American songwriter Irving Berlin once said “the toughest thing about being a success is that you have got to keep on being a success” and this neatly sums up a commercial stallion.  To be one of those household names, a stallion has to leave good racehorses every season, and continue to garner support in the sales ring.  Perhaps it is this need to keep the public’s attention is why many people believe that creating a successful stallion is more of an art than a science.

We can make a start by quantifying the oft-heard statement “only one in ten stallions will make it.”

Published in Breeding & Racing in 2014. Read it here.