We have been telling you for some time now that the reports that we’ve been receiving about the super pacer turned stallion Lazarus from breeders in the USA are very, very different than the positive PR tales being spun by those with vested interests in the now second-year stallion’s stud success.
It is widely known that Lazarus suffered crippling virulence problems in his first Australian breeding season that left the owners of many high class mares bereft of a foal for the year. These have been explained away by his local owner Club Menangle with all manner of tall tales, predominantly centred around supposed heat stress issues that the horse suffered during his transport to Australia.
Do the owners of $4 million stallions stick them in cattle class on the bottom floor of the cargo section where the air is all hot and sticky, and their man is going to sweat like a pig do they? That’s news to me. My mates horses – good and bad – always travel in climate controlled, air conditioned transports when they are moving by air.
If it is true – price 1 million to 1 – any breeder whose mare didn’t conceive to Laz last year should sue Club Menangle for negligence, and the authorities should move in on them on suspicion pf animal welfare abuse too.
Lazarus shoots 2 blanks out of every 3 shots because he’s a dud. That’s the cold hard truth, and it doesn’t matter how much spin Club Menangle, their US partners Taylor Made and Deo Volente, or NZ bloodstock agent John Curtin bowl at you, that’s the cold, limp truth.
Lazarus served a full book of mares in his first US season they claim, even though he actually served only 136.
From those 136 broodies, he produced just 36 registered foals.
That’s just over 1 in 4.
In other words, shocking.
In Sweet Lou’s first year he serviced 140 mares, and produced 97 foals.
That’s two out of three.
Always B Miki did even better.
He serviced the same number of mares (140), and returned 111 registered foals.
I could go on and on, and show you every top sire in the stud book, but to save boring you just take my word for it – none of them fire at under 50 percent, and the number shooting that wide are few, and hard to find.
Broodmare owners are being totally and utterly misled about Lazarus’ fertility.
We’re being told he’s a gun sire, when the facts and figures are crystal clear that he’s not.
Sure, the few he does leave might look like good types, but they might not too. The only people telling us that are those that own a slice of him, either through rights or residual trailing fees or syndicate shares or payments. Can you believe them? Are you that silly?
The numbers published in this story demonstrate beyond debate that Lazarus’ first year problems at stud were not just a Southern Hemisphere thing as we were all told. He was having the same dysfunction issues in the USA. They – all of them, Yirribee and Club Menangle included – just lied to breeders to cover it up.
I raised this months ago, but a couple of well-informed readers and breeders quite rightly pointed out that the foal registrations for the season were not complete.
Well they are now.
A wise man recently told me that statistics are like bikinis.
What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
100 US mares out of 136 who went barren last season after a date with Laz.
That’s some hell of a bikini, isn’t it?
Don’t worry about going for a swim.
You’ve already been taken for a bath.