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 Celestine wins the Just A Game-G1 in 2016   On Saturday, April 1, 2017 Celestine wins the $300,000 Honey Fox-G2 [photo below].  What a filly!  Photo of Previous Sands Point Win.

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Phone (780) 439-2577 [I prefer email to document the discussions]
Email thematchmaker@shaw.ca

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I can understand an owner using a low percentage trainer, because they have done well with that trainer before.  Having loyalty to a trainer can be a good thing.  A low percentage trainer can have loyalty to a poor jockey, because they always show up to gallop their horses on time and are dependable.   However, if an owner has a good horse [not a cheap claimer], they owe it to the horse to maximize it's abilities.   This kind of horse is not owed to a trainer for past experiences.  This is especially true of low percentage trainers that employ low percentage jockeys to run that owner's good horse.   It is a travesty to the owner.  Good horses raise the status of bad trainers and jockeys, while doing the opposite to the owner and the horse.  Check out this photo at the top of the stretch

A hole you could drive a truck thru

I'm not saying that she would have won.  I am saying, "His inaction caused her to lose a much higher finish position." 
The questions that must be asked are:
1.  Did he not see the hole?
2.  Did he decide to wait until he got a bigger hole?
3.  Was he not trying to win to set up a bigger price in a future race?
4.  Did medications affect his ride?
5.  Did he have a good excuse such as the horse was tiring already or was she going lame or put her tongue over the bit, etc.

I have so little confidence in this trainer and this jockey [one of the few jockeys I rated an 'F'], that I believe the trainer never talked to the jockey about why he didn't go thru the hole or attempt to go thru the hole.
Grade F
This jockey could be in jail for defrauding the bettors by hiding the ability of a horse until suddenly the horse’s form is that of Secretariat with a huge win at huge odds.  I can’t blame trainers with only a few horses trying to get the best odds possible to cash a bet, but I sure can blame the jockey for hiding the horse’s true ability by stiffing the horse.  Such jockeys are devoid of ethics or empathy for the owners of the horse unless the owner is on the fraud.  Small time trainers are often forced to use Grade F jockeys because they cannot attract a better rider to work their horses or ride their horse unless the horse is so good its talent cannot be hidden. 
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Never Give Up (short gif good for a chuckle)

Picked last in every sport while growing up, I eventually learned how to fly.    It wasn't easy, but I learned that the race went to those that stayed in the race, not blessed by maturing early.
George Flying
Alberta Track and Field Athlete of the Year 1970, 1971   First, I learned how to lose gracefully.  Then I learned how to win.  The way to win in the breeding industry is to learn all you can and that takes time.   Short cuts can cost you a lot of money.  Good advisors have seen it all.  If you are honest with them and treat them well, you are one big step up in having fun and making money if you are lucky.  One must remember that there are more bad advisors by far than good advisors and the trick is being able to tell the difference.  Only if you have learned your lessons well can you avoid falling prey to the silver tongues who live off of client money.
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You are my boss.  However, I never assume you know what you are doing and I never assume I know what I am doing.  That is why my research takes enough time to justify your confidence.  I treat each mare or stallion that I analyze as if I own it and treat it accordingly.

                            Celestine
The picture [right] is Celestine winning the Honey Fox-Grade 2.  My friend, Diane Hughes, from my days while living in San Mateo  California, bought the picture and framed it.  What a pleasant surprise when I found it in my Christmas Care package.    She knew that I had assisted in the mating of this Grade 1 winner and it would tickle my fancy.  It certainly did.   I am also very ticklish.   Celestine is a Phoenix Rising Farm product.  Phoenix Rising Farm is one of the sharpest breeding operations in all of North America.  Deb learned her lessons so well I would use her as my advisor.

Link to Phoenix Rising TDN article

Some of 'The Matchmaker' fillies that led to Graded Winning Runners or colts that won Graded Stakes
At least 24 Matchmaker clients bred a Graded Winner in 35 years of being a Pedigree Analyst.
Crop
Name of Horse
SexGradeClient
1981
Ava Romance
F

Happy Times Farm
1981
Carr De NaskraC
Grade 1
Virginia Kraft Payson
1982
On The Brink
F

Happy Times Farm
1982
Polynesian Flyer
C
Grade 3
Harmonay Farm
1982
Salem Drive
C
Grade 2
Virginia Kraft Payson
1982
Uptown Swell
C
Grade 1
Virginia Kraft Payson
1983
Forli's Doggie
F

Happy Times Farm
1983
Lac Ouimet
C
Grade 2
Virginia Kraft Payson
1984
Fortunate Moment
C
Grade 1
Jerry Pinkley
1984
Milesius
C
Grade 1
Virginia Kraft Payson
1985
Pasakos
C
Grade 3
William Meltzer
1986
Proud Emilia
F

Timber Bay Farm
1987
None



1988
Fairy Garden
F
Grade 2
Virginia Kraft Payson
1989
Nijinsky's Gold
G
Grade 3
Good Guys Farm
1989
St. Jovite
C
Grade 1
Virginia Kraft Payson
1990
Nemea
F

Virginia Kraft Payson
1991
Dylan's Crafty
F

Ashwood Farm
1991
Floramera
F

John Phillips
1991
L'Carriere
C
Grade 3
Virginia Kraft Payson
1992
Christmas In Aiken
F

Hill 'N Dale Farm
1992
Strawberry Reason
F

Virginia Kraft Payson
1993
Fly North
F

Virginia Kraft Payson
1993
South Salem
C
Grade 3
Virginia Kraft Payson
1994
Ava Knowsthecode
F

Happy Times Farm
1994
Cache In
C
Grade 2
The Matchmaker
1994
St. Lucinda
F

Dean Grimm
1995
Concretero
C
Grade 3
Dean Grimm
1995
Misty Hour
F

Tudoc Farm
1995
Pete's Fancy
F

Tony Monk
1996
Brushed Halory
F
Grade 3
Winsong Farms
1996
Ruthian
F

Virginia Kraft Payson
1996
Saint's Honor
C
Grade 2
Virginia Kraft Payson
1997
Broken Vow
C
Grade 2
Pin Oak Stud
1997
Commendable
C
Grade 1
Edward J. Kelly Jr.
1997
Remember Sheikh
C
Grade 3
Pin Oak Stud
1998
Ask Me No Secrets
F
Grade 3
Earl Shultz
1998
Contrive
F

Edward J. Kelly Jr.
1998
Momentum
C
Grade 3
Virginia Kraft Payson
1998
Pocus Hocus
F
Grade 3Jerry Pinkley
1998
Powder
F

Virginia Kraft Payson
1999      
Lucky Carley                                            
 F
Grade 1              
Gordon Wooten
2000       
Roll Hennessy Roll                               
C      
Grade 3Mark Warner
2000
Vindication
C
Grade 1              
Virginia Kraft Payson
2001
Gotaghostofachance                
CGrade 3Phillip Torsney
2001
Pies Prospect
C
Grade 2
Gordon Wooten
2002
Scipion
C
Grade 3
Virginia Kraft Payson
2003
All Smiles
F

Thornmar Farm
2003
Sing Baby Sing
C
Grade 3
Mark Warner
2004
Panty Raid
F
Grade 1
Edward J. Kelly Jr.
2004
Rutherienne
F
Grade 1
Virginia Kraft Payson
2005
One Caroline
F

Virginia Kraft Payson
2005
Roses 'N Wine
F

Tony Monk
2005
Tizwest
C
Grade 1
Joan Rogers
2008
Ruthenia
F
Grade 3
Virginia Kraft Payson
2008
Templada
F
Grade 2
James Chandley
2009
Paynter
C
G1
Joan Rogers
2012
Celestine
F
G1
Phoenix Rising Farm
2015
Flameaway
C
G3
Phoenix Rising Farm

 The Matchmaker is George William Smith, 102, 10808 84th Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6E 2J2 

The Matchmaker can help you over the many hurdles put in your way in this tough, tough game.  I am a former World Champion hurdler and am pedigree analyst for over 40 years. I help to produce better thoroughbreds that now include many graded stakewinners, two Eclipse winners and a Horse of the Year in Europe.  In this age where statistical information is readily available, remember  "statistics can be made to say anything".  The thoroughbred industry is a buyer-beware operation, full of charlatans.   I have seen many fine people who spent a lifetime acquiring wealth lose it all in a few short years as they had their pocket picked or just plain bad luck.  I have spent my professional life dedicated to guard my clients.  'The ends justify the means' is wrong.  I will say what I mean to your face.  I will do so without fear of losing you as a client or friend.    The two images are me as as a pedigree analyst and as Willie Nelson in a video while singing "We Are The World".  I would be a fraud if I said I could sing well. Though I sang in the video, don't let a guy like me sell you singing lessons.  Verify others act on your behalf.

George William SmithAs Willie Nelson















Good and Bad foals



                          
 Horse Photos You Might Like [from Black Caviar to Celestine]

Luck or Skill: Think what you will      
Luck or Skill


Click on the Horseshoe to view a partial list of Matchmaker foals Old and New

The Matchmaker is known for his GRASP program, which is designed to evaluate a stallion's Genetics [weighed 1/4], RAce record [1/4] and Stud Performance [1/2].  The higher the GRASP score, the more likely a stallion will produce above average foals from an average mare.  If the stallion does not yet have any foals to race, The Matchmaker uses the GRA score to determine the chances the stallion will succeed at stud [Genetics and Racing Ability].  Of course, a stallion's connections also play a part in its success so the breeder is reminded to take this into account.

functional conformationClick for an up-to-date list of the top 5 sires [first foals to race] from 1980 - 2015.

Ebook of 250 SiresClick for the 2006 Ebook that I wrote on 250 Active sires of that year.  Was $100, now you can have it free.  Please note, however, that what I said then was my opinion then and not what in fact has happened in these last 11 years.  You be the judge.

functional conformationClick for a 4 generation pedigree of Cache In, my own Grade 2 winner and sire bred from scratch.


Horse Play
Is this your method of training the next Derby winner?  Click on photo (left above) to see the training method!

Additional Matchmaker Thoroughbred Photos


of when I was young, fast, naive, and worked my butt off.    Okay, more naive and that stayed with me till I was 50.

Alex, Blair and George 1500m final in Field House    European Track Tour 1975  Cruiser, Beth and George 1975
 
Alex, Blair and George in 1500m Final at Field House

Peter Lougheed and George Athlete of Year        Actress in Marilyn Monroe Movie
 
Alberta Premier presenting me with Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1970.  Actress who played Marilyn Monroe in in the movie of her life and George on stage at Harrah's at Lake Tahoe.  She called me on stage from the audience to have her sing to me.  There was no way I would not let this happen.  And by the way, she had a very nice voice.   She sent me this picture before I left to go back to Canada with a very nice note attached on how she thought I performed exceptionally well in front of all those people.  

If you or your athlete has shin splints here is the link to my Shin Splint research and how to heal them forever!

What I learned from running track and field for 60 years: Download my tips here

Download here a True or False test on what you read in my Track Tips document above