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Bloodstock consultant Jack Werk dies
JACK Werk, founder of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants and the eNicks online mating and stallion promotion service, passed away on Sunday in California after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
Werk founded Werk Thoroughbred Consultants in the late 1980s and over the next 20 years developed it into a leading pedigree consulting company. Amonghis many innovations was the popular Werk Nick Rating, which determines the success of different crosses using a grading system, and in 2004, the online mating assistance facility eNicks.com.
"With the remarkable success of eNicks," said bloodstock commentator Sid Fernando who will help maintain Werk's company, "Jack has left the company stronger than it's ever been. We're all devastated at losing Jack, but his most heartfelt wish was that the company go on, and he put a solid plan in place that promises the thoroughbred industry WTC's high standard of service for a long time to come."
When advisor to the late Eduardo Gaviria, Werk Thoroughbred Consultants recommended the mating that produced 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Real Quiet. More recently he recommended that which produced this year's Kentucky Derby favourite Lookin at Lucky.
Werk also founded the monthly pedigree journal Owner-Breeder in 1987 alongside Daily Racing Form "Bloodlines" columnist, Leon Rasmussen, and five years later launched the pedigree software, CompuSire, with Roger Lyons.
Werk is survived by his daughter Kris and son Steve. A memorial service, yet to be scheduled, will be held in Fremont and will be open to friends and family.