From Foal To Finish Line™: Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile®

Knowing as much as possible about the Thoroughbred and what takes to produce a classic champion has been a passion of Calvin L. Carter who began his research and study of horses in the early 1990s. That research and study led to his creation of the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® which is a breeding, sales and racing analytical tool Calvin uses to measure the graded stakes and classic potential of young Thoroughbreds.

Like an intricate puzzle, the pedigree contains many secrets of what champions are made of and everything one needs to know about the horse, from the physical conformational characteristics to the emotional and behavioral traits, can be found in the pedigree if one knows the families, Ancestral Herd that formed the foal.

In 2014, the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® was developed into a software program by Calvin’s brother, Dallas. The profile measures the breeding influences in the five-generation pedigree and it assigns each horse a numerical score and grade ranking which is the indicator of that horse’s potential. The higher the score, the more potential that horse in becoming a quality stakes winner or classic champion.

In 2015, the software was debuted as a racing analytical tool in Calvin’s Kentucky Derby 141 blog ( The software picked five of the top six finishers and eliminated over half of the Derby field from wagering consideration. The Preakness results were even better than the Derby and you can read about that here: However, the Belmont results were best as the software correctly identified American Pharoah, Frosted, Keen Ice and Mubtaahij as the top four finishers in that race. You can read about that here:

In 2016, we debuted our Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® software as a sales analytical tool at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Of 2,334 yearling colts, we profiled 101 colts that had an A or A+ grade ranking and from that sales list we now have 13 horses that are either winners or placers in graded stakes and stakes races: five are graded stakes winners, four are graded or group-placed, one horse is a stakes winner and three others are stakes-placed. Also, four horses from our sales list ran in the 2018 Kentucky Derby:

Eclipse Champion Two Year Old Colt, GOOD MAGIC (Hip 845), winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2)VINO ROSSO (Hip 528), winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2)FREE DROP BILLY (Hip 104), winner of the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Stakes (G1), and the multiple graded-stakes placed SOLOMINI (Hip 662).

Good Magic finished a respectable second in the Derby just 2 1/2 lengths shy of victory to the talented Justify.

In addition, we also have from that 2016 sales list Matt Winn Stakes (G3) winner KING ZACHARY (Hip 956) and Grey Stakes (G3) winner ARCHAGGELOS (Hip 2138). HOLLYWOOD STAR (Hip 395) is a multiple graded stakes-placed colt. Graded stakes-placed colts are MISSISSIPPI (Hip 888) and COAT OF ARMS (IRE), (Hip 446), a Group-placed colt in Ireland.

GUNNISON (Hip 474) is a stakes winner and WENTZ (Hip 1029) is a multiple stakes-placed colt. Other stakes-placed colts from our sales list are: STRONGER (Hip 4154) and TIGERBEACH (Hip 2001).

Since the creation of the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile®, a Behavior Index has also been created and it measures the potential behavior of the horse. It allows some horses with low profile scores, grades to potentially be moved up in ranking.

The Behavior Index is significant for breeding, sales and racing analysis but it is especially important in breeding as it shows that some hypothetical foals with low profile scores can potentially be moved up in ranking and have successful racing careers.

The Behavior Index allows some horses that have low profile scores to be competitive up to nine furlongs and only a select few can go on to win races at the classic 10-furlong distance.

For example, Outwork has a low E grade ranking but his Behavior Index indicated that he could be competitive in the nine-furlong 2016 Wood Memorial Stakes (G1). Indeed, Outwork went on to win the Wood, however, in the Kentucky Derby (G1) his grade ranking had him ranked sixteenth and he finished fourteenth.

From foal to finish line™, the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® is a proven analytical tool you need for breeding, purchasing at auction and racing equine champions: