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General/Questions / Re: Stallion Spotlight: December
« Last post by Shelbie on December 01, 2017, 05:49:54 PM »
I can? I didn't think injuries are hereditary though since chance and workouts have the most influence on injuries. I haven't seen a connection between a parent and foal's injuries.
General/Questions / Re: Stallion Spotlight: December
« Last post by Hilda with Clicker on December 01, 2017, 05:35:27 PM »
This is interesting! Maybe you could include stallion's name in the subject, to make it easier to find later?

As for Dark Continent, for some reason I have never considered him, and I don't have him in my pedigrees. Maybe it's because of his injuries; limping and overheat are quite serious although he also raced a lot. I do have Ch. Razamatazz, by his injury-free half brother ICh. V is for Victory. Perhaps you could include stallion's (and his most raced offspring's) injury history?
Weekly Picks/Handicapping / Re: November Handicapping
« Last post by Shelbie on December 01, 2017, 04:55:06 PM »
Black Storm Stables

Days Handicapped: 8

Wins: 250 x 91 = $22750
Places: 100 x 44 = $4400
Shows: 50 x 76 = $3800
Quinellas: 500 x 27 = $13500
Trifectas: 1000 x 21 = $21000

Total: $65,450
Weekly Picks/Handicapping / Re: 11/29
« Last post by Shelbie on December 01, 2017, 04:50:03 PM »
Wins: 250 x 8 = $2000
Places: 100 x 5 = $500
Shows: 50 x 7 = $350
Quinellas: 500 x 2 = $1000
Trifectas: 1000 x 2 = $2000
Total: $5850
Weekly Picks/Handicapping / November Handicapping
« Last post by willagrey on December 01, 2017, 04:02:53 PM »
I think I only missed one day this month! This will help with the fact that I'm totally in the hole for taxes lolol

Days Handicapped:  8

Wins: 250 x 73 = $18250
Places: 100 x 47 = $4700
Shows: 50 x 59 = $2950
Quinellas: 500 x 28 = $14000
Trifectas: 1000 x 24 = $24000
Total: $63900
Weekly Picks/Handicapping / Re: 11/29
« Last post by willagrey on December 01, 2017, 03:54:05 PM »
Welp. I sucked at that.

Wins: 250 x 4 = $1000
Places: 100 x 4 = $400
Shows: 50 x 6 = $300
Quinellas: 500 x 2 = $1000
Trifectas: 1000 x 1 = $1000
Total: $3700
General/Questions / Re: Stallion Spotlight: December
« Last post by imagine on December 01, 2017, 03:29:52 PM »
Really good write up, Shelbie. I really like all the bits you’ve covered.
How'd You Do? / Re: 11/29
« Last post by willagrey on December 01, 2017, 02:25:48 PM »
Woot! Good day for me! Got my first stakes placing :D (I don't care that there were only 2 horses LOL)

10(1)-2-2(1)-3-2 $118,700

Label Maker (3yo, Golden Text) in a NW3 Allowance
Happy Spark (2yo, Worth The Wait) in a NW2 Allowance

Irish Red (3yo, Carrowmore) in a maiden
Stiletto (2yo, All Jazzed Up) in the Demand To Know Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 3)

Typeface (4yo, Mr. Townsend) in an Allowance
Imaginary Fiesta (3yo, Crystal Rainbow) in an Allowance
Royal (4yo, Yes It's Paddy) in an Allowance

Pandronian (2yo, Spock) in a maiden
Red Sky Warning (3yo, In The Navy) in a NW2 Allowance

Also Rans:
Billy the Kid (3yo, Gunningdownromance) 6th in an Allowance
General/Questions / December Stallion Spotlight: Dark Continent
« Last post by Shelbie on December 01, 2017, 02:06:25 PM »
Stallion Spotlight: December

ICh. Dark Continent
2006 chestnut Thoroughbred stallion, 15.0hh
Land Ho (S) – Dark Victory (P)

To begin the reboot of FF’s Stallion Spotlight, I’ve decided to turn everyone’s attention to one of our senior-most stallions who has arguably been one of the best bang for your buck for several years now. Bred by Final Furlong, Dark Continent won 14 of 72 lifetime starts with career earnings of $3,065,400. During a career span of 4 years, Dark Continent set 3 speed records with most of his victories coming at the classic distance on the turf, but performed well on all flat surfaces and distances. His G1 wins include back-to-back victories in the Lockinge Stakes, and a win in the Sussex Stakes; G1-placings include the Futurity Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and Dubai Duty Free. Dark Continent seemed to hit his best stride at age 3 and 4, earnings over $1 million each season. At three he hit the board 78% of the time, and 73% at four. He holds three speed records, all on the turf, between 8-9.5 furlongs.

His sire, LAND HO, was a create who sired just 17 horses. All winners, three became stakes winners including MSW’s ICh. Dark Continent, Ch. Jamestown Lady, and single SW Warrior Princess. From his 9 daughters, 4 are silver-ranked, 4 bronze, and the ninth is currently unranked. A silver-ranked broodmare sire, his grandfoals include MSW’s NCh. Gaudy Night, Ch. Gowestyoungman, Ch. All Ablaze, and gold-ranked NCh. Set the Sails (dam of MSW’s GCh. Set the Stride and NCh. Nightwatchman).

His dam, DARK VICTORY, was a phenomenal broodmare producing all winners from 4 foals with 3 becoming millionaire MSW’s. One of those millionaires was ICh. V is for Victory, a silver-ranked sire of 6 MSW’s. Dark Victory did not leave behind any daughters.

At the time of this post, he is Silver-ranked (3.0). Dark Continent has sired almost 250 foals from 9 crops with 61% starters, 79% winners, 12% stakes winners and 7% multiple stakes winners. Some of his highest-earning offspring are GCh. Ask Directions, Ch. Super Choice, Ch. Night Break, Ch. Jacksonian, and Ch. Ch. TheLaughofMedusa. Currently he is unranked as a broodmare sire, but of his two daughters with started offspring all 3 grandfoals are winners.

Out of 65 stallions w/ started offspring:
  • 2nd in highest winning percentage of offspring
  • 6th in offspring earnings
  • 6th in highest G1-placed offspring
  • 20th in G1-winning offspring

Leading Earners
  • CH. NIGHT BREAK ($1,879,250), G1 George Ryder Stakes, G1 Hong Kong Cup, G1 Nassua Stakes, etc.
  • GCH. ASK DIRECTIONS ($1,138,850), G1 Haydock Spring Cup, G1 Coronation Stakes, G3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, etc.
  • GCH. COLD RAIN ($947,250), 2nd G1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, G2 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup, 3rd G1 Test Stakes, etc.
  • CH. SUPER CHOICE ($963,950), G1 Spectacular Bid Breeders' Stakes, G1 Wood Memorial, 2nd True North Breeders' Cup, etc.
  • CH. SCATTERED MERCURY ($651,550), G3 Asian Beau Stakes, 2nd G2 Sir Byrne Hart Stakes, 3rd G1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, etc.
  • CH. THELAUGHOFMEDUSA ($525,400), G2 Davona Dale Stakes, G3 Skyline Stakes, etc.
  • CH. JACKSONIAN ($518,900), G1 Ascot Gold Cup, G2 Bristol Novices, G3 Greatwood Handicap, 3rd G1 Cheltenham Gold Cup, etc.

Foals for Thought
Between 17 foals, all either SW or MSW, 9 had their best career year at age 2 (53%), 4 at age 3 (26%), and 5 at age 4 or older (29%).

Breeding Suggestions: Matching successful line crosses via sire
  • Land Ho daughters have produced a MSW or SW from the following sire lines: Townsend Prince, Worth the Wait, Highland Laid, Must Be Magic, and What’s Debatable.

Breeding suggestions: Matching successful line crosses via dam
  • Dark Topaz only had four foals, with 3 being MSW’s including Dark Continent. Her two other MSW foals were by I’m a Classic and Jazz It Up.

Looking Elsewhere: V is for Victory
Without delving too deeply into V IS FOR VICTORY, as this spotlight is centered on Dark Continent, I do want to bring up additional suggested lines that did well with Dark Continent's half-brother. A son of Jazz It Up, V is for Victory produced MSW's from daughters of Seabiscuit, Lonesome Glory, Danzig, and created lines.

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Dark Continent currently stands in Kentucky under FF ownership for $1500.
Being FF-owned he is not BC nominated, but he does not require approval to breed to.

Would love suggestions for January Spotlight in terms of what information would you also like to see, see more of, could have done without, etc.
Stallion Advertising / Re: Ivy Creek Stud Lineup - 2022
« Last post by ivycreekfarm on December 01, 2017, 01:25:00 PM »
Gotcha on the books!
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