Battle of the 30-Something Stallions

With new 2011 stallions Blame (TrueNicks,SRO), Eskendereya (TrueNicks,SRO), Lookin At Lucky (TrueNicks,SRO), and Quality Road (TrueNicks,SRO) all priced in the $30,000-35,000 range, we thought it would be interesting to get the TrueNicks readers' take: who do you think will get the best book of mares?

Of course the word best is quite subjective and open for discussion. Each stallion retires to a top stallion operation, and each farm is noted for certain management techniques. Claiborne Farm (Blame) is characterized by traditional horsemanship and, historically, has been selective with its stallions' books. Taylor Made Stallions (Eskendereya) price and market their stallions with close consideration to the sales ring—a plus for those breeding to sell. Ashford Stud (Lookin At Lucky) is known for recruiting a large book of mares, giving its stallions opportunities with a variety of bloodlines and a numeric advantage for getting early winners and stakes winners. Lane's End (Quality Road) is a noted long-term manager of its stallions, developing successful stallion careers over multiple seasons.

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