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Reshuffling the Leaders of the Pack

Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:45 AM

We've mentioned on more than one occasion that it's next to impossible to accurately appraise young stallions until they've at least had a couple of crops at the races. That said, the progress of those with their early crops at the races is always interesting, and a look at this year's current leading freshmen reveals quite a reshuffle from the order at the end... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Mar 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Next Generation Set to Emerge in Australasia

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:00 AM

The battle for the leading freshman sire crown in Australia and New Zealand for 2014-15 may well come down to Fastnet Rock vs. the rest. Fastnet Rock While there is plenty of interest among the current freshman crop, there is no doubt that one of the more intriguing developments to watch will be the progress of the first contingent of sons of Fastnet Rock ( TrueNicks... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Aug 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Graded Stakes Winners Fluctuate by Sire's Crop Year

Monday, June 30, 2014 2:30 PM

Following on from the earlier post on the racing class of the dam , we decided to take a look at the fluctuation in graded/group stakes winners over the first eight crops of a stallion's career. We took some 50 proven stallions and extracted out the number of graded stakes winners sired in each of their first eight crops. As you will note, they are not a random... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

How Important is Racing Class of the Dam?

Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:00 PM

As we get ready for the start of the Northern Hemisphere yearling sales series, one of the more pertinent questions that we are often asked at TrueNicks is how important is the racing class of the pedigree at hand in determining the success of a mating. While the TrueNicks rating of a yearling can be the same, the chances of a stakes winner occurring from one... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Unbridled's Legacy: North American Second-Crop Sires

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2:00 PM

It hasn't taken long for the second-season sires of 2014 to make their presence felt, and already four of them have been represented grade I winners. The leader among horses who began their careers in the U.S. is Kingmambo's much-traveled son Thewayyouare ( TrueNicks ), who now stands in Ireland. He has 16 winners from 37 runners, and had a big earnings boost... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Champion Sires of 2013: Blips or Trends?

Thursday, January 09, 2014 11:00 AM

Given that the common perception of U.S. commercial breeding would be that the most prized performer is one that is at its best between seven and nine furlongs on dirt, it might be considered something of a paradox that the title of 2013 leading sire came down to a hard-fought battle between a champion turf horse and a champion sprinter. The lead could have changed... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jan 09, 2014 | 4 Comments

Leading South African Sires

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:00 PM

Although we see relatively few runners from South Africa in the U.S. or Europe, the performances of horses from that country in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) meet and in major preps at Meydan have left no doubt that South Africa can produce world-class runners. South African stallion masters have gathered an intriguing and eclectic group of sires, as can be seen... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Oct 02, 2013 | 0 Comments