Karakontie, from Japan to USA via Europe

The number of new foreign-bred and/or primarily foreign-raced stallions standing in Kentucky keeps increasing incrementally each year, it seems. At the moment the only two active leading sires bred or raced abroad on the Top 40 General Sire list of 2015 are Lane’s End’s Candy Ride, bred in Argentina; and Ashford’s Giant’s Causeway, raced in Europe. Darley’s … Continue reading Karakontie, from Japan to USA via Europe

Kingmambo and Arch

Kingmambo and Arch, both influential sires, died recently, and I had occasion to speak about them Wednesday on the Steve Byk show. You can listen to it below, at the end of the post. Also included here is the link to the post I wrote about Kingmambo on Sept. 29, 2010, the day after he … Continue reading Kingmambo and Arch

Kingmambo had European race record but a lot of demand

Lane’s End’s Kingmambo, the sire of 21 Group/Grade 1 winners to date (and 76 Group and Listed stakes winners), was officially retired from stud duty Sept. 28, but his phenomenal international success as a US-based sire is a reminder in today’s market that a European-raced horse can succeed here despite proclamations to the contrary. In … Continue reading Kingmambo had European race record but a lot of demand

El Condor Pasa was key that led to Derby hero Workforce

A few days ago, while still basking in the glow of Workforce’s Derby tour de force, Juddmonte’s 3-year-old filly Kilo Alpha won a conditions race at Longchamp to go 2 for 5 and showed some promise for the future, either in Europe or the US perhaps. She, like the Derby winner, is by King’s Best from a Sadler’s Wells … Continue reading El Condor Pasa was key that led to Derby hero Workforce