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 & 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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Body and Soul: “Yo, Bro…What’s Up?”

The next time you have a major family gathering where your crazy Uncle Henry–the one who can’t shut up about politics and religion–is present, conjure up your DNA instinct, look around, and ask: Does Uncle Henry have a full (not step) brother? How many of the family units have two or more full brothers? How [...]

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Body and Soul: Back to the Future

Sometimes it’s staring you right in the face. In this case, it’s the fact that there are only two remaining viable branches of the once ubiquitous, and very popular, sire line of Halo. The two branches in question are that of Southern Halo and Sunday Silence. And this is notable, and important, because? The answer [...]

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Body and Soul: Shifting Back to the Center

It appears that North American Classic winners are moving back toward the center of the breed, both phenotypically and–if it were still being updated–by Dosage Index. Say what? If one can wrap one’s head around that hypothesis stated in the opening paragraph, this could be very interesting news for those who have worried for about [...]

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Fappiano Risorgimento

If you look at the leading sires for 2017 you may deduce that the top two are there only because they have sired one major runner who won a ton of money, i.e., Arrogate for Unbridled’s Song and Gun Runner for Candy Ride (Arg). While that might be true on the surface, and while one [...]

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