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Not Enough Data? How the Key Ancestors Report Gives a Breeder an Answer

Friday, May 09, 2014 5:00 PM

As a consultant, there is a tendency to feel that you should have a ready answer for most inquiries. There are times, however, when the correct answer is "I don't know." We were reminded of this when presented with a query regarding the mare Cameron's Buddy. The 10-year-old mare is by Frisk Me Now, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1.7 million, but the sire... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 09, 2014 | 2 Comments

A Date for Delta: Mating Royal Delta

Friday, September 06, 2013 11:25 AM

It goes without saying that it takes an exceptional individual to win Eclipse Awards in three successive years. Among fillies and mares, the feat has only been achieved twice, by Zenyatta (2008-10) and Azeri (2002-04), although Susan's Girl was champion 3-year-old filly of 1972 and then champion older mare in 1973 and 1975. Looking back to the pre-Eclipse Award... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 06, 2013 | 57 Comments

Coolmore Has Options with New Purchase Sea Siren

Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:30 PM

Yesterday Coolmore purchased multiple group I-winning filly Sea Siren , a daughter of Coolmore's champion sire Fastnet Rock (AUS) ( TrueNicks , SRO ). Below is a conformation video of the 4-year-old. Sea Siren will make her final start for her previous connections May 11 in the BTC Cup (Aus-I) at Doomben, a six-furlong race that she won last year. If she runs... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | May 09, 2013 | 8 Comments

Mating Peruvian Champion Almudena

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:05 PM

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt Almudena - Order This Photo From time to time we come across a mare who is "not from around here," as the expression goes. This is often an imported mare whose pedigree, while quite possibly high-class in her own environment, has little in common with the population in her new home. Planning a mating for this kind of mare can be quite... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 26, 2013 | 32 Comments

VIDEO: Key Ancestors Report Strategies with Alan Porter

Monday, February 11, 2013 6:20 PM

TrueNicks' Ian Tapp sits down with Alan Porter, the creator of the TrueNicks rating, to discuss strategies and commercial considerations for using the new Key Ancestors Report. Up for discussion is Oregon Lady ( click for report ), a graded stakes-winning Shamardal mare who recently sold for $475,000 at Keeneland January in foal to Elusive Quality ( TrueNicks... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 11, 2013 | 10 Comments

An Interview with So You Think's Breeder

Thursday, August 09, 2012 10:00 AM

Triassic, the dam So You Think, in April 2012 I recently had the opportunity to interview Cecile Smith, owner of Piper Farm and co-breeder of Australian champion and 10-time group I winner So You Think (NZ) ( TrueNicks ). Cecile owns So You Think's dam, the 22-year-old Tights mare Triassic, who is currently in foal to Medaglia d'Oro ( TrueNicks , SRO ) and is... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Aug 09, 2012 | 17 Comments

Poll: Choose a Stallion for Havre de Grace

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:00 PM

According owner Rick Porter, recently-retired Havre de Grace is currently for sale , and she could be offered at a broodmare sale this fall. Given that Royal Delta, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2011 realized $8.5 million at last year's Keeneland November Sale, we should expect fireworks if Havre de Grace—Horse of the Year and champion older filly or mare... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 24, 2012 | 49 Comments

El Padrino's Breeder Takes Realistic Approach

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:00 PM

We're always happy to see TrueNicks customers succeed on the racetrack, and we were especially thrilled when Derby prospect El Padrino won the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) over the weekend. Emory Hamilton, breeder of El Padrino, uses TrueNicks broodmare reports for her mares, and a report for El Padrino's dam, Enchanted Rock, identified Pulpit ( TrueNicks , SRO... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Time Has Told

Thursday, February 23, 2012 11:30 AM

Over two years ago, we ran a TrueNicks Broodmare Report for the O'Reilly (NZ) ( TrueNicks ) mare Rare Insight. The report was ordered by Rare Insight's part-owner Neil Hoar, who gave a copy to his trainer, leading Australian trainer John O'Shea. After reading the report, the trainer told us: "I'm impressed that the report has Danehill Dancer as a top pick. I... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Feb 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Broodmares Ready for Valentine's Day

Friday, February 10, 2012 5:05 PM

I've had more than one customer describe TrueNicks as a "dating service" for Thoroughbreds. This might be a fair assessment, since increasingly more breeders are using TrueNicks as a research tool during their stallion selection process. With Valentine's Day just a few days away—and in hopes that breeders everywhere will find the right stallion match for their... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 10, 2012 | 4 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

A New Tool for Stallion Selection

Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:40 AM

Now with the breeding stock sales nearly completed, breeders are in the process of finalizing their breeding decisions for the 2012 season. We've seen a big increase in the number of TrueNicks reports run in the past 30 days—102,551 to be exact, compared to 71,422 during the previous 30 days. Always popular during the breeding season is our Broodmare Analysis... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Nov 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Cox Plate Winner Rated Well from Beginning

Saturday, October 22, 2011 7:30 PM

In what was somewhat of an upset victory, the classy mare Pinker Pinker won the historic Cox Plate (Aus-I), the best weight for age race over 10 furlongs in Australasia, last night at Moonee Valley. Interestingly, the owner of Pinker Pinker's dam Miss Marion had asked TrueNicks to run a Broodmare Analysis Report on the mare when Pinker Pinker was still an unnamed... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Oct 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

What's in Your Mare's Stocking?

Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:00 AM

I'm sure many of you TrueNicks readers are in the midst of your holiday shopping, looking for the best gifts for the important people in your lives. But what about your broodmares? If you're on the farm with your mare, perhaps she'll get an extra flake of alfalfa and a handful of peppermints. As sweet as this is, the best gift might be the one that assures your... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

Lady's Secret, Zenyatta, Lady's Secret, Zenyatta

Sunday, October 03, 2010 4:00 PM

In the race briefly known as the Zenyatta Stakes, Zenyatta herself used her patented late move to claim her 19th victory Saturday at Hollywood Park. Odds are that the 2011 renewal of the Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) will be renamed once again for the unbeaten Street Cry (IRE) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) mare. But let's not forget 1986 Horse of the Year Lady's Secret... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Oct 03, 2010 | 21 Comments

Poll Question: Zen, Rachel, Rags, or 'Kova?

Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:00 AM

Your task is simple: select one of these champion female racehorses as a broodmare prospect, and explain your reasoning in the comments below. Who would you rather have in your broodmare band? survey software Goldikova has become a poster girl for keeping good racehorses in training. After a multi-championship season and back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Miles, the... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jun 10, 2010 | 60 Comments

Reader Q&A - Can You Explain the Significance of the TrueNicks Variant?

Thursday, February 04, 2010 8:00 AM

Fred asks: I just ordered two broodmare analysis reports and I was most pleased. While I understand the significance of BSI II (Broodmare Sire Improvement Index) I am unclear as to the significance of the True Nicks Variant. Could you please explain? Byron's response: Thanks for the email and we appreciate ordering the broodmare analysis report. I'm glad you... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Feb 04, 2010 | 1 Comment

Equineline.com Now Offers Broodmare Analysis Report

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:10 PM

The ground-breaking TrueNicks Broodmare Analysis Report is now available direct from The Jockey Club Information Service's (TJCIS) equineline.com reporting system. The analysis is Report 29T, which will be found under the “Mare’s Produce” section of the report index. After selecting a mare, the user can enter up to 50 stallions of his choice before processing... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Feb 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

Reader Question -- Broodmare Analysis Report with Free Stallions

Friday, January 16, 2009 11:26 AM

Question from Randy : Why would I pay for something that really should be available for free from sponsoring farms? Scot's reply : Thank you for your question. Within the Broodmare Analysis Report, hypothetical matings can be created for all active stallions, regardless of whether they are subscribed to the service. The report cost does not vary, whether you... Read More...

Written by sgillies | Jan 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Broodmare Analysis Report Unveiled

Monday, January 12, 2009 5:36 PM

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Written by sgillies | Jan 12, 2009 | 2 Comments