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Cutting Humor Retired to McDowell Farm

Cutting Humor (First Samurai--Pun, by Pulpit), winner of last year's GIII Sunland Derby, has been retired to has been retired to Bill McDowell's McDowell Farm in Sparkman, Arkansas. Bred by Dell Hancock & Bernie Sams, the $400,000 FTSAUG buy carried the colors of Starlight Racing to two wins in nine starts and earnings of $525,467. He was trained by Todd Pletcher. "Cutting Humor presents a tremendous opportunity for Arkansas breeders to get access to an awesome physical specimen, from a great Claiborne family, who raced at the highest level," said...

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Taking Stock: Bernardini is Relevant

There's a tendency in this business--as in life--to downgrade the relevance of the aged and to push them aside in favor of youth. You see this in bloodstock all the time. Everyone wants young mares, just as everyone wants to patronize first-year sires. Old mares, even some stakes producers, are discarded cheaply, and older sires, unless they are elite, have a hard time attracting mares, even at discounted fees. Likewise, everyone wants good 2-year-olds that will mature into early 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail, but no one seems to...

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So Who’s the Leading First-Crop Sire for 2020: Jamie McCalmont

My leading sire for this year would be Nyquist. I was connected with him in my role with Paul Reddam. It's quite rare that you see a two-year-old win three Grade I races and then come back and win the Derby as an unbeaten horse. My number two pick is Air Force Blue. He was a very good two-year-old in Ireland and War Front seems to be a good sire of sires. My favorite horse at the sale at OBS March was Hip 27, a son of Air Force Blue...

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Prospect Park’s First Foals Arrive

The first foals by GSW Prospect Park (Tapit--Quiet Romance, by Bertrando) arrived almost simultaneously Feb. 1 at Harris Farms. Classy Lady Liz (Papa Clem) delivered a colt for breeder Dana Rocheford and Cloud of Glory (Beau Genius) had a colt for breeder John Harris. The farm also welcomed a filly by Prospect Park Monday out of Quick Luck (Lucky J. H.). Prospect Park stands at Harris Farms in California for $2,500.

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Tapwrit’s First Foal Arrives

GI Belmont S. winner Tapwrit (Tapit) was represented by his first foal Jan. 27. The colt out of Anna Elizabeth (Animal Kingdom) was born at Waymore Farms in Kentucky. Tapwrit stands at Gainesway for $12,500.

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Ice Box Moves to Cabin Creek

GI Florida Derby winner Ice Box (Pulpit--Spice Island, by Tabasco Cat) has been relocated to Cabin Creek Farm in Bernville, PA for the 2020 season, where he will stand for $3,500. He previously stood at Millenium Farms in Kentucky. "We are excite to bring a Grade I winning son of Pulpit into Pennsylvania" said Cabin Creek manager Maria Vorhauer. "We are honored that Dream Walkin' Farms [Toby Keith], along with Baccari Bloodstock, Bob LaPenta, and the other syndicate partners decided to bring Ice Box to the Pennsylvania breeders and Cabin...

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First Foal for Hoppertunity

MGISW Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday--Refugee, by Unaccounted For) has his first foal on the ground. The bay filly was born Jan. 14 at Peter Alafoginis's farm in Lawrenceville in north central Pennsylvania. Bred by Rick Molineaux, she is out of stakes-winning Rhythm in Shoes (by Rhythm), and is a half-sister to seven winners. Hoppertunity stands his second season at Northview Stallion Station PA for $5,000 live foal, payable when the foal stands and nurses.

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Frank Conversation Sires First Foal

Frank Conversation (Quality Road) was represented by his first foal Jan. 17, when Looksgoodfromhere (Freud) foaled a chestnut filly at Saratoga Glen Farm, who owns and bred the filly. Frank Conversation stands in New York at Rockridge Farm.

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Body & Soul: Freshman Stars vs. Graduation Rates

Tingling with a bit of pride at the final rankings of the 2019 Freshman Sires, we're crossing our fingers that things will remain steady in the future. That's because six of the Top 10 were listed as the ones we liked best based on various biomechanical programs which DataTrack uses to project such possibilities. Our task is to lay the odds on how the sires of these youngsters are likely to compete over the long term. We began to assemble statistics to see if there were any discernible trends in...

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Pennsylvania Breeding Program Continues to Grow

Bucking a nationwide trend, the number of mares bred in Pennsylvania in 2019 was 686, an increase of 12.5% over 2018.  It was the third straight year that the number of horses bred in Pennsylvania has increased. Overall, the number of mares bred in 2019 in the U.S. declined by 3.5%. The growing popularity of the Pennsylvania program is a direct result of the establishment of the Racehorse Development Fund Trust in 2017. The trust guaranteed that the government could no longer raid the Horse Racing Development Fund, which funneled...

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Sioux Nation’s First Foal a Filly

Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy-Dream the Blues {Ire}, by Oasis Dream {GB}), a winner of the G1 Phoenix S. at The Curragh for Aidan O'Brien and Coolmore, sired his first foal on Jan. 4. The bay filly, a half-sister to three juvenile winners, is out of Italian listed heroine Samaden (Ire) (Ad Valorem). "I'm very happy with the foal," said Irish breeder Richie Fitzgerald of Ballinasisla Stud. "She has class, is correct and moves well." The Coolmore sire, who also triumphed in the G2 Norfolk S., stood for €12,500 in 2019...

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Biggest Test To Come For Leading Freshmen

We are all familiar with the flash-in-the-pan stallions who blaze a trail with their first crop of runners only to sink with relatively little trace in ensuing seasons--a situation doubtless exacerbated by fleeting whims of a commercial market. For the sires whose debutants took to the track in 2019, the results achieved were important in regard to continuing or boosting their appeal to breeders booking mares for the 2020 season, but of even more importance is what happens now that their first crops are of the Classic age. When Dubawi...

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