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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

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

Super Nicks, Super Ratings?

Friday, February 14, 2014 10:10 AM

From time to time on this blog, we've looked at what we might call "super nicks," or crosses calculated on immediate ancestors (like, say, the sire and broodmare sire) that are particularly notable for the numbers and class of stakes winners they are providing. In the current era, none would surpass a cross we've considered in detail before, that of Galileo with... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 14, 2014 | 5 Comments

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

From the Vault: TrueNicks Top 10 Nicking Myths Webinar

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:00 PM

We've reached back into the time vault and unearthed a TrueNicks webinar that we filmed back in 2009. While it is over three years old, much of what we talked about back then is still relevant today. Enjoy! Click here to download the "Top 10 Myths About Nicks in Thoroughbred Breeding" whitepaper . Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Sep 17, 2013 | 0 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

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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Galileo/Danehill Revisited

Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:45 AM

A little over two years ago, we looked at the cross of Galileo with mares by Danehill . This was fast becoming a European mega nick, having—in the space of three weeks—been represented by Frankel, who had just taken the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) in breathtaking style; Golden Lilac, successful in the French One Thousand Guineas (Fr-I); and Roderic O'Connor... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 18, 2013 | 7 Comments

A Mega Nick for Discreet Cat

Monday, July 15, 2013 2:20 PM

Discreet Cat ( TrueNicks , SRO )'s stud career may not yet have matched the scintillating racetrack performances that saw him rated as a world champion at 3, but he's having a very strong year in 2013, standing second only to stud-mate Hard Spun ( TrueNicks , SRO ) among U.S.-based third season sires. Photo: Darley Discreet Cat (Forestry—Pretty Discreet, by Private... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 15, 2013 | 3 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

Monsun Season Underway in Europe

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:20 PM

It's no secret that the late German stallion Monsun, who died last September at the age 22, was an outstanding sire. However, even by his standards, he had exceptional day May 26, with 5-year-old Maxios taking the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) and 3-year-old filly Silasol capturing the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I), both at Longchamp; and in Milan on the same afternoon, Charity... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 04, 2013 | 3 Comments

A.P. Indy and Stallion Ratings

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 9:50 AM

The wins of Orb in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Princess of Sylmar in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) further solidified the pensioned Lane's End stallion A.P. Indy as the premier sire line source of classic speed in the North American Thoroughbred. Indeed, with Normandy Invasion (by Tapit ( TrueNicks , SRO )), Dreaming of Julia, and Revolutionary (out of an A.P... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | May 07, 2013 | 16 Comments

Storm Cat: Sire of a Lifetime

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:05 PM

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt Storm Cat (1983-2013) News today of the passing of Storm Cat at the age of 30 gave pause to reflect on how a stallion can be a constant presence for half a lifetime (indeed, if you are a member of a younger generation, it must seem as if he's always been there). I first saw Storm Cat back in July 1987 at Overbrook Farm when the then 4... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 24, 2013 | 33 Comments

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Is Silverbulletday Skipping a Generation?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:30 PM

Sunland Park's big day turned into a benefit for Bob Baffert and Mike Pegram, who took the Sunland Park Derby (gr. III, VIDEO ) with Govenor Charlie (also bred by Pegram) and the Sunland Park Oaks ( VIDEO ) with Midnight Lucky (owned by Pegram in partnership). The duo—who both scored in track record time—are both from the first crop of the Baffert-trained/Pegram... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 27, 2013 | 20 Comments

Filly 'Same Cross' is Bred on the Right Cross

Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:25 PM

This morning I spoke briefly with Brereton Jones of Airdrie Stud, who alerted me to a homebred filly of his with a very clever name. She is by Airdrie stallion Proud Citizen ( TrueNicks , SRO ) out of the winning Langfuhr ( TrueNicks , SRO ) mare Saramar—the exact same cross as Mr. Jones' Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner and champion 3-year-old filly Proud Spell... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 14, 2013 | 4 Comments

Pulpit: Farewell to Claiborne's Breed-Shaping Sire

Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:45 AM

December 6 brought the news that Pulpit, a leading commercial sire for almost a decade and a half, had died in his paddock. The 18-year-old stallion was bred by Claiborne Farm, raced in the Claiborne colors, and stood his entire stud career at the Paris, Ky., nursery. A member of the first crop of A.P. Indy, Pulpit was in several ways a trend-setter for his sire... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Dec 13, 2012 | 20 Comments

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Pedigree Time Machine: Brigadier Gerard

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:00 PM

With all the attention currently (and deservedly) lavished on Frankel , it's probably worth giving a perspective on Brigadier Gerard, the horse that he's supplanted as miler of a lifetime. "The Brigadier" had more humble beginnings than Frankel. Bred by John Hislop (an outstanding amateur jockey and noted breeding and racing writer), was by Queen's Hussar (a... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 27, 2012 | 33 Comments

Deep Impact Making an Impact

Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:45 PM

The astonishing start to his stud career made by Japanese sire Deep Impact continued last weekend when he enjoyed a group stakes double that included a victory by his son Deep Brillante in the Japanese Derby (gr. I, video below). Deep Impact is a son of the Halo stallion Sunday Silence, whose status as not only the greatest Japanese stallion of his era, but arguably... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 31, 2012 | 10 Comments

The Real Bend Or

Friday, April 20, 2012 4:00 PM

Pedigree historians have long been suspicious about the exact parentage of the 1880 Epsom Derby winner. The record books will tell you that the winner was Bend Or , a son of Doncaster out of the Thormanby mare Rouge Rose, bred and owned by the 1st Duke of Westminster. However, not long after the 1880 running of the Derby, the owners of the runner-up, Robert the... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Apr 20, 2012 | 22 Comments

Farewell to Montjeu and Grand Slam

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 5:00 PM

Last week was a very tough one for the mighty Coolmore/Ashford stallion operation. On March 29 came the news that Montjeu had died in Ireland at the age of 16 after a short illness caused by septicemia, an infection in the bloodstream. Just two days later at Ashford, 17-year-old Grand Slam, who had been enjoying an excellent start to 2012, died as a result of... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 04, 2012 | 5 Comments

Enhancing the More Than Ready/Danehill Nick

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 2:00 PM

More Than Ready Photo: Vinery Hindsight is always 20/20, but when the Vinery Stud stallion More Than Ready ( TrueNicks , SRO ) shuttled to Australia, he looked to be a ‘lock’ to suit mares by then-leading sire Danehill. Invariably within breeding populations, the next great sire establishes himself with the daughters of a previously great sire. Just as Danehill... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Mar 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

Da Doo Ron Ron

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 11:15 AM

Ron the Greek looked like a horse who could develop into a genuine classic prospect when closing late to take the 2010 renewal of the LeComte Stakes (gr. III) by 1½ lengths. At that point, the Florida-bred was a winner of three of his four starts, but rather surprisingly, it would take another 22 months and ten races before he revisted the winner's circle. That... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 06, 2012 | 2 Comments

Can Union Rags Stretch Out?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 3:00 PM

Union Rags, who remained winter favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) despite a narrow loss to Hansen ( TrueNicks ) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), made his keenly-awaited seasonal debut in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II, video ) at Gulfstream Park. The wait proved worthwhile, as Union Rags could hardly have been more impressive, settling behind... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 28, 2012 | 18 Comments

Pedigree Time Machine: Tom Fool

Friday, February 24, 2012 3:30 PM

Recent discussion of the pedigree of the Australian supermare Black Caviar focused some attention on Tom Fool, whose son Silly Season is doubled in Black Caviar’s pedigree. Since he was a foal of 1949, Tom Fool will now, to many, mean little more than a name that is found in the more distant removes of modern pedigrees. But, if you want to know how good Tom Fool... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 24, 2012 | 23 Comments

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