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Kentucky Derby 140 Pedigrees Examined

Thursday, May 01, 2014 5:00 PM

Depending on the pace of the race, running out the 10 furlongs of the Kentucky Derby is as much about class as it is about pedigree. As they approach the final furlong marker it is invariably a time where each of the horses start to wonder who their parents are, and if they deserve to find the line in the run to the wire. Alan Porter has noted on occasions in... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | May 01, 2014 | 18 Comments

Kentucky Derby 139 Pedigrees Examined

Thursday, May 02, 2013 5:00 AM

Now that post positions are set, what are your opinions on the Kentucky Derby this year? Below are some of my thoughts along with links to video of recent workouts and complimentary TrueNicks Enhanced Reports for each entrant in post position order. 1. Black Onyx (50-1) Black Onyx follows a similar form line to Animal Kingdom, who also prepped in a Gulfstream... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | May 02, 2013 | 26 Comments

Distance Questions Begin for Kentucky Derby Contenders

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 3:40 PM

With the final round of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps underway, so begins the usual analysis of top contenders—Are they good enough?—Will they get the distance? TrueNicks Enhanced Reports include the average winning distance (AWD) for the starters on given sire line/broodmare sire line cross. A table of the top 10 contenders (by Derby points) and their cross AWD... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Apr 02, 2013 | 32 Comments

TrueNicks Reports for Top Derby Contenders

Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:00 AM

Complimentary TrueNicks Enhanced reports are available for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders listed below. Click on the horse's name or letter grade to view the report. No. Contender Graded Earnings Sire 1 Uncle Mo $1,360,000 Indian Charlie A++ 2 Dialed In $840,000 Mineshaft B 3 Archarcharch $780,000 Arch A 4 Comma to the Top $671,000 Bwana Charlie B 5 Toby... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Apr 21, 2011 | 10 Comments

Complimentary TrueNicks for Preakness

Friday, May 14, 2010 12:00 PM

The 135th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) will be run Saturday, May 15, 2010. Post time is 6:12pm EDT. Click the link for each contender to view a complimentary report. 1 - Aikenite (20-1) FREE TrueNicks report for Aikenite 2 - Schoolyard Dreams (15-1) FREE TrueNicks report for Schoolyard Dreams 3 - Pleasant Prince (20-1) FREE TrueNicks report for Pleasant Prince 4... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | May 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Before he was a Kentucky Derby winner....

Saturday, May 01, 2010 7:13 PM

Back on the 1st of June 2009, as part of our study on the TrueNicks ratings and how they are calculated each year we ran the complete 2007 crops on a number of proven stallions - Giant's Causeway, Stormy Atlantic, Maria's Mon and Johannesburg, along with some then unproven sires with their first runners in Afleet Alex, Eurosilver and Roman Ruler. The goal of... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | May 01, 2010 | 2 Comments

Kentucky Juvenile Stakes Offers Graded Black Type to 2-Year-Olds

Monday, April 27, 2009 5:57 PM

The Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) to be run April 30 at Churchill Downs offers the first shot at serious black-type for 2-year-olds, and as such we thought it interesting to have a look at the TrueNick ratings for a field of stakes contenders that have yet to earn black type. Topping the likely runners with an A++ rating is Mission Impazible , a son of Unbridled... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

Reader Q&A: Can TrueNicks Be Used in Thoroughbred Handicapping?

Saturday, December 06, 2008 11:09 PM

Question from Tony: I realize that TrueNicks is primarily a tool for breeders but does your group envision developing any tools for handicappers as way to measure the potential of lightly raced horses? Byron's reply : Tony, thanks for the email. The short answer is "yes," the long answer is that it is going to take time to develop and certainly be rigorously... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Dec 06, 2008 | 6 Comments