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Pin Oak Stallions Add Enhanced Report

Breeders will once again be able to run free TrueNicks reports for Broken Vow, Sky Classic, Bob and John, and Cowboy Cal, courtesy of Pin Oak Stud, who stand the quartet at their Versailles facility. All stallions have upgraded to the new Enhanced report.

Broken Vow (TrueNicks,SRO), a son of Unbridled, has sired 34 stakes winners, and 12 graded stakes winners, in his first six crops, including the grade I winners Unbridled Belle and Cotton Blossom, and graded stakes scorers Interactif, Private Vow, Sassy Image, Matt’s Broken Vow, Sindy With An S, Proud Heiress, Polonius, and Lethal Combination. What’s more, he still has some of his best-bred crops to run.

Veteran Sky Classic (TrueNicks,SRO) is one of the last active sons of the immortal Nijinsky II. A Champion 2-Year-Old, Champion Turf Horse, and Champion Older Horse in Canada, he was also Champion Turf Horse in the U.S. He has sired 58 stakes winners, including Canadian Champions Thornfield and Sky Conqueror, and grade I winners Nothing to Lose and Hyperbaric. Sky Classic is also broodmare sire of 21 stakes winners, including European classic winner Speciosa, and graded winners Major Rhythm, Sky Mom, and Bad Action.

Bob and John (TrueNicks,SRO) is a son of successful sire of sires Seeking the Gold. Out of Minister’s Melody, a graded stakes-winning daughter of Deputy Minister from the family of sires Broad Brush and Capote. Grade I-placed at 2, Bob and John won the Sham Stakes (gr. III) and Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) – beating Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Jazil – at 3. At 4 he added the $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III). His first crop were yearlings of 2010, and sold for up to $150,000.

The Pin Oak team is completed by Cowboy Cal (TrueNicks,SRO), a winner of 7 races and $1,037,810, including the Strub Stakes (gr. II), Oak Tree Mile Stakes (gr. II) – in 1:33.12 – San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II), Bryan Station Stakes (gr. III), Tropical Park Derby (gr. III) and, at 2, the Laurel Futurity, by 6¼ lengths. A versatile runner, Cowboy Cal was effective on dirt and turf, and as a mature horse had high-class form from eight to ten furlongs. A son of Giant’s Causeway, Cowboy Cal is out of Texas Tammy, a half sister to the top-class middle-distance runner Behrens. He stood his first season in 2010.

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It was great to go to Woodbine and watch Sky Classic run, he never disappointed and it was beautiful to watch when Pat Day was on his back. It seems just like yesterday when I watched his sire Nijinsky run as a 2 year old on July 12th 1969 at The Curragh and realize what great potential that son of Northern Dancer had.

John T 11 Mar 2011 9:24 PM

Hi John,

I didn't see Nijinsky II in the flesh, but he is the first great horse I remember racing (I was a child in England). What's scary is that you could be 40+ and he'd still be nothing but a name from history!

Alan Porter 14 Mar 2011 10:23 AM

Hi Alan

It was the only time I saw Nijinsky in the flesh that first race as a 2 year old but I often think back to it as you never forget the great ones. Of the horses I saw in the flesh in those days before coming to Canada in 1970 the one I think back the most to is the one and only time I attended the Arc in 1968 when Vaguely Noble got the better of Sir Ivor. He was not classic entered and I have often wondered what kind of record he could have had as Sir Ivor had won the Epsom Derby and Lester Piggott rated him very highly. It was a great thrill for me to watch his daughter Dahlia win the 1974 Canadian International at Woodbine.

John T 15 Mar 2011 10:58 PM

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