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Bloodlines Presented By CTBA Sales: Lecomte, Lexington, And Instant Coffee

The victory of Instant Coffee (by Bolt d’Oro) in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds brings more than hopes of classic glory to the talented colt. It also reminds us of the great rivalry between Lecomte and Lexington, both sons of the great American racehorse and sire Boston (Timoleon). Lecomte and Lexington […]

Bloodlines Presented By CTBA Sales: Mendelssohn Is Hitting The Right Note

As a son of leading sire Scat Daddy (by Johannesburg) and a half-brother to multiple leading sire Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday), great things were expected of Mendelssohn when he retired to stud at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud outside of Versailles, Ky., and covered his first book of mares in 2019. As a half-brother to champion Beholder […]

Bloodlines: When The Herod Line Was King In America

The great proliferation of gray coloring in the Thoroughbred came through The Tetrarch, bred in Ireland by Edward Kennedy, who reportedly purchased Roi Herode because of a fascination with the Byerley Turk line through Herod. Although that color line has remained in racing and breeding at the highest level, the Herod male line is now […]

Bloodlines Presented By Mishriff: Practical Joke And The Elite Eight

What difference a year makes! Or not. The Gun Runner Express keeps blazing along, and here at the tag end of 2022, the champion son of Candy Ride is the leading second-crop sire by a massive margin over his contemporaries: $14 million to $7 million , nearly double the earnings of the next-closest pair of […]

Bloodlines Presented By Mishriff: Why Do We Have Gray Thoroughbreds?

One inquiring mind asked, “Why do we have gray Thoroughbreds, and where do they come from?” Who can resist such a question? The first part is fairly easy. Gray Thoroughbreds are part of the breed because they have been here from the beginning, and the coat color is with us today because a gray parent […]

Bloodlines Presented By Mishriff: Was The Foundation Sire Race Decided Decades Ago?

The historical record on different lines of descent in the Thoroughbred shows that the winnowing out of male lines has gone on from the beginnings of the breed. And the great majority of male lines disappeared in the first 75 to 100 years of the formation of the Thoroughbred. By the late 1700s, there were […]

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 […]