By Frances J. Karon In the midst of the pandemic that has, with a few exceptions shut down most horse racing all over the world, here in the U.S. we may be starting to feel a sense of normalcy now that our first 2yo races have been run. Normally that would have happened on opening day of the Keeneland spring … Continue reading 2yo racing in a pandemic
By Frances J. Karon On a weekend originally intended to be a huge day of racing — led by the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, and Santa Anita Derby cards — there were just six North American tracks that even held races at all, and one of those programs was for Quarter Horses. Instead of an abundance of Graded races, the … Continue reading Kimari is a dual-surface star for Munnings
By Frances J. Karon Four years may have gone by, but I remember it as if it were yesterday, the afternoon I lingered at Lane’s End Farm after looking at some of their stallions. It was turnout time for A.P. Indy and the others, and I thought it would be great to get some photos … Continue reading A.P. Indy: an appreciation
By Frances J. Karon When, in June of 2016, Brave Anna won the Group 3 Albany at Royal Ascot, I noted on Twitter that the full sister to G1 winner Hit it a Bomb (now a Spendthrift stallion with first 2yos in 2020) was, at the time, the fourth stakes winner sired by War Front (who … Continue reading Invader is the latest success for War Front and Galileo
By Frances J. Karon On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Uncle Mo was represented by his 53rd SW when Carressa, owned by Mercedes Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dottie Ingordo, David Ingordo, and Steve Mooney, won the G3 Megahertz on the turf at Santa Anita for trainer John Shirreffs. It was the 4yo filly’s … Continue reading Uncle Mo takes Carressa’s family to new heights
By Frances J. Karon Last April, I wrote about the late Scat Daddy, who had just gotten his 116th stakes winner in Jo Jo Air, a then-3yo filly from his last crop. I noted that Jo Jo Air’s black-type win had boosted Scat Daddy into the elite sire territory of 10% stakes winners to foals, … Continue reading Ten is the new 20
By Frances J. Karon Competition at most levels of the stallion game is tough. Mare owners who breed commercially, which seems to be most of them these days, are at the mercy of an unforgiving market that is quick to judge, and they must choose mates carefully or risk getting burned in the sales ring. … Continue reading The Freshman sire game: what’s in a number?
By Frances J. Karon Much has been written recently about Into Mischief’s success as a sire. Suffice to say that Spendthrift’s flagship stallion merits every bit of praise that he has received, as this look at his stud fee history and number of mares bred per Northern Hemisphere season can attest to: 2009: $12,500; 61 … Continue reading Into Mischief shoplifts his first leading sire title