Pedigree notebook: Sweet cross on display in Candy Man Rocket

Tue Feb 28 2023Kellie Reilly

Aside from his reminder that Candy Ride also gets sharp sprinters, Candy Man Rocket is a further example of his cross with Storm Cat-line mares.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Confidence Game

Mon Feb 27 2023J. Keeler Johnson

A well-timed rally from midfield carried Confidence Game to victory in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park, stamping the improving colt as a viable contender for the 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1).
Pedigree notebook: ‘Classic' patterns recur

Tue Feb 21 2023Kellie Reilly

Champion Classic Empire celebrated a graded stakes double on Saturday, and both of his winners are out of Bernardini-line mares.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Angel of Empire

Mon Feb 20 2023J. Keeler Johnson

Stretch-running victories in the Risen Star (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1) have propelled Angel of Empire into the 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) picture. But does he have the pedigree to succeed in the Run for the Roses?
Pedigree notebook: Gulfstream turf sprint double for Uncaptured

Tue Feb 14 2023Kellie Reilly

Gulfstream Park staged two stakes on Saturday, and progeny of Uncaptured won both.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Litigate

Mon Feb 13 2023J. Keeler Johnson

When Litigate rallied to a determined victory in the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, it was confirmation the bay colt has been waiting for a chance to shine running long.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Chase the Chaos

Mon Feb 13 2023J. Keeler Johnson

What do we make of Chase the Chaos, who unleashed a giant homestretch rally to win the El Camino Real Derby over the synthetic Tapeta track at Golden Gate Fields? Can he successfully switch to dirt?
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Hit Show

Mon Feb 13 2023J. Keeler Johnson

When Hit Show stormed down the Aqueduct homestretch to dominate the 1 1/8-mile Withers (G3), he fulfilled the promise of a pedigree geared top and bottom toward success running long.
Pedigree notebook: Earls Rock built upon legends ancient and modern

Tue Feb 07 2023Kellie Reilly

Earls Rock's pedigree curates a multiplicity of strains of Northern Dancer, and his female line traces to an all-time great racemare.
Pedigree profile: Newgate

Mon Feb 06 2023J. Keeler Johnson

Does Newgate have the pedigree to succeed over classic distances? It’s not necessarily a clear-cut answer, because there are mixed signals to interpret.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Rocket Can

Mon Feb 06 2023J. Keeler Johnson

It isn’t surprising to see Rocket Can enjoying success on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail. The gray colt boasts a pedigree combining speed with stamina, often a recipe for success in the Derby.
Pedigree notebook: An Eclipse Awards triple for Curlin

Tue Jan 31 2023Kellie Reilly

Hall of Famer Curlin added to his historic resume by siring an extraordinary three individual champions of 2022 — Malathaat (older dirt female), Nest (three-year-old filly), and Elite Power (male sprinter).
Pedigree profile: Arabian Knight

Mon Jan 30 2023J. Keeler Johnson

An impressive victory from Arabian Knight in the Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park has launched the $2.3 million auction acquisition thoroughly into the Triple Crown picture.