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The Thoroughbred business is tough but the rewards can be heady. It's important to surround yourself with experts that will give honest advice to keep you from making stupid mistakes.

Don't confuse pedigree expertise with nick ratings. A good advisor knows that pedigree and conformation are inextricably linked. A good advisor considers your goals, your budget, and your preferences, and will work within your parameters or recommend when they need to be realistically revised. A good advisor of any kind is honest and objective.

It's important to realize that breeding Thoroughbreds is an exercise in genetics - knowledge of the gene pool and how the traits are passed on. We are breeding racehorses, which means we are breeding for performance. Iinspecting the best runners and sires will quickly show you that perfect conformation is not a requirement for excellence. With all the factors that need to be weighed and balanced, Thoroughbred breeding is as much an art as a science; an intellectual exercise at its best and a crap shoot at its worst.  

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2015 Freshman Sires - my picks
Uncle Mo (2015 Leading Freshman Sire)
Trappe Shot
Sidney's Candy
General Quarters

2014 Freshman Sires - my picks
Tale of Ekati
Line of David
Concord Point

2013 Freshman Sires - my picks
Kodiak Kowboy
Einstein (BRZ)
Pioneerof The Nile
Sea The Stars (IRE)

2012 Freshman Sire - my picks - featured in Thoroughbred Times March 10, 2012
War Pass
Majestic Warrior
Ready's Image
Horse Greeley
First Defence

2011 Leading Freshman Sire was Scat Daddy.  I was the only panelist on the 2011 Thoroughbred Times Freshman Sire Contest who picked him.



Freshman Sires 2016 (thru 5/26/16)
By number of winners 
Astrology (KY)   2
Creative Cause (KY)  2
Empire Way (CA)  2
Mission Impazible (NY)   2
Algorithms (KY)  1
Bodemeister (KY)  1
Caleb's Posse (KY)  1
Coil (CA)  1
Dialed In (KY)   1
Eye of the Leopard (KY)  1
Indian Firewater (NM)  1
Maclean's Music (KY)  1
Tapizar (KY)   1
To Honor and Serve (KY)  1
Union Rags (KY)  1

2016 FRESHMAN SIRE SELECTIONS (March 8, 2016) This year's freshman sires, those with their first 2-year-olds hitting the track, are headlined by some of the darlings at last year's yearling sales: Bodemeister, The Factor, Union Rags, Tapizar, Jersey Town, Creative Cause, Shackleford and To Honor and Serve. They all have 2015 yearling averages of $75,000 or over. When I make my freshman sire choices, I like a horse who showed good form at 2, but could run into the middle distances at 3, and ran for most of the season. A classy pedigree and no major comformation issues helps, too. Union Rags seems to have the best all-around resume, being the best East Coast juvenile who grew up to win the Belmont Stakes. He's also a well-bred horse (by Dixie Union, dam by Gone West) and a striking individual. Stay Thirsty was G1-placed at 2, won the Gotham and Travers at 3, and the Cigar Mile at 4. With a top pedigree (Bernardini/Storm Bird) and all-around good looks, he's got a license to succeed. To Honor and Serve was a good late season 2-year-old, won the Cigar Mile at 3, and was a top older male at 4. His pedigree is A+ (Bernardini/ Deputy Minister) and he's a big, handsome horse. Shackleford is my wild card choice. He was a winner at 2, and was a brilliantly fast, gutsy horse, winning the Preakness at 3 and the Met Mile at 4. By Forestry, a highly underrated sire, his dam Oatsee is a true blue hen by Unbridled, and is from the same family as sires Gone West and Tentam. Finally, it's hard to ignore the hype that followed Bodemeister, and the class of mares it attracted. An extremely talented, well-bred (Empire Maker/Storm Cat) horse, he was unraced at 2, but the size and quality of his first book of mares could carry him to early success.

NEW ARTICLES (Feb 24, 2016)
The life of a freelance pedigree writer is tough and recently, The Blood-Horse discontinued the weekly Breeding/ Pedigree column in favor of a new sponsor, which means that I (and my pedigree-writing colleagues) must find other venues to share ideas. This gives me the opportunity to concentrate on this web page, so I've celebrated by adding a new article on Joe Estes, gifted writer and former editor of The Blood-Horse, to the line up on my Pedigree page.
Let me take this opportunity to encourage you to submit suggestions for future articles. What are you interested in reading about? Email me at pedgoddess@yahoo.com with your ideas.

The Aga Khan has been one of the leading breeders in Europe for decades, his studs producing runners like Shergar, Zarkava, Akiyda, Shahrastani, Kahyasi, Darshaan, Sinndar, Blushing Groom, Kalamoun, Sendawar, Siyouni, Dalakhani, Daylami, and many others. His father and grandfather bred the likes of Nasrullah, Mahmoud, Bahram, Petite Etoile, Noor and Gallant Man to name just a few. His daughter, Princess Zahra, has shown a keen interest in the family's racing and breeding program and recently addressed the Asian Racing Conference, offering observations on the Aga Khan's thoroughbred program and the current state of breeding that everyone should read. You can read Princess Zahra Aga Khan's speech here. This will link you to the website for the Aga Khan's studs, which is well worth an afternoon or a few days of browsing and learning.

I picked Uncle Mo to be the Leading Freshman Sire of 2015 and he did not disappoint. He was the leader by earnings, by number of winners and by number of stakes winners (see lists below). His top colt Nyquist, winner of 3 G1 races including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, will undoubtedly be named Champion 2-Year-Old Male of 2015. Unfortunately, my other choices (Trappe Shot, Sidney's Candy, General Quarters) didn't fare as well, but we'll see how they do with their 3-year-olds in 2016. I was surprised to see Twirling Candy and Archarcharch right up there among the leading freshman sires, but good for them. Girolamo might have been the biggest surprise of all, with his first crop sired when he was standing in New York, but now he's in Kentucky and standing at $15,000, 3 times what he stood for last year.

FRESHMEN SIRES (thru Dec 31, 2015)
Leaders by earnings 
Uncle Mo (KY)$3,675,388
Twirling Candy (KY)$1,167,144
Archarcharch (KY)$1,001,686
Girolamo (KY)$1,000,000
First Dude (FL)$   997,148
Leaders by # of winners 
Uncle Mo (KY)28
Twirling Candy (KY)25
Wilburn (KY)21
Girolamo (KY)19
First Dude (FL)16
Archarcharch (KY)15
Paddy O'Prado (KY)15
Big Drama (FL)13
Cape Blanco (IRE) (JPN)13
Leaders by # stakes wnrs  
Uncle Mo (KY)7
Society's Chairman (ONT)3
Archarcharch (KY)2
EZ Dreamer (AZ)2
Giant Surprise (NY)2
Gone Astray (FL)2
Shame On Charlie (NM)2
Tizway (KY)2
Albertus Maximus (KY)1
American Lion (KY)1
Bank Heist (NY)1
Big Drama (FL)1
Cape Blanco (IRE) (JPN)1
Courageous Cat (NY)1
Crown of Thorns (FL)1
Custom For Carlos (LA)1
Exhi (ONT)1
First Dude (FL)1
Giant Oak ((KY)1
Girolamo (KY)1
Haynesfield (KY)1
Indygo Mountain (TX)1
Paddy O' Prado (KY)1
Wilburn (KY)1

Uncle Mo
has all the qualifications to be one of the leading freshman sires this year. He was the Champion 2-year-old himself, and was just a flat out brilliant race horse. He's by Indian Charlie, who specialized in precocious/speedy, his yearlings sold well last year, and he's going to have a lot of juvenile runners out there. Trappe Shot's yearlings sold remarkably well for his $10,000 stud fee, and he was a very fast horse by Tapit, both of which suggest early runners. I've always been impressed with Sidney's Candy, both as a horse with record-setting speed and great conformation. He's by Candy Ride, who sired Shared Belief, the champion juvenile a couple years back. I don't know how many 2-year-olds General Quarters will have from his first Florida-sired crop, but he was a horse with tremendous ability and is bred to run early, by Sky Mesa out of an Unbridled's Song mare.

While I didn't expect to see Quality Road and Super Saver come on so quickly, it doesn't surprise me since both horses were very good racehorses with great pedigrees. I was pleased to see the good showing by Munnings, who I fully expected to do well with his first 2-year-olds: #2 by number of winners, #3 by number of stakes winners, and #4 by earnings. It's good to see Tale of Ekati rank high by number of winners, with 14. Concord Point got 2 stakes winners from his first crop and is a horse to pay attention to as the first good son of Tapit with runners.

FRESHMEN SIRES (thru December 31, 2014)
Leaders by earnings (top 5) 
Quality Road$1,572,480
Super Saver$1,547,113
Lookin At Lucky$1,417,098
Majesticperfection$   895,341
Leaders by # of winners 
Lookin At Lucky29
Munnings 27
Discreetly Mine19
Midshipman 19
Kantharos 18
Quality Road 18
Super Saver 16
Tale of Ekati14
Warrior's Reward 13
Leaders by # stakes wnrs 
Lookin At Lucky   4
Super Saver  4
Munnings  3
Temple City  3
Concord Point  2
Desert Party  2
Lantana Mob  2
Quality Road  2
Street Magician   2

Among the stallions whose first crop will be racing in 2014, here are some of my favorites. I think Munnings has "leading freshman sire" written all over him. Fast and precocious himself, he's built for the part, and is from a strong sireline, being the first good son of Speightstown to stud in North America. Blame is a magnificent individual, and although his runners might not be as precocious as Munnings, he stands out as an outstanding runner by a very good sire from a great sire-making family going back to Rough Shod II. I liked Tale of Ekati when he was racing, and I still like him. He was a G2 winner at 2 and multiple G1 winner at 3, by Tale of the Cat, out of a Sunday Silence mare, from a great female family. Line of David impressed me with his good looks and is by Lion Heart, who was exported too soon. He is also from the immediate family of Mr. Prospector, which says a lot. Concord Point was one of the first sons of Tapit to stud and is a big, stout, handsome horse with a remarkably intense pedigree.

The top U.S. yearling sires of 2014 are rather obvious ones following the Keeneland September Sale. Tapit, War Front, Medaglia d'Oro, Bernardini, Distorted Humor, Malibu Moon and Smart Strike all had yearling medians over $200,000. Among the most profitable, Majesticperfection, represented by a lot of 2-year-old winners, had a median of $100,000, making his 2014 fee of $10,000 look pretty sweet. Blame's yearlings continued to sell well (median of $112,500). Tale of the Cat, Quality Road, Scat Daddy and Lemon Drop Kid are all good mid-range stallions with solid commercial numbers. Super Saver, Uncle Mo and Gio Ponti look very safe for now, too.. Trappe Shot is the most pleasant surprise, however. Off a $10,000 stud fee, his first crop yearling median was a whopping $85,000 and Claiborne isn't raising his fee for 2015, although he's probably already over-subscribed. For more budget-minded breeders, yearlings by freshman sire Midshipman sold well, as did those by Warrior's Reward and first crop sire Haynesfield. My oft-recommended Yes It's True is continuing to prove good value.
When a well-bred 2-year-old colt named Sea the Stars (by Cape Cross - Urban Sea) broke his maiden in Ireland in 2008, I presented him as a potential stallion prospect, but could not find enough interest. Every month or so, I would push for him again, as he graduated up the ranks, until he became the best horse in training and Horse of the Year in Europe at three. He retired to the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in Ireland. It is very satisfying to watch him become the hottest young sire in Europe, with a growing list of top performers including the great filly Taghrooda and the German Derby winner Sea The Moon. Will he become as great a sire as his half-brother Galileo?

Congratulations to owner Jack Oxley for his win with Sky Captian in the Dominion Day Handicap-G3 at Woodbine. Sky Captain was bred on my recommendation for breeders Three Chimneys Farm and Serengeti Stable. He's a 4-year-old son of Sky Mesa, who raced for Mr. Oxley, and who stands at Three Chimneys Farm. Sky Captain is out of the mare Anchors Away, an unraced mare from the first crop of Smarty Jones out of Away, by Dixieland Band. Anchors Away is a half-sister to the outstanding but ill-fated filly Eight Belles. Sky Captain sold for $210,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale to Mr. Oxley. He has now earned $206,513. Sky Captain is one of 6 stakes winners for Sky Mesa so far in 2014, and the 40th for him lifetime. Sky Captain is also the third stakes winner with Smarty Jones as the broodmare sire.

This year's Belmont Stakes went to Tonalist (by Tapit - Settling Mist by Pleasant Colony), who adds to the sensational record of his sire Tapit. He becomes Tapit's fifth Graded stakes winner at a distance beyond 9 furlongs, following Careless Jewel, High Tap, Headache, Tapitsfly and Teen Pauline who all scored at a longer distance. In the case of Tonalist, Tapit may have had a little help getting that extra stretch to 12 furlongs, since his dam is by the outstanding staying influence, Pleasant Colony. There are actually a lot of remarkable things about Tonalist's background that a pedigree geek woud find interesting. His dam is a half-sister to the dam of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. She goes back in female line, through Toll Fee and Toll Booth, to the mare Missy Baba, who is also the third dam of 2002 Belmont Stakes winner A.P. Indy, sire of Pulpit, sire of Tapit. Missy Baba is 7x4 in the pedigree, so while it's not a significant concentration of blood, it shows the high class that this family continues to generate over the generations. Close behind Tonalist at the finish was Commissioner, who is from the last crop by A.P. Indy and is out of a mare by 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold. Behind him came Medal Count, by Dynaformer, another great staying sire. Dynaformer was by Roberto out of Andover Way by His Majesty, and His Majesty's best son was Pleasant Colony. It's amazing how those staying genes rise to the surface in a race like this.

So California Chrome followed up his impressive Kentucky Derby win with an equally impressive victory in the Preakness Stakes.  This leaves the inevitable question, even as he trotted back to the Pimlico winner's circle, if he would be the one to win the first Triple Crown since Affirmed did it in 1978. Can he win the Belmont?  I don't know.  The Belmont is a tricky thing and winning or losing nowdays has more to do with circumstances than talent.  If he gets his trip, I don't see a horse in this crop that can touch him, IF he gets his trip.  This is no longer a matter of whether he's bred to go the distance, because he outran his pedigree when he won the San Felipe Stakes back in March.  He's one of those flukey horses who got the near perfect shake of the genetic lottery.  Yes, he was bred cheaply, but his pedigree is full of rich names and interesting patterns that you could spend hours poring over.  You can read more about it in the article I wrote about California Chrome in the March 29 issue of The Blood-Horse.  I'll be rooting for Chromeo in the Belmont, not because of the Triple Crown, but because he's a really good horse who wins in dominating style and seems to be head and shoulders above this crop of 3-year-olds...and he's pretty.  My weakness for flashy chestnuts goes back a long way.

Back in February, we lost a friend in Bill Currin, and my sympathies are with his wife Betty and their family. I got to know Bill and Betty during the winter and spring of 2007 when Bill was training his glamorous colt Stormello (by Stormy Atlantic - Wilshewed by Carson City), owned with partner Al Eisman, for the Florida Derby. An elegant, fiery chestnut colt, Stormello would go to the front and try to run the field off their feet, showing brilliance and bravery in those long stretch runs. I loved Stormello, who sadly died in 2011. Watching racing one day in 2012, I was transfixed by those familiar Currin colors darting out front on a blazed faced colt who went wire to wire in that free wheeling style of Stormello. I was laughing when I discovered it was Stormello's full brother, My Best Brother. My Best Brother won the Del Mar Derby-G2T that year in brilliant style, and within a month, his half brother by Bernardini out of Wilshewed brought $1,550,000 at the Keeneland September Sale. Named Gala Award, he recently won the Palm Beach Stakes-G3T at Gulfstream Park and there is the possibility that he could go on the Derby trail, like his older brother Stormello did. So that gives the Currin's lovely mare Wilshewed her third Graded stakes winner from six foals. Wilshewed is based at Cathy Parke's Valkyre Stud near Georgetown, Kentucky and she will have my sentimental vote for 2014 Broodmare of the Year.

One of the stallions I find myself recommending a lot this winter is Exchange Rate, who is priced very well at Three Chimneys at $20,000 (down from $30,000 last year). This offers commercial value since his 2013 yearlings averaged $81,259 with a median of $80,000. He's a solid proven sire whose runners win early for quick return. Mizzen Mast has also worked his way up into commercial favor, standing for $20,000 now at Juddmonte Farms, with a yearling average of $77,565 and median of $70,000. Three Chimneys has another nice proven mid-priced stallion in Sky Mesa, also priced at $20,000, with a yearling average of $66,283 and a median of $50,000.

Don't forget to check my pages regularly to keep up with stallions as they retire from the track and are headed for stud duty. This is the most comprehensive list on the web for Northern Hemisphere stallions.
New Stallions and Roster Changes for 2014
The new Kentucky stallions by stud fee are:
Animal Kingdom   (Darley, $35,000)
Orb                      (Claiborne, $25,000)
Paynter                 (WinStar, $25,000)
Point of Entry        (Adena Springs, $25,000)
Fort Larned          (Adena Springs, $20,000)
Oxbow                 (Taylor Made, $20,000)
Shanghai Bobby    (Ashford, $20,000)
Take Charge Indy (WinStar, $20,000)
Denan (AUS)        (Darley, $15,000)
Graydar                (Taylor Made, $15,000)
Raison d'Etat         (Calumet, $15,000)
Violence               (Hill 'n' Dale, $15,000)
Jimmy Creed        (Spendthrift, $12,500)
Justin Phillip          (Castleton Lyons, $12,500)
New Year's Day   (Hill 'n' Dale, $12,500)
Flat Out                (Spendthrift, $10,000)
I Want Revenge    (Pauls Mill, $10,000)
Liaison                  (Spendthrift, $10,000)
Morning Line         (Lane's End, $10,000)
Overanalyze          (WinStar, $10,000)
Power Broker       (Hill 'n' Dale, $10,000)
Alternation            (Pin Oak, $7,500)
Data Link             (Claiborne, $7,500)
Fast Bullet            (Pauls Mill, $7,500)
Snapy Halo (ARG)(Calumet, $7,500)
Swagger Jack        (Millennium, $7,500)
Keep Up               (Mill Ridge, $5,000)
O'Prado Again      (Spendthrift, $5,000)
Awesome Patriot   (Spendthrift, $3,500)
Hero of Order       (Raut, $3,000)

Big Brown got his fourth stakes winner and first Graded stakes winner when Darwin won the The Minstrel Stakes-G3 at The Curragh in Ireland. Given his pedigree, I predicted that Brown would do well with Mr. Prospector-line mares, and in fact, all of these stakes winners are out of Mr. Prospector-line mares, by Silver Ghost, Gone For Real, Rubiano and K. O. Punch.

No one has asked my opinion yet, but I'll offer it anyhow. My favorite freshman sires this year are:
Kodiak Kowboy
Einstein (BRZ)

Pioneerof The Nile

Sea The Stars (IRE)

June 29, 2013, Centralinteligence ran away with the Triple Bend Handicap [G1] at Hollywood Park. Centralinteligence is a 5-year-old gelding by Smarty Jones out of Shootforthestars by Seattle Slew. He was bred by Smarty Jones's owner Pat Chapman, who was looking for mares to breed to Smarty Jones in the fall of 2006. We looked at Smarty's first yearlings that year and had been impressed with the colt out of the Seattle Slew mare Shootforthestars. I loved Smarty with Seattle Slew mares, and this one was offered at the 2006 Keeneland November Sale in foal to Elusive Quality (Smarty's sire), so this mare was among my recommendations for Mrs. Chapman to buy, which she did, for $450,000 and the rest is history.

Mrs. Chapman is also the breeder of Smarty Jones's 2012 stakes winner Res Judicata, a nice colt out of the homebred mare Mohonour, by Honour and Glory, a big, blaze faced mare who looks very much like her dam's sire Unbridled.

I'm so pleased for Pat, who is a genuinely nice person, who loves her horses, especially her Smarty. While it was disappointing to have him move out of Kentucky, it was nice that he could go home to Pennsylvania, where he now lives at Northview Pennsylvania, closer so Pat can visit more often.

Smarty Jones is one of the most undervalued sires in America. Check out his statistics, and be prepared to be surprised. According to The Blood-Horse Stallion Register, he has 21 stakes winners, 6% stakes winners to foals, which is excellent, with an AEI of 1.72. Go Smarty Go!

So Palace Malice surprised most of us (he was nearly 14-1 after all) and won the Belmont over Oxbow and Orb. The top 3 finishers were visibly leg weary coming down through the final yards, but there was a blue blur closing fast for fourth, my longshot pick Incognito. So what have we learned from this Triple Crown season? I think we discovered that this is a very contentious crop of 3-year-olds that won't sort itself out until later in the summer or fall. What we often find in years like this, when 3 different horses break up the Triple Crown between them, is that these are very strong crops, and not "mediocre" as they're often labeled at this stage by misbegotten racing/handicapping columnists who spend too much time deriding the sport and whining because horses aren't predictable enough for them to win a bet. The second half of the season is going to be a lot of fun, I promise.

It's also important to acknowledge Palace Malice's sire, Curlin, who now has 3 stakes winners from his first crop, including the new classic winner, as well as Countess Curlin and Stopshoppingdebbie. Their dams are by Royal Anthem (Palace Malice), Private Account (Countess Curlin) and Wild Again (Stopshoppingdebbie), so he's crossing with a wide range of bloodlines so far, and they're all outcrosses at 4 generations. An interesting factor with Palace Malice is that his second dam is inbred 3x4 to Damascus. There's been a remarkable tendency for horses with inbred second dams to perform at a high level, results Tom Young and I discovered when we wrote the article "The Good, The Bad, and The Inbred" for Pedigree Post back in 2001.

The big race is tomorrow so I thought I'd go on record with my predictions, since nobody took my advice when I got excited about Oxbow for the Preakness. I'm still backing Orb - he had Belmont written all over him even before the Derby. And I can't ignore the other Malibu Moon colt, Freedom Child, either. I still like Revolutionary, but am adding a controversial wild card, Incognito, who is the only horse in the race who is truly bred to win the Belmont, by A.P. Indy out of C.C.A. Oaks winner Octave. I know he's inexperienced, but I think he might hit the board.

While I hoped Orb would win the Preakness, I made sure to put a place and show bet on Oxbow after hearing Gary Stevens's comments on the colt after the Derby. Oxbow is interesting because he's by the grand sire Awesome Again and out of Tizamazing by Cee's Tizzy out of Cee's Song (so a full sister to Tiznow). This makes him a close relative of last year's good 3-year-old and G1 winner Paynter, also by Awesome Again out of Tizso, another full sister to Tiznow. And he's bred similarly to Ghostzapper, by Awesome Again out of Baby Zip, by Relaunch, who also sired Cee's Tizzy. So we know where the talent comes from. If only we could figure out where that weird roanish coloration comes from.

I picked Orb for the Kentucky Derby this year as one of the very few horses in the race with the pedigree that I felt confident could go the mile and a quarter distance. Fortunately, he proved even better than I could have imagined. I've always been a fan of Malibu Moon and the female family speaks for itself. Orb has stamped himself as the best stallion prospect available, by my estimation. What a king of a horse!

I was not only lucky enough to have a $2 bet on Princess of Sylmar to win the Kentucky Oaks (which she did at 38-1 odds!), but I have always been a big fan of her sire Majestic Warrior.  I tapped Majestic Warrior as a prime stallion prospect for a former employer after his maiden win at two, and he was one of my choices as Leading Freshman Sire last year, which he was by number of winners (30) and fourth by earnings.

I am excited to have scouted out the sires of this year's Kentucky Oaks winner (Majestic Warrior) and last year's Kentucky Derby winner (Flower Alley, sire of I'll Have Another).

I keep a regularly updated list of new stallions and roster changes that will help breeders for the upcoming season. One of my favorite racehorses becoming a new stallion is Union Rags, who I thought was the best 2-year-old of 2011, and was one of two horses I was rooting for to win the Kentucky Derby (the other was I'll Have Another). In the absence of I'll Have Another, I transferred loyalties to Union Rags for the Belmont, which of course, he won. 'Rags has the combination of precociousness and middle distance ability, as well as Grade A pedigree that I look for in a stallion prospect. New stallions in Kentucky include:
Union Rags               $35,000
Bodemeister             $30,000
To Honor and Serve$30,000
Americain                 $20,000
Shackleford              $20,000
Stay Thirsty             $20,000
Creative Cause        $15,000
Gemologist               $15,000
Tapizar                      $15,000
The Factor                $15,000
Hansen                     $12,500
Brilliant Speed         $10,000
Caleb's Posse           $10,000
Jersey Town             $10,000
Midas Touch (GB)   $10,000
Aikenite                    $ 7,500
Algorithms                $ 7,500
Astrology                  $ 7,500
Bullet Train (GB)     $ 7,500
Dialed In                   $ 7,500
Lentenor                   $ 7,500
Mythical Power        $ 7,500
Santiva                      $ 7,500
Maclean's Music     $ 6,500
Baryshnikov             $ 5,000
Country Day             $ 5,000
Get Stormy               $ 5,000
Stately Victor           $ 5,000

There are a good number of horses who have retired since last spring who have not yet found a farm to call home. Regional stallion managers should review this list to see who might be available.

I'll Have Another's stud fee in Japan
Big Red Farm's website now shows us a lovely (but small) conformation photo of Kentucky Derby/ Preakness hero I'll Have Another, and mention that
his stud fee for 2013 will be 3,200,000 yen. That
currently converts to just over US $40,000. That's
not such a crazy stud fee for the kind of runner he
was, but it's obvious from the lack of response he
got from Kentucky stallion managers that I'll Have
Another could never have demanded that here next spring. His sire, Flower Alley, will undoubtedly have
a stud fee bump up but how much is the question.
He was trading for $15,000 after the Preakness and covered 132 mares by the end of the 2012 season compared to 79 mares in 2011. He has another talented 3-year-old colt in G2 winner Neck 'n Neck, so he's clearly not a one-horse sire, and at $20,000,
he easily fills his book next spring.


I couldn't be happier or more proud watching Flower Alley's son I'll Have Another run down the game Bodemeister to win the Preakness just like he won the Kentucky Derby two weeks before. This is a fantastic, gorgeous colt, and now he's hopefully headed to Belmont to finish his Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes. Have I mentioned lately that I'm a sucker for a chestnut horse with a star?

At my "going away party" at Three Chimneys Farm in the fall of 2010, Robert Clay asked what I was most proud of during my time there as Stallion Seasons and Matings Advisor. I didn't hesitate to answer "It's important to me that Flower Alley do well as a stallion," since I was the one pushing for the farm to get him as a stallion when others gave him the thumbs down.

Flower Alley was generally praised as the best-looking horse entering stud in Kentucky in 2007, but it took three long years of waiting to see what would come of that talent and those good looks. His first crop included the Graded stakes-winning fillies Lilacs And Lace and Bouquet Booth. His second crop includes Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner I'll Have Another. In retrospect, it seems kind of a no-brainer that one of the best sons of the classic sire Distorted Humor (sire of Funny Cide and Drosselmeyer) should follow in his daddy's footsteps as a classic sire. I'm so proud of my boy Flower Alley!

Top 10 Leading Sires of 2011
Distorted Humor, Smart Strike, Tapit, Giant's Causeway, Malibu Moon, More Than Ready, Speightstown, Empire Maker, Medaglia d'Oro, and Kitten's Joy.

Compare their stud fees...More Than Ready, Speightstown and Kitten's Joy are over-achievers. Empire Maker is a loss for us, a gain for Japan.
Best Sire Combacks in 2011
Forestry, Include, Mineshaft, Northern Afleet, Roman Ruler
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Rising broodmare sires (North American-based, foaled since 1994) - stallions in bold were foaled as recently as 1998, so are doing particularly well early on. (updated 5/24/16)
Broodmare sire SWS from daughters:
Giant's Causeway (1997)65
Tale of the Cat (1994)60
Awesome Again (1994)57
Stravinsky (1996)46
Grand Slam (1995)45
Pulpit (1994)40
Touch Gold (1994)38
Fusaichi Pegasus (1997)35
Indian Charlie (1995)34
Lemon Drop Kid (1996)34
Jules (1994)31
Boston Harbor (1994)30
More Than Ready (1997)29
Coronado's Quest (1995)27
Forestry (1996)27
Dixie Union (1997)25
Stormy Atlantic (1994)24
Arch (1995)23
Cape Town (1995)19
Cat Thief (1996)19
Doneraile Court (1996)19
Malibu Moon (1997)18
Victory Gallop (1995)18
Chester House (1995)17
Street Cry (IRE) (1998)17
Wild Rush (1994)17
Old Trieste (1995)16
Orientate (1998) 16
El Corredor (1997)15
Horse Chestnut (SAF) (1995)15
King of Kings (IRE) (1995)15
Dance Brightly (1995)13
Intikhab (1994)13
Smoke Glacken (1994)13
Tactical Cat (1996)13
Empire Maker (2000)12
Johannesburg (1999)12
Tiznow (1997)12
Acceptable (1994)11
Bernstein (1997)11
Golden Missile (1995)11
High Yield (1997)11
Mazel Trick (1995)11
Mineshaft (1999)11
Point Given (1998)11
Vindication (2000)11
Yankee Victor (1996)11
Yes It's True (1996)11
Proud Citizen (1999)10
Vicar (1996)10
Broken Vow (1997)9
War Chant (1997)9
Zamindar (1994)9
Aptitude (1997)8
Catienus (1994)8
Deputy Commander (1994)8
Good and Tough (1995)8
Silver Charm (1994)8
Songandaprayer (1998)8
Stormin Fever (1994)8
Artax (1995)7
E Dubai (1998)7
Menifee (1996)7
Monarchos (1998) 7
Real Quiet (1995)7
Red Bullet (1997)7
Souvenir Copy (1995)7
Bianconi (1995)6
Came Home (1999)6
Captian Bodgit (1994)6
Exploit (1996)6
Medaglia d'Oro (1999)6
Sky Mesa (2000)6
Swiss Yodeler (1994)6
Useful links
The Blood-Horse
The Blood-Horse Stallion Register
Thoroughbred Daily News
Racing Post/Bloodstock News
Brisnet.com 5x pedigrees and race records
Pedigree Query.com
Prominent Sirelines Circular Chart
Sport Horse Data

Important Press Release:

October 27, 2010:


Robert N. Clays Three Chimneys Farm announced today that Stallion Seasons and Matings Specialist Anne Peters has decided to go out on her own as a pedigree consultant and writer.

Peters, one of the worlds leading authorities on Thoroughbred breeding and pedigrees, will return to providing her expertise as a freelance bloodstock advisor after five years at Three Chimneys.

Its time to go back out on my own again, as a consultant and writer. Besides bringing me back to Kentucky, one of the many things Im grateful to Robert and Case Clay for is allowing and encouraging me to remain objective when recommending stallions to breeders, even if it meant suggesting a stallion at another farm, said Peters. We felt that it was important to give good all-around advice that helped mare owners make sound breeding decisions, rather than be totally self-serving. Its better for the breeders and the horses, and so its better for the industry.

Peters, known to many as The Pedigree Goddess, will provide articles of interest and a blog on her website www.pedigreegoddess.com and also looks forward to writing for various Thoroughbred publications.

I miss writing about the breeding end of things and pedigree matters, said Peters. This will allow me the freedom to do that, without readers feeling that Im biased toward any one farm or group of stallions.

"Anne has been one of this farm's biggest assets over the past five years," said Case Clay, President of Three Chimneys. "She wasn't just an employee; she was and still is a trusted friend, and we plan to continue to seek out her opinion on a variety of matters."