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Stall Street Journal Entry 5

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

                        February 2nd and 3rd McMahon Stallion Show ---- Top Ten “Hot Tips”

The McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds’ Stallion Show/Open House is less than a week away and we hope you will be able to join us. Our eight stallions have much to offer in terms of value and quality:

- A Breeders Cup Classic winner

- A sire of a Breeders Cup winner

- A young sire who himself was an $8.1 million yearling

- A Belmont Stakes winner and sire of four Grade 1 winner’s

- A MGSW of over $4 million who is a leading National Second Crop Sire

- A young G1 winning son of sire-of-sires, Street Cry (IRE)

- A young, affordable MGSW by leading sire Distorted Humor

- A Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector sire who is capable of siring stakes winners on any surface

So much to choose from!

In helping you to make a choice for your mare(s), please consider the following “hot tips:”

1.)    Take advantage of our hot food/beverage buffet!

2.)    Review the race records of our stallions to greater understand his preferred distance, surface, style of racing, as well as his durability, stamina, speed figures, and overall class. The more educated you are, the better choices you will make.

3.)    Look for conformational traits and know its effect on action and soundness. A mental checklist of most important features can include some/all of the following: head, eyes, nostrils, neck, shoulder, chest, topline (back), stifle, hock, forearms, knees, cannons, pasterns, feet, bone, carriage, alertness, substance, action, height, balance, and overall quality.

4.)    Remember: No one can say with certainty what produces quality in a racehorse. Some say it’s invisible to the human eye --- psychological rather than physical. Competitiveness, stubbornness, a desire to please, or what is referred to as “heart.” Straight legs and good shoulders may only be a small part of what makes a quality racehorse.

5.)    Be careful of “statistical overload.” Earnings, percentage of stakes horses, dosage, AEI, two year old starts, sale results, linebreeding nicks, etc. Sure, look for patterns, but all statistics need to be put in proper perspective based upon a much larger set of variables.

6.)    Do breeding theories work? In our opinion, yes and no. Successful breeding is not a completely random event. Still, no one system can guarantee success. Read, study and consult and you will likely be better off.

7.)    Stallions are responsible for only 50% of the gene pool. Claiborne Farm had a saying, “Stallions reputations are made on other people’s mares.”

8.)    Decide on specific goals: Are you breeding for the classics? For a hard hitting NY Bred sprinter? A stout turf performer? A precocious, quick two year old? This will help lead you to the right sire.

9.)    It is felt that the best chance of breeding a good racehorse is to breed type to type. This means crossing horses of the same basic physical type, rather than crossing contrasting types. This should make it easier to predict foal type. One CAN add a little height or refinement or distance capacity. (Stallions and mares with the same faults, however, should never be mated.)

10.) We live with these stallions --- and their babies. We know them. Thus, their personalities, attributes, quirks, and class are familiar to us. Please let us know if we can assist in your assessment with any information which we may be able to provide.


Be creative and educated. If there is a reason you believe your mare(s) makes a good fit for one of our stallions, let us know. This could result in a discounted season. Looking forward to seeing you!

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