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Not Enough Data? How the Key Ancestors Report Gives a Breeder an Answer

Friday, May 09, 2014 5:00 PM

As a consultant, there is a tendency to feel that you should have a ready answer for most inquiries. There are times, however, when the correct answer is "I don't know." We were reminded of this when presented with a query regarding the mare Cameron's Buddy. The 10-year-old mare is by Frisk Me Now, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1.7 million, but the sire... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 09, 2014 | 2 Comments

Chasing a Mate for The Fugue

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:30 PM

In its relatively short life as a premier race, the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) has an envious roll call of winners, with the likes of Sadler's Wells, Suave Dancer, Dr. Devious, Swain, Giant's Causeway ( TrueNicks ), New Approach ( TrueNicks ), Sea The Stars, High Chaparral (IRE) ( TrueNicks ), and So You Think (NZ) ( TrueNicks ) all victorious at Leopardstown... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Oct 08, 2013 | 17 Comments

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

A Key Ancestor for Encosta de Lago

Monday, June 10, 2013 3:45 PM

While he is now considered an "elder statesman" of the Coolmore Australia stallion roster, there can be no doubt that Encosta de Lago (AUS) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) is one of the premier stallions standing in Australia this year. The son of Fairy King has amassed a sensational record at stud with 6.3% stakes winners to foals and 7.6% stakes winners to runners (up... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 10, 2013 | 6 Comments

A Classic Case of Coincidence?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:40 AM

The interpretation of Thoroughbred pedigrees is no simple matter. The multi-factorial elements that might be considered include nicks, inbreeding, linebreeding, the positions of ancestors relative to one another, the relationship of the pedigree to the female line, and the class of the individuals involved. Given the volume of the data, and the difficulty of... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 29, 2013 | 12 Comments

Coolmore Has Options with New Purchase Sea Siren

Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:30 PM

Yesterday Coolmore purchased multiple group I-winning filly Sea Siren , a daughter of Coolmore's champion sire Fastnet Rock (AUS) ( TrueNicks , SRO ). Below is a conformation video of the 4-year-old. Sea Siren will make her final start for her previous connections May 11 in the BTC Cup (Aus-I) at Doomben, a six-furlong race that she won last year. If she runs... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | May 09, 2013 | 8 Comments

Black Caviar's First Mating: Is Redoute's the Right Choice?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5:05 PM

Today brought the news of Black Caviar's retirement from racing. The big question now is which stallion will have the privilege of serving the great mare in her first season at stud? But first, to reflect on Black Caviar's remarkable record, her unbeaten 25-race career included 15 group I victories and spanned six consecutive calendar years. She was the world... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 17, 2013 | 71 Comments

Mating Peruvian Champion Almudena

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:05 PM

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt Almudena - Order This Photo From time to time we come across a mare who is "not from around here," as the expression goes. This is often an imported mare whose pedigree, while quite possibly high-class in her own environment, has little in common with the population in her new home. Planning a mating for this kind of mare can be quite... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 26, 2013 | 32 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

Announcing the All New Key Ancestors Report

Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:00 AM

Today TrueNicks is pleased to announce the new Key Ancestors Report, a breakthrough report that considers your mare's entire pedigree—all male and female ancestors—and identifies the key ancestors to seek out or avoid in the pedigrees of stallions in prospective matings. TrueNicks' Byron Rogers and Ian Tapp discuss the new report in the video below. brightcove... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jan 10, 2013 | 41 Comments