Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Sparrow Castle » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:58 pm

There have been many articles I have wanted to share but didn't because they didn't neatly fit under an existing topic. I don't know why I don't start threads more often, but I think most of the articles I find interesting are related to breeding, theories, strategies, or general in nature.

This is an article I posted under an unsuitable thread and Treve thought it should have its own thread. I agree, but then I came across another article today that I almost posted under the Justify thread, even though the point of the article was much more about breeding and a certain breeder. I'll start the thread out with the article about genetic diversity, then post the new one. I would love to see similar articles you found interesting.

Byerley Turk Reaching The End Of The Line
As we all know, the only bottom line most breeders really care about is found at the base of a balance sheet. And the ink they use, red or black, tends to be ascribed sooner to the top line of a pedigree than to the one running along the bottom. Commercial yearlings are branded first and foremost by their sires, even though the equal genetic contribution of the dam should make her family of critical interest.

On the one hand, then, it was edifying to see three Classics in eight days magnify names in the bottom line: Miesque (Nureyev) as grand-dam of G1 Prix du Jockey-Club winner Study Of Man (Fr) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and great-grand-dam of G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}); and the great Urban Sea (Miswaki) as fourth dam of Derby winner Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), besides also being dam of his grandsire.

Arguably, however, both Miesque and Urban Sea are exceptions to prove the rule. As such celebrities, in both their racing and breeding careers, they stand out luminously in a family tree: barely less of a short-cut, in terms of attention span, than crediting everything to the sire. But when Study Of Man, for instance, takes one of the best pedigrees in Europe to stud, we should be no less interested in all the other spars and buttresses that support the family around his famous grand-dam. It will be easy enough, at that stage, to be excited by the fact that Study Of Man is out of a mare by one of the great modern broodmare sires in Storm Cat. But how many people, in renewing their admiration for Miesque, are still asking themselves how much of her priceless legacy might be credited to her mother Pasodoble-who was by Prove Out (Graustark) out of a Sanctus (Fr) (Fine Top {Fr}) mare?

More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/byerley-turk-reaching-the-end-of-the-line/
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Sparrow Castle » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:01 pm

Taking Stock: The Uniqueness of Fipke
By Sid Fernando
Niki McCardell was tense as Justify (Scat Daddy) rolled into the Belmont stretch, and with each stride the big chestnut took to secure his place in history, McCardell’s pent-up excitement became noticeably palpable. She started clenching her fists and raising her arms at the sixteenth pole and finally emptied her emotional tank when the colt hit the wire. Shortly afterward, I heard McCardell almost sheepishly tell her companion Chuck Fipke that witnessing Justify’s GI Belmont S. was as exciting–if not more–as seeing Fipke’s homebred Bee Jersey (Jersey Town)’s win the GI Metropolitan H. two races earlier on the card.

“No, I agree with you,” Fipke replied. “It was more exciting to see this. He just won the Triple Crown, eh.”

Mind you, Bee Jersey’s race had been a nailbiter with the son of Jersey Town’s margin of victory only a nose at the wire, but Fipke had meant what he’d said because he breeds mostly for the Classics and had appreciated–envied, even–what had transpired.

“He’s a beautiful horse,” Fipke uttered to no one as he watched Mike Smith parade the colt before fans after the win.

The big and handsome Justify is owned by a partnership that numbers hundreds of individuals. This type of ownership structure–popular overseas–is becoming more evident here. The colt was initially purchased by the partnership of Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm; China Horse Club; and SF Bloodstock, a global entity that includes Newgate Farm in Australia; and it was later enlarged to include the Jack Wolf-led syndicate of Starlight Racing and Sol Kumin’s Head of Plains Partners LLC. The latter two entities had purchased SF Bloodstock’s racing interests in the son of Scat Daddy for one year, with SF holding on to its share of the colt’s breeding rights. It’s a fairly complex ownership situation between the racing and breeding rights, but it certainly amplifies the number of individuals that can say they owned a Triple Crown winner.

Fipke, in contrast, is at the other end of the spectrum in the deep end of the game. He’s an owner who races almost exclusively only those horses that he bred, and he races them by himself, in his name, and in his own colors. He doesn’t buy yearlings or 2-year-olds, he doesn’t claim horses, and he doesn’t have partners. In many ways, he’s a throwback to the owner-breeders of the last century, and his model of operation is very much in the minority these days. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that there’s no one else in North America that operates quite like Fipke does, because not only does he race homebreds, he breeds the majority of his mares to his own homebred stallions, even if those stallions are not fashionable or supremely accomplished at stud. Bee Jersey is an example of this. He’s a first-crop son of Fipke’s homebred GI Cigar Mile winner Jersey Town (Speightstown), who entered stud at Darby Dan but was moved to Road’s End Farm in British Columbia for 2018 after demand in Kentucky waned.

More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/taking-stock-the-uniqueness-of-fipke/
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Sparrow Castle » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:09 pm

OBS June Sale Concludes
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age, the final auction of the juvenile sales season, concluded its three-day run Friday with a colt by Scat Daddy (hip 742) attracting the day’s top price of $360,000. Another son of the late Coolmore stallion, sire of Triple Crown winner Justify, brought the sale’s highest price of $650,000 when he sold during Wednesday’s first session of the auction.

Through three sessions, OBS sold 520 horses for $17,125,500. The average was $32,934 and the median was $15,000. At last year’s two-day sale, 434 horses grossed $14,999,900 for an average of $34,562 and a median of $18,500. The buy-back rate was 21.8%.

Eleven horses sold for $200,000 or more this year, while nine hit that mark a year ago, when the top price was $320,000.

“It was a very solid sale,” OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said at the close of business Friday. “The trend we’ve seen all year is that the top end kind of takes care of itself. It was nice to see some vibrancy in the middle and lower levels, to see some active trade there.”

The sale’s leading consignor was Wavertree Stables, with 28 head sold for $2,105,500. The leading buyer was Carlo Vaccarezza, who purchased seven horses, including the $650,000 sales topper, for $1,010,500.

Eddie Woods, who sold a million-dollar juvenile at the Fasig-Gulfstream sale and topped the Barretts April sale, said he noticed more strength at the top end of the market during this spring’s 2-year-old sales.

“I think, at the better end, there was a bit more strength,” Woods said. “There were more horses sold for better money across the board at all the sales throughout the country. I don’t think at any sale was there a horse that brought crazy money, but there was a lot of money at the better end and there was more of it. It’s a growing trend, both at the yearling sale and in every part of our industry, the top end is getting a little bit more spread out and a little stronger.”

More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/obs-june-sale-concludes

Edited to add the link to the results: https://www.obssales.com/2018/05/2018-june-two-year-olds-horses-of-racing-age/
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Sparrow Castle » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:10 pm

Olin Gentry Hospitalized
Olin Gentry, managing partner of Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds, collapsed in the barn area while attending the OBS June Sale Friday in Ocala.

Gentry was taken by ambulance to North Florida Medical Center where he was undergoing tests Friday afternoon, according to consignor Ciaran Dunne.

Gentry purchased a pair of juveniles by Uncle Mo during the three-day auction.

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/olin-gentry-hospitalized
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:27 pm

Thanks for all these links, SC.
I hope Mr. Gentry will be OK.
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Katewerk » Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:56 am

Sparrow Castle wrote:There have been many articles I have wanted to share but didn't because they didn't neatly fit under an existing topic. I don't know why I don't start threads more often, but I think most of the articles I find interesting are related to breeding, theories, strategies, or general in nature.

This is an article I posted under an unsuitable thread and Treve thought it should have its own thread. I agree, but then I came across another article today that I almost posted under the Justify thread, even though the point of the article was much more about breeding and a certain breeder. I'll start the thread out with the article about genetic diversity, then post the new one. I would love to see similar articles you found interesting.
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More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/byerley-turk-reaching-the-end-of-the-line/


Further in the article is a mention that the Darley Arabian line was "defunct" in the US. MUSKETIER (GER) gr/r. H, 2002 is from that sire line, standing at Calumet. Unfortunate that a tough one like him hasn't had more opportunities.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/stallion-reg ... ketier-ger
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Flanders » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:51 am

Katewerk wrote:Further in the article is a mention that the Darley Arabian line was "defunct" in the US. MUSKETIER (GER) gr/r. H, 2002 is from that sire line, standing at Calumet. Unfortunate that a tough one like him hasn't had more opportunities.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/stallion-reg ... ketier-ger

No it said "The Byerley Turk line has been defunct in the U.S. for a while already". Almost every stallion standing at stud in the US is the Darley Arabian sire line. Musketier is a little different in that he doesn't come from the Phalaris line.
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Sparrow Castle » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:56 pm

Flanders wrote:
Katewerk wrote:Further in the article is a mention that the Darley Arabian line was "defunct" in the US. MUSKETIER (GER) gr/r. H, 2002 is from that sire line, standing at Calumet. Unfortunate that a tough one like him hasn't had more opportunities.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/stallion-reg ... ketier-ger

No it said "The Byerley Turk line has been defunct in the U.S. for a while already". Almost every stallion standing at stud in the US is the Darley Arabian sire line. Musketier is a little different in that he doesn't come from the Phalaris line.

Grateful to Calumet for experimenting with fading sire lines, like Hyperion's. It'd be great to see Musketier get a big horse to carry on. So far his top two winners are running in claiming races, one at Camarero.
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Sparrow Castle » Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:46 pm

The story of Scat Daddy, source of Justify and Royal Ascot sire extraordinaire
Even as the vast Belmont Park grandstand quaked with the roar of fans celebrating Justify’s Belmont Stakes triumph to cap his undefeated run through the Triple Crown last Saturday, a quiet shadow was inescapable: a stabbing sense of what had been lost in the chill of a late winter's day three years earlier.

On December 14, 2015, the sire of Justify fell over dead, stricken by heart failure as he was walking out of his paddock at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud.

Scat Daddy was only 11 on the day he died. Today his record, as the sire of America’s Triple Crown champion and numerous Royal Ascot winners such as Lady Aurelia and Caravaggio, reveals that one of the world’s most versatile and promising progenitors was lost just as he was beginning to receive his best mares.

Members of the final crop sired by Scat Daddy, who have been in hot demand at breeze-up sales this year, will have their chance at Royal Ascot to blaze to even more glory for their sire, who is remembered by all those who were connected with him as a horse who always gleamed with a special shine.

“I’m sure he was heading in the direction of the Galileos and the Sadler’s Wells of this world as far as how good he was going to be as a sire,” says Fergus Galvin, co-owner of Hunter Valley Farm near Lexington, where Scat Daddy was raised.

“It was just such a shame. You hate any stallion to pass away, but when he died, he was just on the crest of a wave. To think what he could have accomplished with proper Grade 1 mares, which he would have been getting, it could be staggering.

"It's staggering already – the fact that he had such international appeal, the fact that his offspring could literally run on any surface and at any distance."

More: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/latest/the-story-of-scat-daddy-source-of-justify-and-royal-ascot-sire-extraordinaire/335470
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Re: Random News about Breeding and Breeders

Postby Katewerk » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:32 pm

Flanders wrote:
Katewerk wrote:Further in the article is a mention that the Darley Arabian line was "defunct" in the US. MUSKETIER (GER) gr/r. H, 2002 is from that sire line, standing at Calumet. Unfortunate that a tough one like him hasn't had more opportunities.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/stallion-reg ... ketier-ger

No it said "The Byerley Turk line has been defunct in the U.S. for a while already". Almost every stallion standing at stud in the US is the Darley Arabian sire line. Musketier is a little different in that he doesn't come from the Phalaris line.


Thanks for the correction. I even double checked, but my eyes were playing tricks!
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