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TrueNicks Welcomes Cape Breeders Club of South Africa

Monday, July 28, 2014 5:00 PM

Earlier in the year our own Ian Tapp visited South Africa ( read about his travels here ) and just in time for the start of the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, 47 stallions associated with the Cape Breeders Club in South Africa have joined TrueNicks. Obviously there isn't room to do justice to all of them here, but we can note the presence of some local... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Galileo and Coolmore's Irish Stallions Join TrueNicks

Monday, September 16, 2013 2:15 PM

In the past few years, the number of stallions who are subscribed to TrueNicks has nearly doubled—in 2010 there were 425 mostly U.S.-based stallions; today there are 820 stallions representing some of the top stud farms internationally. A major growth catalyst was the TrueNicks Enhanced Report , a two-page report that includes detailed statistics to help describe... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Sep 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Brazilian Triple Crown Winner Plenty of Kicks Joins TrueNicks

Friday, September 13, 2013 11:15 AM

The roster of TrueNicks stallions includes some outstanding performers from around the globe, and the latest of these is Brazilian superstar Plenty of Kicks (BRZ) ( TrueNicks ), who retires to Haras San Francesco for the 2013 breeding season. Plenty of Kicks finished second over seven furlongs on his debut but was to go undefeated in seven subsequent starts,... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

New Stallion Niagara Brings Sire's Family to New Zealand

Monday, August 19, 2013 10:00 AM

For much of the second half of the first decade of the 21st century, the Australian sire's premiership was fought out between Encosta de Lago (AUS) ( TrueNicks ) and Redoute's Choice (AUS) ( TrueNicks ), the duo eventually claiming two titles apiece. Now New Zealand breeders will have the opportunity to breed to a stallion who combines bloodlines tied to both... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Aug 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

Sprint Star Smiling Tiger to Stand in California

Sunday, July 14, 2013 2:45 PM

Smiling Tiger ( TrueNicks ), one of the stars of the California sprint scene over the last several seasons, will remain in California for his stud career, which will commence at Premier Equine in Oakdale, Calif., in 2014. A winner of nine races and almost $1.5 million, Smiling Tiger broke his maiden on his debut at 2. He took the Lost in the Fog Stakes by eight... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

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First Stallions from South Africa, Chile Join TrueNicks

Thursday, June 27, 2013 3:30 AM

TrueNicks passed another landmark last week with the first stallions from South Africa and Chile to officially join the program. Photo: Avontuur Estate Var (Forest Wildcat—Loma Preata, by Zilzal) At Avontuur Estate we find two of the hottest young sires standing in South Africa in Oratorio (IRE) ( TrueNicks ) and Var ( TrueNicks ). The well-traveled duo both... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

TrueNicks.com Now Serving Classic & Enhanced Reports

Friday, February 22, 2013 1:30 PM

TrueNicks.com is now serving TrueNicks Classic and Enhanced reports at TrueNicks.com/Products . Reports can be ordered for any horse or hypothetical mating. Classic reports ($15) include the powerful TrueNicks rating, five-generation pedigree, and top five racehorses bred on the cross. Enhanced reports ($25) add a second page of data points for starters, auction... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

Announcing the All New Key Ancestors Report

Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:00 AM

Today TrueNicks is pleased to announce the new Key Ancestors Report, a breakthrough report that considers your mare's entire pedigree—all male and female ancestors—and identifies the key ancestors to seek out or avoid in the pedigrees of stallions in prospective matings. TrueNicks' Byron Rogers and Ian Tapp discuss the new report in the video below. brightcove... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jan 10, 2013 | 41 Comments

Calumet Farm Returns with Trio of New Stallions

Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:25 AM

Calumet Farm is a name that has been associated with history-making stallions since the arrival of English Derby winner Blenheim II in 1936. In that case, Calumet—for whom Blenheim II sired Triple Crown hero Whirlaway—was only part of the investment group that brought the Aga Khan's classic victor to the U.S., Blenheim II's stateside home being Claiborne Farm... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Nov 29, 2012 | 43 Comments

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The Shock of the New: Stallions of 2013

Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:00 AM

Checking the TrueNicks website, we were somewhat shocked to find just how many new sires have already been declared for the 2013 breeding season. There is quite a lot to keep track of, so to try and ensure none get overlooked when making breeding plans for 2013, here is a very quick overview of the new sires of 2013 that are currently enrolled on the TrueNicks... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Oct 11, 2012 | 30 Comments

TrueNicks Launches New Matings Features

Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:30 AM

This week we launched a few of our newest TrueNicks features. When you run a TrueNicks hypothetical mating with one of our 700+ subscribed stallions , you'll see that the page header contains quick buttons to Email, Save, or Print the report. There are also buttons to Tweet, Google+, and Facebook recommend the mating. Here's how the entire header looks: A few... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Aug 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

Inglis Easter Sales Rapidly Approaching

Monday, April 02, 2012 1:30 PM

Easter may be a holiday, but it’s also a time of intense activity in the Australian Thoroughbred industry, especially in Sydney. The BWM Sydney Carnival runs from March 24 to April 28 at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens, and features the world’s richest 2-year-old race, the A$3.5 million AMI Golden Slipper (gr. I)—contested on Easter Saturday—and, one week... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 02, 2012 | 0 Comments

Zenyatta's Next Mating: Tapit

Friday, March 23, 2012 10:00 AM

Tapit Photo: Gainesway Jerry and Ann Moss announced today that 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who foaled a colt by Bernardini ( TrueNicks , SRO ) on March 8, will be bred back to Tapit ( TrueNicks , SRO ) in 2012. The Mosses already have some familiarity with Tapit, having raced 2011 Lady's Secret and Las Virgenes (both gr. I) winner Zazu . Out of the Mr. Greeley... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 23, 2012 | 49 Comments

Smart Missile First of New Australian Sires

Monday, March 12, 2012 11:45 AM

While we are only in the first few weeks of the Northern Hemisphere breeding season, stallion masters in Australia are already at work on recruiting new stallions to their rosters for the 2012 breeding season, which begins in the Northern Hemisphere summer. The first of these to appear on TrueNicks is Smart Missile ( TrueNicks ), who will be standing at Arrowfield... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hansen Looks to the Future

Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:00 PM

While the equine Hansen ( TrueNicks ) – the champion 2-year-old of 2011 – is pointing to the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and hopefully his first step on the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), his owner and breeder, Dr. Kendall Hansen, is looking well beyond the Run for the Roses. With a long-term view to his star's eventual stud career, Dr. Hansen has subscribed... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jan 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

TrueNicks Broodmare Reports Now a Triple Threat

Monday, January 09, 2012 3:00 PM

In January 2009, a little more than a year after the launch of the TrueNicks website, the Broodmare Analysis Report was announced. The report allows breeders to cross their mare with up to 50 selected stallions and provides a catalog-style pedigree for the mare. The report lists the stallions in order of TrueNicks rating and Broodmare Sire Improvement Index,... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jan 09, 2012 | 0 Comments

Calumet Farm Back in the Stallion Business

Thursday, January 05, 2012 11:15 AM

Established in 1924 to raise Standardbreds, Calumet Farm became a Thoroughbred nursery in 1932. The farm’s first major stallion was Bull Lea, a son of the imported French stallion Bull Dog. Winner of 10 of his 27 starts, including the Blue Grass Stakes, Widener Handicap, and Pimlico Handicap, Bull Lea was only lightly regarded initially. However, he went on to... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jan 05, 2012 | 32 Comments

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TrueNicks Hits 1 Million Reports in 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:45 AM

For the first time in its four-year history, TrueNicks reached 1 million total reports run in a calendar year on December 22, 2011. The ticker in the upper right of TrueNicks.com shows the current count. Here's a rundown of the most popular TrueNicks stallions of 2011 who most contributed to the impressive total. #1 - Bernardini ( TrueNicks , SRO ) - 8,781 reports... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

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TrueNicks Celebrates 4 Years

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 8:45 AM

We at TrueNicks are pleased to announce our 4th anniversary this month! Time flies, and it's amazing to think that TrueNicks is now beginning its 5th Northern Hemisphere breeding season. TrueNicks was founded in 2007 as a partnership between Pedigree Consultants (Alan Porter and Byron Rogers) and Blood-Horse Publications, with the calculation running off the... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 20, 2011 | 4 Comments

New Social Media Options for TrueNicks

Thursday, December 01, 2011 11:40 AM

We recently unveiled a new header on TrueNicks.com when you run a hypothetical mating report. The new features include quick buttons to email and save a report, plus social media options for Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. Email The email tool allows you to quickly send the PDF of the TrueNicks report to clients and friends. You can include multiple recipient... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 01, 2011 | 0 Comments

Cape Blanco is First Major Galileo Stallion in U.S.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:00 AM

Five-time group/grade I winner Cape Blanco (IRE) ( TrueNicks ) has retired to Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for the 2012 season. He becomes the first major son of Irish and English leading sire Galileo to stand in the United States. Cape Blanco is now available on TrueNicks, where breeders can run unlimited hypothetical mating reports. Undefeated in three... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Oct 20, 2011 | 16 Comments

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Keeneland November Sale TrueNicks Available

Thursday, October 06, 2011 10:15 AM

Keeneland has cataloged 3,919 hips for the 2011 November Breeding Stock Sale to be held Nov. 7-17 in Lexington. Visit TrueNicks.com/Auctions to get TrueNicks reports for all hips in the Midlantic sale, or for any past or upcoming sale. Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale: Book 1: Hips 1-429 Book 2: Hips 430-1227 Book 3: Hips 1228-1643 Book 4: Hips 2058-2882... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Oct 06, 2011 | 1 Comment

TrueNicks for F-T Kentucky Fall Yearlings Now Available

Thursday, October 06, 2011 9:45 AM

Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 1,007 yearlings for its 2011 Kentucky Fall Yearlings sale to be held October 24-26 in Lexington. Visit TrueNicks.com/Auctions to get TrueNicks reports for all hips in the Midlantic sale, or for any past or upcoming sale. Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings: Session 1: Monday, October 24 - Hips 1-336, 10 AM Session 2: Tuesday, October... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Oct 06, 2011 | 0 Comments

TrueNicks for F-T Eastern Fall Yearlings Now Available

Monday, September 26, 2011 1:15 PM

Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 535 yearlings for its 2011 Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearlings sale to be held October 4-5 in Timonium, Maryland. Visit TrueNicks.com/Auctions to get TrueNicks reports for all hips in the Midlantic sale, or for any past or upcoming sale. Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearlings: Session 1: Tuesday, October 4 - Hips 1-264, 10 AM Session... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Sep 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Unusual Heat Joins TrueNicks

Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:45 AM

Top sire Unusual Heat ( TrueNicks ), the leading California sire for the past three seasons, is now available on TrueNicks, with unlimited Enhanced Reports available for breeders. Unusual Heat stands at Harris Farms. A son of French champion miler and international sire Nureyev, Unusual Heat began his racing career in Ireland where he won stakes at ages 3 and... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Sep 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

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