Fitting The Landscape

It is common acceptance that stallions often find success in countries where their genetic structure, racing ability and temperament suits a high percentage of the broodmare population found there. Sires and indeed sirelines can find themselves "in the right place at the right time" when a population of mares reaches saturation point of one sire/sireline, setting it up for a natural foil to exploit this situation.

A recently retired stallion has given us the opportunity to discuss this in greater detail. While the service fee/shuttling costs ratio might make it a hard one to happen, we'd love to see the recently retired Parading (TrueNicks,SRO) (Pulpit (TrueNicks,SRO) - On Parade by Storm Cat) shuttle down to stand at Haras La Quebrada (or for that matter any other farm in Argentina) as his pedigree appeals to us immensely as a horse that will fit the population of broodmare sires available there.

Like a lot of farms in South America, the success of one stallion often falls on their ability to fit with the last leading sire to stand at the farm. The stallion in question invariably covers an extraordinary amount of mares by the previous leading sire standing at the farm. In the case of La Quebrada, the extraordinary Southern Halo owes a lot of his success to the quality mares he served by previous La Quebrada sires Logical (by Buckpasser - he from the La Troienne family) and Salt Marsh (by Tom Rolfe from the La Troienne family) both of whom in turn had made his success on the back of Make Tracks (by Eight Thirty from the La Troienne family). We hope that you are getting the idea that much of the success of Southern Halo revolves around strains of La Troienne. His best Northern Hemisphere sired horse is of course More Than Ready (TrueNicks,SRO) who is out of a mare by Woodman (he is out of a mare by Buckpasser and is inbred to La Troienne), and himself from the direct female family of La Troienne. More Than Ready in turn has done well in Australia with mares by Danehill, a stallion that carries Buckpasser as the sire of his second dam.

So how does Parading fit into the mix? His sire, Pulpit is a son of A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO), a stallion that carries both Buckpasser and Poker from the La Trioenne family in his pedigree. His dam is a daughter of Storm Cat out of My Flag. Of course, My Flag is a daughter of Easy Goer (his dam Relaxing is inbred to La Troienne) out of Personal Ensign, she being by Private Account (who comes from the La Troienne family). La Quebrada has of course already tried a son of A.P Indy in Indygo Shiner (TrueNicks,SRO), a son of AP Indy out of an El Gran Senor mare (he is out of a Buckpasser mare) who has had extraordinary success with Southern Halo mares (we think that Indygo Shiner should to extraordinarily well with More Than Ready mares in North America).

Parading of course traces back to the imported Dorine, a Champion of Argentina who is bred on very similar lines to the Champion sire Forli, a stallion who is highly prevalent in the broodmare population of Argentina so the shuttling of Parading to Argentina would be a homecoming of sorts. Not only should Parading be suited to Southern Halo mares, but also mares by other stallions that have stood/are standing at La Quebrada. Here are the TrueNicks 5 cross matings for these stallions:

Southern Halo (click here)

Mutakddim (TrueNicks,SRO) (click here) - he is by Seeking the Gold (Mr Prospector). He carries four strains of La Troienne (Buckpasser x 2, Glamour x 2)

Luhuk (click here) - he is a son of Forty Niner. While there is no La Troienne in is pedigree, his sire has done very well with mares by Forty Niner and sons.

Easing Along (click here) - this could be one of the more interesting matings. Easing Along is by Storm Cat out of a sister to Easy Goer so with Parading being out of a mare by Storm Cat and with Easy Goer as the sire of his next dam we have Storm Cat 3x3 and full relations Easy Goer and Cadillacing in the pedigree.

This of course does not preclude his success in the Northern Hemisphere, where he stands the 2010 season at Claiborne Farm at a value fee of $3,500. As a son of Pulpit from the he has a license to be a sire and he should be well suited to a number of broodmare sires in the commercial population, especially those with a little more La Troienne!

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