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Joseph A. Estes
Much of what we do here at The American Thoroughbred Review is based on a common sense approach, utilizing raw numbers in statistically valid methods that illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of modern breeding theories. Long reaching inferences are frowned upon, and facts reign supreme over the hypothetical. Such methodologies were also at the heart of Joseph A. Estes'...
The ATR Durability Index
In an effort to help our clients and readers better assess a sire's ability to get sound and durable offspring, we've devised the ATR Durability Index, an objective system for evaluating the longevity of a stallion's foals as a function of multiple variables. In recent years, The Jockey Club and various trade publications have published sire lists based on...
Stamina and the Maternal Influence
Is Stamina Crucial to Future Success? As long as there is horse racing, the debate will go on: What traits are most important in successful broodmares? There are those who are adamant about a mare's female family, refusing to consider those without significant black-type on their catalog pages. Others rely on the mare's race record, and some argue that...
Nicking Distributions and Comparative Usefulness
True Nicks edges E-Nicks in Keeneland September analysis. Most descriptive statistics aimed at categorizing a population will form a bell-shaped curve of distribution, meaning most values gravitate towards the center (or average), while fringe values that deviate from the average will migrate in both directions from the more populous center. Seldom are there perfectly bell-shaped distributions, but equally seldom...
The American Yearling Market: Irrational Psychology
Several years ago, while completing an internship at a major California breeding farm, one of my responsibilities was to show the stallions to prospective clients. One day, a gentlemen arrived at the farm who was interested in seeing a recently retired Grade 1 winner that would reportedly stand for $40,000 during the upcoming breeding season. As I led the...
Racing Credentials vs. Family: Ties in Stallion Prospects
Originally appeared in the June 7, 2008 of Thoroughbred Times by Jason Hall Aside from mare selection, no other decision impacts a breeder’s chances for long term success than choosing the right stallion. Even in scenarios where breeders make prudent decisions in all other aspects of their program, it can be all for nothing if the wrong stallion is...
Stallions Entering Stud Between 1994 and 1997: Where Are They Now?
Intuitively, most breeders know that the odds are stacked against a stallion ever becoming a long term success. If asked, most of us can rattle of a long list of failures that were quickly exported from central Kentucky, usually landing in regional markets or foreign countries. The irony then occurs when we look at the enormous support first year...