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mtDNA and Tregonwell's Natural Barb

Monday, October 20, 2014 1:48 PM

A year or so ago another company that I am associated with, Performance Genetics, did a private study on mitochondrial DNA, the strand of DNA that is maternally inherited in all species and can be used to classify female lineages. We were specifically looking into the #1 family of Tregonwell's Natural Barb which is now that of the likes of Black Caviar, Super... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Oct 20, 2014 | 0 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

Departing Adds to Confidence on War Front/Pulpit Cross

Friday, August 16, 2013 11:20 AM

While there is no doubt that nicks tend to run in sire lines, we've also often found it profitable to consider the dam of a stallion when attempting to predict potential crosses. For example, when Smart Strike ( TrueNicks ) retired to stud, we noted that he was a half brother to champion Dance Smartly, a daughter of Danzig. Since Smart Strike was a Mr. Prospector... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Aug 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dream Fulfilled

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 1:00 PM

With Danedream flashing her credentials for a shot at back-to-back victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with a score in the Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) at the weekend, we thought it was worth a look back at her pedigree from this article we wrote for the International Thoroughbred after her win in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 05, 2012 | 8 Comments

It's All Relative

Friday, February 05, 2010 11:22 AM

Last weekend was relatively light on graded stakes action in the U.S., with just three races at that level. Two of the three, however, went to horses with interesting genetic relative inbreeding. Medaglia d'Oro ( TrueNicks , SRO )’s “other” grade I winning filly, Gabby’s Golden Gal, took her second race at that level, the Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I). She is... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Feb 05, 2010 | 2 Comments

A Crowded Family Portrait

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 2:46 PM

We have to wonder if there has been a more prolific family in the last couple of years than that of the Verbatim mare, Right Word, the dam of three stakes winners: the graded scorer Ascutney and Words of War (both by Lord At War) and Word o’ Ransom (by Red Ransom). Ascutney is dam of two graded winners, headed by Raven’s Pass, winner of the 2008 Breeders’ Cup... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

On the Road

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:24 PM

It’s only the third week in January, but the classic generation are already beginning to crank up. As far as the Derby is concerned the most significant race was the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III). This was won by unbeaten Conveyance, a son of Indian Charlie ( TrueNicks , SRO ). The dam, Emptythetill, is by Holy Bull ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , out of a Mr. Prospector... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 19, 2010 | 2 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

Keep On Rolling

Thursday, January 07, 2010 9:30 AM

Giant's Causeway ( TrueNicks , SRO ) celebrated his first Leading Sire crown in appropriate fashion, notching up his twenty-third stakes winner of the year when Tiger’s Rock captured the Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct on December 31. This was the first stakes win for the three-year-old, who is out of the Afleet mare, Call Me Fleet (TrueNicks rated A ). What... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 07, 2010 | 0 Comments

Promising Purge

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 8:39 PM

With Tapit ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , Sky Mesa ( TrueNicks , SRO ) and the over-achieving Stroll ( TrueNicks , SRO ) (now back at Claiborne from a sojourn in Italy), Pulpit ( TrueNicks , SRO ) has made quite a start as a sire of sires. Another Pulpit son, freshman sire Purge ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , has a smart performer in Macias. He scored a first stakes victory when... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 30, 2009 | 1 Comment

A Lucky Pair With Three of a Kind

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:26 PM

There was a 'lucky' ending to the last major two-year-old contests of the year with Looking At Lucky taking the Cashcall Futurity (gr. I) and Blind Luck the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I). Lookin At Lucky is a son of Smart Strike ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , who won’t repeat his Leading Sire titles of 2007 and 2009, but who has had enjoyed another excellent season... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 22, 2009 | 3 Comments

Not Your Father's Cross

Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:10 PM

We were interested to note the victory of Apapane in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), the most important contest for two-year-old females in Japan. The race has been won in recent years by such stars as Buena Vista and Vodka, and Apapane was scoring for the third straight time in four starts. Apapane (TrueNicks rated A++ ) is by Kingmambo ( TrueNicks , SRO... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 17, 2009 | 3 Comments

The Aga Khan Stars Also Shine

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 2:31 PM

Sea the Stars has rightfully dominated the headlines from Europe but the other story of the weekend was the remarkable performance of horses bred and owned by the Aga Khan. We'll start with the 2½ mile Prix du Cadran (gr. I), which went to Alandi (TrueNicks A ), who is by Galileo out of the stakes winning Darshaan mare, Aliya, and is one of no less than five... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 07, 2009 | 3 Comments

Oh Canada

Monday, September 21, 2009 9:21 PM

A lot of the key North American action was focused in Canada this weekend. The most valuable race of the weekend was the $1,000,000 (Canadian funds) Woodbine Mile (gr. I), which was taken in storming fashion by the five-year-old mare Ventura (TrueNicks A++ ). She is a reminder of just how severe a loss the premature death of her sire, Chester House was. He sired... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Sep 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Identify Thoroughbred Mares Carrying Foals With Promise

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:48 PM

The second round has just begun in the current auction cycle of Thoroughbred breeding stock sales. If the ongoing OBS Mixed Sale is any indication, it's a buyer's market, and anyone looking to purchase a broodmare has a great chance to find a bargain -- if he knows what he's looking for. Byron Rogers, Alan Porter, and the rest of the TrueNicks pedigree rating... Read More...

Written by sgillies | Jan 07, 2009 | 7 Comments

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