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: How Quickly the Tide Turns…

Those of us who grew up in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s were not only blessed with some extraordinary major league teams and athletes, as well as more than enough superior racehorses, but were also lucky that so many of the radio and television play-by-play announcers were among the greatest of all [...]

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Body and Soul: Another Competitive Future Book

Following the completion of the last major 2-year-old sale of the season in each of the past two years, we looked at the potential success of the freshman sires by creating a handicapping event, noting both times that the freshman sires of 2018 and 2019 were very competitive bunches, i.e., many of them were capable [...]

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Letter to the Editor: Robert Fierro on Steve DiMauro

Everyone whose life he touched was no doubt touched in many ways upon hearing of the passing of Steve DiMauro. That would include many memories of his training accomplishments with Wajima, Lady Pitt, Dearly Precious, et al, and his place in the Hall of Fame-as well as the fact that he basically “discovered” jockey Richard [...]

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Body & Soul: Freshman Stars vs. Graduation Rates

Tingling with a bit of pride at the final rankings of the 2019 Freshman Sires, we’re crossing our fingers that things will remain steady in the future. That’s because six of the Top 10 were listed as the ones we liked best based on various biomechanical programs which DataTrack uses to project such possibilities. Our [...]

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Body & Soul: Three Strikes and You’re In

Have you ever come up with an idea that is based on a lot of anecdotal evidence and would seem to fit a theme you’ve already settled upon only to realize something comes up that immediately changes the expected result? Happened to us a few days ago when we conjured up the thought that Mr. [...]

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Body and Soul: Culture Clashes

It seems that whenever your correspondent comes up with a writer’s block or a dearth of exciting news to dwell upon, his hand reaches out to the trusty bookshelf and invariably falls upon the spine of either one of Dr. Franco Varola’s game-changing tomes, “Typology of the Racehorse,” or the sequel, “The Functional Development of [...]

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Body and Soul: Future Book for a Quality Group

Last year following the completion of the last 2-year-old sale of the season (OBS June), we looked at the potential success of the Freshmen Sires by creating a handicapping event, noting at the time that the Freshmen of 2018 were a very competitive bunch, i.e., many of them were capable of rising to the top [...]

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Truly Unbridled

Spoiler alert: This rumination is likely to raise a few eyebrows, if not hackles, because it might appear that we will be crossing over into a discipline not normally associated with our punditry, i.e., pedigree analysis. For those readers and colleagues who specialize in such studies, we have a simple caveat: Your correspondent has a [...]

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Body and Soul: The Legacy Continues

It was just about this time 30 years ago that the breeding and racing world began to change in a way few saw coming and many others took a while to comprehend. That was when the first foals by Gone West and Storm Cat started to hit the ground, mostly in Kentucky. No disrespect to [...]

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Body and Soul: Up Here and Down Under

You know how you sometimes start out with a possible conclusion based on the research you are going to do–but have not yet started–but at the end of the process you’re smacked upside the head because your original suspicion was wrong? Welcome to the world of biomechanical and pedigree analysis for the leading sires in [...]

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Body and Soul: Two Galleries in a Museum

There are about a half dozen ways one can look at the steady but inexorable marches to the top of the Thoroughbred breeding world by Medaglia d’Oro and Kitten’s Joy, but if you don’t start with their daddy, you would have missed the point. That would be El Prado (Ire), an accomplished but generally overlooked [...]

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Letter to the Editor: Remembering Rick Violette Jr.

I saw Rick at Keeneland September where a mutual friend who did not know of our long-standing friendship asked me, “Do you know Rick Violette?” I looked at him and as I replied, “Oh, you mean do I know ‘Rick-Get-That-Filly-Out-of-My-Barn Violette’?” He roared and everyone else looked at us not knowing that in the 1990s [...]

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