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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.

Contact: George William Smith
#102, 10808  84th Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6E 2J2
Phone (780) 439-2577 [I prefer email to document the discussions]
Email thematchmaker@shaw.ca

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Tim Rosnau
My close friend, Tim Rosnau, is dead.  But he will not be forgotten for as long as I live.  I just found out and now have a reason why my emails, phone call and message to the University Hospital went unanswered [in case he was there].  There will be a memorian to Tim in my next newsletter.  It will also be posted here.  I have never met a finer man with more solid principles than Tim.  A terrific memory and very reliable.  With Tim at the race track, I was entertained and educated.  He was a great teacher and a better person.

Barry and Deb Holmes at Ceremony

Barry and Deb accepting the award for breeding Flameaway (picture) and Silent Sting ( wine glass Barryis holding)

From Phoenix Rising Farm:  Th
ree new bundles of potential


Dash is marvelous!! (Munnings-Spells and Charms)  Absolutely Perfect!
Dash

Flash is nice [Flat Out - She's A Fleet]  Very nice, very large colt
Flash

King might be the King!  (Distorted Humor-Goldstryke Glory]....Looks like mom and dad!
King

Flameaway fails his Kentucky Derby test.  Had several opportunities but failed to take advantage of each.  Finishes 13th

Mia Mischief proves she's one of the best sprinters in North America.  Wins Grade 2  Seven Furlong Eight Belles Stakes
Mia Mischief wins Eight Belles

Silent Sting Wins $150,000 Stake race in first start at 3  Woodbine April 22, 2018
Silent StingSW2018

Silent Sting Winners Circle 2018....Thumbs Up First step to possible Queen's Plate Appearance
SilentStingWinnersCircle2018

After the Kentucky Derby fiasco and now the complete sham, in my opinion, of the Belmont Stakes I will never bet another Baffert horse, nor will I bet a horse ridden by Florent Geroux after the ride he gave Restoring Hope to set up the race for Justify.  Nor will I ever bet Javier Castellano again after riding against the expressed wishes of the owner who entered a pair of horses and Javier's was to force the pace with Noble Indy to set up Vino Rosso, but called an 'audible' that enabled an easier Justify win.  When you consider that WinStar Farm owned part of both the winner and the horse Javier was riding, the smell got too ripe for my nose.  My solid opinion is that Justify won the Preakness and earned his place in history, but both the Derby and the Belmont were complete shams.  People who don't follow racing as a passion saw a Triple Crown Winner.  I saw the establishment with all of the possible ramifications of colluding [the word of 2017] and fraud [as we are never told of the tale of the random dope tests, if any, or anything other than hay, oats and water that the horse is given.  How many vitamins and which ones and in which quantity, and more importantly supplements that are not required in a diet of the horse.  The fractions say it all:
At the half mile any horse in that field could have been on the lead [48.11] and any of those horses could have run 6 furlongs in 1:13.21. In fact, all of these horses were capable of running a mile in 1:38.09 and being on the lead.  Yet none did, so it is definitely the fault of the jockeys who no doubt had a vice grip on their horses or needlessly running them wide or whatever.  Yes it is true that some of this field might have faded after a mile and a few more after a mile and a quarter, but this race was a complete farce.  I bet the horses who ran in the Belmont Stakes could have ran back on Sunday since they exerted so little effort.   I raced successfully for 40 years in Track and Field and I never encountered a race where there was such little action near the lead as the Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Derby. Many times I hoped no one softened me during the race, but usually every one attacked me at some time or other if they wanted to win the race.  Conclusion: in both the Derby and Belmont the riders did not ride to win...they rode in parade fashion to bolster racing.  The owners wanted to win or at least place high because they pay the bills.  The Trainers, and I now include Todd Pletcher as a non bet from now on, the jockeys and the vets just get money from racing.  All they stake is future races while the clean up with present races. 
Disgusting behaviour with absolutely no class or thought of the $2 steady bettors or spectators that regularly attend the races with their spouse or kids. Shame on racing. You have gone too far.
 
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Flameaway Photo Finish 2018 Sam F Davis
Flameaway punches his ticket for the Kentucky Derby with his second place finish in the Bluegrass Stakes-G2.  Not a singe one of the talking heads or racing writers I heard or read before the race gave him much a chance in the Bluegrass.  The betting handicappers placed plenty of money on him in the race, which is important as they put their money where their objective handicapping took them. 

Bred by Phoenix Rising Farm, he is taking his breeders to the Derby.  He was not one of a hundred foals bred by the farm, nor supported by limitless cash.  They weren't homeless, but racing does tend to produce some who become homeless when their cash ran out and the bills drained their bank accounts.  Very, very few start with ordinary funds and proceed to make a profit.  By far the ones that do are almost dependent on the winnings of one horse, a jackpot horse.  But Deb has done it with numerous horses that are well above the average race horses and very few that don't pay their way.  Simply put, she's the best I have ever seen or the luckiest and that is not likely. 

Deb is even rarer in that she gives credit to those that help her arrive at a good horse.  It is only human when one gets a truly good horse to love the limelight that horse brings them and make it about themselves.  Mind you, she doesn't hide, but she also remembers the bad times and the ways she used to get back to the good times and is not hesitant about sharing how she got back to the good times. 

......by Alicia Wincze Hughes
Blue Grass Stakes runner-up Flameaway was also in good order Sunday after a gutsy effort in which he battled with
Arawak through the early fractions and still gave Good Magic all he could handle in the lane.

"I swear, that horse amazes me," said Mark Casse, trainer of Flameaway. "He's bouncing around wanting to know when he's going to run again. I've been doing this a long time, and just the pure grit he showed ... he did get a little intimidated down on the inside because that was kind of new for him. But he's ready to go."

Casse said Flameaway would ship to Churchill Downs April 9.

"We're hoping for a big Derby week," he said.

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When I was young and more foolish than I am now, I did a broodmare analysis on a mare called Roll Over Baby.  I sent the analysis to the client, then later received a conference call from him and a couple of college buddies.  I summarized my findings and I next heard, "See, I told you guys."  This mare was fast, won early, had a pedigree that shouted speed through Double Jay and likely to be a good producer of speedy foals.   The only worry was that she might get too much speed added to the pedigree through the sire and that foal would be unraced due to unsoundness or be okay for a few starts then have to be retired.  To a mating to Speightstown, whose foals all seem to have a lot of speed, she produced Greer Lynn who won one of four starts.  Retired to stud and a half sister to a slew of SW's, she has now produced a horse that I bet in its first start, knowing the speed in the family.  This horse, Mia Mischief, is right now the fastest horse in North America or will shortly become the fastest horse in North America if it stays sound.  Its sire is pure high class and the family is spotless for speed.  Today, I watched Mia Mischief destroy a field of sprinters at Oaklawn in a $150,000 Stake Race.  
MIA MISCHIEF broke sharply, settled off the pace in the four path, bid at the three-eighths pole and won ridden out.
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Never Give Up (short gif good for a chuckle)

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.
The Boss                            Celestine
The picture [upper right] is Celestine winning the Honey Fox-Grade 2.  My dear friend, Diane, from my university days while living in San Mateo, California bought me the picture and framed it.  She then sent it to me as part of my Christmas care package.  She knew that I assisted in the mating of this Grade 1 winner and it would tickle my fancy.  It certainly did.   I am very ticklish.  

The brains behind such a wonderful mare appeared recently in the Thoroughbred Daily News article that is linked below. 


Deborah and Barry Holmes

By Perry Lefko

For a smalltime breeder in the Canadian province of British Columbia, Deborah Holmes is having a hard time believing that one horse she bred and sold is on the road to the GI Kentucky Derby and another is on the path to the Queen’s Plate.

The victory by John Oxley’s Flameaway (Scat Daddy) in Saturday’s GIII Sam F. Davis S. has thrust him into the Derby picture, even though he is not yet nominated to the American Triple Crown. He is, however, eligible for the Canadian Triple Crown.

Another horse Holmes sold, Silent Sting (Silent Name {Jpn}), had a strong freshman season in Canada for Stronach Stables, winning two of four races, including the Kingarvie S. in December, and is considered a strong prospect for the Plate.

Link to Phoenix Rising TDN article

Deb's latest baby: Belle and Flash (She's A Fleet) and (Flat Out-She's A Fleet)
Flat Out and She's A Fleet foal 2018
"Mommy, how did I get here?"   "Deb and George.  They work well together."  "Yep!"

Look at those splits below....Phoenix Rising Farm does it again....Deb Holmes is a top class breeder!
from a limited number of broodmares and budget.  The Matchmaker says, "None Better"

FlameawaySamFDavissplits

Good Luck and have a lot of fun.  Life is too short to spend too much of it on work....George William Smith
I am now back at my real job, analyzing stallions and mares to produce good horses for good clients

Kharma: Glory Is Forever 2018 foal
Khama

Glory's All Important Eye  Some say it predicts "Greatness'
The Eye of Glory

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

2018 First Foal...Super Saver-Greenback Forest, bred by Deb Holmes
SuperSaverFilly2018

 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


When I was young and fast and naive.  Boy, I miss those days

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 movie 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.  Ha Ha.  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.  

Roger Bannister 1929-2018 Has Died.  Watch him break the 4 Minute Mile
...RIP and please note the huge crowd that turned out to watch the first sub four minute mile.  Track and Field used to be huge.

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


Congratulations to a great client Ned Williams for two wins in the same week at Laurel.  Three Hawk wins first start in MSW race and The Hardest Way wins an Allowance Race on March 11th.