Nyquist - same post as Chrome....and Secretariat. 12 horses won from that post. Just some boring trivia.
Considering what AP did and how narrowly he was beaten in the Travers, show that any horse, no matter how great, can lose. Even Secretariat lost.
Chicken, You want a job doing some real research? :-)
Foaling dates are determined by the mares.It has nothing to do with whether the stallion is in demand or not.
Mares don't always go into heat when we want them to, and often they don't "take" on their first go round. It takes 14 - 16 days to tell whether or not the mare is in foal. If not, she'll cycle again (usually by day 20) and then have another go. A mare first bred in February may not actually get into foal until March or April, despite the best plans and goals of the breeders.
Also, mares don't always foal when they're due. Some will surprise with a baby two or three weeks early, while others seem to take forever.
Similar to human children, foals are born at a variety of weights and sizes. They go through growth spurts or plateau throughout the year. A sizable foal born in February may not develop his full potential until he is three, yet a scrappy little guy born in May could turn out to be precocious.
Birth order and dates are fun and interesting. Like everything else, we have to look at the whole picture.
Thanks everyone for the great responses. I hope you enjoyed reading the article as much as I did writing it.
Fixed that, sorry Bob. Not sure what happened there.
Thanks for pointing it out. Sometimes word processing programs automatically change things. I'm assuming the pedigree profile itself isn't as important as minor grammatical errors. I'll work on that.
I enjoy the old articles too. Thanks for finding and posting!
Bourbon Stables has done really well with their horses. It is nice to see syndicates organized so the every day racing fan has an opportunity to be part of the action. I hope to see you in plenty of winners circle photos, Brian!
Why don't you consider Shared Belief a current example?
My reasoning for including him as a large heart carrier are that - besides the ears, large hearts are often demonstrated on the track.
Shared Belief had only 2 blemishes on his 12 race record (one a DNF for a broken shoulder). He handled distances longer than his pedigree indicated. His damsire Storm Cat is a known large heart sire and the gene could also be passed along by Primonetta, dam of Grenfall, who is SB's 2nd damsire. Ears are similar to Z's & AP's.
Agree that Danzing Candy has had his way in his last 3 starts. Still have more questions than answers about him. Not crowning him a Derby champ and he might not want to go farther than 1 1/16 miles, but we'll find out.
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