Poll Update: Catalog Choices.

A signifcant plurality of readers -- 47.62%, to be specific -- responded to my recent poll that the dam or female family is the most important "weed-out" data when examining a sales catalog. It's sure the way that I go myself.  I actually keep a list of mares that I watch for each time a new catalog comes out.

Most of the mares that interest me are descended from specific blue hens.  I have a thing for the female-line descendents of Aspidistra (family 1-r) (think her own produce Ta Wee and Dr. Fager plus of course Unbridled, an RF horse, through Magic) and Imperatrice (family 2-s) (Secretariat through Somethingroyal, Cure the Blues through Speedwell). There are several other families I also like; my preferences usually stem from liking one horse a whole lot and then researching his family to find that it's done well above average historically. Still hoping to see more from the Continue line (family 1-n) that gave us Swale's dam, Tuerta.   I've spent many hours putting together a Virtual Stable of all the current runners and new 2-year-olds descending from my favorite mares, so I always know when they're entered to run and when there've been catalog page improvements.

I wouldn't rule out a mare simply because she wasn't already on my list, but in bigger sales, it might make the difference between a page that I pore over and one that I skip by.

A fair number of respondents chose sire / sire line as the item they first notice when looking through the catalog.  For commercial sales, this is a no-brainer.  If the sire isn't commercial or if he's not currently in vogue, any of his offspring -- be they weanlings, yearlings, and horses of racing age, or even broodmares -- will be overlooked by most auctiongoers. 

 You can view the complete poll results here.  Or vote in this week's poll:  Down Market.


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