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Super Nicks, Super Ratings?

Friday, February 14, 2014 10:10 AM

From time to time on this blog, we've looked at what we might call "super nicks," or crosses calculated on immediate ancestors (like, say, the sire and broodmare sire) that are particularly notable for the numbers and class of stakes winners they are providing. In the current era, none would surpass a cross we've considered in detail before, that of Galileo with... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 14, 2014 | 5 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

And Now For The Stakes Winners...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 7:18 PM

Wildcat Heir ( TrueNicks , SRO ) ended 2009 with the frankly-staggering total of 39 individual juvenile winners. Despite this, he’d reached November before a stakes winner appeared. But surely enough, time has begun to reveal quality among Wildcat Heir’s great quantity of winners. On November 13, Karmageddon took the Jersey Juvenile Stakes, and the very next... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

TrueNicks Launches Stallion Affinity Report

Thursday, January 07, 2010 9:45 AM

TrueNicks has now added a Stallion Affinity Report to it’s growning stable of products. Utilizing the data-base of The Jockey Club Information Services, the comprehensive report returns ratings for the subject stallion when crossed with mares by any broodmare sire or sire who has been represented by 50 or more runners in either category in the previous year.... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 07, 2010 | 0 Comments

A Lucky Pair With Three of a Kind

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:26 PM

There was a 'lucky' ending to the last major two-year-old contests of the year with Looking At Lucky taking the Cashcall Futurity (gr. I) and Blind Luck the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I). Lookin At Lucky is a son of Smart Strike ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , who won’t repeat his Leading Sire titles of 2007 and 2009, but who has had enjoyed another excellent season... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 22, 2009 | 3 Comments

Not Your Father's Cross

Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:10 PM

We were interested to note the victory of Apapane in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), the most important contest for two-year-old females in Japan. The race has been won in recent years by such stars as Buena Vista and Vodka, and Apapane was scoring for the third straight time in four starts. Apapane (TrueNicks rated A++ ) is by Kingmambo ( TrueNicks , SRO... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 17, 2009 | 3 Comments

The Aga Khan Stars Also Shine

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 2:31 PM

Sea the Stars has rightfully dominated the headlines from Europe but the other story of the weekend was the remarkable performance of horses bred and owned by the Aga Khan. We'll start with the 2½ mile Prix du Cadran (gr. I), which went to Alandi (TrueNicks A ), who is by Galileo out of the stakes winning Darshaan mare, Aliya, and is one of no less than five... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 07, 2009 | 3 Comments

Another Weekend, Another Runaway Filly

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 2:45 PM

Last week we wrote that Careless Jewel had put up a Rachel Alexandra-like effort in crushing the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) field. Fast forward a week, and we find four-year-old Icon Project, delivering her Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) rivals a 13½ lengths drubbing. Icon Project (TrueNicks A++ ) is the second grade I winner and one of eight total stakes winners... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Sep 02, 2009 | 3 Comments

Dehere and Storm Cat Emerge as Profitable Duo

Thursday, May 07, 2009 10:03 AM

Those who have been reading articles on this blog and posts by Alan Porter and me on the PedigreeConsultants.com site will have noticed some time ago that we are big fans of the Deputy Minister stallion Dehere ( TrueNicks , SRO ) as a broodmare sire. We know we are not alone in this admiration. Dehere's first stakes winner as a broodmare sire was the 2002 foal... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | May 07, 2009 | 13 Comments

DE MARE -- Dehere Makes Impact as a Broodmare Sire

Friday, November 14, 2008 9:24 AM

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Written by Alan Porter 1 | Nov 14, 2008 | 7 Comments

TrueNicks Special Report on Emerging Broodmare Sires

Thursday, October 30, 2008 4:56 PM

Byron and I -- along with the rest of the team at TrueNicks and with the help of The Blood-Horse MarketWatch -- combed through the data and developed a special report titled Top 10 Emerging Thoroughbred Broodmare Sires at the Keeneland November Sale . It was a very interesting white paper to develop -- and there are some good opportunities at the upcoming sales... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 30, 2008 | 6 Comments

Un Homme Français au Japon

Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:04 PM

In an increasingly commercial world it is becoming more and more evident that particular sire lines - and more specifically, one stallion and his sons - can, at least from a commercial sense, quickly dominate the broodmare population of a given country. It then becomes a race for the next sire line - one that fits the dominant sire and his sons from a physical... Read More...

Written by admin | Apr 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Hitting a Rich Seam

Sunday, March 02, 2008 8:03 AM

Mineshaft and his family were major winners over the Feb. 24-25 weekend. On Saturday, Little Belle took the Busher Stakes at Aqueduct. A daughter of A.P. Indy, she is out of Dubai Belle, a Mr. Prospector mare who is three-parts sister to Prospectors Delite, the dam of Mineshaft (Dubai Belle is by Mr. Prospector out of Flagbird, a grade I winning half sister to... Read More...

Written by admin | Mar 02, 2008 | 0 Comments

It's a Family Affair

Thursday, January 24, 2008 5:01 PM

The 6-year-old Giant’s Causeway horse Angliana, who captured his first stakes with a win in last week's Aqueduct Handicap, has a very clever pedigree pattern. Out of the graded stakes winning Jade Hunter mare Pratella, he earns an A TrueNicks score on the basis of the extremely successful Giant's Causeway/Mr. Prospector cross-one that has also produced grade... Read More...

Written by admin | Jan 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

Of Math and Men (and Horses), part II

Monday, December 24, 2007 10:12 PM

Click here to read part I Things get really tricky for a system when lack of opportunity forces a default to deeper generations for analysis (which happens less frequently with TrueNicks than with hypothetical systems that depend on a much smaller-and problematically incomplete-sample size). It's one thing, for instance, to rate Storm Cat when mated to mares... Read More...

Written by admin | Dec 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Case in Point: Kingmambo and Sadler's Wells

Saturday, December 22, 2007 10:12 PM

In his first crop, Kingmambo sired El Condor Pasa - a champion in Japan and France - out of a mare by Sadler's Wells. Kingmambo has gone on to sire seven other stakes winners out of Sadler's Wells mares, including classic winners Divine Proportions and Virginia Waters and current European juvenile standouts Henrythenavigator and Thewayyouare. Obviously, a great... Read More...

Written by admin | Dec 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

In the Beginning

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 4:12 PM

by Alan Porter The launch of TrueNicks represents the completion of a full circle regarding my involvement in the Thoroughbred industry. By age 19 I had completed three years of “hands on” experience working at an English stud farm. Around that time, the English magazine Stud & Stable published an article with a grid showing sire line crosses and the percentage... Read More...

Written by admin | Dec 18, 2007 | 0 Comments