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An Interview with So You Think's Breeder

Thursday, August 09, 2012 10:00 AM

Triassic, the dam So You Think, in April 2012 I recently had the opportunity to interview Cecile Smith, owner of Piper Farm and co-breeder of Australian champion and 10-time group I winner So You Think (NZ) ( TrueNicks ). Cecile owns So You Think's dam, the 22-year-old Tights mare Triassic, who is currently in foal to Medaglia d'Oro ( TrueNicks , SRO ) and is... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Aug 09, 2012 | 17 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

The Departed

Thursday, July 19, 2012 10:30 AM

Last week brought the news that ace sprinter/miler Caleb's Posse ( TrueNicks , SRO ) would be retiring to stand at Three Chimneys for the 2013 breeding season. Over the weekend, however, it was two Three Chimneys stallions that have departed for greener pastures, Rahy and Dynaformer, that took the headlines with a quartet of graded winners. Like the protagonists... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 19, 2012 | 3 Comments

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Planets Aligned

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 11:45 AM

It would be reasonable to suggest that while time may prove Coolmore stallion Galileo superior to his breed-shaping sire Sadler's Wells, with the exception of siring a group I winner over 4000m (which Sadler's Wells did in the form of the brilliant Yeats), right now Galileo is every bit as good a classic sire as his father. Like many elite stallions, Galileo... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jul 17, 2012 | 5 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

Crossing the Channel

Monday, July 09, 2012 11:15 AM

With two major stakes winners in the space of 10 days, champion turf horse English Channel ( TrueNicks , SRO ) has zoomed up the second season sire charts. First Strait of Dover took the near $1,000,000 Queen's Plate , the first leg of the Canadian Triple crown, and then Blueskiesnrainbows, who had already been third in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), led throughout... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 09, 2012 | 7 Comments

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E Dubai Still Flying Under the Radar

Friday, June 15, 2012 3:00 PM

A couple of recent observations drew our attention to E Dubai ( TrueNicks , SRO ), who we've noted before as a very good value-for-money sire. One was the upset victory last weekend of the progressive 3-year-old filly My Gi Gi in the Honeymoon Handicap (gr. II). The other was a look at the leading Beyer speed figures, where we noticed that in among some of the... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 15, 2012 | 2 Comments

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Chichicastenango's Never Bend Affinity

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:45 PM

A few weeks ago, when looking at the emerging French second year sire Turtle Bowl , we noted that he conformed to something of a recent trend in France, the appearance of a number of good sires with relatively unfashionable pedigrees, other examples that come to mind including Linamix (by Mendez), Muhtathir (by Elmaamul), and Chichicastenango (by Smadoun). The... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 13, 2012 | 5 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

Flower Alley Trending Upward

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:45 AM

With over 580,000 TrueNicks reports generated so far in 2012, it's always interesting to look at what the numbers are telling us. Logically, the number of TrueNicks reports per stallion fluctuates according to the stallion's popularity among breeders. For example, see the chart below and notice what happened on the week ending 3/25, when Tapit ( TrueNicks , SRO... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Turtle Bowl: The New French Stallion Star

Monday, May 21, 2012 1:15 PM

At the end of 2011, the French-based sire Turtle Bowl drew some attention to himself when his son French Fifteen took the Criterium International (gr. I) to propel Turtle Bowl to a position as leading freshman sire and leading sire of 2-year-olds in France. Promising as that start was, it is the events of the last two weekends that have made it clear that Turtle... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 21, 2012 | 5 Comments

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Two Good Weekends for Broken Vow

Monday, April 16, 2012 11:45 AM

In his first crop, sired at a relatively modest fee of $10,000, Broken Vow ( TrueNicks , SRO ) came up with a very promising colt in Private Vow. Winner of the Futurity Stakes (gr. II) and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II), Private Vow might also have gone close in the Breeders' Cup Futurity (gr. I) had a rein not broken in the straight. A leading winter fancy... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

On to Kentucky for Gemologist, I'll Have Another

Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:30 AM

The most recent weekend saw another pair of grade I Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps, with the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and the Santa Anita Derby on the West Coast. In New York, two of the leading Derby hopefuls, Gemologist and Alpha, had to finish in the first two to be certain of having sufficient graded earnings to make the field. In the event, they achieved... Read More...

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

Pierro Captures Golden Slipper for Lonhro

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:00 AM

The weekend past saw the 56th running of the world's richest 2-year-old race, the AAMI Golden Slipper (Aus-I), run over 1200m (6 furlongs) at Rosehill in Sydney with the victor being the undefeated Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro (Gai had touted Pierro strongly leading up to the race as seen in this pre-race video ). Traditionally the race that decides the champion... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Apr 11, 2012 | 2 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

Proud Citizen Back in the Headlines

Friday, March 30, 2012 11:00 AM

Proud Citizen Photo: Airdrie I well recall in the summer of 2002, taking what was then the short drive to Belmont Park, to take a look at Proud Citizen ( TrueNicks , SRO ) on behalf of a friend who was managing a prominent Kentucky stallion farm. At the time, Proud Citizen was recuperating from an injury suffered in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I)—a condylar fracture... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 30, 2012 | 4 Comments

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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

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

Freshman Sires on Display at OBS

Friday, March 09, 2012 7:00 PM

The OBS March 2-Year-Old in Training Sale offers the first chance to get a preview of juveniles by many of the year’s freshman sire crop. Two of the biggest names in that group, the classic-winning champions Big Brown ( TrueNicks , SRO ) and Curlin ( TrueNicks , SRO ) are both represented. Although he only started once at 2 – winning by 11 ¼ lengths on the turf... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 09, 2012 | 1 Comment

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

Northern Afleet Still a Nice Value

Monday, February 13, 2012 4:00 PM

Bearing in mind that stud fees have been ticking up again, and that proven horses are in demand, we were pretty surprised to hear recently about a stallion that you can still book to. While many other proven stallions are already full, this stallion can still be bred to for as little as $13,500 live foal (or $15,000 stands and nurses). He is sire of 39 stakes... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 13, 2012 | 2 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

Looking Back at A.P. Indy

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 4:30 PM

2012 will be the first breeding season without A.P. Indy as an active stallion since he retired to Lane's End in 1993. Now 23 years old, the two-time leading sire was pensioned last April due to declining fertility. Sire of 1,119 foals and 142 stakes winners, A.P. Indy commanded a $300,000 stud fee for a large portion of his stud career. A.P. Indy as a foal in... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jan 17, 2012 | 15 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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