Eliminated in Match #7 - Fort Prado (right)
I got to meet Fort Prado in person, and he is a total gentleman. In case you haven't already noticed from some of the other eliminated stallions' pedigrees, the El Prado (IRE) lines go very nicely on paper with Freja's pedigree. And if you look just one generation farther back, you will see that Sadlers Wells is even more specifically one of the sire lines I have been targeting. He is Fort Prado's grandsire through El Prado, and he is also the grandsire of great horses like Frankel and Noble Mission (eliminated in Match #5) through their sire Galileo.
Sadlers Wells' 2nd dam is "Special" who also appears in Freja's sire line as the dam of Nureyev. Special is a mare that has been targeted for inbreeding by some of the big breeding operations in Kentucky as a way to hopefully infuse as much of her positive traits into future crops of foals as possible, so it comes as no surprise that sire lines with her in them result in A to A++ True Nicks with Freja's sire lines.
Eliminated in Match #8 - El Padrino (left)
Paul at Northview Stallions, where El Padrino stands, has been a wonderful resource and patient with first-time breeder like me. One of the biggest parts of this decision is knowing I can trust - and rely on - the stallion owners/representatives, and Paul has proven that time and time again on the phone and in emails. Initially I was very focused on only looking at sires in Ohio and possibly Indiana, but speaking with someone like Paul and hearing stories from friends who have bred their mares to stallions at Northview made me expand my search parameters.
When you look at El Padrino's pedigree, there are several reasons I really like him on paper for Freja with two of those reasons being:
By Kyle Rothfus
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