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Modern Trotting Sire Lines

Modern Trotting Sire Lines

By John Bradley · Hardcover · 351 pages

Product # RM-02-430 · $39.95


Harness Racing's Only Major Pedigree Analysis Since 1947!

John Hervey is best known for his research on Standardbred bloodlines and, in 1947, published his findings in his classic book The American Trotter. This dog-eared volume is still found on the bookshelves of all serious students of Standardbred pedigrees. Until John Bradley did so, no one had attempted to pick up where Hervey left off.

John Bradley - author, correspondent, breeder, bloodstock agent and pedigree expert - came forth with his Modern Trotting Sire Lines, an exhaustive and authoritative study of the sires found in today's trotting pedigrees. In Modern Trotting Sire Lines, Bradley examines the histories and pedigrees of 50 modern-day trotting sires and devotes an entire chapter to each. The horses he discusses are active in the breeding shed or, alternatively, are found "close-up" in modern pedigrees. The genes of these sires will influence the quality of future generations of trotters.

Bradley carefully researched the racing history of his horses. He discusses the racetrack performance of each one and how the horse's connections influenced its performance. He reviews famous racing rivalries and reveals little-known facts which had an impact on the outcome. But Modern Trotting Sire Lines will be best remembered for Bradley's painstaking analysis of the pedigrees of his 50 sires. Bradley analyzes each horse sire-by-sire, dam-by-dam, cross-by cross, niche-by-niche. He suggests links in the pedigrees of each horse leading to its success; reviews the bloodlines that work best with each stallion and mare line; and, discusses strategies to take advantage of the strength of each horse.

Modern Trotting Sire Lines is the kind of work that could only be written by someone with Bradley's international perspective. The author went beyond the limitations of USTA information by drawing heavily upon his own private data base of worldwide racing performances. By merging USTA data with internationally available data, Bradley draws a complete picture and gives you fresh, new perspectives. Some of his insights may surprise you.

For years to come, Modern Trotting Sire Lines will be recognized as the authoritative reference on trotting pedigrees. It is the type of book that breeders, buyers, writers and fans will refer to again and again. It makes the perfect gift for any Standardbred enthusiast. 

About the Author: John Bradley was internationally recognized as a leading Standardbred pedigree authority. His inside knowledge of the Standardbred breed, the bloodlines, horses, races, and people was the result of over 30 years in the industry.

Bradley's first position in harness racing was Program Director and race charter at Brandywine and Rosecroft Raceways, a position he held for eight years. A former Journalism major at the University of Maryland, Bradley also became a free lance writer for Trotter Weekly magazine and had been a member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association for 30 years.

He developed a keen interest in pedigrees, which led to a 10-year position at Lana Lobell Farms as V.P. and Sales Manager of its Harness Breeders Sales Co., which conducted yearling and mixed sales at Liberty Bell Park and Lana Lobell Farm in New Jersey.

Starting in 1985, Bradley owned and operated Bradley Standardbred Agency, a full-service bloodstock consulting firm located in Goshen, NY. The company offered many services to Standardbred owners, breeders and sales companies. These services included pedigree research, private bloodstock sales, appraisals, consulting, writing and special projects. Bradley had an international clientele and contacts in most harness racing areas.

In the modern "information age," Bradley Standardbred Agency had been in the forefront by providing computerized pedigree services, current European racing and breeding information, as well as compiling facts, figures and studies for clients.

Bradley co-hosted the weekly "Harness Chat" on America On-line and was a correspondent for Times: In Harness and other prominent racing magazines and newspapers in North America, Italy, France, Finland, Germany and Norway. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Goshen's Historic Track and the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State.

John Bradley was residing in Goshen, New York with his wife, Joan Van Blarcom, until he passed away in the spring of 2000. He did complete the companion book to Modern Trotting Sire Lines titled Modern Pacing Sire Lines.

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