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Kissing Cousins: Australia and Taghrooda

Sunday, June 08, 2014 10:20 AM

Last week saw the running of the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) and Derby (Eng-I), two of the longest existing classic races in the world and for many the barometer of the Thoroughbred breed. The Derby was won in devastating fashion by the royally bred Australia. A son of the good racehorse and now leading sire Galileo ( TrueNicks ), Australia is out of Ouija Board, one... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

Miss Steele: a Case for a Clever Inbreeding

Monday, May 12, 2014 11:31 AM

Among the questions that we are most frequently asked with regard to suggest matings is "what about the inbreeding to....?" or "is inbreeding to x a good thing?" Unfortunately, as a generalized question, there is no simple straightforward answer, and so our reply usually starts with a "Well, it depends...." While this might appear to be equivocating, it is not... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 12, 2014 | 6 Comments

Return to the Sire the Best Blood of His Dam

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 5:00 PM

The breeding maxim " Return to the sire the best blood of his dam " has been attributed to longtime Darby Dan Farm manager Olin Gentry. Gentry wasn't the first to suggest this breeding theory, indeed there is evidence to suggest that it first came into livestock management via the Bedouins in upgrading Arabian stock centuries ago. The theory is that when mating... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Oct 15, 2013 | 6 Comments

Inbreeding Coefficients, Pedigree Statistics Added to TrueNicks Reports

Saturday, September 28, 2013 1:45 PM

At TrueNicks we are continually trying to improve the data in our reports in order to help you make a more informed and intelligent decision in your breeding and selection efforts. In that regard, in response to feedback we received from our customers, earlier this year we launched the TrueNicks Key Ancestors Report , a report that considers the entire pedigree... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Sep 28, 2013 | 5 Comments

Best Guesses Can Be Wrong

Monday, March 25, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo: Three Chimneys Flower Alley , who is inbred 3x3 to Mr. Prospector, has had success with mares carrying Mr. Prospector or Raise a Native. There are plenty of examples in racehorse breeding when popular opinion turns out to be wrong. I was looking through an old racing book, The Spell of The Turf (1926) by Hildreth and Crowell, and found an interesting passage... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 25, 2013 | 10 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

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

Inbreeding Demystified

Friday, March 02, 2012 5:30 PM

There are few topics in the world of pedigree theory—and for that matter in the Thoroughbred community as a whole—that are more emotive than the subject of inbreeding. On one hand, inbreeding, and what is perceived as a consequential decline in genetic variety, is blamed for all manner of ills including a supposed decline in soundness. On the other, it has been... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Mar 02, 2012 | 29 Comments