Cigar

Winning streaks in sports are exciting and capture the imagination of fans. Winning streaks become a source of lively conversation in the press, pubs and work place water coolers. In racing an extended winning streak at the top level is rare, but when it happens, the attention of the fans becomes focused on the horse. Beginning at the end of

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Lomitas

Overcoming the odds in Thoroughbred racing happens every day. The odds in question are the betting odds, which are in actuality an opinion poll using the money from those with an opinion as to which horse will win the race. There are some horses however that had to overcome of a different nature to become winning racers. These odds had

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Storm Cat

Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington Kentucky is the beautiful home of the most prestigious Thoroughbred sales in North America. The annual yearling sales attract the best bred would be stakes winners available to be purchased. The leading movers and shakers in the industry converge at Keeneland to bid on these well conformed yearlings with top class pedigrees. Certain sires have dominated

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El Prado

In Thoroughbred breeding there has always been exceptions to the normal established mindset of breeders. In the case of the Northern Dancer tail male line, greys had not fared well as race horses or as sires. Sired by Northern Dancer’s exceptional son Sadler’s Wells, El Prado would make his mark as a champion in racing and breeding. El Prado was

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Nureyev

Nureyev was a highly regarded individual from the time of his birth. A $1.3 million purchase as a yearling by Stavros Niarchos, the bay son of Northern Dancer – Special by Forli came into the world on May 2, 1977 with a silver bit in his mouth. He was bred by the legendary Claiborne Farms in Paris Kentucky. Nureyev would

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Deputy Minister

Thoroughbred racing in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century was a parochial, haphazard, but rather colourful enterprise. The tracks and facilities were rundown and not up to a good standard. The sport was marred by short tracks and short tempered owners. There was very little investment by the turf elite for top bloodstock, nor for better facilities.

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Danehill

  In the long history of the turf, there has never been a more profound sire to influence the world-wide scene during his own lifetime than Danehill. The son of Danzig – Razyana by His Majesty became the first successful sire to ply his trade on both sides of the equator, within the same year, and has effectively the blown

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Danzig

Northern Dancer is acclaimed as the most successful sire of the twentieth century. His pervasive influence has reached into the twenty-first century as the founder of many of the top sire lines in world-wide breeding today. Arguably one of the most potent branches comes from his son Danzig, an unlikely contributor to the legacy of his sire considering that he never won

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The Minstrel

By the time of the 1975 Keeneland yearling sales, the top racing stables were on the prowl for sons and daughters of Northern Dancer. At this particular sale was a small flashy chestnut which Vincent O’Brien took a liking to and purchased along with Robert Sangster and John Magnier and their syndicate for $200,000. The colt was out of Fleur

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Galileo

So far on this web-site I have been extolling the lives and achievements of many great legends of the past. Today I would like to examine the ongoing phenomenon of current world-wide leading sire Galileo. He has been nothing short of sensational since the day he was bred on March 30, 1998. He came from regal bloodlines, proved his class

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