Andrew Caulfield Andrew Caulfield

Andrew Caulfield writes a weekly column for the Thoroughbred Daily News on pedigree analysis, a fascination which crystallised during the 12 years he spent as one of the principal writers at Timeform, where he was responsible for researching the pedigrees of all the two-year-olds. A former editor of The Thoroughbred Breeder, Pacemaker and The European Racehorse, he was also The Sporting Life's bloodstock correspondent for 12 years, He also wrote a weekly racing column for Japan's Gallop magazine for 20 years. More recently his principal role has been as a bloodstock consultant, primarily for Juddmonte Farms. During his 20-year association with Juddmonte, the farm’s star performers have included Frankel and Kingman, winners between them of three Cartier Horse of the Year awards. There have also been two winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, three of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, as well as winners of the 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, Derby, St Leger, Belmont Stakes and several French and Irish classics.

Pedigree Insights: Bravazo

When someone first gambled on the idea of sending a daughter of Cee’s Tizzy to Awesome Again, I wonder if they really expected to see the lights flash and the jackpot cascade. In fact, the lever had to be pulled a few times before the first payout, with the nick’s statistics standing at eight foals, [...]

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‘Heart’ and ‘Flame’ Find Grit Deep in Bloodlines

Thanks to Bill Finley’s Op/Ed piece last Thursday, the topic of lack of runners in the U.S. has been much discussed in recent days. The Jockey Club’s figures show that the average field size has fallen to fewer than eight runners per race since 2011 and that a modern American racehorse can be expected to [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Avery Island

Although the 20-year-old Speightstown got into the act, thanks to Strike Power in the GIII Swale S., it was largely the younger division of Kentucky stallions which dominated last weekend’s graded stakes action for 3-year-olds. Two 9-year-olds–Declaration of War and Graydar–were respectively responsible for Speed Franco (GIII Dania Beach S.) and Lombo (GIII Robert B. [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Gun Runner Takes His Place at Three Chimneys

There was a time when any visit to Kentucky would not be complete without a visit to Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm. Time the visit right and you might witness the unusual sight of the stallions returning to the barn after their ridden exercise. I remember well seeing the two-time champion Slew o’Gold being hosed [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Mourinho Proving He’s Special, Too

It almost seems like tempting fate to name a horse after a man who once declared at a press conference that he thinks he is special. The man in question, soccer manager Jose Mourinho, now virtually owns the nickname of “The Special One,” with journalist Sean Gibson once commenting that “he has helped write his [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Instilled Regard

When a two-year-old son of Arch sold for $1,050,000 in Florida last March, the successful bidder, Lawrence Best of OXO Equine, commented that the youngster was “a very good-looking horse” and a hard, hard runner, while Mike Ryan, the underbidder, was sufficiently impressed to describe the colt as a “hell of a horse,” before adding [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Mask

The New Year may be little more than a week old, but the Kentucky Derby hype machine is already cranking into action, thanks to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mask‘s highly impressive romp in the Mucho Macho Man S. Incidentally, the race is named after a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner who finished third in the Derby when [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Unique Bella

When Unbridled (Fappiano) entered the outside stall of the starting gate for the 1990 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic, he had a lot to prove. Sure, he had won the GI Florida Derby and GI Kentucky Derby earlier in the year, but he had then suffered defeats in his next four appearances at the Grade I [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Danon Premium

It was business as usual two days ago for Japan’s supreme stallion Deep Impact. For the third time in four years the son of Sunday Silence was responsible for the winner of Hanshin’s G1 Asahi Hai Futurity S., a juvenile race which virtually guarantees the winner champion status. And the Futurity prizemoney, worth the equivalent [...]

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Pedigree Insights: McKinzie

Memories being as short as they are, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the youngsters who were first past the post in Los Alamitos’s Saturday features were equine bluebloods. After all, the GI CashCall Futurity was “won” by Solomini, whose sire Curlin currently commands a fee of $150,000. Then the Starlet S. was taken [...]

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