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Reader Q&A: Can TrueNicks help the regional stallion?

Question:  I have a stallion named Basketball Court (by Doneraile Court out of Stage Bulletin, by Rare Performer), a stakes winner with a record of 6 wins, 3 places, and 2 shows from 20 starts. How could I best get him out to the breeding public?

Could TrueNicks help a smaller stallion? 

Byron's answer: Thanks for your email. TrueNicks can certainly form part of your overall marketing and management program for your stallion. Firstly, because of the data that TrueNicks uses to calculate its ratings, stallions in regional areas such as Basketball Court (who retired to Wishful Thinking Farm in Pennsylvania) have the advantage that regional stakes winners are considered in the calculation of the rating so certain sire lines and broodmare sire lines that are native to certain areas are still considered in the calculation.  

The key, from a stallion management viewpoint, is that TrueNicks helps you and your clients breed the right mares to your stallion on a pedigree basis which is a great place to start. There are no absolutes in this game, but in our experience, stallions that get the right mares genetically have a better long-term chance at stud. 

Stallions that are subscribed to TrueNicks of course appear on the Stallion Register Online -- the most popular online stallion guide in the world -- and thus exposes your stallion to a much larger marketplace.Equally, when your stallion is mentioned on the highly-successful TrueNicks blog (a feature on BloodHorse.com's Blog Stable), the stallion is hyperlinked, giving further exposure to both the stallion and your farm. 

Later in the year we plan to launch a stallion affinity product that should also have great utility for stallion owners. This report will enable you to see how your stallion rates against a population of broodmare sires, allowing you to broadly market to and select mares by the broodmare sires that suit your stallion the most.

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I am a big fan of Albert The Great.  This son of Go For Gin, as a racehorse, was every man's dream.  He was fast, he was honest, he was talented, he was a GI winner at 3, beating older in the JCGC, and he finished his on-track career with over $3M in earnings.  That nose loss in the Travers still hurts!

What's not to like?  Well, looks like it doesn't matter what his record is in graded stakes or the distances he won at, or how much money he bagged.  He couldn't get the mares at what I thought was real value at $10K at entry.  Elizabeth Valando took a chance with a Storm Cat mare and got No Biz'.

Albert has been re-located to Penn, with a fee of $5K(?).  I was disappointed when I heard that, but a friend of mine thinks this might be the best thing to happen to him.

Does TrueNicks think he has any chance at all?

Byron's Reply: Albert The Great has been relocated to Pin Oak Lane Farm in PA and was indeed a great racehorse but unfortunately he is the type of stallion that is very hit and miss in this modern era of horses requiring gate speed and on pace racing speed. From a pedigree viewpoint his sire, while a Kentucky Derby winner, was a dissapointment as a sire given his opportunity and his sire line hasn't found great commerical favor in the current environment. Looking at his results to date it is clear that "Al" requires speed put to him with his three stakes winners to date out of mares by Storm Cat, Holy Bull and Crafty Prospector. Hopefully in PA he is given mares that suit him on pedigree structure (good nick ratings) and pedigree type (speed) that will help him in the long term.

margi 08 Sep 2008 11:51 PM

just breed the BEST you can AFFORD period...Long Live Mr.SQUEAKY!!!

Bellwether 09 Sep 2008 5:27 AM

ATG is a multiple G1 winner and producer. Seemed like a bargain to me at 4K.  Hope I like what I get in the Spring.

JKH 09 Sep 2008 11:29 AM

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