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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

European Third-Crop Sires: A Solid Bunch

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:30 PM

While breeding produces more than its share of upsets, a look at the leading European third-season sires has a reassuringly predictable quality about it, the pecking order being very close to what most knowledgeable judges would have predicted on the basis of performance, pedigree, and opportunity. The leader by cumulative earnings, New Approach ( TrueNicks ... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

Easter Gifts a Mixed Bag of Stallions for Yearling Buyers

Friday, March 14, 2014 8:39 PM

With the William Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale (from April 8-10) just over the horizon, it's worth a look at the very eclectic mix of stallions that will be represented here by their first yearlings. It's an unusually mixed bag, including Northern Hemisphere shuttlers, both proven and unproven in their part of the world, as well as domestic stars ranging... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 14, 2014 | 7 Comments

Galileo and Coolmore's Irish Stallions Join TrueNicks

Monday, September 16, 2013 2:15 PM

In the past few years, the number of stallions who are subscribed to TrueNicks has nearly doubled—in 2010 there were 425 mostly U.S.-based stallions; today there are 820 stallions representing some of the top stud farms internationally. A major growth catalyst was the TrueNicks Enhanced Report , a two-page report that includes detailed statistics to help describe... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Sep 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Brazilian Triple Crown Winner Plenty of Kicks Joins TrueNicks

Friday, September 13, 2013 11:15 AM

The roster of TrueNicks stallions includes some outstanding performers from around the globe, and the latest of these is Brazilian superstar Plenty of Kicks (BRZ) ( TrueNicks ), who retires to Haras San Francesco for the 2013 breeding season. Plenty of Kicks finished second over seven furlongs on his debut but was to go undefeated in seven subsequent starts,... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

New Stallion Niagara Brings Sire's Family to New Zealand

Monday, August 19, 2013 10:00 AM

For much of the second half of the first decade of the 21st century, the Australian sire's premiership was fought out between Encosta de Lago (AUS) ( TrueNicks ) and Redoute's Choice (AUS) ( TrueNicks ), the duo eventually claiming two titles apiece. Now New Zealand breeders will have the opportunity to breed to a stallion who combines bloodlines tied to both... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Aug 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

Leading Commercial Sires: Who Will Carry On the Lines?

Monday, August 12, 2013 11:20 AM

With the first two major summer yearling sales in the books, we'll take a quick look at the top 10 commercial sires of 2013 by yearling average and ponder on the potential for them to extend their lines. The millennial stallion crop, whose first foals were born in 2000, included Awesome Again ( TrueNicks , SRO ), Indian Charlie, Elusive Quality ( TrueNicks ,... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Aug 12, 2013 | 35 Comments

Stellar Rain: Devon Lane's Heir Apparent?

Friday, July 19, 2013 9:00 AM

On June 30, 1996, Devon Lane made his racing debut against two other Thoroughbreds and six Quarter Horses. He finished third in the 870-yard "around the hook" event at New Mexico's Ruidoso Downs. A Quarter Horse won the race. The runner-up, a Thoroughbred, was by a stallion with an advertised stud fee of $500. Devon Lane's sire, Storm Cat, had stood the 1996... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jul 19, 2013 | 14 Comments

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Sprint Star Smiling Tiger to Stand in California

Sunday, July 14, 2013 2:45 PM

Smiling Tiger ( TrueNicks ), one of the stars of the California sprint scene over the last several seasons, will remain in California for his stud career, which will commence at Premier Equine in Oakdale, Calif., in 2014. A winner of nine races and almost $1.5 million, Smiling Tiger broke his maiden on his debut at 2. He took the Lost in the Fog Stakes by eight... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Star Witness Tops Australasian First Crop Weanling Sires

Sunday, July 07, 2013 1:45 PM

A focus on the top five freshman weanling sires in Australia by average shows a diverse group with a pair of European classic horses, two home-grown stars, and a shuttler from the U.S. Photo: Widden Stud Star Witness (Starcraft—Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) The list was topped by Star Witness (AUS) ( TrueNicks ), who was co-highweighted 2-year-old colt in Australia... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

First Stallions from South Africa, Chile Join TrueNicks

Thursday, June 27, 2013 3:30 AM

TrueNicks passed another landmark last week with the first stallions from South Africa and Chile to officially join the program. Photo: Avontuur Estate Var (Forest Wildcat—Loma Preata, by Zilzal) At Avontuur Estate we find two of the hottest young sires standing in South Africa in Oratorio (IRE) ( TrueNicks ) and Var ( TrueNicks ). The well-traveled duo both... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kendargent Looking Golden

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:00 PM

The victory of Snow Bell in the Prix des Lilas at Chantilly on June 4 credited the young French sire Kendargent with his sixth individual stakes winner from his first two crops. Kendargent's start as a sire has been a lot more impressive than his early career as a runner. In fact, he started six times at 2 and 3 before he was able to gain his first win, scoring... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 05, 2013 | 0 Comments

Aussie Champ More Joyous Going to Frankel

Sunday, June 02, 2013 9:00 AM

As Andrew Bensley tweeted, Australian champion More Joyous has been retired. The More Than Ready ( TrueNicks , SRO ) mare earned $4.5 million while racking up eight group I wins, capped off by her impressive run in the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes shown below. Owner John Singleton will send More Joyous to England in July or August to be covered by Frankel, who... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jun 02, 2013 | 1 Comment

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

Peppered Cat Punching Above His Weight

Thursday, March 07, 2013 7:20 PM

Photo: Daehling Ranch Peppered Cat Not many people outside Northern California have heard of the stallion Peppered Cat , but with current earnings per starter of $36,400 compared to a 2013 stud fee of $2,000, the 13-year-old son of Tabasco Cat is starting to get some attention. Granted, he's had just 16 starters, but that group includes 10 winners and three stakes... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 07, 2013 | 24 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

Turning to Turf

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 10:20 AM

It might be a bit too early to say that "The Winds of Change are Blowing Through the Nation," but with frequently expressed concerns about the durability and stamina of the U.S. Thoroughbred, there appears to be a move that indicates stallion masters and breeders are willing to at least consider standing or breeding to something other than stretching-out sprinter... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 05, 2013 | 13 Comments

Danedream the Newest Addition to Frankel's 2013 Book

Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:00 AM

2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Danedream has been retired and will be bred to Frankel in 2013. Danedream was forced to miss the 2012 Arc when her Cologne, Germany, training base was put under quarantine for swamp fever Oct. 1. The filly remains confined to the facility pending future tests. Owner Teruya Yoshida, whose family also owns top Australian... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 22, 2012 | 18 Comments

Frankel or Bullet Train: Who's the Better Value?

Thursday, December 06, 2012 7:30 PM

With today's news that Frankel's three-quarter brother Bullet Train (GB) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) is heading to Wintergreen Stallion Station for the 2013 season, it means that the siblings will begin their stud careers under very different circumstances. Frankel (by Galileo) will stand for £125,000 at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in England, while Bullet Train... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 06, 2012 | 46 Comments

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Calumet Farm Returns with Trio of New Stallions

Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:25 AM

Calumet Farm is a name that has been associated with history-making stallions since the arrival of English Derby winner Blenheim II in 1936. In that case, Calumet—for whom Blenheim II sired Triple Crown hero Whirlaway—was only part of the investment group that brought the Aga Khan's classic victor to the U.S., Blenheim II's stateside home being Claiborne Farm... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Nov 29, 2012 | 43 Comments

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The Shock of the New: Stallions of 2013

Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:00 AM

Checking the TrueNicks website, we were somewhat shocked to find just how many new sires have already been declared for the 2013 breeding season. There is quite a lot to keep track of, so to try and ensure none get overlooked when making breeding plans for 2013, here is a very quick overview of the new sires of 2013 that are currently enrolled on the TrueNicks... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Oct 11, 2012 | 30 Comments

New Approach Heads European Freshmen

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:20 PM

The weekend saw New Approach (IRE) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) become the first European-based freshman sire of 2012 to be represented by a group I winner when his son Dawn Approach took the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Ire-I) by 4 3/4 lengths. This was the fifth win in five starts for Dawn Approach, who had taken the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot on his... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Second Season Stallion Stars

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3:45 PM

The 3-year-old crop of 2007 was one of the most contentious of recent years as Street Sense ( TrueNicks , SRO ), Curlin ( TrueNicks , SRO ), Hard Spun ( TrueNicks , SRO ), and Any Given Saturday ( TrueNicks , SRO ) fought it out for leadership of the division. Curlin would emerge with titles as champion 3-year-old and Horse of the Year, and he remained in training... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 25, 2012 | 12 Comments

Fast Starting Freshmen

Friday, July 13, 2012 1:15 PM

It's early—make that very early—to starting reviewing the progress of the 2012 freshman sires , but remarkably at least 40 of them have already been represented by a winner. The surprise leader is Magna Graduate ( TrueNicks , SRO ), who has two winners from seven starters, including Blueeyesintherein, winner of the Debutante Stakes (gr. III). Out of a daughter... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 13, 2012 | 5 Comments

Smart Missile First of New Australian Sires

Monday, March 12, 2012 11:45 AM

While we are only in the first few weeks of the Northern Hemisphere breeding season, stallion masters in Australia are already at work on recruiting new stallions to their rosters for the 2012 breeding season, which begins in the Northern Hemisphere summer. The first of these to appear on TrueNicks is Smart Missile ( TrueNicks ), who will be standing at Arrowfield... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

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