.

    Nogara’s great attraction for me is that she is still exerting an influence on a modern pedigree more than 60 years after her death. Many of her equally gifted contempories are not.

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