Pedigree Fun Facts

Take a deep dive into what makes a Derby contender
Midnight Bourbon at Ellis Park (Coady Photography)
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, has helped carry the torch…

Jan 25, 2021

Essential Quality at the Breeders' Cup (Coady Photography)
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…

Jan 9, 2021

Life Is Good after the Sham (Benoit Photo)
Pedigree fun facts: Life Is Good

Fresh off establishing a new single-season progeny earnings record for a North American sire, Into Mischief could be in line for an even greater achievement in 2021. No stallion has sired back-to-back Kentucky Derby (G1) winners, so if Life Is Good – or another…

Jan 5, 2021

Capo Kane wins the Jerome (NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand)
Pedigree fun facts: Capo Kane

If one of your favorite runnings of the Kentucky Derby (G1) is the Street Sense-Hard Spun finish in 2007, you’ll love the pedigree of 2021 hopeful Capo Kane. Sired by Street Sense and out of a daughter of Hard Spun, Capo Kane grafts their bloodlines onto a…

Jan 2, 2021

Essential Quality romps in the Breeders' Futurity
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Six of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) contenders are sired by past Breeders’ Cup competitors, and several more have other connections to the championships.Both of King Fury’s parents, Curlin and Taris, performed in the Breeders’ Cup. Sire Curlin won the…

Nov 5, 2020

Jackie's Warrior wins the Hopeful (NYRA/Coglianese/Dom Napolitano)
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 Champagne Stakes

When Jackie’s Warrior puts his unbeaten record on the line in Saturday’s $250,000 Champagne Stakes (G1), the 3-5 favorite will try to land the Belmont Park feature won by his ancestors Forty Niner and Seattle Slew during their champion juvenile campaigns. He…

Oct 9, 2020

King Fury wins on debut at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 Breeders’ Futurity

Four of the contenders in Saturday’s Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland descend from the sire line of 1977 Triple Crown legend Seattle Slew and his Hall of Fame son A. P. Indy.Top sire Tapit is responsible for Essential Quality, the 2-1 morning-line favorite.…

Oct 2, 2020

Art Collector at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 Preakness Stakes

If Art Collector can topple Kentucky Derby (G1) star Authentic in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1), he would elevate sire Bernardini to an exclusive club.Bernardini, the victor of the 2006 Preakness, stands to become the 10th winner of the Pimlico classic to…

Sep 29, 2020

Street Sense wins the 2007 Kentucky Derby
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 American Pharoah Stakes

Some fine pedigrees are on display in Saturday’s American Pharoah Stakes (G1), including offspring of Kentucky Derby (G1) and Breeders’ Cup winners.Notable Exception is by 2007 Derby winner Street Sense, the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion to wear the…

Sep 25, 2020

Seattle Slew wins the 1977 Kentucky Derby
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 Kentucky Derby

Although we’re in novel circumstances with a Kentucky Derby (G1) on Labor Day weekend, the pedigrees of the 18 entrants bring us back to familiar territory. Derby winners factor in the sire lines of 15 contenders, even the three exceptions trace to beaten Derby…

Sep 2, 2020

Street Sense wins the 2007 Kentucky Derby
Pedigree fun facts: Bashford Manor

While the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) is still more than two months away, it’s never too early to start following the class of 2021. The first graded stakes of the year for juveniles is Saturday’s $100,000 Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs, featuring seven…

Jun 26, 2020

Seattle Slew wins the 1977 Kentucky Derby
Pedigree fun facts: 2020 Belmont Stakes

Saturday’s Belmont S. (G1) is three furlongs shorter than customary, but there’s no reduction in the pedigree influence of late Hall of Famer A. P. Indy. The hero of the 1992 Belmont factors in the ancestry of six of the 10 runners. Four contenders descend…

Jun 19, 2020

Maxfield after the Breeders' Futurity
Pedigree fun facts, Matt Winn edition

Normally the Matt Winn (G3) is a target for horses seeking a rebound from losses in the Kentucky Derby (G1), or for 3-year-olds who didn’t make the Run for the Roses. In our unprecedented time of COVID-19, with the Derby delayed to Sept. 5, Saturday’s $150,000…

May 21, 2020

Secretariat winning the 1973 Kentucky Derby
Pedigree fun facts: Triple Crown winners

The 13 Triple Crown winners’ pedigrees reflect the evolution of sire lines along with the depth of maternal families. Here are the fun facts about their ancestry: SIR BARTON (1919) Sir Barton was by leading sire *Star Shoot, the asterisk denoting…

Apr 18, 2020

Maxfield after the Breeders' Futurity
Pedigree fun facts: Maxfield

Only time will tell who benefits most from the postponement of the Kentucky Derby (G1) to Sept. 5, but Maxfield is on the short list of candidates. After the unbeaten Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner was sidelined by injury, the first Saturday in May presented…

Apr 7, 2020

Charlatan wins a March 14 allowance at Santa Anita
Pedigree fun facts: Charlatan

It’s been only two years since Justify rewrote the Triple Crown record book, but Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has another rising star on a similar trajectory. Charlatan did not race as a juvenile, dominated his debut sprinting at Santa Anita during Presidents’…

Mar 30, 2020

Thousand Words wins the Robert B. Lewis
Pedigree fun facts: Thousand Words

Five-time Kentucky Derby (G1)-winning trainer Bob Baffert has a few high-profile candidates who could give him a sixth trophy, but Thousand Words is the one who descends from two of his best runners beaten in the Derby. Sire Pioneerof the Nile was Baffert’s…

Mar 3, 2020

Nadal with jockey Joel Rosario
Pedigree fun facts: Nadal

Yet to contest a points race, or even try two turns, Nadal nevertheless proved a popular choice in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager that ran Feb. 7-9. Indeed, the Bob Baffert trainee was bet down to 8-1 odds – the same as Tiz the Law – to rank as…

Feb 17, 2020

Tiz the Law at Gulfstream Park
Pedigree fun facts: Tiz the Law

Tiz the Law has more than just human connections in common with 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) champion Funny Cide. Trained by Barclay Tagg for Sackatoga Stable, Tiz the Law also has pedigree ties with his fellow New York-bred. Funny Cide…

Feb 4, 2020

Storm the Court upsets the Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Pedigree fun facts: Storm the Court

Storm the Court parlayed his upset of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) into an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male. Now the third-generation Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful, whose sire and both grandsires competed in the Run for the Roses, will try to prove…

Jan 27, 2020