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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: Awesome Banner

When Awesome of Course retired to stud at the end of 2003, hardly anyone took any notice. His services were priced at only $2,500 at Jubilee Farm near Citra in Florida, the state in which he had gained four of his five successes, but even so he succeeded in attracting only 10 mares, for eight [...]

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Ore Pass finish
Laurel Park an International Trailblazer

Thanks partly to Storm Jonas, which sent ice floes sailing down New Jersey streets, there was little action on the racing front last week. Consequently, the most interesting news of the week arguably came in last Friday’s TDN, when Bill Finley explained that the Stronach Group has asked that the re-vamped Laurel Park circuit be [...]

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A.P. Indy Still Has It

How do you begin to define charisma when it is such an intangible quality? The truth is that you’ve either got it or you don’t, as we were reminded a couple of times last week. David Bowie certainly had it and so too does A.P. Indy, the two-time champion sire. This son of Seattle Slew [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Tonalist

When it comes to selecting a subject for my weekly column, fixtures such as Royal Ascot, the Arc weekend, Belmont Park’s Super Saturday and the Breeders’ Cup inevitably represent an embarrassment of riches. Some horses whose achievements thoroughly deserve recognition invariably miss out, as I was reminded by last week’s publication of the 2015 Eclipse [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Prize Exhibit

The form book shows that any American owner considering importing a European turf filly could do much worse than choosing a daughter of the champion 2-year-old and sprinter Oasis Dream. The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf provided ample evidence of their suitability for America’s firm turf tracks. One daughter, the diminutive Visit, hung [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Mor Spirit

It looks as though we are destined to wonder what might have been whenever we hear Eskendereya’s name. As a racehorse this son of Giant’s Causeway appeared to have the 2010 GI Kentucky Derby at his mercy, after he had won all three of his starts earlier in the year. He had been notably impressive [...]

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Agave Racing Stable's Street Fancy and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I, $300,000 Starlet, Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress CA.
Pedigree Insights: Street Fancy

Bearing in mind that his sons collected such famous prizes as the Kentucky Derby and the Melbourne Cup, plus two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and many other Grade I races, Street Cry (Ire) could never be described as a “filly sire.” However, he certainly owed some of his finest moments as a stallion [...]

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Shonan Pandora(JPN), with jockey Kenichi Ikezoe, wins The Japan Cup(G1), Tokyo race course, Japan 11.29.2015
Pedigree Insights: Shonan Pandora

You didn’t need to look very hard to appreciate why Galileo’s daughter Hanky Panky created so much excitement at Tattersalls a week ago, when she sold for 2,700,000gns (more than $4,250,000). The 5-year-old’s many attractions included that she’s a daughter of a multiple champion sire; she’s a half-sister to another multiple champion sire in Giant’s [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Mohaymen

According to good old Wikipedia, a shaman is “a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits…Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practise divination…” Wiki also says the noun derives, by a complicated route, from a word meaning “fatigue, weariness, exhaustion, labor, [...]

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Pedigree Insights: Maurice (Jpn)

Only last week, in my column on the Japanese 2-year-old Air Spinel (King Kamehameha {Jpn}) , I mentioned that Northern Taste, a speedy son of Northern Dancer, was Japan’s champion sire 10 times in 11 years, prior to the reign of Hail To Reason’s brilliant grandson Sunday Silence. The latter, a winner of the GI [...]

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