Client Success: Homebred Animal Kingdom Mare Draws Off at PID

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

IRONY OF REALITY (m, 5, Animal Kingdom–Battle Bridge, by Arch)

IRONY OF REALITY (m, 5, Animal Kingdom–Battle Bridge, by Arch) was allowed to settle early then looped up two to three wide through the second turn. She made a steady gain and drew off in the final furlong under jockey Huber Villa-Gomez.

The stakes-placed winner by Animal Kingdom is half to an unraced 2yo colt named Battle King (Tonalist) and a yearling colt by Declaration of War. Battle Bridge was bred back to Omaha Beach earlier this year.

Lifetime Record: SP, 17-7-4-1, $142,640. O/B-The Elkstone Group, LLC (Stuart Grant) (MD); T-Ron Potts.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), mating advisor for Stuart Grant (The Elkstone Group LLC), has designed the matings for Mr. Grant for several years. Most notable horses produced include G1W Mor Spirit, G2W Lady Fog Horn and G3W Edge of Reality along with several state-bred champions.

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 physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.


OPTIMAL Mating Factors for Irony of Reality

  • Outcross Percentage = 87% (OPTIMAL >= 70%)
  • Linebreeding Balance = 6 (OPTIMAL <= 10)
  • 2nd Generation Linebreeding Balance = 6 (OPTIMAL <= 17)
  • Grand sire/Grand dam Pair Percentage = 6% (OPTIMAL <= 17%)
  • Gender-balanced Linebreeding Difference = 1 (OPTIMAL <= 2)
  • Number of Dominant Runner Female Families = 5 (OPTIMAL >= 4)
  • Number of Dominant Sire Female Families = 2 (OPTIMAL >= 1)

NOTE: All 7 factors are met.

Key Linebreedings

  • 6,6×5 Northern Dancer – through sons Lyphard & Danzig
    • similar to G1W Prince Bishop (IRE) (Dubawi (IRE)) & G3W Elsa (Animal Kingdom)
  • 6×4 Roberto – gender-balanced linebreeding through daughter Sookera and and son Kris S.
    • similar to G2W Waterloo Bridge (IRE) (Zoffany (IRE)) & G3W Prophet (JPN) (Harbinger (GB))

Whether you are new to the game, experiencing more losses than wins or just looking for a new approach, I am confident that I can help you breed or buy a better racehorse. To find out more about OPTIMAL Matings and how they can help your program, please subscribe to my Blog/News page HERE to receive future information on complimentary mating recommendations, sales short lists, stakes winner pedigree analysis, news on personal client success and any other random thoughts or ideas that I may have. Also, receive a complimentary copy of my report “Blind Luck or Designed Luck? – How A Kentucky Derby Winner Was Bred” sent directly to your inbox.

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2 thoughts on “Client Success: Homebred Animal Kingdom Mare Draws Off at PID

  1. I’ve been studying your optimal matings and trying to figure it out.
    I am confused however on the key linebreeding balance. You say it equals 6 but you only have 2 crosses with 3 different horses and am curious how you come up with 6.
    Also on your gender balanced line breeding difference in this scenario you have it listed as 1. Do you just count how many gender balance crosses occur in the 7 generation pedigree?
    Also messing with all the numbers and data I notice family 23B seems to be appearing an awful lot and am curious whether they will eventually be added as a dominant sire or running family?

    1. I greatly appreciate you reaching out, Joe! These are all matters that I could write a book on and it would take me hours to explain in this commentary section. There are always outliers. While 23B is a good family, it has not proven as dominant as the other families that I focus on. I have no plans to incorporate it any time soon. Good thought, though!

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