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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

Zenyatta's Next Mating: Tapit

Friday, March 23, 2012 10:00 AM

Tapit Photo: Gainesway Jerry and Ann Moss announced today that 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who foaled a colt by Bernardini ( TrueNicks , SRO ) on March 8, will be bred back to Tapit ( TrueNicks , SRO ) in 2012. The Mosses already have some familiarity with Tapit, having raced 2011 Lady's Secret and Las Virgenes (both gr. I) winner Zazu . Out of the Mr. Greeley... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 23, 2012 | 49 Comments

Hansen Looks to the Future

Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:00 PM

While the equine Hansen ( TrueNicks ) – the champion 2-year-old of 2011 – is pointing to the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and hopefully his first step on the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), his owner and breeder, Dr. Kendall Hansen, is looking well beyond the Run for the Roses. With a long-term view to his star's eventual stud career, Dr. Hansen has subscribed... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jan 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

Calumet Farm Back in the Stallion Business

Thursday, January 05, 2012 11:15 AM

Established in 1924 to raise Standardbreds, Calumet Farm became a Thoroughbred nursery in 1932. The farm’s first major stallion was Bull Lea, a son of the imported French stallion Bull Dog. Winner of 10 of his 27 starts, including the Blue Grass Stakes, Widener Handicap, and Pimlico Handicap, Bull Lea was only lightly regarded initially. However, he went on to... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jan 05, 2012 | 32 Comments

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TrueNicks Hits 1 Million Reports in 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:45 AM

For the first time in its four-year history, TrueNicks reached 1 million total reports run in a calendar year on December 22, 2011. The ticker in the upper right of TrueNicks.com shows the current count. Here's a rundown of the most popular TrueNicks stallions of 2011 who most contributed to the impressive total. #1 - Bernardini ( TrueNicks , SRO ) - 8,781 reports... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Dec 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Cape Blanco is First Major Galileo Stallion in U.S.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:00 AM

Five-time group/grade I winner Cape Blanco (IRE) ( TrueNicks ) has retired to Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for the 2012 season. He becomes the first major son of Irish and English leading sire Galileo to stand in the United States. Cape Blanco is now available on TrueNicks, where breeders can run unlimited hypothetical mating reports. Undefeated in three... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Oct 20, 2011 | 16 Comments

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Unusual Heat Joins TrueNicks

Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:45 AM

Top sire Unusual Heat ( TrueNicks ), the leading California sire for the past three seasons, is now available on TrueNicks, with unlimited Enhanced Reports available for breeders. Unusual Heat stands at Harris Farms. A son of French champion miler and international sire Nureyev, Unusual Heat began his racing career in Ireland where he won stakes at ages 3 and... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Sep 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

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Darby Dan Stallions Join TrueNicks

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:00 PM

TrueNicks is pleased to welcome the stallions of Darby Dan Farm. From its beginnings as Colonel E. R. Bradley’s Idle Hour a century ago, John Galbreath developed Darby Dan into one of the most successful Kentucky breeding operations. The historic pillars of Darby Dan include the imported Ribot, homebred Roberto, and a distinguished band of broodmares. Today,... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Sep 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

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Kitchwin Hills Joins TrueNicks

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:30 AM

Set in the Isis Valley near Scone, Kitchwin Hills is home to two exciting young sires, Dane Shadow and Duporth, one an extremely promising young son of Danehill, and the other a horse with tremendous potential as an outcross for Danehill. Dane Shadow (AUS) ( TrueNicks ) – a group stakes-winning sprinter by Danehill out of champion 3-year-old filly Slight Chance... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Larneuk Stud Stallions Join TrueNicks

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 1:30 PM

Larneuk Stud is a proven winner-producing nursery, situated near Euroa in the heart of Victoria’s thoroughbred country. The farm has now subscribed two of its promising young sires to TrueNicks, allowing breeders to run complimentary hypothetical matings with O’Lonhro and Bramshaw. O'Lonhro (AUS) ( TrueNicks , SRO ), who will soon commence his second season at... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 06, 2011 | 0 Comments

Blue Gum Farm Joins TrueNicks

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 11:30 PM

Blue Gum Farm near Euroa, Victoria, has a 30-year history, and is famed for nurturing the early career of one of Australia’s outstanding sires, Encosta de Lago. Today, the farm is at the forefront of the Victorian breeding industry, and is home to one of the strongest stallion rosters in the state. That roster includes the only European classic winner by Danzig... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 07, 2011 | 1 Comment

Arrowfield Stud Joins TrueNicks

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:00 PM

The latest Australian stallion farm to join TrueNicks is Arrowfield, the Hunter Valley powerhouse whose roster is headed by champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes (gr. I) in two starts at 2, Redoute's Choice (AUS) ( TrueNicks , SRO ) earned a title as champion Australasian 3-year-old miler the following year, capturing the Caulfield... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Vinery Australia Now on TrueNicks

Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:00 PM

Established on a property with a near 100-year history as a Thoroughbred nursery, Vinery Australia offers a line-up of stallions that encompasses the best of both international breeding and domestic bloodlines. The roster is headed by More Than Ready ( TrueNicks , SRO ), a brilliant juvenile and grade I-winning 3-year-old sprinter who has the unique distinction... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Widden Stud Now Available on TrueNicks

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:30 PM

Widden Stud has been a breeding farm since 1867 and has been in the same family – the Thompsons – for seven generations. They have stood Australian champion sires Lochiel, Grafton, Malster, Bletchingly, Vain, and Marscay. Despite its proud history, however, the focus is firmly on the future, with the farm presenting a roster of outstanding young stallions. The... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

Patinack Farm Joins TrueNicks

Monday, May 16, 2011 5:00 PM

One of the newest stallion farms on the Australian scene, Patinack has quickly gathered an impressive roster of stallions, which for the 2011 breeding season will feature newly-retired classic winers Lope de Vega and Monaco Consul. Lope de Vega (IRE) ( TrueNicks ) is a son of Shamardal, a horse who was never beaten on the turf, earning honours as European champion... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Coolmore Australia Joins TrueNicks

Thursday, May 12, 2011 5:25 PM

One of the strongest stallion rosters, both in terms of numbers and quality, is that which stands under the Coolmore banner. Leading the team is Encosta de Lago (AUS) ( TrueNicks , SRO ). The group I-winning son of Sadler’s Wells’ brother Fairy King has already earned honors as a champion sire. A winner of the 1996 VicHealth Cup (gr. I, video below) over 1400m... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Stryker, Son of Fastnet Rock, Joins

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:00 PM

It hasn’t taken long for champion 3-year-old and sprinter Fastnet Rock to emerge as one of Danehill’s most exciting sons at stud. With his third crop only 2-year-olds of 2010-2011, he has already been represented by 15 stakes winners, 11 of those graded, among them the group I scorers Wanted, Irish Lights, and Rock Classic, as well as current juvenile Smart Missile... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ilala Stud Stallions Join TrueNicks

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:30 PM

Ilala Stud, near Scone in Australia's Hunter Valley, has two talented runners that are an outcross for the sire lines currently dominating the Australian breeding scene. The tough chestnut Honor in War ( TrueNicks ) won the Turf Classic (gr. I) over nine furlongs (1800m), Arlington Handicap (gr. III), and the Fort Lauderdale Handicap, while racing in the U.S... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Yarraman Park Stallions Join

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:00 PM

Australia is home to a branch of the Nearco line not found elsewhere in the world, that of Showdown. By Nearco’s son Infatuation—a top-class racehorse (he won the Dewhurst Stakes and Royal Lodge Stakes at 2, and the Greenham Stakes and Sandown Classic Trial at 3) but disappointing sire—Showdown was a brilliant juvenile taking the Middle Park Stakes and Coventry... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Waikato Stud Stallions on TrueNicks

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:00 AM

One of the hottest stallion rosters in New Zealand is that of Waikato Stud, and now courtesy of Waikato, breeders will be able to obtain complimentary TrueNicks reports for their mares with all eight Waikato Stud stallions. That octet includes two of New Zealand’s best, in O’Reilly and Pins. By Champion Last Tycoon out of Golden Slipper (gr. I)-winning Champion... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chinese Dragon Joins TrueNicks

Thursday, April 07, 2011 10:00 AM

Chinese Dragon (Stravinsky–Fabulous Fairy, by Alydar) Holding court at Goodwood Stud in Palmerston North, New Zealand, is the exciting young sire Chinese Dragon ( TrueNicks ). Foaled in the U.S., Chinese Dragon was purchased by Coolmore, and as a 2-year-old broke his maiden over six furlongs in the colours of Mrs. John Magnier. Transferred to the U.S. the following... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 07, 2011 | 0 Comments

Westbury Stud Now on TrueNicks

Saturday, April 02, 2011 6:00 AM

In the near 20 years since its inception, Westbury Stud has risen to a place of prominence among New Zealand’s Thoroughbred nurseries. At its Karaka property, it stands seven stallions, drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds. Postponed ( TrueNicks ) is a U.S. graded stakes winner by Summer Squall – classic siring son of Storm Bird – and from the immediate... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 02, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Showcasing Joins Impressive Haunui Roster for 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011 1:00 AM

The latest stallion to join the powerful line-up at Haunui Farm in New Zealand is the record-breaking group II-winning juvenile Showcasing (GB) ( TrueNicks ). Bred by Juddmonte, Showcasing was one of the fastest 2-year-olds of his crop. An impressive maiden winner on his second outing, Showcasing followed up by capturing the historic Gimcrack Stakes (gr. II)... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Mar 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Bernstein, Modigliani Add Enhanced Report

Friday, March 04, 2011 12:00 PM

The stallions of Castleton Lyons have upgraded to the TrueNicks Enhanced report. Breeders can access unlimited reports for these stallions. Bernstein ( TrueNicks , SRO ) is an Irish group III-winning son of Storm Cat and has been a top sire in both North and South America. He is a full brother to grade III winner Caress, the dam of good sire Sky Mesa, and hails... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 04, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Temple City, Son of Dynaformer, Joins

Friday, February 11, 2011 12:15 PM

Temple City, photo by Eclipse Sportswire, Inc. Graded stakes winner and grade I-placed Temple City ( TrueNicks , SRO ) has joined TrueNicks. Additionally, Spendthrift Farm has upgraded their entire roster to the new TrueNicks Enhanced report. By top sire Dynaformer, Temple City is one of the most popular new stallions to enter stud in 2011. In fact, up until... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

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