Breeding males by sabbath
Monday, August 09, 2010 at
Is it good or bad to breed to a male in the game?
Iíve been taking a look at my highest male earners to see what impact that has on the new horse. I will only look at horses raced and bred. Below follows each horse and off-spring as well as comments on what might have gone wrong or right. (+ = better than average, 0 = average and - = worse than average)
I used a good sire, not top of the line, but not bad. Pro Woodyís sire is though a horrible one. The off-spring became nothing Ė it didnít even earn a single dime. It didnít match Singspiel sire statistics, but wasnít many dollars from matching Major Luckís dam sire stats Ė how about that!? (-0)
Naamah Novembre (IRE) (Danehill Dancer/Noverre/Sadlerís Wells) $94,659
I used a great sire. Noverre wasnít all that bad in those days, so the effect from that wouldnít be all that much. The horse turned out okey, but not what we all dream about having. I matched Danehill Dancer (before the upgrade) and out-ran horses with Noverre as a dam sire. (0+)
Naamah The Undead (IRE) (Montjeu/Testa Rossa/Unbridledís Song) $222,246
I used a great sire, so the pedigree is really great. The horse won 1 claim and 7 starters, so it might look a bit better than it really was. The horse turned out really well, when it comes to money earned, but it never was a star. Itís at least better than average for both sire and dam sire statistics. (++)
I used a good sire, so the pedigree looks really good. The horse though didnít become anything else than a decent allowance runner, but way over par anyway. It earned a lot more than those sired by Noverre and was par for as a dam sire Kingmambo. (+0)
Tete Or Opera (T. M. Opera O/Mr. Prospector/Green Dancer) $135,750
I used a good sire, T. M. Opera O was way hotter back then. The horse had a short career, running in allowance with at least a couple of good runs over sp#100. It lived up to the pedigree though, better than others sired by T. M. Opera O, worse than those with Mr. Prospector as dam sire. (+-)
I used a great sire, so the pedigree looks like somewhat of a dream. This horse also had a short career, running in allowance with at least a couple of good runs over sp#100. It won 25% of its races though. Itís an average Galileo horse, and way better than most with the same dam sire. (0+)
Tetesagian (FR) (Sagamix/Ogygian/Seeking The Gold) $33,400
Since I really like Linamix I figured I would use its latest star, Sagamix. It was at this time a good sire, not more. Ogygian on the other hand has never been a good sire, and having it as the dam sire didnít do any good this time. The horse won one race (sp#73) but had to end its career after 10 races. The horse earned over par for a Sagamix and on par for a Ogygian. (+0)
Nasu Not Galileo (GB) (Diesis/Galileo/Seattle Slew) $201,140
I used a great sire. The pedigree is all through great. After a pretty good allowance career it ran a sp#100 in a claim, which became the peak. It earned more money than the average horse, but didnít turn out to something special. (++)
I used Diesis again Ė my, am I predictable! Great pedigree didnít help this horse though. It won 2 races and scored a sp#93 when ending up 7th in a allowance in Norway. That says it all! It became half as good as most horses with the same sire and dam sire. (--)
Summing up, it seems as if breeding to males is pretty good, as long as they are good from the beginning and their pedigree is good. Most horses turned out equal or better than one would expect. Eleven times the result was better than sire/dam sire, while four times it was worse.
The four times it was worse was both sire and dam sire for Nasu Galactic who only managed to earn half of what was expected, Tete Or Opera that was about $30,000 short for Mr. Prospector (but the horse had a very short career) and Tete Woody that lacked $50,000 to match its sire.
All those are balanced up by one horse earning more than $700,000. Without that horse it still would be better to breed to a male than the average breeding. On the other hand itís not likely that you would get better than the ones you bredÖ