Works - Testimonials
The proof of the pudding,
they say, is in the eating and if the following stories don’t whet
your appetite for trying the PM Online program then you can’t be very hungry for success
in the business.
There have been many
success stories in the short 12-year history of Pedigree Matching clients
Many times the horse
in question is the best that the customer has ever bred or bought. Hearing
about these successes is always rewarding because it reinforces our belief
that what we promote – the need to do your homework – is the
path to success, in addition, of course, to using the tools and information
that we can provide.
Here are just a few
of the stories that we have heard from past customers:
and Lis Mara
and the SSG Stable
Webster and Hollylaine Island Farms
and Winsum Ranger
MacIsaac and Card Trick Hanover
and St Lads Farm
Alan McNeill, Nova
Alan was a
young trainer just starting out on his own in 2003 after working
for different trainers in the United States. He was a classmate
of one of my sons and they played hockey together. His father Bill
and I were acquainted through work.
Bill called me
in the fall of 2003 to see if I could help Alan pick out a yearling
in Lexington and give him a list of affordable yearlings to look
at. Now Lexington is not what I would call an affordable place to
buy a yearling but Alan had a partner, Andy Willinger, another young
man who lived in Kentucky. They set off on their great adventure
with $10,000 and a short list of bargain possibilities. The colt
they bought after checking out the list for conformation, was by
Cambest. He cost $12,000 and they had to borrow the extra $2,000
from Andy’s mother to get the colt home. It was on the list
because it had a great pedigree but was by a sire that had lost
favour in the marketplace.
Alan broke and
trained the colt and raced him through the early part of his four
year old year. In the process the colt won several stakes and earned
almost $400,000 for his young owners. They sold him for another
$400,000 and he went on to race for one of the top trainers in North
America and won over $2,270,600 lifetime with a record of 1:47.3.
That colt was
Lis Mara who now stands in Ontario
SSG Stables, Ontario
Just ask Ed
James of Ontario
In 1993 Ed James
had twenty plus racehorses in Alberta and Ontario and was not having
much success. I met him by chance on a golf course on PEI and he
asked me to help him clear out the horses and find him some young
horses with top calibre potential.
later he still has a dozen horses racing but among them are two
that race in the Open class at Woodbine on a regular basis plus
two others that are more than paying their way on that tough circuit.
they have earned over $2,210,000 and counting since they were purchased.
All four were bought as green two year olds at Harrisburg and have
lived up to the potential in their pedigrees despite being given
up on by their first owners.
by Mr Lavec was bought in 2003. Unraced at two he is now an Open
class trotter on the OJC with 36 wins and $587,561 made lifetime
and $95,610 made in 2008.
p.1:49.1 by Camluck was bought in 2005 and is an Open Class winner
at Woodbine with 27 wins and $861,343 in earnings and $277,550 in
1:55.3 by Striking Sahbra was bought in 2005 and has 24 wins and
$505,831 made lifetime and races at the Preferred level on the OJC.
Tuck was bought
privately in 2005 for $15,000 and has 16 wins and $261,542 lifetime
with $58,650 in 2008.
These and other
young horses and future stars developing in Ed’s stable are
under the care of Rob Fellows who, largely due to the success of
the SSG horses, is now one of the top conditioners on the Ontario
Jockey Club circuit.
Updated - March
Hyperion Hanover is now over $1 million in earnings and Ed James
is currently the number one owner in earnings on the OJC circuit
Irwin Stables, Ontario
Just ask Gord
Irwin of Ontario
I first met
Gord Irwin in Harrisburg in 1999 where we had our Pedigree Matching
booth to demonstrate the program. He was an old-timer in the business
having trained and raced horses for over thirty years, mostly on
the B-circuit in Ontario.
He had just got
rid of all of his racing stock and invested the proceeds in one
good racemare who was racing in the Preferred ranks in Toronto.
As he put it he wanted to have at least one good horse in his lifetime
as a trainer.
Just in case
the mare did not work out he asked me which sire in Ontario to breed
her to. I checked the possibilities and recommended Camluck. Gord’s
first reaction was “Can’t do it – too expensive”.
I told him that the stud fee of $10,000 may seem expensive but if
it’s the right cross then it would be the best investment
he could make. “You can’t afford not to breed to him”
I told Gord.
Three and a
half years later Gord called me out of the blue. “Guess what,
Norm, I bred that mare to Camluck just like you said and I got a
pretty nice two year old filly. She has made almost $100,000 already.
You were right about the stud fee.” Not only did he accept
my recommendation but he found a way to pay for the stud fee. He
was one of the first to try embryo transfer in Canada and raced
the mare to pay for it.
The filly was
Invitro who made $2,283,947 in her career racing almost exclusively
in Ontario. She is now bred to Somebeachsomewhere, again on my recommendation.
Gord may just strike gold again.
Gord Irwin spent
a lifetime racing cheap horses and going nowhere. On one fateful
day he made two decisions that changed his life. Now he enjoys the
winters in Florida and can truly say he had that one great horse
that everyone dreams of.
Hollylaine Island Farms,
Just ask Dr
Bob Webster of Hollylaine Island Farm, PEI.
has owned Hollylaine for almost thirty years and has bred several
hundred yearlings along the way. He used to be happy to get two
or three racing out of his annual crop of 10-15 yearlings –
but no longer.
I began doing
Bob’s matches for him six years ago, showing him what to look
for and how to do his homework on sire selection. Like many breeders
he stood his own stallions and made the fatal mistake of breeding
all of his mares to them. That was the biggest reason for his low
success rate despite the fact that he gave them the best of care
and turned out great looking yearlings for the annual sale.
Now he stands
just one sire and the number of mares has dropped to a dozen or
so with most having been at the farm for quite a while. He knows
now that selecting the right sire for his mares, even if it means
going off the farm, is the best breeding strategy for success.
He swaps breedings
with the other sire owners whenever possible so there is no net
cost but there definitely is a major net gain. How does he know
For three consecutive
crop years in 2004 through 2006, every single one of his yearlings
made it to the races at two or three and his 2007 yearlings are
well on their way to doing likewise with three two-year-old stakes
winners and three others taking records in 2008 from just eight
yearlings in 2007. The fact that he is doing this with a group of
older mares and in many cases getting the best foals ever from these
mares, makes his success even more remarkable.
It just goes
to show its never too late to learn how to do your homework.
Joan Ellafrits, Michigan
Just ask Joan
Ellafrits of Greenville, Michigan.
Joan owned one
broodmare by the name of Davita Hanover. For convenience she had
bred her to the sire down the road from her and had, not surprisingly,
no success in four breedings.
She called me
in 1997 after seeing an article on Pedigree Matching in Hoof Beats.
she breed to a Michigan sire called Super Star Ranger.
The result was
a colt she named Winsum Ranger. At three he was the winner of the
Michigan State Championship and went on to earn over $542,000 with
38 career wins and a record of 1:56.2 taken at Woodbine.
was the first really good horse that Joan ever bred or owned.
She did it again
with a full brother now with over $120,000 and still racing.
She also has
a filly called Keyanna Rose from a full sister to Winsum Ranger.
That filly is also a winner of the Michigan Championships, and was
the best of her three year old year in Michigan with over $243,000
made. Keyanna Rose is by Keystone Nordic, another Pedigree Matching
Joan, like many
others who have experienced Pedigree Matching in action, has shown
that you don’t have to be a big farm to produce top horses.
Anyone can produce or buy a great horse if they do their homework
or at least get someone to help them with it.
Shaun MacIsaac, PEI
Just ask Shaun
MacIsaac of Charlottetown, PEI.
In 1999 we attended
Harrisburg as usual and again as usual we had several trainers from
PEI on hand looking for bargain yearlings. Earl Smith had a couple
of owners he was shopping for and he used my list to shop from.
Near the top
of the list was a filly by Cams Card Shark, whose first two crops
were not that well thought of by the trainers, but she still figured
to be expensive because of her pedigree. Earl decided to look at
her anyway and came back with the report that the filly was not
the greatest, conformation wise, being back on her knees. He thought
she would sell cheap but was not sure if he would take a chance.
My opinion was that for the quality of the pedigree she would be
well worth the chance, just give her time to mature.
the filly for $4,500 and took her back to PEI. The prospective new
owner, Shaun MacIsaac, was not sure if the price for the filly,
now $10,000 with transportation, exchange and finder’s fee
included, was worth the risk. I gave him the same advice and he
bought her. She was trained down by Earl, qualified and then turned
out. Brought back at three she showed enough promise to be sent
to Marcel Barrieau in Montreal. She won her first three starts then
finished second in a stakes series beaten a head in a track record
for three year old fillies.
She was promptly
sold for six figures to a group from Toronto with Shaun keeping
a share. She went on to make over $775,000 and set a World record
for a four year old mare of 1:49.1 at the Meadowlands. Another horse
high on my list in the previous 1998 sale in Harrisburg was turned
down by a client of mine because he was by Cams Card Shark –
the reason being the client’s trainer claimed that “all
the Cams Card Sharks are lame” That horse was Bettors Delight
p.3,1:49.4 ($2,581,461). He sold for $65,000.
So much for the
advice of trainers.
St Lads Farm, Ontario
Just ask Bob
Ladouceur of St Lads Farm
He started in
the Pedigree Matching program six years ago after several years
breeding and raising yearlings with little success. His first fully
matched crop were two year olds in 2008.
Bob came to
Pedigree Camp in 2007 to find out if he was doing his homework the
right way. It looks like he has from the following report by Standardbred
Canada on their website on January 8th, 2009.
fall of 2008, Bob Ladouceur of St Lads Farm was truly excited. He
had good reason to be, given the overwhelming success of juvenile
Twin B Champ filly St Lads Popcorn, although the filly's success
wasn't the only reason why '08 will go down as a banner season for
the 65-year-old Ontario breeder. In 2007, Ladouceur's St Lads Farm
sold 10 yearlings. By the fall of 2008, eight of those 10 made it
to the races in their freshman campaigns.
When St Lads
Bling and St Lads Nano recorded charted miles in late November and
early December, respectively, all 10 of St Lads Farms 2006 foals
had made it to the races in their juvenile seasons, a rarity in
the business to say the least.
St Lads Popcorn
led the charge in '08, assembling a slate which read 12-1-0 from
15 starts, a mark of 1:52.2 over Mohawk Racetrack and purse earnings
totaling $602,669. The standout campaign made St Lads Popcorn a
finalist for an O'Brien Award as Canada's top two-year-old pacing
filly of 2008.
The nine other
St Lads Farm two-year-olds that made it to the races in '08 were
St Lads Nano, St Lads Gracie, St Lads Boomer, St Lads Supersonic,
St Lads Gabby (now named Paid In Silver), St Lads Rave, St Lads
He Man, St Lads Adonis and St Lads Bling.”
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