Client Success: Tonalist Gelding All Heart in Wire Battle at Laurel



The Addison Pour (g, 3, Tonalist–Graser (IRE), by Motivator (GB))

The Addison Pour (g, 3, Tonalist–Graser (IRE), by Motivator (GB)), on January 23, broke his maiden over six furlongs. He then ran 1 1/16 miles to finish second in an allowance race on Feb. 10 and third by a head on March 25 at the same distance, all in Laurel Park races.

The Tonalist gelding, who was sent off at odds of 2-1, was a little rank early on while racing four wide up the backstretch. He eventually settled into fourth position, satisfied to let Uncle Irish and Holy Synchronicity compete in a speed duel. When asked to go as they approached the far turn, he responded by looping the early leaders at the top of the stretch to engage Uncle Irish with a sixteenth to go. The Addison Pour won by a nose over the other in a head-to-head battle.

Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-1, $88,045. O/B- The Elkstone Group LLC (MD); T-Brittany Russell.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for The Elkstone Group LLC, recommended the OPTIMAL Mating that produced The Addison Pour.

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.

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3 Sire Families (3:O, 3L, 8H) & 4 Racing Families (2F, 3:O, 3L, 1U)

Good Combination of Female Families

Good Outcross Percentage

Good Linebreeding Balance

Good Grandsire / Granddam Linebreeding Percentages

Good Gender Linebreeding Balance.

Key Linebreedings

  • 6×6 Secretariat – through daughters Weekend Surprise and Secrettame
  • 5,6×5 Mr. Prospector – gender balanced through daughter Preach & sons Fappiano and Gone West
  • 5×6 Njinsky II – gender balanced through daughter Ruby Slippers & son Green Dancer
  • 6,5×5 Northern Dancer – through sons Nijinsky II, Topsider and Sadlers Wells
  • 5×6 Buckpasser – through daughters Toll Booth and Uncommitted

Similar Breedings

  • Exact Positions of Northern Dancer linebreeding
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winner
      • Zipessa (Carson City o/o Horse Chestnut mare)
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winner
      • Bellacontte (Burgundy o/o Tavistock mare)
    • 6 Listed Stakes Winners

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.

For inquiries or more information about Shepherd Equine Advisers, please contact Clark Shepherd at 859-321-6618, or by email at

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I offer my expertise as a bloodstock agent, sales consultant, and pedigree analyst to assist in breeding or purchasing superior thoroughbred racehorses through sound pedigree principles, horsemanship, and consistent implementation of well-designed plans. To find out more about how my services can help your program, please contact me at 859-321-6618, or by email at

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