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Menow Versus Bull Lea

“What is the overall scope of influence of Menow on modern pedigrees?” If you ask that question of the average devotee of pedigrees, the answer would be something like the following: “Well, Menow sired Tom Fool. And Tom Fool sired … Continue reading

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The Bull Lea Quartet (Storm Cat, Alydar, Nijinsky II, and Roberto)

Two posts ago I remarked: “So the four principal sources of Bull Lea in modern pedigrees are Storm Cat, Nijinsky II, Roberto, and Alydar. And there are other sources as well. “With those four sources, I feel pretty certain that … Continue reading

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By a Safety in Overtime

“I’ve always maintained that inbreeding should be practiced only through superior performing animals in an effort to filter out negative recessives. That’s why, despite a lack of evidence, I’ve half-heartedly clung to the notion that stakes-winning broodmares bearing the Rasmussen … Continue reading

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The Seven Corners Conundrum

There is no particular reason you should be familiar with the sire Seven Corners (1956 by Roman–Miss Traffic, by Boxthorn). Seven Corners was a decent racehorse, with a record of 71-10-16-11 for earnings of $79,679. He placed in eight stakes … Continue reading

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As Many Grains of Salt (Phalaris Revisited)

I promised I would go back to Phalaris and repeat the process using the restricted sample of 10,670 foals by sires born in 1998-2002 and out of mares born in 1998-2002. I will try to keep it short and sweet. … Continue reading

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Too Much of a Good Thing (Nearco)

I received a comment on a post I did on Phalaris a couple months ago. That comment was to the effect of now do the same thing with Nearco (paternal grandson of Phalaris and a superb sire in his own … Continue reading

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Attrition (Age of Sires)

I promised some details on prices and results by age of sires for sales foals of 2008-2o11. Some theoretical observations first though. In a theoretical world, youngest sires should have the lowest prices, and prices should increase as age increases. … Continue reading

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