Derby talk on Steve Byk’s show

Spoke about some Derby horses and Animal Kingdom on Steve Byk’s show Wednesday. Noted the Jockey Club influences in Orb (bred by Janney and Phipps), Revolutionary (Farish), Hear the Ghost (Farish and Lazy F Ranch), Verrazano (Hamilton), Lines of Battle (Darby Dan family), etc. Click here to listen to our conversation.


Derby talk on Steve Byk’s show

6 thoughts on “Derby talk on Steve Byk’s show

  1. Turn Capp and Capp It Off—the fourth and third dams of Vyjack, respectively—were sprinters; his second dam was Round It Off, whose three wins came at five and a half to six furlongs, and she was stakes-placed in a six-furlong event; she produced multiple Graded stakes-winning sprinter Disco Rico; Vyjack’s dam, Life Happened—a half-sister to Disco Rico— is by European sprinter Stravinsky. I wrote an column on the pedigree in the April issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. This is a family cultivated by the late Maryland breeder C. Oliver Goldsmith, who pretty much bred everything in the family.

  2. PTP says:

    That’s a little different than the Drape reason :)

    I am extremely interested to see Vyjack this weekend for some clues on what you’ve presented. It’s a fascinating part of the sport, and lucrative come Derby time. I very much like the horse, but maybe I will be liking him more come BC time in the mile.

    Thanks for the details.


  3. My analysis, as I said on Byk, is strictly on paper; but, these days pedigree (i.e., ability to get 10F in top company) is a huge factor because we (US breeders) breed so many high-quality 8.5-9F horses, but not as many true 10F types, like Animal Kingdom. Because our preps top off at 9F, the 10F of the Derby is frequently a surprise.

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