broodmare sires

Letter to the Editor: Ellen Parker

In "Art Collector Puts Sire Back in the Frame" (TDN 7/16/2020) Chris McGrath comments that "Whatever the reason, I am convinced that compounded, proven distaff influences represent a far better foundation for a pedigree than the supposed alchemies flimsily peddled between given sire-lines." I couldn't agree more, which is why I created the Reine de Course (Queens of the Turf) series of influential mares and have been updating it for the past 40 years. As Bull Hancock famously said, "the family is stronger than the individual." At the end of...

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Art Collector Puts Sire Back In the Frame

Maybe he was just born too beautiful, and too rich, to be setting the alarm every single morning and riding the same suburban train to work. He can leave the maximisation of income, the humdrum consistency, to lesser creatures. Like some aristocratic dilettante touched by genius, however, Bernardini (A.P. Indy) remains ever capable of producing a masterpiece. The Darley stallion had lately become so slack--only two graded stakes winners in each of the past two years--that this spring he suffered his third consecutive cut, to just $40,000, having commanded a...

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Tapping Into Turf Potential

When one considers effective crossover sires between Europe and America, there are a few in particular that spring to mind like War Front, Kitten's Joy or Giant's Causeway. Champion sire Tapit is not usually one of them, but upon closer inspection the turf record of Gainesway's grey is better than it first appears, and his early results as a broodmare sire have turned out differently than one may expect. Raced by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Michael Dickinson-also known as the creator of Tapeta-Tapit was a Grade III winner at...

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Broodmare Sires of 2019: A Pivotal Hat Trick

Through the 2019 season we seemingly never had to wait too long for the next big-race triumph for a son or daughter of a mare by Pivotal (GB) (Polar Falcon). It is no surprise, therefore, that the 27-year-old Cheveley Park Stud patriarch has ended the year not merely completing a hat-trick of titles as Champion Broodmare Sire of Great Britain and Ireland but also topping the European table too. One of Pivotal's principal advantages as a broodmare sire is, of course, that Sadler's Wells does not appear in his pedigree,...

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