John Sparkman is my favorite living pedigree writer and third on the all-time list behind my late friend Leon Rasmussen (No. 1) and the late Abram S. Hewitt (No. 2) — who, as chance would have it, was introduced to big-time racing by my wife Cynthia’s great-grandfather, J.W. Colt. But, back to John. He has a new book out. Click here to see a brief video of John discussing the book.
Here’s a brief biography of John from the eMatings.com website:
JOHN P. SPARKMAN began his career in the thoroughbred industry in 1972 at Windfields Farm in Maryland, with Northern Dancer quite literally in his back yard. Moving to Lexington in 1974, he served as director of cataloging for the Jockey Club Information Systems for five years, and he also served on the Keeneland July sales selection committee. In 1979, Mr. Sparkman became general manager of William du Pont III’s Pillar Stud Inc., where he supervised building a major broodmare band and stallion operation. In 13 years at Pillar, Mr. Sparkman was responsible for breeding more than 45 stakes winners, including 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin and champions Noalcoholic and Rancho Ruler. After Pillar’s dispersal in 1992, Mr. Sparkman, assumed his current position as bloodstock editor of Thoroughbred Times. He also has contributed to Pacemaker, Racing Post, the Blood-Horse and other publications. His first book, Foundation Mares, was published in December, 2008, and is available from Thoroughbred Times. Mr. Sparkman’s private consulting firm, JPS Inc., also advises clients on matings and creates unique pedigree presentations.