Photos/News about Broodmares

Re: Photos/News about Broodmares

Postby Retrospectiv » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:21 pm

Another photo of Songbird with her new mum:

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Re: Photos/News about Broodmares

Postby serenassong » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:17 am

Ridan_Remembered wrote:For those who are interested, DRF posted two new photos of Songbird in her paddock at Timber Town Stable, where owner Mandy Pope boards her broodmare band. Songbird was wearing front wraps. She was turned out with Welcoming, a beautiful daughter of Tapit out of Stormy Welcome by Storm Cat. Stormy Welcome's maternal granddam is the famous daughter of Secretariat named Weekend Surprise, dam of A. P. Indy, Summer Squall and five other graded stakes horses. Indy, of course, sired Pulpit, sire of Tapit. Welcoming has three crosses of Secretariat through his daughters Terlingua and Weekend Surprise. ... 2072320187

@Serenassong, the great Sunday Silence was considered to not be correct in the stifle and front legs, but look what he accomplished after being rejected by some of the most savvy horsemen and women in North America. There is an article on about the Ben Walden Jr. dispersal ( ... -walden-jr). In it, Mr. Walden said, "My interest over the years has been pedigrees, and in some ways the business has passed me by. There is such a profound focus on the individual today. If you stand in the winner's circle at Saratoga you will see the emphasis on physicality, and I'm still a pedigree guy. Sometimes when you reach for those deep families you have to sacrifice on the physical side and that's worked against me a little bit over the last five or six years. Everybody wants that beautiful individual, and they don't care so much about pedigree."

I think failure to appreciate the importance of pedigrees is a profound mistake. For example, I love Songbird a lot, but if I was able to purchase one of the two mares shown in the linked DRF piece, I would take Welcoming because of her incredible bottom line and broodmare's pedigree.

I actually read this when it came out- I agree with him. I appreciate a good looking horse as much as the next person, but the blood speaks the loudest as far as im concerned. In this day of precocity, breeding for the sales- the fine art of developing and sustaining a great family has taken a back seat. It takes a long time, an we live in a now-now-now world.
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