Saturday, August 6, 2016

Virtual Inspections for U.S. Sales

Prior to July of this year, no U.S. based auction house has provided virtual inspection videos for its buyers or provided a centralized platform that allows the consignors the ability to upload their own photos and videos... until now. 

Thanks to Thoroughbred Catalog, sales companies can now catalogue their sales online in a searchable and sortable tabular format that is embeddable on the sales company's website. To facilitate interaction between buyers and sellers, Thoroughbred Catalog enables the consignors to upload unlimited photos and walking videos for each horse in their consignment.

The Texas Thoroughbred Association has catalogued their full sale on Thoroughbred Catalog, with consignor-provided conformation photos, and you can find that sale at

At just $10 per hip, sales companies can catalogue their entire sale and import results via the free OData feed into the analysis application of their choice (Microsoft Excel, Tableau, etc.).

This service is available to all sales companies of all sizes and budgets. Please encourage these companies to provide a better, more interactive, virtual inspection experience to their buyers. Thoroughbred Catalog is here and ready to serve these customers.

To learn more, please visit

Friday, August 5, 2016

Texas Yearling and Mixed Sale - Presented by the Texas Thoroughbred Association

My First Post on a Debut Winner...

Not only did Sonic Mule break his maiden at first asking, he did so impressively enough to make heads turn and start chatter among the racing media about a possible new rising star.

Let's start with the easy part. Through his first 8 seasons as a stallion, Distorted Humor famously touted an astonishing 35% stakes winners with mares carrying La Troienne. Sonic Mule's damsire-supreme A.P. Indy carries three lines of La Troienne through My Charmer, dam of Seattle Slew, and Buckpasser. La Troienne is the result of crossing full siblings Ormonde and Ornament, which I have mentioned many times (there is a reason for this... because IT MATTERS!).

Ormonde is prevalent throughout the American Thoroughbred gene pool but Ornament is a bit less common. But not to worry, File, the dam of Forty Niner, who is present twice in the pedigree of Sonic Mule, carries no less than 4 lines of Ornament and gives balance to every instance of Ormonde in the gene pool. While he was whisked away to southeast Asia at the age of 10, Forty Niner is arguably one of the most important sons of Mr. Prospector to ever look through a bridle and pass his genetic goodness onto his progeny. His sons Distorted Humor and End Sweep are evidence enough of his potency in the breeding shed... but I digresss...

Distorted Humor adds Danzigs Beauty who adds War Admiral, Olympia, Hail To Reason, and Eight Thirty, all known accomplices to La Troienne (all carry Domino).  The dam of Distorted Humor adds Djeddah, who carries male lines of Vandal, critical for linebreeding to Domino, and now you have a genetic explosion that can be heard 'round the world when combined with La Troienne, who was never bred to a sire free of Domino once she reached U.S. soil.