the golden bloodline of N. C. Goldust

N. C. Goldust (Gold Stage - Arraign, by Judger) was aptly named.  Her name did not fit her in the same sense that current Chicago-circuit mainstay Dustem Carolina's does:  after all, she was bred in Ontario and not North Carolina.  However, the latter part of her name fits, as her bloodline has been golden. N.... Continue Reading →

Curlin babies having babies: Part 2

Last week, Blinkers Off looked at five of the racing-age horses who can claim Curlin as their damsire.  That included a single three-year-old in Panama, Westward Star (Stephen Got Even - Thwindwhispersmary), as well as four of the two-year-olds. This week we continue this series with a look at the rest of the Curlin mares... Continue Reading →

Curlin babies having babies: Part 1

Thanks to Palace Malice's racing career, Blinkers Off has long focused on Curlin's progeny. Curlin, himself, has found his stride as a stallion.  He had a breakout year last year.  He had his first Champion, Stellar Wind.  She, Curalina, and Keen Ice all joined Palace Malice as Grade I winners.  He has Exaggerator on the... Continue Reading →

Illinois sires: Greytap

Every so often, someone googles Blinkers Off with interesting enough search terms that a post ensues.  Within the last week, someone found this corner of the Internet with the search terms Greytap horse pedigree. I have mentioned Greytap a few times here at Blinkers Off, but only in the context of handicapping a race in... Continue Reading →

Illinois sires: Forest Attack

Based on the 2015 Illinois Department of Agriculture foal report, there were 173 Illinois Conceived and Foaled Thoroughbreds last year, and another 177 Illinois Foaled Thoroughbreds, meaning there were 350 foals born last year who were, in some capacity, bred in the state. By number of foals sired, Forest Attack (Forestry - Joy Valley, by... Continue Reading →

Chicago Railbird: 11.10.15

This week at Chicago Railbird, I take a look at the stallion who currently occupies the top of the Illinois sire list.  For the first time in years, it's not Cherokee Rap -- it's Road Ruler, a well-bred grey son of Unbridled's Song. Of course, in addition to profiling Road Ruler and his offspring, I... Continue Reading →

Curlin babies at Keeneland September

Last night, Blinkers Off took a look at the broadest pattern among Curlin's progeny at Keeneland September: Curlin babies out of A.P. Indy mares.  Today, attention turns instead to the more immediate question: who are the Curlin babies who will walk through the sales ring this month? Fourteen yearlings by Curlin were originally entered in... Continue Reading →

Curlin babies out of A. P. Indy mares

Keeneland September gets underway on Monday, and with it comes another early glimpse at Curlin’s fifth crop. Fourteen yearlings by Curlin were originally entered in the sale. As of today, only one has been declared out: Hip 2669, a colt out of Seattle Society (A.P. Indy). Even with this hip out of the sale, A.P.... Continue Reading →

about Atreides…

Earlier today, it was announced that four-year-old colt Atreides was being retired.  He is packing off to Kentucky, and will be standing at Hill 'N Dale effective immediately. If Atreides is in no condition to run again, or to run against the level of horse which his talent suggests he can take, Stonestreet is absolutely... Continue Reading →

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