There are few incidents in the thoroughbred world over the last few years that you could categorize as more tragic than the death of Lawyer Ron after siring only two foal crops and showing a world of promise.
Typically, big time sires will have one, maybe two top end runners in any given year on the Road to the Roses. Maybe they're lucky and have a filly that's gunning for the Oaks. If your first crop is doing that, you're unbelievable.
Of all of the stallions in North America, one currently stands above the rest: Tapit. He's made his mark to the point that there is speculation he could be in such demand that his stud fee could begin to approach the high end fees of the 1980s.
Behind the scenes of the races, away from the bright lights of the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup, far from the throngs of bettors that pack venues for the major events of the racing year, breeders work every day to make the industry go round.
This is a fascinating piece comparing half-sisters Zenyatta and Eblouissante (winner of her second career race last Thursday) under to lens of herd dynamics... something I've never even thought of before!
Frankel, being a son of the best sire in the world, Galileo, and a grandson of another two world-beating sires, Danehill and Sadler's Wells, may limit his options due to potential inbreeding when booking mares.
The dawn of the "Synthetic Era" in 2006 has challenged horses' abilities to win over a variety of different surfaces. Which horses have won graded stakes races over multiple surfaces since 2006? More than you might think.