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.

October 2009 - Posts

Fasig-Tipton Catalog Updates -- Nice!

Fasig-Tipton includes a useful tool to keep its November Selected catalog pages up to date. (Even if you're not impressed by that, take a look at the sample page I've cited -- think Sea the Stars' family and Rachel Alexandra's sire.)... Read More

Hard-Knocking Eagle Time Serves Double Duty

Eagle Time has an interesting story. From the Alleged/Hoist the Flag sire line, this 12-year-old stallion ran from 2 to 7, served a few years at stud, and is now back at the track because running is what he most loves in all the world.... Read More

What Becomes of the Broodmares?

The equation is pretty clear: Lots of mares removed from breeding careers, plus high upkeep costs to get a mare through another year, minus any hope of income or profit, equals broodmares at risk.... Read More

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