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April 2009 - Posts

Tribal Rule, Unusual Heat Dominate Horse Racing in California

In a big weekend for Cal-breds, two sires had a particularly good time.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 30, 2009 | 6 Comments

A Value Sire and an On-Fire Family

Alan explores a racehorse sire offering great value, and looks at the further deeds of a Thoroughbred female family that is currently on fire.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

Haunui Farm Subscribes First in Southern-Hemisphere Stallion Roster to TrueNicks

New Zealand's historic Haunui Farm becomes the first Southern Hemisphere farm to subscribe its sire roster to TrueNicks, allowing breeders to run complimentary matings with the stallions Iffraaj, Elusive City, and Don Eduardo.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 28, 2009 | 3 Comments

Kentucky Juvenile Stakes Offers Graded Black Type to 2-Year-Olds

The Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) offers the first shot at serious black-type for 2-year-olds, and as such we thought it interesting to have a look at the TrueNick ratings for a field of stakes contenders that have yet to earn black type. ... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

A Nick Above the Norm

There seems to be, at least in Europe, a strong genetic tie between the former stablemates Danehill and Sadler’s Wells.... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Apr 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

Researching a Smart Pedigree

A rich race at Charles Town, inbreeding to Mr. Prospector and his brothers, and the broodmare sire influence of Nantallah all factor in to this gelding's successes.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 23, 2009 | 3 Comments

Kris and Diesis -- Brothers Working In Surprising Ways

Whoever thought that this cross would work? What seems to be a mismatch has proved itself with several excellent runners.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 22, 2009 | 5 Comments

Pulpit Line Prospers

Pulpit is firmly established as one of A.P. Indy's hottest sire-making sons, as evidenced by a couple of weekend stakes results.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 21, 2009 | 11 Comments

Mizzen Mast Flourishes With Northern Dancer

Midships pulls off a win in the 14-furlong San Juan Capistrano (gr. IIT) to add an exclamation point to the emerging Mizzen Mast/Northern Dancer nick.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 21, 2009 | 3 Comments

Repeating a Pattern

Big wins for Monarchos' progeny put the spotlight on his sire, Maria's Mon, who seems to like the cross of two stallion full brothers...... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 13, 2009 | 7 Comments

Under a Cloud

The filly that ended Stardom Bound's grade I streak has a fascinating pedigree with some unlikely roots.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 07, 2009 | 8 Comments

Older Runners Are New Grade I Winners

An emerging nick and some interesting inbreeding patterns are evident in a couple of grade I-winning 4-year-olds from the weekend.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 07, 2009 | 0 Comments

European Action: International Influences in French Winners

German and American bloodlines had an international audience this weekend when they were represented by French graded winners.... More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 06, 2009 | 1 Comment

A Year On -- TrueNicks Scores From the 2008 March OBS Sale of 2-Year-Olds

We thought that it was worthwhile going back and taking a look at the 2008 OBS March sale of 2-year-olds to examine the horses that rated well with TrueNicks from that sale. ... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Apr 02, 2009 | 13 Comments