Add Dogears to Your Thoroughbred Sales Catalog

A friend accompanied me out to Keeneland today to see several mares. She noticed my marked-up catalog and commented on how I dogear the pages.  Thought it would be worth sharing.

Here's a fresh catalog:

I open to the hip I'm interested in:

I fold the catalog page at a sharp angle, forcing the top of the page out of alignment with the rest of the book:

I then fold back the rest of the page parallel to the spine:

The result is a tabbed index:

With the Keeneland hip numbers printed in the outer corners, it's possible to have the tabs display the hip number. Easy reference!

I'm happy to hear your tips on getting the most out of the printed book. Do you do anything brilliant that makes it easier to find the information you need while you're on the sales grounds?

This is also probably a good time to mention that I've been going back and adding photos of the "Broodmarathon" mares we've discussed.  Click on any of the old threads and you'll see new thumbnail photos of any mares I've seen. (So far it's just the early hips--try the Argentine mares or the Broodmare of the Year tie-ins.)


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Pedigree Shelly

       Scot , That is very clever !I'll have to try that ! On your last blog you were talking about Awesome Of Course , sire of Awesome Feather. Anyways, I had just read that the Florida Stallion , Congrats had been relocated to Kentucky  ! I knew that was coming like a freight train ! Awesome of Course could very well be the next ! This must be frustrating to Florida breeders ! I can understand why the stallion owners would do this ! The stallions have earned their right to better mares and of course, the money !

10 Nov 2010 7:40 PM
BridleOaks Ocala

Pedigree Shelly..."the stallions have earned their right to better mares..." Really?  

Perhaps you should look at it this way.  It is the hard knockin', blue-collar Florida mares, coupled with some of the best horsemen & women in the world, that have "made" many of the stallions now standing in KY.  Let's take a look recent stallion transplants such as Exchange Rate, Yes It's True, Successful Appeal, Song & A Prayer, Macho Uno, Repent.  These stallions were towards the top of their class without the benefit of "better mares."  Yet, since they've been in KY, has any of them truly excelled with "better mares," or have they actually regressed?  

It seems Wildcat Heir has done well enough without the benefit of "better mares."  

There are many reasons why it is unfortunate Congrats is leaving for KY, which should be the topic for another blog, but...we Florida breeders just ask that you honor what we started,(again), and we certainly hope that the "better mares" don't screw him up.

By the way, Florida breds won 3 of the Breeders Cup races, including a sweep of the top 3 finishers in the juvenile fillies race.  Not bad.

10 Nov 2010 11:10 PM
Pedigree Ann

Couldn't agree with you more BridleOaks. Look at Matsadoon and Skywalker after they left California. A stallion that suits one population of mares doesn't necessarily suit another population.

And let's face it, Congrats et. al. aren't going to get the G1 winners, dams of G1 winners, SW sisters to G1 winners. They will get the unplaced daughters of unraced half-sisters to the good stuff, the possible dead-end lines of the female family. Not always an upgrade of the book in moving to Kentucky.

11 Nov 2010 8:57 AM

The decision to move Congrats is a very recent one.  From what I see, the announcement came on the heels of Malibu Moon's rise in stud fee.  If they had not moved him up, I think Congrats would have stayed right here, along with Mr Sykes' mares in the mix of a full book.  $60,000 is still going to be a stretch for a lot of breeders, so why not go to a very similarly bred, similarly built individual for a quarter of the price.  Thank you Bridle Oaks for sticking up for our mares down here.  I have worked with some of the best broodmares in the world, but Florida mares have a certain tenacity about them that seems to get the job done when building a foundation for a stallion.

11 Nov 2010 9:48 AM
Pedigree Shelly

          I did't mean to insult Any Florida Breeders ! I'm just stating the facts ! Anytime a stallion does well in Florida they seem to end up in Kentucky ! Mr. Prospector is the first to come to mind ! Then Kris S ,Exchange Rate , Northern Afleet , Stormy Atlantic , In Reality ,Etc etc ! I'ts not just Florida , what about Maryland and Malibu Moon ? Once Malibu Moon went to Spendthrift he exploded with such fillies as Life At Ten and Devil May Care ! I just don't think he would have done "that" well in Maryland ! I had lived in Florida for 20yrs , till i recently moved to SE Indiana ! Indiana breds were totally unheard of, let alone any Indiana Bred on the national racing  scene ! Thanks to Casino's and Slots , Indiana has an excellent chance of moving forwards ! I think Florida Breds are tough durable horses that out-run their pedigrees ! I have respect for them ! I am slowly trying to get into the breeding program in Indiana. I aquired my first broodmare last year ( Wasted Words by Honour and Glory out of a Summer Squall mare ) Unfortunately due to the financial situation and the economy I was unable to see it through :( In these tough times I respect all breeders !! Sincerely , Shelly

11 Nov 2010 4:04 PM

At least none of you guys read this as "how to add dogYEARS to your catalogue".

11 Nov 2010 4:38 PM

ty...WISE GUY!!!...BACK...BACK...BACK...

12 Nov 2010 6:18 AM
Pedigree Shelly

         Scot , Maybe you can help ? I'm trying to get the Keeneland Sales results but , not having much luck :( I can get book one but the others are giving me a hard time ! I'm curious to see what the mares I "picked" out brought at auction  ? Any info about hip 3784 ?

12 Nov 2010 9:58 PM
Pedigree Shelly

         Scot , Well , I finally found out what hip # 3784 brought ! I figured Scaife Road would bring somewhere between 10 to 20 k . I had picked out some other mares as well. I think Scaife Road will be a productive addition to any broodmare band at a reasonable price !

18 Nov 2010 10:36 PM

great idea.  I love the sales (timonium).  I can use this tip to see when to take a bathroom break.

04 Jan 2011 1:04 AM

"Once Malibu Moon went to Spendthrift he exploded with such fillies as Life At Ten and Devil May Care ! I just don't think he would have done "that" well in Maryland!"

Got it backwards. Malibu Moon went to Spendthrift precisely because he exploded in Maryland, with 13% SWs in his first three crops including an Eclipse winner in his second crop in Declan's Moon.

17 Mar 2012 4:00 AM

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