Pedigree fun facts

Uncover fascinating horse pedigree fun-facts in our dedicated category. Delve into captivating stories and intriguing insights that highlight the unique lineage and heritage of these remarkable animals.

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Pedigree fun facts May 8, 2023

2023 Kentucky Derby winner Mage’s pedigree fun facts

Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Mage is from the first crop of champion Good Magic, who was second to Justify in the 2018 Run for the Roses. And that’s just the beginning of his Derby-themed pedigree.

Pedigree fun facts March 19, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Mandaloun

As a homebred for the late Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, Mandaloun provides a poignant storyline on the 2021 Kentucky Derby (G1) trail. His rise as a classic contender is especially meaningful, since the entire dam’s side of his pedigree...

Pedigree fun facts March 13, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Concert Tour

Concert Tour is bred along a pattern similar to another homebred campaigned by Gary and Mary West – champion Maximum Security, who was disqualified after crossing the wire first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1). 
Both are by sons of Street Cry...

Pedigree fun facts March 8, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Helium

Although Tampa Bay Derby (G2) upsetter Helium was not an early nominee to the Triple Crown, the Kentucky-bred has a pedigree filled with classic influences. 
Helium is a grandson of Distorted Humor, who has been prominent on the 2021 Kentucky Derby...


Pedigree fun facts February 23, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Risk Taking

Withers (G3) hero Risk Taking has a well-constructed pedigree, a rock-solid foundation to assure even the most conservative investor. Bred along a successful cross, he also sports a less common inbreeding pattern, one that he shares with a commanding...

Pedigree fun facts February 6, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Medina Spirit

When Medina Spirit dug in gamely to withstand all comers in the Jan. 30 Robert B. Lewis (G3), he was expressing tenacity reminiscent of grandsire Giant’s Causeway – and a more distant ancestor, Wild Again.
Medina Spirit’s pedigree isn’t...

Pedigree fun facts February 1, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Greatest Honour

As a Tapit colt out of a half-sister to two Belmont S. (G1) winners, Greatest Honour has the third jewel of the Triple Crown written all over him. So it’s highly encouraging that he’s burst onto the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail with a stellar...

Pedigree fun facts January 25, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Caddo River

Fourteen years after Hard Spun made a bold attempt to carry his speed in the Kentucky Derby (G1), his son Caddo River could try to do the same on the first Saturday in May.
Hard Spun was a warrior on the 2007 Triple Crown trail, finishing second in the...

Pedigree fun facts January 25, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Midnight Bourbon

The Man o’ War sire line hasn’t come up with a Kentucky Derby (G1) winner since Triple Crown sweeper War Admiral (1937), a factoid that current contender Midnight Bourbon hopes to erase.
Midnight Bourbon’s sire, Hall of Famer Tiznow,...

Pedigree fun facts January 9, 2021

Pedigree fun facts: Essential Quality

Top sire Tapit, and global operation Godolphin, are still seeking an elusive first Kentucky Derby (G1) winner. Both could achieve the goal simultaneously courtesy of Essential Quality, who comes from the same female line as Smarty Jones.
Tapit has furnished...