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Behind the Doors at the Taylor Made Breeding Shed

Taylor Made Stallions was one of the earliest supporters of TrueNicks and we are honored to announce that complimentary TrueNicks for the farm's eight stallions will once again be available to breeders in 2009.

Unbridled's Song (TrueNicks,SRO) was the first stallion ever to stand at the Taylor brothers Nicholasville, Ky., property, and he couldn't have gotten the stallion division off to a better start. He was the sire of a seven-figure yearling in his first crop and has had at least one in every crop since. He is now the sire of 11 career grade I winners, three of whom have appeared since Labor Day weekend: Forego Handicap (gr. I ) winner First Defence (TrueNicks,SRO), Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) winner Midshipman, and Thorn Song, winner of the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. I).

Forestry (TrueNicks,SRO) joined the roster at Taylor Made for the 2000 breeding season and he too has had an admirable career to date. Winner of the King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), Forestry is the sire of 9% stakes winners from his first five crops to race, including the sensational Discreet Cat (TrueNicks,SRO) , winner of the Cigar Mile (gr. I) and the ultra-fast Forest Danger (TrueNicks,SRO) , winner of the Carter H. (gr. I).

Forest Danger stands across the shed row from his sire at Taylor Made and his first yearlings were very well received in 2008. He ranked among the top five North American first-crop sires with a yearling average of nearly $100,000.

Northern Afleet (TrueNicks,SRO) stood his first six seasons in Florida until he came up with a "big horse" in Afleet Alex (TrueNicks,SRO) . His first crop sired at Taylor Made are juveniles of 2008 and, not coincidentally, he's in the midst of perhaps his finest overall season with nine stakes winners.

Officer (TrueNicks,SRO) is another who relocated to Taylor Made. He ranked among the top five first-crop stallions in 2006, a crop  that includes Johannesburg (TrueNicks,SRO)   and Street Cry (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO) . He has been among the leaders of that strong group ever since.

The Halo grandson Southern Image (TrueNicks,SRO) retired to Taylor Made after winning three grade I's, including the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). Taylor Made has already had considerable success with another Halo-line stallion, the late champion sire Saint Ballado. Southern Image's first crop will hit the races next year.

Master Command (TrueNicks,SRO) and Half Ours (TrueNicks,SRO) are the two newest stallions at Taylor Made and are both about to enter their second  seasons. A son of A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO) , Master Command won four graded stakes in his racing days, including the Meadowlands Cup (gr. II), and racked up over $1 million in earnings. Unbridled's Song's son Half Ours was unbeaten at 2, with the WHAS-TV Stakes among his victories. He went on to take the grade II Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Stakes at 4.

 

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