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The Next Generation Set to Emerge in Australasia

The first-season sires in Australasia look an interesting bunch, headed by the sire lines being established by two sons of Danehill in Fastnet Rock and Redoute's Choice.... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Aug 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Cluster of Stallion Talent for Saratoga

Stallion talent tends to come in clusters and it is evident again with the group of Street Sense, Hard Spun, Scat Daddy, English Channel and Discreet Cat whose fifth crop of yearlings sell at Saratoga... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Aug 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

TrueNicks Welcomes Cape Breeders Club of South Africa

Forty-seven South African stallions are now available on TrueNicks.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Graded Stakes Winners Fluctuate by Sire's Crop Year

The quality of the mares that are bred to a stallion have a measurable effect on their production of stakes winners.... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

How Important is Racing Class of the Dam?

The dam's own Class Performance Index suggests her likelihood of producing superior runners.... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kissing Cousins: Australia and Taghrooda

The classic winners share three of four grandparents: Cape Cross, Sadler's Wells, and Urban Sea.... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

Oh, Brother! A Look at Full Brothers in Pedigrees

Full brothers are often used in nicking patterns as substitutes for one another, but why does one nick work with one brother and not another?... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | May 23, 2014 | 11 Comments

Unbridled's Legacy: North American Second-Crop Sires

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. Alan Porter discusses the influence of Unbridled on this crop.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Miss Steele: a Case for a Clever Inbreeding

The recent gr.III winner Miss Steele raises the case again for using judicious inbreeding when faced with stock of moderate ability. Alan Porter discusses how inbreeding can be used to great effect.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 12, 2014 | 6 Comments

Not Enough Data? How the Key Ancestors Report Gives a Breeder an Answer

The mare Cameron's Buddy presented a unique challenge for her owner when deciding on a mate. Alan Porter explains how the Key Ancestors Report with Analysis was able to find an optimal mating for the mare.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | May 09, 2014 | 2 Comments

Kentucky Derby 140 Pedigrees Examined

Getting the distance in the Kentucky Derby is as much about class as it is about pedigree. Here are the TrueNicks Enhanced Reports to make your pedigree picks.... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | May 01, 2014 | 18 Comments

European Third-Crop Sires: A Solid Bunch

The European third-crop sires are a solid bunch of stallions that is headed by the Darley stallion New Approach.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Apr 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

Easter Gifts a Mixed Bag of Stallions for Yearling Buyers

The Australian Easter Yearling Sale is right around the corner and Alan Porter takes a look at the first crop sires at that sale.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Mar 14, 2014 | 7 Comments

Super Nicks, Super Ratings?

Alan Porter discusses popular grade I nicks and suggests how to interpret these high-performing crosses.... More...

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

European Sire Round-Up: Galileo Still on Top

Galileo's sire Sadler's Wells was leading sire in England and Ireland for 13 straight years. Can Galileo equal or even better his sire's record?... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 07, 2014 | 10 Comments

Tapp's Travels: Cape Premier Yearling Sale

Photos and comments on a several lots from the Jan. 23-24 Cape Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town, South Africa.... More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 02, 2014 | 3 Comments

Eclipse Awards: Rating the Contenders

With the Eclipse Awards approaching, we looked at the TrueNicks ratings for the top contenders in each major division.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jan 16, 2014 | 3 Comments

Champion Sires of 2013: Blips or Trends?

It might be 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.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jan 09, 2014 | 4 Comments

First-Crop Covering Sires of November Broodmare Sales

Alan Porter profiles the new crop of covering sires with their first in-foal mares selling at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Oct 24, 2013 | 12 Comments

Cause to Believe Off to Big Start in Canada

Cause to Believe, who most recently stood for a $2,500 stud fee in British Columbia, has four stakes winners from his current crop of 2-year-olds.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Oct 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Return to the Sire the Best Blood of His Dam

Famed Darby Dan manager Olin Gentry said: "Return to the sire the best blood of his dam." This weekend's group I winners Complacent and Astaire show this pattern at work. ... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Oct 15, 2013 | 6 Comments

TrueNicks Reports for the Caulfield Guineas

Long John, Prince Harada, and El Roca are the favorites for the Oct. 12 Caulfield Guineas (Aus-I) at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Oct 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chasing a Mate for The Fugue

Byron Rogers discusses potential stallions for multiple group I-winning filly The Fugue using statistics from the Key Ancestors report.... More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Oct 08, 2013 | 17 Comments

Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Preview

Hot on the heels of a Goffs Orby sale that saw an 11.8% increase in average, this week sees England's premier yearling auction, the Tattersalls October yearling sale.... More...

Written by Alan Porter | Oct 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

TrueNicks Reports for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Orfevre, Novellist, and Treve are the top choices in a very strong renewal of the Arc.... More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Oct 04, 2013 | 4 Comments

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