Alan Porter

Smart Strike Stallion Sons

Smart Strike Stallion Sons

30 years after Tasso became the first grade I winner sired by a son of Mr. Prospector, another son of Mr. Prospector, Smart Strike, is emerging as a sire of sires.

Pedigree Analysis: Solow

Pedigree Analysis: Solow

Looking at his pedigree, it's not too surprising that Solow's connections -- trainer Freddy Head and owner/breeders Wertheimer et Frere -- would have expected Solow to require a test of stamina.

Stellar Wind Striking for Curlin

Stellar Wind Striking for Curlin

Three of Smart Strike's best sons-who retired to stud in the space of four years-are shaping up as if they have the potential to make their way to the upper echelons of the North American stallion colony.

Pedigree Analysis: Euro Charline

Pedigree Analysis: Euro Charline

Myboycharlie, already sire of a group I winner in the Southern Hemisphere, matched that feat with a member of his first European crop when 3-year-old filly Euro Charline won the Beverly D.

Pedigree Analysis: Bayern

Pedigree Analysis: Bayern

By a 10-furlong grade I winner out of a mare by a Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, with a second dam who was a graded stakes winner at 10 furlongs, Bayern illustrates the difficulties of interpreting modern U.S. pedigrees.

Ruby Slippers

Ruby Slippers

Of the two most expensive stallions at stud in North America for 2014, one is out of a mare by Rubiano, and the other is out of a three-quarters sister to Rubiano.

Astaire a Model for Close Inbreeding

Astaire a Model for Close Inbreeding

PORTER ON PEDIGREES
Astaire wasn't bred by trainer Jim Bolger, but he is by the Bolger-trained Intense Focus, and the Irish conditioner would surely approve of the inbreeding found in Astaire's pedigree.

Ghostzapper's Starship Rising in 2013

Ghostzapper's Starship Rising in 2013

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
It's not surprising that Ghostzapper's offspring would do best when given time, and it's more than likely that this was the reason for his perceived initial 'failure to launch.'

Black Caviar's First Mating

Black Caviar's First Mating

Today brought the news of Black Caviar's retirement from racing. The big question now is which stallion will have the privilege of serving the great mare in her first season at stud? read blog

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