Lava Man

Everybody enjoys a good “Rags to Riches” story. You know the kind. Born on the wrong side of the tracks to rise up and achieve far beyond expectations, thus beating the odds. Whether we are talking of a human or an equine, it makes a compelling story. I would like to present to you here the compelling story of Lava

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Forego

  July 30, 1978, Belmont Park. The feature race on the card that day was the historic Brooklyn Handicap. As usual a stellar field had been assembled for the then grade one event. There that day was three time winner Forego, but the champion was not in the field. He was there to be honoured by Belmont and the fans

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Kingmambo

Breeding in Thoroughbred racing is everything. Oh sure there have been horses who became champions that were from families containing very few stakes winners, or were regarded as “unfashionable” in their pedigrees, but generally breeding is the key to winning the top level races worldwide. As a son of the great race mare Miesque and sired by the epoch sire

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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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