maclean's music

OPTIMAL Mating: Maclean’s Music – Frond, by Yes It’s True

OPTIMAL Mating: Maclean’s Music – Frond, by Yes It’s True Maclean’s Music (Distorted Humor – Forest Music, by Unbridled’s Song)   OPTIMAL Mating Analysis Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good […]

gun runner

OPTIMAL Mating: Gun Runner – Point System, by Broken Vow

OPTIMAL Mating: Gun Runner – Point System, by Broken Vow Gun Runner (Candy Ride (ARG) – Quiet Giant, by Giant’s Causeway)   Point System (Broken Vow – Brownie Point, by Forest Wildcat OPTIMAL Mating Analysis Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break […]

will's secret

Case Study – KY Oaks Contender – Will’s Secret

WILL’S SECRET (Will Take Charge – Girls Secret, by Giant’s Causeway) A homebred campaigned by Willis Horton Racing and trained by Dallas Stewart, Will’s Secret was bred in Kentucky by her owner and is out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare, Girls Secret. Will’s Secret has an overall race record of three wins and three […]

bloodstock agent

OPTIMAL Mating Purchase: OBSMAR21 Hip 461 – American Freedom Colt

OBSMAR21 – Hip 461 – American Freedom / Divine Happiness, by Divine Park Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Highlander Training Center (Larry Hirsch), purchased this American Freedom colt at the 2021 OBS March Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale from the consignment of Pick View LLC for $260,000. https://obscatalog.com/mar/2021/461.mp4 The American Freedom¬† colt shared […]

bloodstock agent

A Tale of Two Fillies

A Tale of Two Fillies I recently posted a client success story regarding a Distorted Humor filly that broke her maiden in her first start, “Client Success: Homebred Distorted Humor Filly Wins First Out At Laurel” (See pic above). I had the honor of designing the OPTIMAL Mating that produced her for her owner and […]

bloodstock agent ky

Dueling Nick Ratings – Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong?

Dueling Nick Ratings – Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong? This past Saturday, January 23rd, Gulfstream Park hosted the Pegasus World Cup. It’s always a day of great fanfare, pageantry, lofty expectations and a lot of money on the line. That’s why the results of the feature race were so amazing to me. Not so much the […]

broodmare

Case Study: New Broodmare Purchase? Now What?

  NEW BROODMARE PURCHASE? NOW WHAT? Some clients may be stallion owners looking for a broodmare to fit a particular stallion or, better yet, multiple stallions on their roster. Some clients may be stallion shareholders looking for a broodmare to fit exactly the stallion they own a part of. Some clients may be commercial breeders […]

blame

Case Study: Blame’s Potential As Broodmare Sire

Case Study: Blame’s Potential As Broodmare Sire I have always been a fan of Claiborne Farm’s Blame as a producer of good racehorses. But, in performing weanling and yearling sales analysis, I began to see his name appear more as a broodmare sire. I also saw a familiar female family pattern in his pedigree that […]

broodmare

Case Study: Buying Broodmares & Selecting Stallions

Buying Broodmares & Selecting Stallions Buying Broodmares The annual breeding stock sales are by far my most favorite to prepare for and to shop. The quest to find the perfect broodmare in hopes of breeding a future champion. Easier said than done! Stop dreaming and get focused! That’s what I must continually remind myself. That […]