Frank Mitchell, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Bloodlines: The Foundation Sires And The Genetic Lottery

Most of the sources of information about the Thoroughbred declare that there are three founding fathers of the breed. These are the three lines that were still active when bloodstock writing became important toward the middle and end of the 19th century. There are actually quite a few more stallions who played a part in […]

Bloodlines: Flightline At Lane’s End, And The Family Shoes He’ll Aim To Fill

The catlike power and bounding glory of Flightline graced our racetracks for the last time on Nov. 5, and one of the marks of highest merit for the bay son of Tapit (by Pulpit) is that he translated the exceptional speed and overpowering dominance he had shown while racing in California to tracks in New […]

Bloodlines: Nashua Winner Champions Dream Shows A New Side To Justify’s Debut Crop

“This colt was kinda small when I bought him,” said pinhooker and consignor G.W. Parrish when I was inspecting the gray colt that he had purchased out of the 2021 Keeneland September sale and had trained up to working a quarter-mile for the OBS March sale in :20 4/5. The colt had turned in a […]

Bloodlines: Gary And Mary West Succeeding At The Long Game With West Will Power

The breeding and racing operation of Gary and Mary West combines racing and selling in a practical attempt to keep the stable on the profitable side of the ledger. That is a major undertaking in any business, but breeding Thoroughbreds adds a couple extra degrees of difficulty. Yet, when breeders keep and race a colt […]

Bloodlines Presented By No-No Cribbing Collar: A Toast To Bourbon County After A Successful Weekend For Its Sires

Maybe it’s something in the water. Whatever it is, the stallion operations in neighboring Bourbon County (northeast of Fayette County, which includes Lexington) have been ringing the bell repeatedly. Today, there are only two commercial stallion operations in Bourbon County: Claiborne Farm and Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa. On Keeneland’s second day of racing this […]