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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

Big Age Gaps Make for Interesting Matings

Thursday, December 08, 2011 12:00 PM

Uncle Mo Earlier this week I got a phone call from a breeder who wanted to discuss a potential mating of his mare with Uncle Mo ( TrueNicks , SRO ). The mare (an exceptional racemare and a grade I producer) was foaled in 1990, meaning that she would produce the Uncle Mo foal at age 23. Uncle Mo will be 5, so that's an 18-year difference. This got me thinking... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 08, 2011 | 23 Comments

What's the Difference?

Sunday, January 10, 2010 12:30 PM

Russell asks : Why are the ratings found in the Stallion Affinity Report not the same as the ratings obtained by running an individual mating? As an example, Storm Cat over Yonaguska gets a TrueNicks rating of A+ according to the sample affinity report shown for Storm Cat. I ran my Yonaguska mare, Bella Cherokee, with Frost Giant using the TrueNicks link on the... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

Research is a Mare Owner's Best Investment

Thursday, March 27, 2008 4:03 PM

Amy from Lexington asks Alan: I work for a small farm in Lexington and have been helping to plan matings. I really enjoy pedigree research and learning all the theories behind different nicks / crosses inbreeding / outcrossing, etc. The main problem I have run into had been finding a way to figure out what lines broodmare sires cross with. I was hoping you could... Read More...

Written by admin | Mar 27, 2008 | 1 Comment

Giant's Riches

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 1:03 PM

Yesterday brought the news that champion 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches was to be retired and bred to Giant's Causeway. The match of the history-making Belmont Stakes (gr. I) heroine with Storm Cat's leading son is one that should create a tough runner, and a horse that will have no problems with classic distances. Of course, we couldn't resist running it through... Read More...

Written by admin | Mar 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

Ashado Booked to Street Cry

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 5:02 AM

Darley announced this week that two-time champion Ashado, whose $9-million price at Keeneland's November sale in 2005 was then a record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction, will be bred this year to Street Cry (IRE) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) (a stallion who is subscribed to TrueNicks complimentary hypothetical mating reports). This will be... Read More...

Written by admin | Feb 06, 2008 | 1 Comment

Gold Edition: Report from Australia, Part II

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 2:02 AM

Continuing on yesterday's search for the best potential matches for recently-retired Australian sprint star Gold Edition (AUS)... Broadening our scope to look to other parts of the world raises a number of intriguing prospects. Starting in the U.S., we have Street Cry (IRE) ( TrueNicks , SRO ), the Machiavellian son who has made such a sensational start to his... Read More...

Written by admin | Feb 05, 2008 | 0 Comments

Gold Edition: Report from Australia, Part I

Monday, February 04, 2008 10:02 PM

The retirement of the brilliant sprint filly Gold Edition (AUS) engendered some speculation in Australia as to what might be her ideal mate, especially as she is by a son of Danehill, which naturally rules out some of Australia's most illustrious sires. With the help of the mating tool TrueNicks, we were able to indulge in some speculation about how the brilliant... Read More...

Written by admin | Feb 04, 2008 | 0 Comments