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Stonewall Stallions Join TrueNicks

Complimentary ratings for all 12 sires standing at Stonewall Stallions are now available on TrueNicks after the Versailles, Ky., nursery became the latest farm to sign up to provided the service. The Stonewall Stallions are headed by Medaglia d'Oro ( TrueNicks , SRO ), a three-time grade I winner, who earned over $5,754,720. A son of leading sire El Prado ( TrueNicks , SRO ), Medaglia d'Oro will have... More...

Written by admin | Jan 31, 2008 | 0 Comments

Richland Hills Trio Now on TrueNicks

TrueNicks users are now able to get complimentary hypothetical matings with a trio of stallions standing at Richland Hills near Midway, Kentucky. The trio are first-year stallions Purim ( TrueNicks , SRO ) and Storm Surge ( TrueNicks , SRO ), and second-season sire, Star Dabbler ( TrueNicks , SRO ). Purim is a six-time stakes winner, who captured last year’s Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. 1). A son of Dynaformer... More...

Written by admin | Jan 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

As Easy as A, B, C ?

Stallion managers and broodmare owners have offered some interesting insights since the release of TrueNicks. One stallion manager told me that he would come across clients who would reject matings that rated A on another nicking product because they wanted A++ . In an e-mail conversation regarding a prospective mating, a broodmare owner told me that a planned mating that had a very clever pedigree... More...

Written by admin | Jan 28, 2008 | 0 Comments

Kipling, Noble Causeway, Unbridled Energy Join TrueNicks

TrueNicks welcomes three new sires in the shape of Crestwood Farm stallions Kipling ( TrueNicks , SRO ), Noble Causeway ( TrueNicks , SRO ), and Unbridled Energy ( TrueNicks , SRO ). Crestwood is located in Lexington, Ky. Kipling is by Gulch and out of Weekend Storm-a Storm Bird full sister to Summer Squall, and half sister to A.P. Indy. He moves from Mighty Acres in Pryor, Okla. He has sired five... More...

Written by admin | Jan 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Hurricane Hall Stallions Join TrueNicks

Lexington's Hurricane Hall is the latest farm to sign up to provide complimentary TrueNicks ratings for its stallion roster. Managed by Ben Walden Jr., Hurricane Hall stands first year stallions English Channel ( TrueNicks , SRO ), recently crowned as the champion turf horse of 2007; millionaire Silver Wagon ( TrueNicks , SRO ), winner of the Hopeful Stakes and Carter Handicap (both gr. I); and Teuflesberg... More...

Written by admin | Jan 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Bob Black Jack Stuns

Even though the race took place at the "Santa Anita speedway," Bob Black Jack's Sunshine Millions Dash splits of :20.92 and :42.46, which led to a final time of 1:06.53-the quickest ever run on a track other than turf-more than likely makes him "the fastest horse whose pedigree you have never heard of." We have to admit the name of the sire, Stormy Jack, left us completely blank. However, a little... More...

Written by admin | Jan 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

TrueNicks welcomes Vinery and Vinery Florida

The latest farms to subscribe to provide complimentary TrueNicks are Vinery Kentucky and Vinery Florida . Vinery's Kentucky operation stands 10 stallions including leading freshman sire Posse ( TrueNicks , SRO ); flagship stallion More Than Ready ( TrueNicks , SRO ); Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victor Silver Train ( TrueNicks , SRO ); and first year sire Stormello ( TrueNicks , SRO ). Among the team... More...

Written by admin | Jan 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

It's a Family Affair

The 6-year-old Giant’s Causeway horse Angliana, who captured his first stakes with a win in last week's Aqueduct Handicap, has a very clever pedigree pattern. Out of the graded stakes winning Jade Hunter mare Pratella, he earns an A TrueNicks score on the basis of the extremely successful Giant's Causeway/Mr. Prospector cross-one that has also produced grade I winners Shamardal, Maids Causeway (IRE... More...

Written by admin | Jan 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

Nothing to Repent Of

By Louis Quatorze - a horse very capable of getting a top-class runner, but not the most consistent stallion in the world - out of a South American mare, Repent ( TrueNicks , SRO ) was somewhat difficult stallion to evaluate when he retired to stud in Florida for the 2004 breeding season. The class which saw him win four graded stakes at 2 and 3, and finish second in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup... More...

Written by admin | Jan 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Awesome Improvement

One nick that made a considerable advance at the weekend was that of Awesome Again ( TrueNicks , SRO ) with mares by Seattle Slew and his sons. The broad Deputy Minister/Seattle Slew cross has proved to be a productive one, with grade I winners including Pool Land, Hello Seattle, and Mayo On the Side. Until this weekend, however, it had had only a relatively modest degree of success for Deputy Minister... More...

Written by admin | Jan 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Bring on the Slipper

While the Golden Slipper Stakes (Aus-I) might not mean much to the average North American Thoroughbred breeder, with its AUS$3.5 million purse-which is just on US$3 million today-it is in fact the world's richest race for 2-year-olds. Run at 1200m (about 6f) the Golden Slipper has a long storied history as a race that shapes the Australian breed with Australian-bred leading sires Flying Spur, Danzero... More...

Written by admin | Jan 20, 2008 | 1 Comment

Leaving a Legacy

The successful return of likely 2-year-old champion filly Indian Blessing in the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at the weekend was a pleasing one for me, having had a very small part in her story. Back in 1999, I was dispatched to the Keeneland January sales to purchase mares specifically to support then-Florida stallion Matty G. The first mare I purchased was the Matchlite daughter Lady's Legacy (then... More...

Written by admin | Jan 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

TrueNicks Introduces RSS Feed

The TrueNicks Web site now has an RSS feed. For the more tech-savvy of our readers, you can now subscribe to the TrueNicks RSS feed to get all the latest postings on the site fed into your reader. Click on the RSS feed on the left hand column to subscribe to the feed. Really Simple Syndication, more commonly known by its "RSS" acronym, is an innovate, easy-to-use, and free service that provides 24... More...

Written by admin | Jan 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

Curiouser and Curiouser

"Curiouser and curiouser" cried Alan. The anomaly of widely differing nick ratings on an identical cross is a very strange one. When TrueNicks rates Unbridled's Song ( TrueNicks , SRO ) with a Miswaki mare, the result is a "D," based on the direct cross of Unbridled's Song with Mr. Prospector-line mares, as there is insufficient evidence (opportunity) to rate matings between Unbridled's Song and mares... More...

Written by admin | Jan 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Z Fortune Reveals Successful Siphon Nick

As good-looking and talented as he was, Siphon (BRZ) presented something of a puzzle for breeders when he retired to stud. The Brazilian-bred winner of over $3.1 million was by Itajara (BRZ), a son of the French-bred Felicio, from a male line that went back to the storied St. Simon,via the great French sire, Sicambre (FR), and out of a mare by Kublai Khan, with scarcely a recognizable name on the page... More...

Written by admin | Jan 15, 2008 | 0 Comments

Mr. Greeley's a Hit with Storm Cat Mares

A nick showing great promise that has only emerged very recently is that of Mr. Greeley with Storm Cat-line mares. This is a version of the Gone West/Storm Cat cross that produced champion sprinter Speightstown ( TrueNicks , SRO ), and might be most notable for duplicating Secretariat, the broodmare sire of both Gone West and Storm Cat. For Mr. Greeley, the first score came with the talented 2006 juvenile... More...

Written by admin | Jan 14, 2008 | 0 Comments

"No Rating" Doesn't Equal "No Meaning"

A reader wrote in to ask for clarification on the No Rating return after running a TrueNicks hypo-mating report for Niigon with a Richter Scale mare. Niigon is a son of Unbridled, by Fappiano, by Mr. Prospector. Richter Scale is a son of Habitony, by Habitat, by Sir Gaylord. Question : I just purchased a TrueNicks hypothetical mating and received a report with No Rating . Hardly worth the $20. I presume... More...

Written by admin | Jan 14, 2008 | 0 Comments

Keeneland January Preview: Day Seven

Alan Porter has been asked to preview each day of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. His comments appear on BloodHorseNOW.com , including a special page in that publication’s daily PDF newsletter, which is distributed each day at the salegrounds. As part of Alan’s notes, he has provided a Top 10 list of the short yearlings offered each day, and another Top 10 list of the sale’s “carried... More...

Written by admin | Jan 13, 2008 | 0 Comments

Keeneland January Preview: Day Six

Alan's Day Six preview: Keeneland January: Day Six More...

Written by admin | Jan 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

Keeneland January Preview: Day Five

Alan's Day Five preview: Keeneland January: Day Five More...

Written by admin | Jan 11, 2008 | 0 Comments

More Silence

Diane, a broodmare owner in California, wrote in to suggest an addition to my earlier comments about Sunday Silence and his stallion sons. In addition to Silent Name ( TrueNicks , SRO ) and Hat Trick ( TrueNicks , SRO ) (JPN)-Sunday Silence sons who willl be commence their stud careers in Kentucky in 2008-she drew my attention to Austinpower (JPN) (Sunday Silence -Eishin Austin, by Seattle Slew), who... More...

Written by admin | Jan 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

Keeneland January Preview: Day Four

Alan's Day Four preview: Keeneland January: Day Four More...

Written by admin | Jan 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

Keeneland January Preview: Day Three

Alan's Day Three preview: Keeneland January: Day Three More...

Written by admin | Jan 09, 2008 | 0 Comments

Keeneland January Preview: Day Two

Alan's Day Two preview: Keeneland January: Day Two More...

Written by admin | Jan 08, 2008 | 0 Comments

International Appeal

One of the strengths of the TrueNicks rating system is its ability to operate in what is an increasingly international Thoroughbred world. With stallions and mares travelling throughout the world it is sometimes difficult to work out what is the right pedigree match for mares with bloodlines that are found in different parts of the world and not necessarily native to the genetic population of a particular... More...

Written by admin | Jan 07, 2008 | 0 Comments

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