The Horse-Racing Library is run by Turf Data, z.s., which is a small non-profit, non-governmental organization legally registered and settled in the Czech Republic, Central Europe.
Its founders and also authors of this website are long-term thoroughbred publishers with more than 15 years of experience and about 950 published articles of an unlimited extent up to this date - including analyses of stallions, history of broodmare families, race reports from the top races worldwide, historical curiosities, pedigree comments and breeding theories.
We would like to introduce ourselves:
- Jana Nemeckova - creator of this project and the main author of the website
- Eva Holubcova - assistant and supervisor
We currently finance this project on our own, but due to its extent and the time required for it, this is not a sustainable situation.
We are looking for support from our readers and sponsors, to keep this website running. If you like our materials and would like to read more of them in the future, you can send an individual monetary donation to our organization. All money will be used STRICTLY for the financing of this project.
The bank account details are:
- IBAN: CZ3620100000002601279966
- SWIFT/BIC: FIOBCZPPXXX
If you would like to have more details about our organization first, feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much!
Our goal is simple: to create a strong, comprehensive, PERMANENT and accessible source of information which will, over the years, cover the most important information about both modern and historical thoroughbred horse-racing and breeding.
- breeders to use...
- fans to learn and get more attached to the beauty of the sport...
- warmblood breeders and fans to find random, yet clear and easily understandable information...
- and above all, for future breeders to learn a lot more easily and quickly than we had to do.
Because the future of thoroughbreds is in the hands of passionate, devoted and educated breeders. And always will be.
There's a lot of websites like ours, and we can't say we're any much special. But we noticed something that many people still probably can't see. Even after more than 20 years of the existence of the internet, we're still missing tons of data necessary for understanding the whole thoroughbred breed. Or better say, we miss the properly structured data:
- You can find almost complete lists of a progeny of every stallion - but not their achievements attached, non-winners next to millionaires and champions.
- You can find families tracing back to their foundation mares - but not any information about their branches and achievements.
- You can find tons of pedigrees - but not any list of horses, who have the one particular sire in the maternal side of their pedigrees.
- You can find results of any class E race in the past 20 years... but 97 times out of 100 tries, you'll fail to find who finished fourth in some historical running of the Two Thousand Guineas.
- And you can find pictures of any Australian or Japan racing star of today... but nobody has time to learn who were the original horses, who created the modern thoroughbred in these countries.
Does it seem enough?We would like to bring all these data. Or in other words, we just want to look at thoroughbred breeding from the whole different angle than we all did so far.
Using our materials for ANY PURPOSE is strictly FORBIDDEN without our written consent!
All our materials here are protected by copyright laws, which are effective internationally. These laws may vary, but one thing is common: the exclusive right to use and distribute any work belongs ONLY to its author. Remember that once you violate this, you will never win the trial.
Also, please, keep in mind that we are a legal entity, and we are binded by contracts where we can publish our materials. By stealing them, you're not only violationg the international law but also getting us into troubles.
We are willing to cooperate if we can, but always ask first. Thank you.
We were able to make this website responsive for the small-screen devices, but unfortunately, the technology still has some technical limits. All texts, as well as all schemes, are well adapted. But there's little we can do with tables, which have their own natural width - and even tables with about four columns are impossible to shrink to the screen of the iPhone. There are files where tables were modified to lists, and several others, which we made in two versions, one of them for the small-screen devices. None of it is ideal, but neither is the width of the iPhone screen, we're sorry :)
The original project was meant to be a source of materials for studying, preferably on some really big screen on an equally big table, with lots of papers around and a cup of coffee somewhere near. Please, treat the website this way and use the small-screen devices only when necessary. There's just too much data in it.
We know you would like to have photos here. We would like to have them here too. But we have no rights to use them, and we want to be fair.
Let's be accurate: all historical photos are protected by the copyright laws. Every single one of them has some author, and no, with horses from the late 1970s, I really doubt that required 70 years since author's death are always abided. In fact, this can apply to people taking pictures of the 1940s' superstars too. This website is financed through sponsorship, and I would have giant scruples to collect money for this project, knowing we have some intentionally stolen materials here. I just don't want to do this.
The internet is wide, Google is a fantastic tool and databases like Sport-horse Data are available and accessible for free. You can use these sites for searching photos.
We're not happy about it, but errors are bound to happen. They can have multiple possible sources: first of all, both pedigree and results' databases contain mistakes and errors too. We are able to catch some, in both names or mistaken identities, but possibly not all. Secondly, we're flawless neither. This website contains thousands of names, dates and factual data, and it's not really that hard to hit a key neighboring to the one you should have hit. We're careful about our work and we know we have to be precise, but still, it doesn't make us perfectly flawless.
As this website is supposed to be the source of CORRECT information, we would like to ask you to report every error you'll eventually find.
Please, spend these two minutes on sending us an e-mail, where you'll specify the file, ideally also a section, or just copy and paste a part of the text with an error, and tell us what exactly is wrong. If you know the correct information, we'll be glad to have it too. At the end, send this e-mail to email@example.com. You're not doing it for us, but for all racing fans. Thank you very much. :)
None of us is an English native speaker, although we speak this language for more than 20 years. Still, it's a big difference, because our grammar rules differ A LOT - and stylistic conventions even more. We're afraid this is very obvious in our articles. We're doing our best to improve, but it will take some time. :)
Our personal postscript: how it began
by Jana Nemeckova
I guess many thoroughbred enthusiasts are born simply when they find their first equine hero. Well, I wasn't different: mine was a dark brown, thin and leggy colt by the name of Glowing - quite oddly our Triple Crown winner the very first year I was watching races. His name won't ring any bell here, but he won our local St. Leger by a head, and even after twenty years, I still recall commentator's words, as even he was urging the colt to keep on a few more strides...
But no, that wasn't the moment which tied me to horse-racing. Nor it was a book, where I saw the pedigree charts for the first time... a thing that quickly became my lifetime joy and passion. No, for the real beginning, I have to take you to one special place.
It's located almost in the middle of Europe, in a country called the Czech Republic. A small town on the river Morava, which has some arms here, one of them located just behind the pastures. These pastures belong to the Napajedla Stud - the name means "watering places" and the stud was founded in 1886 - long before anybody heard of the Claiborne Farm or the Coolmore Stud. It still keeps its unique, typically regional architecture, which gives this place a certain kind of spirit on its own. In the center of its premises, there's a famous "roundhouse", a stud's breeding place - and also a place where our great stallions are buried.
So, the real moment I never forgot was when I first entered the roundhouse. Seeing the graves, still carefully guarded in the grass... and walking under the construction where so many great stallions used to walk. Napajedla stud was a home of Master Kildare, the sire of the Derby Stakes winner Melton and grandsire of the American Hall of Fame member Sysonby; it's a place where Deux-Pour-Cent, the sire of famous Tantieme, died from heart failure before anybody could realize he'll have two Derby winners in only two crops... It's a place where the Washington D.C. International winner Behistoun spent his illustrious breeding career, siring numerous great horses, and also a place where the multiple Canadian champion Rainbows For Life became somewhat of a local Storm Cat of our modern days, to name only a few greats.
We visited this place for the first time shortly after my 16th birthday, and we kept returning in the following years, having many great memories from there. Including summer summer holidays, which we spent in the nearby camp, so we could wake up each morning before the sunrise and spend these magic moments photographing at stud's pastures...
Moreover, it was and still it is a very strong emotional connection not only to our local turf but also to the whole history of thoroughbred breeding. It's a place where you can physically feel all the generations passed and coming... the continuous chain of sire lines and families... and the generations of breeders and their precious work. And it's also the place where you can get the recognition that few things in life have so much sense as building and evolving things during the years and during the decades.
This recognition followed me since then through my whole life. And the older I am, the more I believe in it.
So, here we are. Trying to evolve something for the upcoming generations in our own way.
Origins ouf our project
I believe one more story deserves to be told.
The idea for this website wasn't born overnight. Actually, it has a very old predecessor. Eva and I are friends since our childhood, and the thing which brought us together was, of course, our passion for thoroughbred breeding and history. But we always shared also a fondness for research and analyses. During our high school years, we launched our first website about thoroughbreds and breeding - one of the firsts in our region, actually; it was long sixteen years ago, and we're really proud to say that we still run it.
It developed a lot during those years. One thing we started with was covering the weekly racing news worldwide - a very good experience, which taught me how to work under pressure like nothing else in the world. Later we started also comprehensive profiles of Czech stallions and analyses of our local mare families - and you can see the real start of this project in it. The internet technology was very limited back then - the tables were used to make layouts of the whole websites, and there was no such thing as lists, for example. Yet we - mostly Eva, to be honest - were able to make several hundreds of these profiles, and created a great library of information about our local breeding, which still remains unique in our region.
It earned Eva the reputation of the real expert on regional thoroughbred breeding. As for me, well... I became more concentrated on photography and web design, which both became my profession. Sweet high school and university years were long gone, time went by so quickly in our personal lives, and the website somehow existed. But the life brought us together after several years and we decided to get the website back to life. We redesigned it, gave it a modern outlook and also used modern HTML codes. It was during this process when we realized how many new data forms and new structures can be used for the online thoroughbred data presenting. Our old sleeping passion woke up in a dramatic way: during only a few months, we made a series of articles with these new technologies, the family schemes or new pedigree tables included.
But we didn't stop there. Our website is limited by what our readers are interested in, but we had many more ideas what would be worth compiling and publishing. Both sires' and families' profiles, of course. But also timelines of stallions. Complete sirelines. Stallions' influence through females. Stallion exports... And others. And moreover, we realized many of these things actually AREN'T published yet even about the international thoroughbred breeding, or about the major sires of the world.
Once we realized this, there was only one step left to be made... and we made it.
We bring into this project 16 years of a hard work. We were everything from turf writers, track and stud photographers, pedigree researchers, freelance authors, webdesigners, webmasters, editors, statisticians and once again, turf writers. We never hoped we will launch such a gigantic project, but now that it's here, it's a great feeling. We only hope our readers will share it with us.
Jana Nemeckova, Eva Holubcova