Turkish Stallions Now on TrueNicks

The full roster of 26 stallions at the Turkish Jockey Club have joined TrueNicks. Since TrueNicks is the only nicking system that considers all international starters and stakes winners, it is a useful resource for planning matings in any market.

Deputy Minister son Always a Classic (TrueNicks) won the 1997 Turf Classic (gr. I) and Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. III). He is a half brother to champions Sky Classic, Regal Classic, Grey Classic, and Classy 'n Smart, from the family of top sire Smart Strike. Always a Classic as sired Turkish group I winners Mahalle Cocugu, Take It Easy, and Big Sea.

German group III-winning miler Banknote (GB) (TrueNicks) is by Zafonic out of a Shareef Dancer mare. The second dam is a full sister to Height of Fashion, a two-year-old champion and dam of Nayef, Nashwan, and Unfuwain. The family also includes dual Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact.

Group winner Bin Ajwaad (IRE) (TrueNicks) placed in both the French and English 2,000 Guineas (both gr. I) in 1993. He is by Rainbow Quest and from the immediate family of sires Cape Cross, Diktat, and Iffraaj. At stud, Bin Ajwaad has sired Brazilian Oaks (gr. I) winner Lazurita and New Zealand group I winner Deebee Belle. His best Turkish performers are Horse of the Year Inspector and fellow group I winners Karatutkum, Orhideya, and Salvatore.

1987 French champion two-year-old Common Grounds (GB) (TrueNicks) is by Kris (a full brother to Diesis), and is a half brother to the dam of Epsom Derby (gr. I) victor Kris Kin. At stud, Common Grounds has sired group I winners Bad As I Wanna Be and Earl of Barking, and 25 stakes horses in Turkey.

Grade I-winning two-year-old Cuvee (TrueNicks,SRO) is by Carson City, out of the Star de Naskra mare Christmas Star. A half brother to grade II-winning sprinter Will He Shine, Cuvee hails from the family of Olympio, Pyro, and Paddy O'Prado. His top runner to date is Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner and multiple grade I-placed Noble's Promise.

One of Deputy Minister's best stallion sons is Dehere (TrueNicks,SRO), and he has sired gr. I winners in both the U.S. and Australia. On the track, Dehere was the U.S. champion two-year-old colt of 1993, and he was among the leading sires in the U.S. before relocating to Turkey. His best runners are multiple grade I winner Take Charge Lady, multiple grade I-placed Beautician, and Australian group I winners Belle Du Jour, Defier, and Bollinger.

Sunday Silence horse Divine Light (JPN) (TrueNicks) was a group I-placed sprinter in Japan, and he received only limited opportunities in his early stud career. Standing in France, his first crop there included only eight named foals, but from these came 2007 European champion two-year-old filly Natagora, who went on to claim the following season's English 1,000 Guineas (gr. I).

Danehill's full brother Eagle Eyed (TrueNicks) sired Carter Handicap (gr. I) winner Peeping Tom before relocating to Turkey. There, he has had notable success, siring champion three-year-old filly Nazlus and Horse of the Year Popular Demand.

Multiple graded stakes winner Fantastic Fellow (TrueNicks) is a Lear Fan stallion out of a Nureyev mare. He has sired U.S. graded stakes winner Fantastic Spain and Turkish gr. III winner and group I-placed Never Walk Alone. His offspring have done best at or beyond one mile.

Lion Heart (TrueNicks,SRO), a grade I winner at two and three, and runner-up in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), recently moved to Turkey from the U.S. where he has sired Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Line of David, multiple graded stakes-winning two-year-old Kantharos, and Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) champ Dangerous Midge. By the versatile Tale of the Cat, Lion Heart has also proven he can sire top runners over a variety of surfaces and distances.

Four-time grade I-winning grass horse Marlin (TrueNicks) has sired German group I winner Kaieteur and a pair of Turkish champion mares: Tiramisu and Atesin Kizi. By the Nijinsky II stallion Sword Dance, Marlin is out of Damascus mare, and he has no inbreeding within five generations.

Mountain Cat (TrueNicks), from the second crop of Storm Cat, won Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) at two. He went on to become a useful sire while standing at Overbrook Farm. Relocated to Turkey, he has sired six group I winners there, including champions Invincible Girl, Champs to Champs, and Deha.

Del Mar Derby (gr. II) winner Ocean Crest (TrueNicks) is by Storm Bird, out of a full sister to sire Slewpy. His best runners in Turkey are group winners Sahnur, Nuhbaba, Zafer Yolu, and Doku.

Kingmambo stallion Okawango (TrueNicks), winner of the Grand Criterium (gr. I) in France, hails from the family of Green Dancer, Quijano, and Authorized. At stud, Okawango has sired group I-placed Declaration of War, second in the same Grand Criterium event claimed by his sire. Okawango has also sired three other stakes winners and earners of nearly $4 million.

Powerscourt (GB) (TrueNicks,SRO), winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup (gr. I) and Arlington Million (gr. I), is by Sadler's Wells and a half brother to the dam of 2010 European champion two-year-old Frankel. The young sire has first crop three-year-olds, and his best performer to date is the Moyglare Stud (gr. I) captress Termagant, who was the highweighted two-year-old filly in Ireland in 2009.

Silver Hawk stallion Red Bishop (TrueNicks) is a gr. I winner in Hong Kong and the U.S. At stud in Turkey, Red Bishop has sired five group I winners, including Horse of the Year Pan River, and fellow champions Ihsan Sultan and Hizel Beyi.

River Special (TrueNicks), by Riverman out of a Nijinsky II mare, defied his turf-oriented pedigree to win the Norfolk (gr. I), Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), and Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), and place in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). At stud, he has sired 15 stakes winners for earnings of nearly $8 million.

German 2,000 Guineas (gr. II) winner Royal Abjar (TrueNicks) is a successful Gone West stallion. Among his 24 stakes winners are Turkish champions Elixir and Fairson.

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Sea Hero (TrueNicks) offers an extremely strong female family. His dam is the blue hen Glowing Tribute, and he counts sires Roar, Congrats, and Flatter in his immediate family which ultimately traces to La Troienne. Sea Hero's runners have earned over $17 million, and among his 30 stakes winners is Turkish champion two-year-old filly Confidence.

Successful Red Ransom stallion Sri Pekan (TrueNicks) has sired 51 stakes winners for over $23 million in progeny earnings. His best Turkish runners are 2009 Horse of the Year Miramis and champion Berraksu.

The second Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on the Turkish roster is Strike the Gold (TrueNicks). A son of Alydar, Strike the Gold has sired 21 stakes winners for over $16 million in earnings. His best runners are seven-time champion Sabirli and champion stayer Arsenic.

Sadler's Wells horse Sun Music (IRE) (TrueNicks) was produced from European highweight filly Golden Opinion. Recently, he has been represented by Turkish group winner Dream Come True and group-placed Asi.

Unaccounted For (TrueNicks), a Private Account horse who was a contemporary of Cigar, has sired 31 stakes winners for nearly $17 million in earnings. In the U.S., he sired Grundlefoot, who became a group I winner in Saudi Arabia. In Turkey, Unaccounted For has sired dual-champion Chi.

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner and champion older horse Victory Gallop (TrueNicks,SRO) has sired 41 stakes winners for $30 million in earnings. The son of Cryptoclearance had his best two runners in 2010, with Prince Will I Am taking the grade I Jamaica Handicap, and Jaycito winning the Norfolk (gr. I).

Gone West stallion West by West (TrueNicks) hails from the immediate family of champion sprinter Kodiak Kowboy. His progeny have amassed $21 million in earnings, and among his 34 stakes winners are Turkish gr. I winners Silver Dancer and Gordion.

Yonaguska (TrueNicks,SRO), by Cherokee Run, dead-heated with City Zip to win the Hopeful (gr. I) at two. His best performer to date is grade II winner and multiple grade I-placed Musket Man, who has earned over $1.2 million. Yonaguska has sired 18 stakes winners for $17 million in progeny earnings.

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