Sid Fernando Sid Fernando

Sid Fernando is president and CEO of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc., originator of the Werk Nick Rating and eNicks. He has written a bi-weekly column for the TDN since March, 2018.

Taking Stock: Notes From Lexington

January can be cold, bitter, and snowy in Lexington, but the weather was unseasonably warmer during Keeneland’s Horses of All Ages sale, which made life easier for inspecting broodmares and short yearlings on the sales grounds and stallions at the nearby stud farms that power the industry here. Most of the major farms offer daily [...]

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Taking Stock: Coolmore’s New Year’s Gambit

On New Year’s Day, David Grening broke the news in the Daily Racing Form that Coolmore had purchased a 50% interest in the racing and breeding rights of Gary and Mary West’s homebred Maximum Security (New Year’s Day). (Disclosure: The Wests and their racing manager, Ben Glass, are retained clients of WTC, Inc.). The colt [...]

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Taking Stock: The Mare Nick

“What about the mare?” This is the response that I got recently from a breeder who was grilling me about nicks. She’s fairly new to the business and had been doing her homework. She’d run pedigree nick reports with one of her newly acquired mares, and after a while she’d realized that the nick ratings [...]

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Taking Stock: U.S. Climate for Yoshida May Be Ripe

There’s been a lot of news lately about the exportation of U.S. stallions and stallion prospects, most notably the sale of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) to Japan, which is also where another Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}), and potential Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar (Giant’s Causeway) will stand [...]

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Taking Stock: American Pharoah Alone At Top

Coolmore is a stallion maker, and its American division at Ashford Stud has a specialty for minting leading first-crop sires. Over the last nine years, this includes Scat Daddy (2011), Henrythenavigator (2012), Dunkirk (2013), and Uncle Mo (2015). There’s every chance that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will become the Irish-based global operation’s fifth champion [...]

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Taking Stock: Constitution is New Star for WinStar

Constitution, by Tapit from Baffled, by Distorted Humor, is the new rising star in the WinStar stallion barn. As of Thursday, Constitution was ranked second behind American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) on the first-crop sire list with less than $25,000 separating the two as the high-dollar and game-changing Breeders’ Cup races loom in a few [...]

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Taking Stock: West Offers $500,000 for Derby Study

Gary West lives in Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego, but he was back at Keeneland in Lexington last month to buy potential classic colts; or, to be specific, to try to buy a colt for the Gl Kentucky Derby–a race he’s wanted to win more than any other. Inconspicuously dressed in a long-sleeved t-shirt, [...]

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Taking Stock: Oddballs in Kentucky

There’s a 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred horse in the Gll Kelso H. Saturday at Belmont Park by the name of Monongahela (K One King), which is the name of a river that flows through Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania. It’s also the name of a small city–called “Mon City” for short–about 17 miles south of Pittsburgh with a [...]

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Taking Stock: New Era for Phipps Stable

The iconic Phipps Stable is doing the unprecedented. For the first time, it is selling its entire crop of yearling colts. This is set to go down next week at the Keeneland September sale through Claiborne, as agent. No need to sound the alarm, however–Daisy Phipps Pulito, who co-owns the elite Claiborne-based operation with her [...]

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Taking Stock: Into Mischief’s Changing Profile

Spendthrift’s flagship sire Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) is a remarkable stallion. For proof, just look at three of the six Grade l stakes entries at Saratoga on Saturday: he’s represented by Owendale and Chess Chief in the Runhappy Travers S.; Mia Mischief in the Ketel One Ballerina S.; and Rowayton in the H. Allen Jerkens [...]

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Taking Stock: New Life for New Year’s Day

The unusual arc of New Year’s Day (Street Cry {Ire})’s stud career has given him new life. The sire of Gl Xpressbet Florida Derby winner Maximum Security, disqualified from an apparent victory in the Gl Kentucky Derby, but most recently the winner of the Gl TVG.com Haskell Invitational S. at Monmouth last weekend and one [...]

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Taking Stock: First Crops of Sires are Potent

Fasig-Tipton’s July Sale this past week once again highlighted the allure of yearlings by first-crop sires. In particular, Darley’s duo of Frosted (Tapit) and Nyquist (Uncle Mo) had the sale’s co-second-highest lots at $330,000 each, while the WinStar young guns Outwork (Uncle Mo) and Speightster (Speightstown) had the fourth- and fifth-highest sales at $300,000 and [...]

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