Natalma

When we look back at the greats of the turf, very seldom are the mothers of these heralded horses given much mention. When we say the name Northern Dancer, all kinds of adulation are heaped during the conversation, and rightfully so, about his racing and stud record. However little is said of his dam, the wonderful Natalma. I am sure

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Hasili

Juddmonte Farm has become one of the leading breeders and owners in world racing. Prince Khalid Abdullah has funded and masterminded this very successful operation that has seen the likes of Danehill, Dancing Brave, Known Fact, Workforce, Empire Maker, Commander in Chief and the incomparable Frankel among the dozens upon dozens of world class horses bred and raced by this

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Fall Aspen

There are many breeders who believe that excessive in breeding is detrimental to advancement of the breed. Out crosses and diversity are keys to advancing the breed.  In the other corner many breeders believe that inbreeding is needed to keep certain lines vigorous and strong. As with so many examples of each breeding theory, there are successes and failures to

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Urban Sea

There is a phenomenon of incredible proportion currently happening in racing. The Epsom and Irish Derbies of 2016 were won by the Aga Khan’s brilliant colt Harzand, who is sired by Epsom Derby winner Sea The Stars. The colts who finished second to Harzand, Idaho in the Irish Derby and U.S. Ranger in the Epsom Derby, are both sired by

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Numbered Account

In the world of Thoroughbred racing there have been certain individuals who have been so remarkable that they are remembered with great affection and awe. Numbered Account was a champion on the track, a producer of grade one stakes winners, and is a very influential mare in the pedigrees of some of today’s champions. She was also one of the

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Courtly Dee

Many people in Thoroughbred breeding believe that pedigree is everything. While there have been many fashionably bred colts and fillies that did not live up to their exulted ancestors on the race track, some did become wonderful progenitors when sent to a breeding career. Courtly Dee is a prime example of this. Bred in 1968 by Donald Unger, Courtly Dee

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Feola

Foundation broodmares have a reverent mystique. The most acclaimed have founded families of champions and top sires and dams for many breeders fortunate enough to acquire members of these elite Thoroughbred families. These families have had considerable influence on Thoroughbred breeding, producing top class stakes winners regularly from generation to generation. In the case of the great broodmare Feola, the

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Daltawa

One of the greatest legacies in Thoroughbred breeding and racing has been authored by the ruling family head of the Shi’a Isma’illi Muslims, also known as the Aga Khan. The third Aga Khan had a deep love of racing. He set forth in the early twentieth century the foundations for success with astute purchases of fillies that would become fabulous

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Eight Carat

Perhaps one of the more intriguing anomalies in Thoroughbred breeding are the extraordinary amount of broodmares that were either unraced, or never won a race if they got to a starting gate, that have become heralded matrons in the breeding shed. There are many such mares in the history of the turf that have been grand producers of top class

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Ballade

The name of Ballade and her progeny have been frequently mentioned in various articles on this web-site. Her sire is Herbager, a very handsome stallion imported from France by Bull Hancock. The dark bay son of Vandale became a very successful stallion at Claiborne Farm. Herbager won six of eight races with one second place against the best of his generation.

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