History lesson: drug usage comes full circle

The recent Penn National “interstate fraud” arrests, coming one day after a Senate House subcommittee hearing on H.R. 2012—the racing bill that would introduce Federal oversight and phase out Lasix—renewed cries for drug reform and featured a well-publicized and impassioned plea from Arthur Hancock for the government to protect horses by doing away with Lasix … Continue reading History lesson: drug usage comes full circle

Snapshot of Triple Crown winners by percentage of imported or foreign-bred ancestors could lead to conclusions

The 11 US Triple Crown winners spanned the time frame from Sir Barton in 1919 to Affirmed in 1978, roughly about 60 years. Each is listed below by year of classic wins, name, the number of generations to the first imported or foreign-bred ancestor in the pedigree (in parenthesis  after name; if a sire or … Continue reading Snapshot of Triple Crown winners by percentage of imported or foreign-bred ancestors could lead to conclusions

November sale meeting led to this soliloquy on Fazenda Mondesir, Spend a Buck, and Ghadeer

Lately I’ve been waxing lyrical on the significance of imported bloodstock. This soliloquy took place on Twitter on Nov. 9. https://twitter.com/sidfernando/status/399272822335217664 https://twitter.com/sidfernando/status/399273370715291650 https://twitter.com/sidfernando/status/399273860753014784 https://twitter.com/sidfernando/status/399274647117889536 https://twitter.com/sidfernando/status/399275600885469184 Continue reading November sale meeting led to this soliloquy on Fazenda Mondesir, Spend a Buck, and Ghadeer

Some French history behind the female line of Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew

Regarding the post below this one (discussing the pedigrees of Imagining, Super Saver, and Revolutionary), the foundation of some of the best racers of the Phippses—and many, many others—is the imported French mare La Troienne, the dam of Baby League. The story of La Troienne is well known, but here’s the long story short: the … Continue reading Some French history behind the female line of Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew