TDN Weekend

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.

Sandiva, Reynaldo Get Better with Age

Not a lot happened last week, with little action among the budding 3-year-old stars, but this at least gives me the chance to pay tribute to Reynaldothewizard and Sandiva. These two hard-working Thoroughbreds are just the type that any owner would love to own. Reynaldothewizard, at the age of 11, took last Thursday’s Dubawi S. [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Gormley

It’s a long uphill climb from the GIII Sham S. in January to Grade I success at the Breeders’ Cup. Even so, the journey hasn’t proved too perilous for some of the horses which have performed well in the Sham since it was brought forward to January in 2011. Two of the winners, Tapizar and [...]

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Rain Allows Storm to Shine in San Pasqual

Sunday’s GII San Pasqual S. could be described as Hamlet without the Prince, after Arrogate, the forecast 1-5 favorite, was withdrawn. The cause of the withdrawal was the days of rain which had preceded the New Year, rather than the stage fright which gave rise to the Hamlet without the Prince expression. The story goes [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Satono Ares

Satono Ares’s victory in the GI Asahi Hai Futurity may have taken place at Hanshin racecourse, on the main Japanese island of Honshu, but a glance at the colt’s pedigree immediately transported me in time and place, to the Keeneland sales complex in the late 1980s. I can still just about feel the glaring heat [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Mastery

Thanks to alliteration, the words Super Saturday just trip off the tongue and consequently they have been applied to a wide range of events. For Lane’s End Farm, though, the latest Super Saturday was just three days ago, when two of the farm’s stallions monopolized the Grade I juvenile events at Los Alamitos. Firstly the [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Temple City

As a faithful member of the Roberto fan club, I have long been intrigued by the battle for survival of his male line in North America and Europe. There have been many twists and turns along the way, with his male line effectively becoming an endangered species, even though numerous sons of the outstanding Darby [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Mo Town

While it is always a notable achievement for a stallion to take the title of leading freshman sire, it mustn’t be forgotten that this title doesn’t always confer a one-way ticket to long-term success. The title holders since 2001 are something of a mixed bag, and for every Distorted Humor, Tiznow, Street Cry, Tapit and [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Gunnevera

Anyone wanting to demonstrate the vast size and scope of A.P. Indy’s legacy could do worse than point to last Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot S. This million-dollar Grade III attracted 10 runners, of which four were sired by A.P. Indy’s sons Congrats, Bernardini, Flatter and Mineshaft, while two others belonged to the first crops by [...]

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Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Queens Ring

Anyone could be forgiven for thinking that Japanese racing and breeding revolves entirely around Deep Impact. Certainly, this son of Sunday Silence has by far the greatest international reputation of any Japanese stallion, as we are likely to be reminded when his G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner Beauty Parlour comes under the hammer at [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Classic Empire

In the general scheme of things, I’m not sure how highly the seventh edition of the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic ranks. Second, beaten only a length, was the English turf horse Ibn Bey, fresh from his victory in the G1 Irish St Leger. Third, a further length behind, came Thirty Six Red, a GI Wood [...]

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