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Perusing the Goffs and Tattersalls Yearling catalogues and scanning the pedigree pages of some of the best yearlings in the world, starting on the left and reading right, one generation, two generations, three generations. The farther to the right you read, the more "(USA)" tags show up, deep in the pedigrees, the game-changers emerge.

As America is being mocked around the racing world for drugs and unsoundness, it takes one look through one catalogue to remember the impact of our breed, to see what we once developed and wonder if it's gone forever.

America produced...Mill Reef, Danehill, Sadler's Wells, Be My Native, Rainbow Quest, Green Dancer, Nureyev, Caerleon, Blushing Groom, Green Desert, Roberto, Topsider, Machiavellian, Halo, Kingmambo, Shamardal, Giant's Causeway, Royal Academy, Rudimentary, Selkirk, Lomond, Riverman, Zafonic, Niniski, Al Hattab, Dancing Brave, Nashwan, Fasliyev, Arctic Tern, Observatory...

And don't forget Canada...Nijinsky, The Minstrel, Storm Bird...

And the game-changers who are by American-bred stallions or out of American-bred mares? Galileo, Montjeu, Sea The Stars, Cape Cross, Finsceal Beo (dam of Goffs' record yearling), Invincible Spirit, Pivotal, Fastnet Rock, Dubai Millennium, Oasis Dream, Mastercraftsman, Exceed And Excel...

The 5 million guineas record-breaking filly, lot 253, at Tatts? In her three-generation pedigree (14 names), seven were bred in America, including Miswaki, Danzig, Green Desert and Sadler's Wells. The record colt at Goffs? Six were bred in America.

Wonder what has happened to our breed? We let a lot of it slip out of the country. I'm certainly no Federico Tesio, but it makes you wonder if we'll ever get it back.