Various About Thoroughbred Breeding

Creation of the General Stud Book in the last decade of the 18th century is considered to be one of the milestones in the thoroughbred history. James Weatherby did the praiseworthy act, but he probably never realized how many hours of hard work, sleepless nights and headaches his achievement is going to cause in the future.

Since the times of James Weatherby, pedigrees expanded into 30 generations, and contain millions of names. Let's be honest: this a tough game for anybody who wants to play it. Still, it's vital for all people in the business, from the smallest breeder with one broodmare to the buyer with millions of dollars in his pocket, and from common fan to the professional turf writer. Most of us can't do much more about the complexity of the thoroughbred breeding science than to find an own way into it.

This section and the following articles our way to do so. We created materials we always missed by ourselves: descriptions of bloodlines, classified data about thoroughbred sires, their timelines. And last, but not least, the exact statistical data about the incidence of sirelines.

However, what we laid out as several independent topics suddenly dovetailed with each other. We didn't expect it, but we got the new core of the section: the analysis and descriptions of modern thoroughbred sirelines, which are complemented by their timelines and data files. We are only at the beginning of this work, but we are very confident about the way the whole section is set right now. And we hope that once completed, this complex work on bloodlines will be a help to many people in their effort to orientate in a structure of modern thoroughbred pedigrees.

The historic sirelines, which remained published at the bottom of this section, will not be shut down. We like their concept, and we will return to this work right after completion of modern lines.

Analysis of Thoroughbred Bloodlines

Please, consider the initial article with 2017 statistics only a 'trial,' which remains published only temporarily for its informational value.

We are going to replace it with significantly more profound analysis of current bloodlines after the 2018 racing season. This analysis will be accompanied with a brand new series of profiles of particular sirelines. The first three of them, as well as a detailed introduction to the whole series, are already published.

Thoroughbred bloodlines of G1 winners in 2017 / smaller screens version (900px or less)
- full list and statistics
Thoroughbred bloodlines of 2018: Introduction
Introduction to new analysis, and changes in its concept
Thoroughbred bloodlines of 2018 - Foreword: what is a sireline and what is not
Definitions of terms and their usage in the 2018 analysis
Thoroughbred bloodlines of 2018: Seattle Slew
Sireline of Seattle Slew
Thoroughbred bloodlines of 2018: Nasrullah
Sireline of Nasrullah
Thoroughbred bloodlines of 2018: Grey Sovereign
Sireline of Grey Sovereign

Graphic Timelines of Sirelines

Brief introduction
Short explanation of the main idea and several aspects of this work.

Seattle Slew

Worldwide
Distribution of the line in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and South Africa
Tables of members: alphabetically, chronologically, and geographically
Full lists of major members of the line.

Nasrullah

Worldwide
Distribution of the line in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and South Africa
Europe
1944 - 2010s: Princely Gift, Zeddaan, Mill Reef, Shirley Heights, Darshaan, Rainbow Quest, Doyoun, Nashwan etc.
United States
1951 - 2010s: Nashua, Bold Ruler, Never Bend, Secretariat, Caro, Blushing Groom, Riverman, Seattle Slew, Cozzene, A.P. Indy etc.
Branches
Development of particular major branches in time.
Tables of members: alphabetically, chronologically, and geographically
Full lists of major members of the line.

Grey Sovereign

Worldwide
Distribution of the line in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and South Africa
Europe
1953 - 2018: Sovereign Path, Caro, Zeddaan, Kalamoun, Kalaglow, Kenmare, Highest Honor
United States
1967 - 2018: Caro, Cozzene, With Approval, Indian Charlie, Uncle Mo
Branches
Development of particular major branches in time.
Tables of members: alphabetically, chronologically, and geographically
Full lists of major members of the line.

We published the following timelines before our concept of bloodlines' analysis was introduced. Therefore they have no connection to its profiles so far. However, there would be no sense in deleting them, as they are valuable sources of data. The bloodlines analysis will "catch up" with these timelines in a few months.

Ribot

Worldwide
Distribution of the line in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and South Africa
Europe
1957 - 2000s: Molvedo, Ragusa, Run the Gantlet, Law Society
United States
1961 - 2010s: Ribot, Graustark, Tom Rolfe, Arts And Letters, His Majesty, Key to the Mint, Alleged, Pleasant Colony etc.
Tables of members: alphabetically, chronologically, and geographically
Full lists of major members of the line.

Teddy

Worldwide
Distribution of the line in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and South Africa
Europe
1919 - 2000: Asterus, Tantieme, Ortello, Reliance, Sunny Boy, Tanerko, Magnat etc.
United States
1926 - 2010s: Sir Gallahad, Bull Dog, Bull Lea, Citation, Sword Dancer, Damascus, Private Account, etc.
Branches
Development of particular major branches in time.
Tables of members: alphabetically, chronologically, and geographically
Full lists of major members of the line.

Bonnie Scotland

United States
1857 - 1980s: Ben Brush, Broomstick, Sweep, John P. Grier, Halcyon, Hillsdale etc.
Tables of members: alphabetically, chronologically, and geographically
Full lists of major members of the line.

Eclipse II

United States
1874 - 1990s: Alarm, Domino, Commando, Peter Pan, Black Toney, Blue Larkspur, Balladier, Bimelech, Stymie, Double Jay, Crimson Satan etc.
Tables of members: alphabetically, chronologically, and geographically
Full lists of major members of the line.

Timeline overwies

Brief introduction to distribution overviews
Basic idea behind following articles, and a short manual how to use them.

United States

Distribution overview
Comparational graphic scheme of distribution of major sirelines in the United States
Comparative timeline of major U.S. sires
Sequence and stud eras of fundamental American stallions.

Europe

Distribution overview
Comparational graphic scheme of distribution of major sirelines in Europe
Comparative timeline of major European sires
Sequence and stud eras of fundamental European stallions.

Thoroughbred Sirelines

We paused the work on this section with the introduction of bloodlines' analysis and timelines, which were not the original content. However, we consider the concept of the following articles very valuable. We will resume writing these articles, although it will take some time.

Thoroughbred sirelines: general overview with damsires' lines or in basic form
Complete schemes of all three modern sirelines of Byerley Turk, Darley Arabian and Godolphin Barb, major historic branches included.
Origins of the breed: Darley Arabian line, from 1700 to 1850
Description of the first years, major historic branches and the main successors; complete scheme of the early sireline with influence on the maternal side of pedigrees included.
II. part: Vedette - Sundridge, St. Simon
King Fergus's only successor Vedette, and his sireline leading to Sundrige and St. Simon.
This part contains only the full graphic scheme so far.
III. part: Bonnie Scotland
The first of major successors of Pot-8-Os, Bonnie Scotland and his American line leading to Broomstick, Sweep or Eternal.
This part contains only the full graphic scheme so far.
IV. part: Eclipse II
The second American line, from Eclipse II to Domino, Peter Pan, Black Toney, Blue Larkspur, Balladier, Penant, Colin, Ultimus, Plaudit etc.
This part contains only the full graphic scheme so far.