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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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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Bold Ruler

Champion race horses breed champion race horses. Breed the best to the best and hope for the best. These two long accepted theories on Thoroughbred breeding have held sway for breeders since the dawn of the breed. There have been many horses who have achieved the pinnacle of success in both racing and breeding. In the past one hundred years

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Sea-Bird

Memories from older racing enthusiasts are golden. When recalling the greats from the past to younger racing fans and participants, the newer generations tend to look upon the stories with trepidation and a sense of “yeah sure, that horse was not that good” belief. However, when certain champions from the past are recalled by the wise old observers in great

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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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Snow Chief

One of the more popular categories on this web-site is the “Unexpected Wonders” category. The category consists of horses from modest bloodlines who have overcome their genetic heritage to become champions on the track. When such a champion comes along, which is not a common occurrence, racing fans adopt the horse as a personal favourite. A good friend of the

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