These two matches are undoubtedly the ones about which I've been the most torn so far, and it showed in the voting results. Both eliminated stallions are veterans (ages 16 and 20), and they both have a LOT to like about them. It just goes to show we're really narrowing down the options now that we've gone from 30 stallions t0 only 8 remaining.
Eliminated Round 2 Match 7 - Mustanfar (left)
When you see this guy in person you would NEVER guess he's 16, and to go with his super fit physique he has a quiet sweet disposition and just enough little spots of white to make you think you might just end up with that rare pinto Thoroughbred...or at least plenty of chrome. A friend of mine also actually has a gelding by Mustanfar, and she assured me he is very possibly her favorite horse ever because he's got a great brain. It was hard to see this guy eliminated, but his competition was another of my favorites so it was a win-win or a lose-lose no matter how you look at it.
Eliminated Round 2 Match 8 - Include (left)
NOW, NOW, NOW! If this guy doesn't make it back with the second chance for love voting, I'll be very disappointed. First of all, he's 20 years old and still looks this good! And last year at age 19 he still covered 72 mares!!! In 2015 he covered 54 mares and 59% of them had foals in 2016 which certainly says something about this senior guy's strength as a sire.
In addition to his amazing record as a stallion - he was #79 on the 2016 General Top Sires list and he is sitting at #39 already for the 2017 General Top Sires list - he is ALSO an A++ True Nick with Freja. But he's even better than an A++ because his variant for the nicking with Freja (the numerical sliding scale that determines the letter score) is the highest of any of the stallions I had on my top 30 list at 35.65. To put that into perspective, the second place stallion is only a variant of 18.16 with Freja and the median for the top 30 stallions is only 2.92!
To say I'd love to see this guy back in the action with a second chance, is definitely an understatement...wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
By Kyle Rothfus
This blog is dedicated to providing insight about OTTB re-training, Thoroughbred pedigrees and general equine care. You can also track the progress of horses I have for sale through posts here.