Round Table

April 6, 1954. In the dark hours of that night, the foaling barn at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky was a busy place. The sound of mares giving birth echoed throughout the barn. Knight’s Daughter was in labour and about to give birth to a bay son by Princequillo, while in a separate stall Miss Disco did likewise seven hours earlier

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Dahlia

In all sports there are individuals who, through their accomplishments, change the sport’s landscape and set the bar for others to follow very high. In the early 1970’s, Dahlia would travel from her French home after achieving success in some very prestigious races to North America, and capture important races on the western continent. Her successes opened the flood gates

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Sir Ivor

Lester Piggott was one the greatest jockeys in turf history. His natural horsemanship combined with his uncanny ability to understand his mount, as well as his mental toughness gave him a clear advantage over ordinary riders. Piggott rode some of the greatest horses of his time such as Nijinsky, Petite Etoile, The Minstrel, Crepello, Never Say Die, Dahlia, Alleged, Ardross,

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Star Kingdom

Throughout the grand history of the Thoroughbred, sire line dynasties have come and gone. The great sire Hyperion founded one of the more enduring lines during his stud career in the mid decades of the twentieth century. His influence streamed across every racing jurisdiction in the world and was considered as one of the most potent tail male lines in

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Tourbillon

Out cross sire lines are very important in breeding. Whether through sons or daughters, out cross lines enhance the fashionable breeding lines and offer variety for future generations. The once mighty and proud French male line of the great sire Tourbillon has had a profound and significant influence to the highest echelon of the turf. Tourbillon was bred by Marcel

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Genuine Risk

The lady charged into the old boys club and beat them on their own turf. Genuine Risk won the 1980 Kentucky Derby, the first filly to do so since Regret won the race in 1915, a sixty-five year drought for feminine Thoroughbreds. In fact when she won the Derby she was the first filly to even attempt the feat in

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So Long Until Next Year

Woodbine Racetrack held their final card of racing for the 2015 season. One hundred and thirty-three days of quality racing which began in April and concluded with yesterday’s fine fourteen race card. It was a day of racing that epitomizes the beauty of this grand sport. Full competitive fields that contained exciting stretch drives, displayed some outstanding performances, and 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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Forty Niner

When well bred champions are retired from racing and enter the breeding arena, there is much expectation put on the horse to reproduce themselves at stud. Breeders can become anxious to the point of impatience when waiting for the progeny of said champion to strut their stuff on the track. Occasionally this impatience can lead to selling the stallion before

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