The Five-Cross Files

Female families… patterns of inbreeding… sire line nicks… what really influences the strength of a Thoroughbred pedigree? How do conformation and class factor in? The Five-Cross Files explores bloodlines old and new, analyzes Thoroughbred pedigrees, tests breeding tools, and simplifies the science (and art) of successful Thoroughbred breeding.

December 2008 - Posts

6 Noteworthy Third-Crop Sires

The third-crop season can be a make-or-break year for stallions, who have to prove that they can get consistently good progeny even when mare quality and quantity tend to drop off. Six of the entering sires of 2003 deserve some attention for not only holding steady, but actually improving over their 2007 progeny results.... Read More

Modern Thoroughbred Sire Lines

If Thoroughbred pedigree evaluation had been taught in elementary school, the "three foundation sires" would be as well-known to every student as "I before E except after C" and George Washington's cherry tree episode. The Godolphin Barb, Byerley Turk, and Darley Arabian male lines still exist -- but the distribution isn't equitable. A quick review.... Read More

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