"Whether a commercial or a private breeder, the first objective when preparing a mating is to breed a racehorse. All the ingredients one considers are too numerous to mention, however, I like to utilize a proven/productive stallion whose fee is generally 20% of the mare value. Generally, the stallion will not be the “hot horse” at the moment, but I like to try to anticipate who will be popular two to three years down the road. Obviously I blend pedigree patterns and attempt to strengthen weaknesses on the dam side with strengths from the stallion"
Planning a mating combines many intuitions and as much information as possible to assist in making choices. The Thoroughbred is an ever changing breed, for it is influenced by successful lines which dominate for a period until man changes them through duplication. Tools used today with research from the computer like Nicks and CompuSire, exemplify how technology and more easily accessed data, have enhanced mating choices. However, we cannot lose sight of the time factor and how long it takes to determine if a mating or particular nick was successful. I think time is determining that the use of Nicks alone is not sufficient enough to provide the best results. I utilize the Nicks book from The Blood-Horse along with CompuSire which allows you to evaluate the role of the female side of the family. I think this is vital.
In addition, intuition also plays a vital role for it is like being an artist and having that ability and imagination to visualize the picture before applying it to canvas. The difference in a Thoroughbred mating is that of the most significant ingredient: nature and its role. Management of the offspring plays an equally important part. However, if you don’t have an athlete, no farm or trainer is going to be able to change that. They will just provide it the best opportunity for success. And really, isn’t that what you are attempting to do with your entire program? Providing the best opportunity for success by assembling as many effective pieces as possible to make that athlete whole. That is the role we are playing in planning a mating. Taking the ingredients provided and attempting to produce a foundation for success in its physical make up and heritage is what we strive for.
Nicoma has been blessed to be a part of some truly special matings throughout the past. This would not be possible without the support of our clients whose mares make it a most enjoyable adventure year in and year out in the pursuit of creating the next champion on the racetrack. Some of the matings that Nicoma has been fortunate to assist in:
OSCAR PERFORMANCE - 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), COFFEE CLIQUE - 2014 Longines Just A Game (G1), POWER BROKER – 2012 FrontRunner (G1)
HAVRE DE GRACE – 2011 Apple Blossom (G1) & 2011 American Horse of the Year, NEVER RETREAT – 2011 First Lady Stakes (G1) & 2011 Canadian Horse of the Year
PASSION FOR GOLD – 2009 Racing Post Trophy (G1), RAINBOW VIEW – 2009 Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron (G1) & 2008 Champion European Filly
MONBA – 2008 Blue Grass (G1), LUCARNO – 2007 St. Leger (G1), STREET SENSE – 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1) & 2006 Champion Two Year Old Male
BARBARO – 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1), ARTIE SCHILLER – 2005 Breeders’ Cup (G1)