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BC Juvenile Sprint a Potential Stallion-Maker

Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:30 AM

Earlier this week Breeders' Cup announced a new Juvenile Sprint , thereby expanding its suite of races to 15. The $500,000 race will be run at six furlongs on the dirt and is open to colts, geldings, and fillies. I'll admit my first reaction was " do we really need another Breeders' Cup race? ", but considering the race's potential to identify good stallion prospects... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jun 16, 2011 | 16 Comments

Poll Question: Freshman Sires

Monday, June 07, 2010 12:00 PM

Last year, when Offlee Wild ( TrueNicks , SRO ) emerged as Champion Freshman Sire, his credentials fit an interesting profile: His biggest win came as a 5-year-old in the 10-furlong Suburban H. (gr. I) His sire line is not known for precocious two-year-olds His first crop had only 72 two-year-olds His initial stud fee was a moderate $15,000 High-priced stallions... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jun 07, 2010 | 15 Comments

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Starting Early

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:16 PM

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already had the first U.S. juvenile stakes of the new season. Winner of the colt’s division of the Copper Top was Verny. His sire, Gold Case (by Forty Niner), was 3-for-3, all at two, including the Old Hickory Stakes and Sugar Bowl Handicap. He’s now in New Mexico, but has been a very useful stallion wherever he has stood, getting... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

And Now For The Stakes Winners...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 7:18 PM

Wildcat Heir ( TrueNicks , SRO ) ended 2009 with the frankly-staggering total of 39 individual juvenile winners. Despite this, he’d reached November before a stakes winner appeared. But surely enough, time has begun to reveal quality among Wildcat Heir’s great quantity of winners. On November 13, Karmageddon took the Jersey Juvenile Stakes, and the very next... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 13, 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

Journeyman Stud Back With TrueNicks for 2010

Monday, December 14, 2009 8:58 AM

Wildcat Heir ( TrueNicks , SRO ) , a speedy grade I winning son of Forest Wildcat leads all North American freshman with a record-setting 38 individual winners. Five of his runners have earned blacktype so far. The Carson City son Hear No Evil ( TrueNicks , SRO ) has only 11 foals in his first crop but two of them are stakes winners, Jackson Bend. who swept the... Read More...

Written by moneil@truenicks.com | Dec 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Family Rules

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 1:47 PM

Out of the Silver Deputy mare, Silvery Swan, El Corredor ( TrueNicks , SRO ) (by Mr. Greeley ( TrueNicks , SRO )) was the second grade I winner inbred to Mr. Prospector when he took the 2000 edition of the Cigar Mile (gr. I). He was also the first notable runner with such inbreeding to retire to stud and he quickly dispelled fears that his pedigree pattern would... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 08, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Ramsey's Joy

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 1:17 PM

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey have done a tremendous job with their stallion, Catienus, a Storm Cat son whom they claimed, then sent out to win a minor stakes, run second in the Suburban Handicap (gr. II), two renewals of the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and place third in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I). Catienus has never been a fashionable stallion, but... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Still Lucky, In Kentucky

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 4:43 PM

The juvenile filly grade I races over the weekend (including Friday) both went to stallions who made their names in a regional market before moving to Kentucky. The Frizette Stakes (gr. I) went to Devil May Care, who was making only her second start. She is by Malibu Moon ( TrueNicks , SRO ), who initially started very cheaply in Maryland, and out of Kelli's... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Juveniles Rule

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:39 PM

The surprising Pollard's Vision ( TrueNicks , SRO ) had leapt to the head of the Freshman class following the victory of Blind Luck in the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) last weekend. That lead was short-lived, however, and Hill 'n' Dale's Roman Ruler ( TrueNicks , SRO ) now has the top spot after his son Homeboykris (TrueNicks A++) captured the Champagne Stakes (gr... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 13, 2009 | 1 Comment

Whywhywhy Out From Under the Radar

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 8:58 AM

One of the best juveniles of his crop, Whywhywhy (Mr. Greeley--Thorough Fair, by Quiet American), made a promising start to his stud career. He ended 2007 as a top-six freshman sire, and was represented by inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Nownownow. Whywhywhy ( TrueNicks , SRO ) rather flew under the radar in 2008, but he lit up the screens recently... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Feb 03, 2009 | 0 Comments

Bernstein Bouncing Back

Friday, October 03, 2008 4:41 AM

Storm Cat's well-bred son Bernstein made a very good start to his career. From a first crop sired when he stood at Doug Arnold's Buckpond Farm, Bernstein was represented by just 37 foals, of which 32 have started and 26 have won. Five of these captured stakes events, their number being headed by the Astarita Stakes (gr. III) victress Toll Taker; the Providencia... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 03, 2008 | 1 Comment