Category: Stallions

A Famous Bobby- Not Frankel or Flay, but A Shanghai

Shanghai Bobby’s trademark as a racer was his grit and tenacity down to the wire. The son of Harlan’s Holiday was not afraid to throw down the gauntlet and challenge his rivals to catch him or to withstand his brilliant kick. It did not matter if they were sprinting at 4.5 furlongs or they were running a mile and 1/16th; Shanghai Bobby was not going to relinquish his lead or the victory easily.

That mentality crowned him the 2012 Champion 2YO as voters preferred his culminated campaign over the colt who had come within a head of beating him at the Breeders’ Cup, He’s Had Enough. In a world that’s dominated by who’s in your pedigree, the latter grey colt had the upper hand in that department but could not beat the intangible part of his competitor, as Bobby’s heart just proved too much.

Foal Song: Arrogate and Songbird’s Duet

When Songbird retired, there was debate among the community as to who would be the lucky party to purchase one of the most successful mares to ever go through a sales ring. The public had already set their sights, and their hopes, on Mandy Pope; she had purchased Groupie Doll, Havre de Grace, and Plum Pretty in years prior, so would she do it again?

Magician (IRE): A Hidden Gem

Galileo (IRE) is a world-wide breeding sensation: his sons and daughters are burning up the track over seas, with many carrying their success into the breeding world. Europe is almost plagued with Galileo offspring, as his popularity has been spurred forward by his seemingly superior genetics, and some breeders are finding it hard to breed their mares without traveling elsewhere to get the outcrosses they need. Luckily (or unfortunately), America doesn’t have such an issue with Galileo offspring. His influence has widely gone unnoticed here, and it is only just now that American farms are beginning to purchase interests in his sons as stallions. Frankel (GB) stayed in Europe, but his brother Noble Mission (GB) came to Lane’s End to stand his career.

Paynter: Awesome Heart and Awesome Runners

Paynter’s story is well-known and as inspiring as they come; just surviving colitis or laminitis alone would have been an incredible achievement. For him though, it wouldn’t be enough of a victory. Not only did the bay son of Awesome Again thrive after beating back four ailments that would have killed a lesser horse, he returned to racing and never stopped showing that awesome heart.