Pedigree Fun Facts

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Rich Strike training for the Belmont Stakes (Photo by Adam Coglianese)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Belmont Stakes

Rich Strike captured the Kentucky Derby (G1) that had eluded his sire and grandsire, and now he’ll try to improve on their performances in the Belmont S. (G1). Sire Keen Ice and grandsire Curlin both improved from the Derby to the Belmont. Keen Ice, seventh…

Jun 7, 2022

Secret Oath poses after the Kentucky Oaks (Photo by Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Preakness Stakes

The sire line of Curlin was responsible for 80-1 Kentucky Derby (G1) upsetter Rich Strike, and now the Hall of Famer goes for an encore with a couple of longshots in the 2022 Preakness (G1).Curlin belongs to an exclusive club of Preakness heroes who have gone…

May 18, 2022

Rich Strike wears the roses after the 2022 Kentucky Derby (Photo by Coady Photography)
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike’s pedigree fun facts

With his dramatic late surge to upset the Kentucky Derby (G1) at 80-1, Rich Strike evoked memories of his sire, Keen Ice, who ran down Triple Crown star American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers (G1). Rich Strike’s dam, Gold Strike, was accomplished herself. Canada’s…

May 9, 2022

Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby
Pedigree fun facts for 2022 Kentucky Derby

From dominant sire lines to deep maternal families, the 2022 Kentucky Derby (G1) field has connections to past editions of the “Run for the Roses.” Pioneerof the Nile and Uncle Mo have already sired a Derby winner. Two sires of contenders are already…

May 4, 2022

Tiz the Bomb works at Churchill Downs on April 16, 2022 (Coady Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Tiz the Bomb

Tiz the Bomb has established his class on turf and the all-weather Tapeta surface, as you might expect for a son of 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) hero Hit It a Bomb. Although his dam was also primarily a turf performer, her Hall of Fame sire and broodmare…

Apr 23, 2022

Mo Donegal wins the Wood (Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photos)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Mo Donegal

You might say that Uncle Mo has “big mo” as a sire in recent weeks. In addition to Mo Donegal’s confirming his status as a major Kentucky Derby (G1) contender in the Wood Memorial (G2), brilliant turf sprinter Golden Pal dominated his prep for Royal Ascot,…

Apr 21, 2022

Zandon wins Blue Grass (Coady Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Zandon

Judging by his breakout performance in the Blue Grass (G1), Zandon could be poised to succeed in the Kentucky Derby (G1) that eluded sire Upstart, broodmare sire Creative Cause, and second dam’s sire Indian Charlie. The depth of his female line bolsters those…

Apr 15, 2022

Taiba wins the Santa Anita Derby (Benoit Photo)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Taiba

The latest son of Gun Runner to book his spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Taiba is a surprise addition to the field. The $1.7 million two-year-old in training purchase has always been highly regarded, but he didn’t make it to the races until March 5. Owner…

Apr 13, 2022

Crown Pride wins UAE Derby (Dubai Racing Club)
10 Pedigree fun facts: Crown Pride

As a colt from Japan who won the UAE Derby (G2) on Dubai World Cup night, Crown Pride brings international flair to the Kentucky Derby (G1). But his pedigree sports familiar influences, including duplications of supersires Sunday Silence and Mr. Prospector. Here…

Mar 31, 2022

Forbidden Kingdom wins San Felipe (Photo by Benoit)
Nine pedigree fun facts: Forbidden Kingdom

American Pharoah has carved out an historic legacy as the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Now the Hall of Famer is poised to join another exclusive club, if his exciting three-year-old Forbidden Kingdom goes on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1). Here…

Mar 19, 2022

Un Ojo is led out for the Rebel Stakes (Coady Photography)
Nine pedigree fun facts: Un Ojo

You might imagine that a one-eyed gelding who pulled a 75-1 upset in a major race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby wouldn’t have much of a pedigree. But Un Ojo, the surprise package in the $1 million Rebel (G2), has fine bloodlines all around.  Here are…

Mar 14, 2022

Simplification wins Fountain of Youth (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)
Nine pedigree fun facts: Simplification

Simplification became the second major winner on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby for hot young sire Not This Time, after Epicenter.  The two exciting contenders have even more in common, however, than their sire. Both Simplification and Epicenter are…

Mar 10, 2022

Rattle N Roll wins Breeders' Futurity (Coady Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Rattle N Roll

Rattle N Roll is the headliner from the first crop of the Curlin stallion Connect, who also has a Kentucky Oaks (G1) candidate in Hidden Connection. It’s fitting that Rattle N Roll is trained by Ken McPeek, since the horseman had scouted out Curlin as a yearling…

Feb 28, 2022

Classic Causeway wins the Sam F. Davis (Photo by SV Photography)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Classic Causeway

Giant’s Causeway passed away in April 2018, but the “Iron Horse” remains a force in pedigrees. His influence on the 2022 Triple Crown trail extends through generations – his young son Not This Time is an up-and-comer in the stallion ranks, and record-setting…

Feb 21, 2022

White Abarrio stretches clear in Holy Bull (Coglianese Photos)
12 Pedigree fun facts: White Abarrio

White Abarrio is a grandson of North America’s pre-eminent sires of recent years, Tapit and Into Mischief. As you might have guessed, Tapit is the source of his bright gray coat.   Here are his pedigree fun facts: 1. White Abarrio’s sire, Race Day, is…

Feb 7, 2022

Dash Attack works on January 24, 2022 at Oaklawn (Coady Photography)
11 Pedigree fun facts: Dash Attack

Although Dash Attack became the newest of trainer Ken McPeek’s 2022 Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls, their relationship goes back much further.  Unlike stablemates Smile Happy, Rattle N Roll, and Tiz the Bomb, who were all purchased at auction, Dash Attack…

Jan 28, 2022

Slow Down Andy wins Los Alamitos Futurity (Benoit Photo)
10 Pedigree fun facts: Slow Down Andy

As a son of 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) champion Nyquist, Slow Down Andy could put his sire into an exclusive club. Over the history of the Run for the Roses, only 12 Derby winners have gone on to sire Derby winners. The most recent father and son tandem was Unbridled…

Jan 24, 2022

Pappacap wins the Best Pal (Benoit Photo)
12 Pedigree fun facts: Pappacap

What can Horse of the Year Gun Runner do to follow up his record-setting season as a freshman sire? After rocketing to the top of the juvenile sire charts with more than $4 million in progeny earnings – a North American record for a first crop – he has prominent…

Jan 14, 2022

Epicenter wins the Gun Runner (Hodges Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: Epicenter

The highly-regarded Not This Time was retired with an injury before getting an opportunity to shine on the 2017 Triple Crown trail, but the well-bred stallion is making his presence felt on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby. Epicenter became the first…

Jan 11, 2022

Courvoisier breaks his maiden at Aqueduct (Coglianese Photos)
Pedigree fun facts: Courvoisier

If Courvoisier can run up to his exquisite pedigree by winning the Kentucky Derby (G1), he would fill a gap on the resume of top sire Tapit, and make history for his dam, Take Charge Brandi. She would become the first champion two-year-old filly of the modern…

Jan 9, 2022