|FREE True Nicks Reports Now Available
FREE True Nicks Reports are Now Available for all Oakhurst Stallions. We are pleased to announce that we have enrolled all our stallions with True Nicks. Thus you can now run free nicking reports for all your mares to GRINDSTONE, BAQUERO, and our exciting new stallion UNDERSTATEMENT.
We chose True Nicks over the other nicking programs because: 1. True Nicks utilizes the largest thoroughbred data base from The Jockey Club's equineline.com, 2. True Nicks is closely affiliated with industry leader 'The BloodHorse Magazine', and 3. We like the comprehensive information that comes with each True Nicks report.
In recent years nicking has become extremely fashionable. One of the first questions that many mare owners ask us is "How does my mare nick with your stallion?" Well, now you can find that answer quite easily.
Nicking is FUN, especially when your mating receives a high grade, but I strongly encourage you to use nicking as just one tool in your breeding decisions. Most important you should always carefully consider the individuals you are mating -- because their conformation, their body type, their performance and produce records are much more likely to determine what quality of foal you will end up with than does a simple nicking grade.
I have always argued that the biggest flaw in nicking is that the grades are created based on only a very small number of individuals in the pedigree. True Nicks and eNicks both make their grades based exclusively on one individual in the stallion's sire line over one individual in the mare's sire line. True Nicks requires that at least 15 individuals have been produced from the specific sire-line/broodmare sire-line cross before assigning a rating and in order to do so may have to go back a few generations to find them. As a result the rating grade might be based on your prospective foals paternal great-grand-sire over its maternal great-great-grand-sire in order to be statistically significant. Such a nicking grade is based on just 18.75% of the pedigree while completely ignoring the other 81.25% of the pedigree. True Nicks tells you what sire in the sire line and what sire in the broodmare sire line the cross is rated on. The closer in the pedigree these are the more reliable/useful a certain nicking rating might be.
Also the nicking programs totally ignore the contributions to the pedigree made by all the females. Yet, leading breeders will always tell you that the female side of the pedigree is by far more important than the sire's side. This is because the mare contributes the all important X-chromosome, purported to be responsible for heart size, and the mitochondrial DNA which ultimately energizes the cells.
One shortcoming of nicking is illustrated in the following example. When mating Grindstone to a daughter of Swiss Yodeler, 'Misyodl', True Nicks rates the mating as a D. Not very good. The rating was made based on the prospective foal's paternal grandfather, Unbridled, over its maternal great-great grand-sire Damascus. Looking carefully we see that 'Misyodl' is out of a Slewpy mare. Now if we were to simply put Slewpy as the paternal instead of maternal grand-sire (such a mare is 'Wings of Slew', by Gray Slewpy out of a Desert Wine, by Damascus, mare) the True Nicks rating is an A++. So maybe there is still merit in mating Grindstone to Misyodl.
Another thing we noticed with our switch to True Nicks from eNicks was that while most of the grades were similar some were drastically and disappointingly different. Such as our Storm Cat line mares mated to Grindstone are A+++ with eNicks but only Cs with True Nicks. This is because eNicks places emphasis on the stakes-winners a given cross has produced rather than the percentage of stakes-winners from all the foals a given cross has produced. Unbridled and his sons have achieved some spectacular success, as acknowledged by eNicks, when crossed of Storm Cat line mares so we still like this cross in spite of it's True Nicks lower grade.
So HAVE FUN, with our True Nicks, but never use nicking as your only decision criteria. However, we're hopeful that once you try all our stallions you'll find a nick you like!
To start using True Nicks simply go to the bottom of our stallion pages and click on the TrueNicks logo. From there you can also download a new brochure for each stallion just above the TrueNicks logo.
|UNDERSTATEMENT TO OAKHURST FOR 2013!!
UNDERSTATEMENT will stand at Oakhurst Thoroughbreds for the 2013 breeding season. UNDERSTATEMENT is by Distorted Humor (stud fee $100,000) out of Emotional Outburst dam of Roar Emotion multiple graded stakes winner of $635,912!
People like to judge a horse by the company they've kept so here are some fun facts to know about UNDERSTATEMENT! He finished in front of great horses like Tale of Ekati (multiple graded stakes winner of $1,182,992), Gone Astray (multiple graded stakes winner of $1,125.162), Ah Day (graded stakes winner of $918,874), Mambo Meister (multiple graded stakes winner of $703,725), Icabad Crane (multiple stakes winner of $580,895, 3rd in Preakness), More Than A Reason (graded stakes winner of $576,258), Atoned (graded stakes winner of $559,786), Nite Light (graded stakes winner of $546,960), Bunker Hill (multiple stakes winner of $425,609), Racketeer (multiple graded stakes-placed winner of $412,190), Senoirs Pride (multiple stakes winner of $324,295)!!
UNDERSTATEMENT comes from the same female family as Calumet Farm's legendary stallion Bull Lea. Bull Lea was North America's leading sire five times, and North America's leading broomare sire four times. His best runner was probably Triple Crown winner Citation.
A good friend has done his research! He found that UNDERSTATEMENT'S second dam had graded stakes winner Mayakovsky. As a sire he cracked the top 20 in New York a few times, and in those years had progeny earnings in the $700,000 to $800,000 range. He believes his top earner was Mother Russia, a multiple winner of Ney York-bred stakes, and graded stakes-placed earner of $528,996.
UNDERSTATEMENT was a gorgeous yearling! Selling for $1,050,000 at a Keeneland September yearling sale, UNDERSTATEMENT was noticed for his good looks, athletic characteristics, and good nature.
UNDERSTATEMENT is one of the most exciting prospects to the Northwest this season! Call or email today for your contract! 971-533-6421 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|OREGONBRED CHAMPIONSHIP DAY
SAVE THE DATE! OREGONBRED CHAMPIONSHIP DAY
November 18, 2012
Portland Meadows. Time of Event begins 12:00 pm.
Live racing first post is at 1:00 pm
Oakhurst will have several competitors running in the 2012 Oregon Bred Championship Races on Sunday October 18, 2012! It is one of the days we look forward to every year. This year you will see some of the best Oregon Bred horses competiting for prizes beginning at 1:00 pm!
Oregon Championship Day is presented by Spirit Mountain Casino and a special race day celebrating the best in Oregon horse racing.
Live racing starts at 1:00 PM and there will be many of activities for the family.
A list of events for the day:
Oregon Craft Beer Festival featuring over 15 different and unique Oregon Beers
Horseplay kid zone
Special Oregon-themed Turf Club Buffet (reservations a must)
Jocky Autograph Session Noon to 12:30 pm.
Sweepstakes for free Trail Blazer Tickets
400 pairs of tickets are up for grabs for the following available games:
12/10/12 vs Toronto
1/7/13 vs Orland
1/16/13 vs Clevland.
Sweepstake winners are not able to select game of their choice Random selection.
Call Portland Meadows for more details 503-285-9144!!!!
|COLT WINS G2 OUT OF A GRINDSTONE MARE
Three year old colt CURREN BLACK HILL (JPN) by a son of Sunday Silence out of Charleston Harbor by GRINDSTONE won the the New Zealand Trophy (Jpn-G2) April 7. This brings Curren Black Hill's earnings to $852,792. He has now won 3 races in a row. This is exciting news so we wanted to share!
If you haven't booked yet this year give us a call! Grindstone foals are simply fabulous. They are smart, bold, and grand looking individuals. Our field is full of them and we'd love to show them to you! Come get on board with us today with GRINDSTONE!
Our new Grindstone flyer is done! We will post it here for you to print within a couple days. If you would like one in the mail in the meantime, please email me at email@example.com or give us a call at 503-554-0227.
Grindstone is proving us with all kinds of excitement as we head toward our 2012 breeding season this year! Grindstone's son FRUMIOUS has laid claim to being 'the fastest horse in the west' as he crushed his foes in the Grade-2 Palos Verde Stakes on January 21st at Santa Anita.
In addition Grindstone is proving his value as a broodmare sire with grandson RUSSIAN GREEK's win in the $100,000 California Derby on January 14th. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said this horse will run in the El Camino Real Derby!
Grindstone is the most accomplished sire in the Northwest. He leads all NW stallions in the categories that matter most. He leads all other NW sires by Average Earnings per Starter, by Average Earning Index (AEI) and in number of Black-type and Graded-Stakes Winners, and in percentage of offspring that have earned over $100,000. (More details in our 2012 Grindstone Brochure).
DARE TO DREAM with us! Breed your mare to GRINDSTONE and you might just get the next big horse that Grindstone has proven he can sire!