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Brand Conscious

Whether you are a consignor, buyer, or breeder of Thoroughbred horses, your name is your brand. Here are some suggestions on managing your brand and why it's important.... Read More

Curlin's Full Brother and His Nurse Mare...Her Name is Suzie

A video published May 8 of Curlin's full brother sparked a lot of comments because the foal is seen romping in a paddock with a black and white paint mare that is obviously not his mother, Sherriff's Deputy (who is seen at the beginning of the video). Yes, the foal is being raised on a nurse mare. ... Read More

Smart Strike is a Rising Broodmare Sire

Since 2003 The Blood-Horse MarketWatch has published an annual analysis of the top 400 broodmare sires by their Average Earnings Indexes (AEI). This year's study, which is featured in the April issue, includes Smart Strike for the first time because his daughters' progeny met the minimum criteria of five North American runners in 2008 and lifetime earnings of at least $5 million. Smart Strike, the... Read More

A Stroll to the Top

It was Tax Day, and I was finishing up the MarketWatch Index calculations for the 2008 freshman sires. I re-sorted the spreadsheet so the sires would rank from highest to lowest by their MWIs, expecting to see Tapit rise to the top. But he didn't. Tapit was second to Stroll , the grade I-winning son of Pulpit who was bred and raced by Claiborne Farm. Stroll is not only the leading freshman sire, he... Read More

Get out and vote!

The Blood-Horse MarketWatch has pared down a field of 1,343 graded stakes-producing mares to a slate of 10 Broodmare of the Year candidates. Now it's time for you to vote!... Read More

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