Kingman

Son Of Kingman Stands Out At Chantilly

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a sale-topping son of Kingman. 1.30 Chantilly, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, c/g, 5 1/2fT MONARCHIC (IRE) (Kingman {GB}) is an early 2-year-old starter for Godolphin's French operation and a significant one, having been the joint-second highest-priced lot at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 at 400,000gns....

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The Weekly Wrap: Pure Poetry

Master horseman Jim Bolger may have been ensconced in Ireland during this weekend's Guineas Festival, but his influence was felt far and wide across the Rowley Mile. The fact that Bolger bred, trained and raced the 2000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire})-in addition to the small feat of breeding his sire and first two dams and training his grandsire and third dam-has been well documented in the following days. But Bolger's fingerprints were likewise on the G1 1000 Guineas the next day: he had trained the winner...

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Kingman Filly Runs to Rising Stardom at Belmont

Technical Analysis (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) made an impressive sophomore bow at Belmont Thursday to become the newest 'TDN Rising Star' for the Chad Brown barn. The Klaravich runner finished third to the re-opposing Island Treasure (Speightstown) on debut over a yielding course and distance Nov. 1 and broke through next out at Aqueduct Nov. 29. Breaking on top, the 4-5 favorite was overtaken by Caldee (More Than Ready), who shot off to a clear lead, leaving Technical Analysis in a ground-saving third. Biding her time through a half-mile in :48.23,...

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The Weekly Wrap: Fit For A King

Khalid Abdullah's legacy will live long in Thoroughbred genealogy thanks to the female families he cultivated, like the one that supplied him Sunday's 'TDN Rising Star' and G1 Cadoo Oaks contender Noon Star (Galileo {Ire}). Juddmonte's sires, likewise, have started the season off with a bang. In this space last week we were singing the praises of Frankel (GB) off the back of a week of intercontinental successes. While Frankel remains poised to have an excellent season, in the space of 35 minutes at Sandown on Friday along came his...

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Aga Khan Studs Reveals Blue Chip Mating Plans

In addition to its resident sires including lynchpins Siyouni (Fr) and Sea The Stars (Ire), the Aga Khan Studs will lend support to the likes of Lope De Vega (Ire) and Frankel (GB), as well as unproven sires Too Darn Hot (GB) and Ghaiyyath (Ire), with its European broodmare band in 2021. One of the stars of the Aga Khan Studs broodmare band is undoubtedly the unbeaten G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victress Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar). She is currently in foal to Siyouni and will visit Lope De Vega....

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Million-Dollar Matings

The fireworks at the annual Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton November sales are always a highlight of the year as seven-figure bids abound on some of racing's top broodmares and broodmare prospects. But after the dust settles, it can be years before words get out on the breeding careers of the sales' top offerings. We catch up with the connections of a few of these most recent million-dollar broodmares and learn of their mating plans for 2021 in our ongoing 'Million-Dollar Matings' series.     CONSTELLATION (Bellamy Road-For Royalty, by Not For...

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This Side Up: 'Hometown' Hope Uniting Desert and Bluegrass

"Build it, and they will come." Such is the familiar philosophy sustaining the dramatic--sometimes melodramatic--changes in the desert landscape, both physical and metaphorical, over the past generation. Certainly those who first visited Dubai during the early years of its ruling family's commitment to our sport were annually bewildered by the exponential transformation of a cluster of creekside souks and wharves into a teeming, space-age skyline of gleaming towers. Even so, it was still staggering last year to see the Saudis stage a card featuring the richest race in history just...

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Summer Romance Takes Next Step In Balanchine

Summer Romance (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) was named a 'TDN Rising Star' on debut when winning a Yarmouth maiden by two lengths in June of 2019, and she followed that effort up immediately two weeks later with a six-length win at listed level in Newmarket's Empress Fillies' S. Put away for the winter after finishing third in the G3 Dick Poole S., Summer Romance found last year's Covid-delayed G1 1000 Guineas to be a bridge too far at first asking, finishing eighth of 15 behind Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), but she...

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Three Wildcards Added To Arqana

Otambura (Ire) a twice-placed 3-year-old filly by Kingman (GB), is one of three wildcards to be added to the Arqana February Mixed Sale and will go through the ring on Feb. 15 as lot 150. Trained by Christophe Ferland, Otambura finished third on debut at Pau going 1400 metres on Dec. 20, and filled the same position upped to a mile at that course on Jan. 30. Otambura is joined by National Hunt wildcards Hardi Du Mesnil (AQPS) (Masterstroke) (lot 60), a debut winner over hurdles, and Meredith (Fr) (Soldier...

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Jan. 31 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency BROWN UNVEILS PRICEY KINGMAN COLT 5th-TAM, $22.5K, Msw, 4yo/up, 1 1/16m,T 2:44p.m. Chad Brown unveils another expensive European import for Peter Brant in ST. JOE LOUIS (GB) (Kingman {GB}), a 500,000gns TATOCT acquisition. His second dam is SW Miss Pinkerton (GB) (Danehill), who is the dam of GSW Precious Ramotswe (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}). This is also the family of European Highweight and MG1SW Golden Horn (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}). TJCIS PPs   JUDDMONTE BLUEBLOOD DEBUTS AT TAMPA 6th-TAM, $22.5K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1mT, 3:15p.m. Juddmonte...

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Kingman Colt Romps in Tampa Debut

7th-Tampa Bay Downs, $21,600, Msw, 1-8, 4yo/up, 1mT, 1:35.57, fm, 7 1/4 lengths. PRINCIPLED STAND (GB) (c, 4, Kingman {GB}--Toujours L'Amour {GB} {SW-Eng}, by Authorized {Ire}), given a 7-2 chance in this unveiling, was away alertly from the far outside post and went straight to the lead. Zipping through a :22.833 first quarter, the dark bay clocked a half-mile in :47.59 and turned for home on a clear lead. Principled Stand powered away with ease in the lane to don cap and gown by 7 1/4 lengths over Growl Tiger...

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Galileo: The Hardest Of Acts To Follow

In a temporarily upside-down world, a comforting air of normality can be found in a perusal of the end-of-year stallion tables. To Benjamin Franklin's certainties of death and taxes, in this smaller world we can add just about the only sure thing in racing and bloodstock: Galileo (Ire) is champion sire. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to the King of Tipperary is the fact that, even at his home at Coolmore, the operation which naturally has free-flowing access to the supersire via some of the best mares...

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