Robert D. Fierro Robert D. Fierro

Robert D. Fierro is Managing Director of DataTrack International, a firm that helps clients breed, and select, Thoroughbred racing and bloodstock prospects utilizing pedigree analysis and several long-established biomechanical programs. With his partner, Jay Kilgore, he devised BreezeFigs™, a system of speed ratings for 2-year-old-in-training sales that is marketed to buyers at those sales ands later online to handicappers through Daily Racing Form. Mr. Fierro has been a breeder and owner and served as president of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., during the 1990s.

Body and Soul: Thank You, Rosa Bonheur

Even if you’ve done it before, the next time you are in Manhattan, schlepp yourself up to the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and position yourself opposite the massive and visually cacophonic masterpiece, “The Horse Fair,” by Rosa Bonheur. After the usual “OMG!” reaction you will have in your throat, and heart, perhaps you will [...]

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Body and Soul: It’s More Than a Foot

People who are unfamiliar with the equine biomechanical process (which started in the late 1940s in the Quarter Horse industry) often approach us and right off the bat ask: “Just what is it that you do?” The quick and simple answer sometimes gets the point across quickly, to wit: “We take numerous measurements of a [...]

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Body and Soul: All Hail!

The other day we rolled down various leading sires lists in search of a topic for this installment and immediately came to a halt. That’s because we noticed that Eclipse champion Blame had suddenly snuck up a few of those lists to the point where he has to be considered a serious bet after what [...]

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Body and Soul: The Ten Commandments of Stallion Selection

We know what you’re thinking: Whatever in the world would possess someone to talk about stallion selection just before the breeding season officially ends? While some might accuse your correspondent of being somewhat possessed, in some ways, there is a logical reason for exploring this subject at this time: Everybody starts thinking about next year [...]

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Robert Fierro: Body & Soul. V.S.O.P., Indeed…

We have long appreciated the role serendipity can play in our lives and major events, so imagine our arched eyebrow reaction to a link that popped up during our research into this dispatch. Having settled on delving into the sire-line of GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S. winner Justify (Scat Daddy), we took notice [...]

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Body and Soul: Legacy of a Giant

There comes a time a bit after a major stallion passes that we can pull out all the objective analysis tools and assess his efficacy without worrying about being accused of shilling or pooh-poohing–and therefore somehow affecting how breeders might feel about sending a mare to him. (We can be catty sometimes in this game.) [...]

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Body & Soul: Making the Toes ‘Curl’ Both Ways

If you were to Google the meaning of the phrase “makes your toes curl,” you would probably feel some tingling in your own tootsies when it comes time to interpret the definition. There are literally dozens of links that will be very definitive about this, but we have decided that the one which pertains to [...]

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Body & Soul: The Other 1984

Funny how the brain, and sometimes soul, reacts to the passing of an era or a legacy. Sometimes one tosses hands up, turns eyes skyward, and thanks the most favored ruler(s) of the cosmos. At other times the passing may not grab one’s attention at first, but of a sudden (like meeting a deadline), it [...]

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Body and Soul: Making Mayhem

It’s one thing when a stallion comes along with some really nice horses in his first couple of crops, but it’s a whole ‘nother smoke when the next three crops come along and he hasn’t sustained the drive, so to speak. At that point the market usually determines he was just into mischief in the [...]

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Body and Soul: “USA! USA! USA!”

One might conclude from all the medal tossing and justifiable kudos that Norway invaded South Korea last month and came home with a holy grail. Not so fast, folks. Despite the experts opining that the United States underachieved in the Winter Olympics, and notwithstanding the dancing and sweeping and brushing on the ice and swooshing [...]

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