By Frances J. Karon In June, I used this space to write about Stormy Atlantic, of whom I’ve long been an admirer. I’ve become an admirer of his son Get Stormy, too, with more to like all the time, it seems. Get Stormy is a $6,500 Crestwood Farm stallion whose 4yo daughter Got Stormy (dam by Malabar … Continue reading Got Stormy?
By Sid Fernando Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms has a racing and breeding presence on both sides of the Atlantic and an embarrassment of riches in its barns at the moment. Scratching the surface, Abdullah is represented in North America this year by the Gll winner Tacitus (Tapit), a leading 3-year-old colt and a potentially … Continue reading Kingman versus Frankel
By Frances J. Karon It’s early days in the freshman sire race, but here are the black-type facts so far, in black and white: As of July 22nd, seven North American-based first-crop sires are represented by stakes winners: American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), sire of G3SW Maven; Constitution (Tapit), G3SW By Your Side; Competitive Edge … Continue reading Sons of Tapit gaining momentum
By Frances J. Karon Coolmore Stud’s Kentucky-based Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile) was not an early 2yo, despite being champion 2yo (as well as Horse of the Year at three). He didn’t debut until August 9th (when he was fifth over 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather at Del Mar), and … Continue reading American Pharoah excelling early…and on turf
By Frances J. Karon It is true that Galileo, Frankel, Dubawi, and co. take up most of the headlines in European racing, but Cheveley Park Stud’s 26-year-old Pivotal still knows how to grab a few headlines of his own. In some direct capacity, Pivotal featured prominently — either as sire, broodmare sire, or sire of … Continue reading Pivotal by name, pivotal by nature
By Frances J. Karon For three years, Seeking the Soul has been a persistent, consistent reminder of what an excellent servant Perfect Soul has been to WTC client Charles “Chuck” Fipke, a man of faith in his stallions, including — or perhaps, especially — Perfect Soul. Perfect Soul, by Sadler’s Wells out of Ball Chairman … Continue reading Seeking Perfection
By Frances J. Karon You’re unlikely to find an active stallion with more crops of racing age than Stormy Atlantic, whose 18th group of 2yos is now on the track while their sire spent the first half of the year conceiving his 21st crop, for the low stud fee of $10,000. (Awesome Again, Distorted Humor, … Continue reading Stormy Atlantic still making waves
By Frances J. Karon On February 2nd, I tweeted this observation: “…Japanese-bred Power Gal, who won the Martha Washington at Oaklawn today, is by Empire Maker out of a mare by High Yield, whose broodmare sire was Forty Niner. Those genes traveled a long way to produce a black-type winner in Arkansas.” The product of an international … Continue reading Empire Maker comes full circle