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Maryland Stallion Station Joins TrueNicks

A major edge that TrueNicks has is that with the comprehensive database of The Jockey Club Information Services at its service, it is able to take account of all starters and stakes winners. This will make the service of particular value to regional breeders, as the TrueNicks figures reflect the results of state-bred stakes winners.

With this in mind, we are pleased to welcome the Maryland Stallion Station - one of the flagship stallion farms in the region - to the roster of TrueNicks subscribing stallions. Breeders will now be able to get complimentary ratings for hypothetical matings with all eight of the Maryland Stallion Station sires.

That line includes a wide range of both proven and promising horses. Among them is one of Maryland's most successful sires, Outflanker (TrueNicks, SRO), a son of Danzig who was represented by eight stakes winners in 2007, including graded scorers Bayou's Lassie and Bushwacker. The farm also has a first-year son of Danzig in Greek Sun (TrueNicks), winner of the Hill Rise Stakes at 2, and the Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) and Oak Tree Derby (gr. II) the following year.

Three other Maryland Stallion Station residents are also from the Northern Dancer line. Super Derby (gr. II) winner Fantasticat (TrueNicks, SRO) is a son of Storm Cat, and has first yearlings in 2008. At the same stage in his stud is Gators N Bears (TrueNicks, SRO), a grandson of Storm Cat via Stormy Atlantic, who was a prolific stakes-winning sprinter in the North East. The final scion of the Northern Dancer line is millionaire Cherokee's Boy (TrueNicks, SRO), a son of long-time Maryland standout Citidancer (by Dixieland Band).

The remaining three sires - Rock Slide (TrueNicks, SRO), Seeking Daylight (TrueNicks, SRO) and St. Averil (TrueNicks, SRO) - represent three different sire lines. Rock Slide, a stakes winning son of A.P. Indy, is a full brother to grade I winners Mineshaft and Tomisue's Delight, and has first-crop 3-year-olds this year. Seeking Daylight, a Seeking the Gold half brother to Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) heroine Hedonist, was a runaway 8 1/4- lengths victor in the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II). He also has first 3-year-olds this year. Rounding out the band, Saint Ballado's son St. Averil has first yearlings in 2008. Placed in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at 2, he captured the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at 3, and is out of the multiple graded stakes winner Avie's Fancy.

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