BUENOS AIRES — This is actually Bluegrass South with gauchos.
At the Estrellas (Breeders’ Cup equivalent) on Saturday, I spoke with Marcelo Duran, commentator and television journalist for ESPN Argentina.
During a lull in the 19-race card, Duran interviewed me for his TV show and among the questions he asked was “What do you see as the results of the shuttle of stallions on breeding in Argentina?”
My reply went something like this:
In the past 20 years, we have seen an increasing traffic in stallions to Argentina from the Northern Hemisphere. Chief among those early imports was the great South American stallion Southern Halo, whose offspring showed such speed and dominated the short racing in Argentina, as well as occasionally stretching out to become major influences in the classics.
Now, we are seeing the first full results of the shuttle stallions coming down from Kentucky, and clearly the next great stallion for Argentine breeding is the Storm Cat horse Bernstein.
[In racing at the Estrellas, Bernstein’s Que Vida Buena and La Liz ran one-two in the Sprint over 1,000 meters.]
The Storm Cat stallions such as Bernstein, Pure Prize, Easing Along, and others have added a dimension of speed to racing that is coupled with the potential to get horses who stretch out to race eight, 10, even 12 furlongs.
The shuttle stallions who fit the racing, training, and breeding needs of Argentina will be adding an extra dimension of speed and class to the best local families, creating stock that can take Argentine breeding into greater competitiveness with all other countries.
[As I venture out onto the stud farms around Buenos Aires, I will be adding further information and observations about racing and breeding in Argentina.]