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European Third-Crop Sires: A Solid Bunch

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:30 PM

While breeding produces more than its share of upsets, a look at the leading European third-season sires has a reassuringly predictable quality about it, the pecking order being very close to what most knowledgeable judges would have predicted on the basis of performance, pedigree, and opportunity. The leader by cumulative earnings, New Approach ( TrueNicks ... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 15, 2014 | 7 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

Kendargent Looking Golden

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:00 PM

The victory of Snow Bell in the Prix des Lilas at Chantilly on June 4 credited the young French sire Kendargent with his sixth individual stakes winner from his first two crops. Kendargent's start as a sire has been a lot more impressive than his early career as a runner. In fact, he started six times at 2 and 3 before he was able to gain his first win, scoring... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 05, 2013 | 0 Comments

Frankel's First Mating: Lots of Inbreeding

Monday, March 04, 2013 7:00 PM

15.33%. That's the coefficient of relatedness between Frankel and Chrysanthemum, the first mare scanned in foal to the champion racehorse during his first season at stud. As a point of comparison, first cousins are 12.5% related and half siblings are 25% related. Chrysanthemum, owned by the Coolmore team of Tabor, Magnier, and Smith, won a pair of group III races... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 04, 2013 | 28 Comments

Turning to Turf

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 10:20 AM

It might be a bit too early to say that "The Winds of Change are Blowing Through the Nation," but with frequently expressed concerns about the durability and stamina of the U.S. Thoroughbred, there appears to be a move that indicates stallion masters and breeders are willing to at least consider standing or breeding to something other than stretching-out sprinter... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 05, 2013 | 13 Comments

Danedream the Newest Addition to Frankel's 2013 Book

Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:00 AM

2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Danedream has been retired and will be bred to Frankel in 2013. Danedream was forced to miss the 2012 Arc when her Cologne, Germany, training base was put under quarantine for swamp fever Oct. 1. The filly remains confined to the facility pending future tests. Owner Teruya Yoshida, whose family also owns top Australian... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 22, 2012 | 18 Comments

New Approach Heads European Freshmen

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:20 PM

The weekend saw New Approach (IRE) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) become the first European-based freshman sire of 2012 to be represented by a group I winner when his son Dawn Approach took the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Ire-I) by 4 3/4 lengths. This was the fifth win in five starts for Dawn Approach, who had taken the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot on his... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 19, 2012 | 2 Comments