Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Stallion Profile: Talent Search - Search No More

From the family that gave us no less than the likes of Nasrullah and Royal Charger, breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey struck gold again when they bred the talented Talent Search. Not only is the direct female line duplicated from Nasrullah and several lines of Mahmoud, but family 16 (Agnes) is also well represented in La Troienne, from Francis S. - from the female line of Catienus - and from every instance of Blenheim II, every Bull Dog and Sir Gallahad III, Sardanapale, Papyrus, and many other representatives of the Agnes clan.

What's noticeably missing is Royal Charger, who is the genetic equivalent to Nasrullah. Any royal Vharger in Talent Search's mates should be explosive, particularly if they're carrying more La Troienne or her main accomplices Roman, Prince John, Olympia, or Tourbillon (any Djeddah is worth two Tourbillon). The dam of Francis S., Blue Eyed Momo is a known full sister in blood to Busanda, dam of the peerless Buckpasser and tail-female ancestress of juvenile Grade 1 winner Officer. A.P. Indy brings in plenty of La Troienne, including Busanda, and Tourbillon, along with the much-needed strain of Royal Charger.

One of the most important invites for Talent Search's mates are mares out of daughters of Dynaformer. If you need any evidence of the importance of this cross, look no further than one of only two horses to finish the run for the roses in under two minutes, Monarchos. Monarchos 2nd dam is a full sister in blood to Dynaformer. Mares by Monarchos would be ideal here. Pairing Monarchos or Dynaformer with the dam of Talent Search would also give a double of Flower Bowl through full brothers His Majesty and Graustark, a double of influential mare Bleebok, and multiples of the important Bull Dog (or Sir Gallahad III) / Nogara cross. Dynaformer is also a representative Royal Charger sire line, giving much-needed diversity of the female line of the "Flying Filly" Mumtaz Mahal.

Here is the result of the Dixieland Band / Dynaformer cross:

Another critical cross for Dixieland Band is a lesser-known stallion named Always Run Lucky. The dams of both Dixieland Band and Always Run Lucky are both by Delta Judge and out of mares by Warfare. Always Run Lucky was not only a stakes winner as a racehorse, but was also deemed to be enough of a physical specimen and of quality enough demeanor that he was heavily used in the recent development of the Trakehner warmblood horse breed. Mares with Always Run Lucky are hard to find, but they're definitely out there.

Other lines that should be considered in-play are Seeking The Gold, Miswaki, and Kitten's Joy.

I will add other favorable matches for Talent Search at a later time, but this is enough to chew on for now. Talent Search is already off to a great start and deserves to be supported by Mid-Atlantic region breeders and buyers, both large and small.

Talent Search currently stands at Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville, PA.

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