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Bill's Columns
YOUNG SIRES: TWO MONTHS IN
Date: March 6th, 2018
This article originally appeared in BloodHorse Daily.
By Bill Oppenheim
Sires with their first 4-year-olds, and second crops of 3-year-olds, this year are at a critical juncture of their sire careers; either they will have sired something of Classic standard in one or both of their first two crops in the next couple of months, or they won't. Two months in to 2018, looking at the leading North American sires with first foals 2014 (4-year-olds of 2018), the impact of Classic and Grade One form on the "third-crop" (so called because their third crops have now reached racing age) cumulative progeny earnings is clear.
In fact, six North American third-crop sires are standing for $20,000 or more in 2018: the top five by cumulative progeny earnings plus current eighth-ranked Maclean's Music. Here's a brief rundown:
Darby Dan has the one-four from two nominees: the 2011 GI Florida Derby winner Dialed In, who was the surprise 2016 Leading North American Freshman Sire over Lane's End's Union Rags, has now regained the top spot by cumulative progeny earnings; while the 2011 GI Preakness and 2012 GI Met Mile winner Shackleford moved into fourth by virtue of the aptly-named Promises Fulfilled's upset win in the March 3 GII Fountain of Youth. WinStar's Bodemeister, sire of 2016 GI Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, who is aiming for a big comeback for the Pletcher barn, is second by cumulative progeny earnings, with Union Rags in third. Union Rags has four Grade I winners; no other F2014 North American sire has more than one.
Dialed In has seven Black-Type Winners and three Graded SW in his first two crops, including new Grade II winner Ms Locust Point, a 4-year-old filly from his first crop, this year. But Dialed In's marquee horse is Gunnevera, a dual Grade II winner of the Saratoga Special at two and the Fountain of Youth at three, also second to West Coast in the GI Travers, and third in the GI Florida Derby and, this year, third in the GI Pegasus, earning $1.3-million that day and taking his career earnings to nearly $3-million. He could try West Coast again in the $10-million G1 Dubai World Cup later this month.
Airdrie's Creative Cause got his third Grade III winner when My Boy Jack won the GIII Southwest S. at Oaklawn, throwing his hat in the ring as a Classic contender. Creative Cause ranks fifth among North American third-crop sires by cumulative progeny earnings, followed by Stay Thirsty, exported to California's Lovacres Ranch from Ashford this year, and The Factor, who actually leads this group by cumulative Black-Type Winners (9) but is standing in Japan this year. Hill 'n' Dale's Maclean's Music, who was the fastest maiden winner ever, according to the Beyer figures (114) and sired GI Preakness winner Cloud Computing right out of the box, ranks eighth. WinStar's Gemologist and Gainesway's Tapizar round out the top ten, both with cumulative progeny earnings to date over $4-million. Notable among the second ten are Spednthrift's Dominus (16th), a son of Smart Strike who has notched up a 4.31 APEX A Runner Index from limited chances; Crestwood's Get Stormy (18th), a really popular three-time turf Grade I winner by Stormy Atlantic trained by Tom Bush who is holding his own in salty company in the sire stakes; and Louisiana's Clear Creek Stud's Star Guitar (19th), the all-time money-winning Louisiana-bred and making a bid to be a top sire there, too.
Among Europe's third-crop sires, two sons of Galileo divide the spoils. Juddmonte's Frankel, the highest-rated racehorse of all time, blows everybody away with 20 Black-Type Winners, of which an amazing 16 are Group SW. He's also the money leader if you count Asian earnings in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, but without them he is number two in progeny earnings to Newsells Park's Nathaniel, the sire of Europe's 2017 Horse of the Year and $5-million earner, Enable, winner of five Group Ones including the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, both over colts. Ironically, Enable is bred and owned by Juddmonte. Darley's Helmet, an Australian-bred son of Exceed And Excel who has sired dual French Group 1 winner Thunder Snow, is third among European third-crop sires by cumulative progeny earnings, followed by Haras de Montfort et Preaux's Rajsaman, sire of dual 2017 French Classic winner Brametot; and Coolmore's Excelebration, another son of Exceed And Excel and sire of 2017 G1 St. James's Palace S. winner Barney Roy.
Among North American sires whose first crops are 3-year-olds this year - well, it's only the beginning of March so a lot is going to happen. As of this moment three sires have cumulative progeny earnings over $1.8-million: the one-two from last year's Leading Freshman Sire List, with Hill 'n' Dale's Violence, number two last year, going ahead of last year's winner, WinStar's Overanalyze, in the first two months of 2018. Well in front of them, and all other North American second-crop sires by 2018 progeny earnings, is Take Charge Indy, an A.P. Indy GI Florida Derby-winning half-brother to Will Take Charge who was also at WinStar, but was sold to Korea last year. His filly Take Charge Paula won the GIII Forward Gal and ran second in the GII Davona Dale on March 3, and his colt Noble Indy was third in the GII Risen Star at Fair Grounds. Taylor Made's Graydar, sire of GIII Robert B. Lewis winner Lombo, is second by 2018 earnings, with Violence third. Spendthrift's Jimmy Creed ranks fourth by cumulative progeny earnings, and has four Black-Type Winners and two GSW. Ashford's Declaration of War, whose first crop was sired in Ireland, has three BTW of which two are GSW, while the same firm's Shanghai Bobby and Darley's Animal Kingdom each have three BTW.
The only real action so far this year for European second-crop sires, with their first 3-year-olds this year, has either been in Dubai or in limited appearances on all-weather tracks in Europe. Society Rock, a sprinting son of Rock of Gibraltar who stood in Ireland but unfortunately died before he ever had a runner, was last year's Leading European Freshman Sire, and he still tops the list, ahead of Dabirsim, the top French 2-year-old of 2011 from Hat Trick's first crop. He stood in Germany to begin with but is now back at the Haras de Grandcamp where he is a very popular €30,000 stallion this year. Third is Tweenhills' Havana Gold, a son of Teofilo out of the very tough mare Jessica's Dream, and whose best win came in France's one-mile G1 Prix Jean Prat. Havana Gold's son Headway, who was second in last year's G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot, came back with an impressive last-to-first win in the seven-furlong Spring Cup S. on the all-weather at Lingfield on March 3 to kick-start his season. Coolmore's Camelot, the only one-mile Classic winner by Montjeu, is fourth on the European second-crop sires list by cumulative earnings, and certainly did enough last year to suggest he could be a big name in 2018.
Source: Bloodhorse
North American Sires with 1st Foals 2014
SIRE Yob His Sire ST Fee 18 Fee 13 1st Fls Starters Winners BTW GSW G1W $ Earnings $ YTD
Dialed In 2008 Mineshaft USA $25,000 $7,500 2014 107 62 7 3 0 7,061,512 1,864,667
Bodemeister 2009 Empire Maker USA $40,000 $30,000 2014 173 83 6 2 1 6,776,098 814,419
Union Rags 2009 Dixie Union USA $60,000 $35,000 2014 154 74 8 6 4 6,657,535 582,870
Shackleford 2008 Forestry USA $20,000 $20,000 2014 138 74 5 4 0 5,431,019 660,955
Creative Cause 2009 Giant's Causeway USA $20,000 $15,000 2014 124 73 8 3 0 5,229,298 729,909
Stay Thirsty 2008 Bernardini USA $5,000 $15,000 2014 121 76 4 1 0 5,060,180 508,487
The Factor 2008 War Front JPN 0 Yen $15,000 2014 160 87 9 2 1 5,027,124 680,441
Maclean's Music 2008 Distorted Humor USA $25,000 $6,500 2014 92 59 8 2 1 4,748,443 319,345
Gemologist 2009 Tiznow USA $15,000 $15,000 2014 137 81 5 2 1 4,301,601 517,873
Tapizar 2008 Tapit USA $12,500 $15,000 2014 128 72 3 1 0 4,013,033 539,126
Algorithms 2009 Bernardini USA $7,500 $7,500 2014 109 69 5 1 0 3,745,856 378,600
To Honor and Serve 2008 Bernardini USA $7,500 $20,000 2014 118 73 2 0 0 3,588,112 564,752
Hansen 2009 Tapit KOR - 0 Won 2014 88 62 3 1 0 3,006,777 216,065
Mission Impazible 2007 Unbridled's Song USA $7,500 $7,500 2014 76 33 2 1 0 2,746,348 305,794
Astrology 2008 A.P. Indy USA $4,000 $7,500 2014 91 56 2 1 0 2,618,785 243,589
Dominus 2008 Smart Strike USA $10,000 $6,500 2014 46 33 3 0 0 2,278,069 100,439
Overdriven 2009 Tale of the Cat Retired - $3,000 2014 68 43 1 0 0 2,029,740 239,789
Get Stormy 2006 Stormy Atlantic USA $5,000 $5,000 2014 93 39 3 1 0 2,024,947 268,466
Star Guitar 2005 Quiet American USA $7,500 $4,000 2014 57 37 5 0 0 1,993,902 296,946
Caleb's Posse 2008 Posse USA $3,500 $5,000 2014 49 36 2 0 0 1,842,132 191,460
Source: Bloodhorse
European Sires with 1st Foals 2014
SIRE Yob His Sire ST Fee 18 Fee 13 1st Fls Starters Winners BTW GSW G1W $ Earnings $ YTD
Nathaniel (IRE) 2008 Galileo (IRE) ENG £20,000 £20,000 2014 146 57 5 2 1 7,216,327 243,998
Frankel (GB) 2008 Galileo (IRE) ENG £175,000 £125,000 2014 123 67 20 16 2 5,818,083 97,488
Helmet (AUS) 2008 Exceed And Excel (AUS) ENG £12,000 € 8,000 2014 138 56 5 2 1 4,097,992 385,160
Rajsaman (FR) 2007 Linamix (FR) FR € 8,000 € 4,000 2014 144 39 3 2 1 3,424,439 207,910
Excelebration (IRE) 2008 Exceed And Excel (AUS) IRE € 8,000 € 20,000 2014 139 75 3 1 1 2,704,099 139,145
Sir Prancealot (IRE) 2010 Tamayuz (GB) AUS - € 6,000 2014 119 72 2 1 0 2,581,599 163,284
Bated Breath (GB) 2007 Dansili (GB) ENG £10,000 £8,000 2014 142 63 2 1 0 1,912,871 112,625
Harbour Watch (IRE) 2009 Acclamation (GB) Retired - £7,500 2014 144 64 3 1 0 1,866,546 110,624
Dragon Pulse (IRE) 2009 Kyllachy (GB) IRE € 8,000 € 6,000 2014 92 54 2 1 0 1,733,958 186,876
Casamento (IRE) 2008 Shamardal SWE - € 5,000 2014 143 55 2 0 0 1,718,839 126,115
Mayson (GB) 2008 Invincible Spirit (IRE) ENG £6,000 £6,000 2014 103 56 5 0 0 1,659,625 80,396
Foxwedge (AUS) 2008 Fastnet Rock (AUS) AUS - £7,500 2014 110 54 2 0 0 1,609,237 88,512
Power (GB) 2009 Oasis Dream (GB) NZ - € 10,000 2014 104 41 4 2 0 1,503,919 254,107
Born To Sea (IRE) 2009 Invincible Spirit (IRE) IRE € 5,000 € 10,000 2014 103 43 2 1 0 1,230,557 84,530
Rio de La Plata 2005 Rahy FR € 5,500 € 7,000 2014 49 22 3 0 0 1,118,856 58,572
Sepoy (AUS) 2008 Elusive Quality AUS £15,000 2014 129 49 6 3 0 1,109,853 79,213
Elzaam (AUS) 2008 Redoute's Choice (AUS) AUS - € 3,500 2014 71 32 1 0 0 938,786 21,162
Delegator (GB) 2006 Dansili (GB) Dead - £4,000 2014 72 31 1 1 0 910,395 50,630
Requinto (IRE) 2009 Dansili (GB) IRE € 5,000 € 4,000 2014 60 29 0 0 0 826,920 13,182
Tin Horse (IRE) 2008 Sakhee FR - - 2014 62 22 0 0 0 785,375 51,145
Source: Bloodhorse
North American Sires with 1st Foals 2015
SIRE Yob His Sire ST Fee 18 Fee 14 1st Fls Starters Winners BTW GSW G1W $ Earnings $ YTD
Violence 2010 Medaglia d'Oro USA $25,000 $15,000 2015 74 37 5 0 0 1,946,942 417,854
Overanalyze 2010 Dixie Union USA $15,000 $10,000 2015 77 32 4 0 0 1,920,877 288,221
Take Charge Indy 2009 A.P. Indy KOR - $20,000 2015 70 36 3 1 0 1,801,180 750,704
Jimmy Creed 2009 Distorted Humor USA $15,000 $12,000 2015 49 25 4 2 0 1,212,356 323,456
Shanghai Bobby 2010 Harlan's Holiday USA $15,000 $15,000 2015 66 19 3 0 0 1,189,188 252,040
Animal Kingdom 2008 Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) USA $30,000 $35,000 2015 47 13 3 1 0 1,087,120 172,426
Flat Out 2006 Flatter USA $7,000 $10,000 2015 58 28 1 0 0 1,047,134 330,622
Paynter 2009 Awesome Again USA $12,500 $25,000 2015 61 20 1 0 0 1,035,276 334,547
Graydar 2009 Unbridled's Song USA $7,500 $15,000 2015 65 26 1 1 0 1,028,545 472,818
Poseidon's Warrior 2008 Speightstown USA $6,500 $6,500 2015 32 9 1 1 1 874,723 276,257
Point of Entry 2008 Dynaformer USA $20,000 $25,000 2015 46 17 2 1 0 779,543 92,825
Morning Line 2007 Tiznow USA $7,500 $10,000 2015 34 19 2 0 0 770,995 288,039
Treasure Beach (GB) 2008 Galileo (IRE) USA $10,000 $10,000 2015 36 17 0 0 0 754,942 166,503
Alternation 2008 Distorted Humor USA $6,000 $7,500 2015 47 17 0 0 0 749,762 378,454
Declaration of War 2009 War Front USA $25,000 $40,000 2015 57 15 3 2 0 747,057 159,311
New Year's Day 2011 Street Cry (IRE) USA $5,000 $7,500 2015 30 15 0 0 0 741,110 120,840
Data Link 2008 War Front USA $5,000 $7,500 2015 56 13 1 0 0 713,224 215,992
Justin Phillip 2008 First Samurai USA $5,000 $5,000 2015 46 18 1 0 0 699,089 206,791
Orb 2010 Malibu Moon USA $25,000 $25,000 2015 46 14 1 0 0 698,177 101,673
Freedom Child 2010 Malibu Moon USA $3,000 $3,000 2015 18 8 1 0 0 669,687 131,636
Source: Bloodhorse
European Sires with 1st Foals 2015
SIRE Yob His Sire ST Fee 18 FEE 14 1st Fls Starters Winners BTW GSW G1W $ Earnings $ YTD
Society Rock (IRE) 2007 Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) Dead - € 8,000 2015 83 29 1 1 1 1,142,930 92,454
Dabirsim (FR) 2009 Hat Trick (JPN) FR € 30,000 - 2015 58 22 2 1 0 873,311 116,472
Havana Gold (IRE) 2010 Teofilo (IRE) ENG £15,000 £8,500 2015 69 24 3 2 0 710,975 65,770
Camelot (GB) 2009 Montjeu (IRE) IRE € 30,000 € 25,000 2015 78 22 2 1 0 638,714 97,251
Red Jazz 2007 Johannesburg IRE € 5,000 € 4,000 2015 67 22 0 0 0 563,380 55,133
Lethal Force (IRE) 2009 Dark Angel (IRE) ENG £8,000 £10,000 2015 65 32 0 0 0 548,433 172,446
Style Vendome (FR) 2010 Anabaa FR € 5,000 € 10,000 2015 39 10 0 0 0 455,022 105,367
Pedro the Great 2010 Henrythenavigator FR € 6,000 - 2015 24 10 2 0 0 436,733 71,393
Epaulette (AUS) 2009 Commands (AUS) IRE € 7,000 £7,000 2015 64 25 0 0 0 401,415 46,895
Most Improved (IRE) 2009 Lawman (FR) ARG - € 5,000 2015 40 17 1 0 0 397,998 18,832
Intello (GER) 2010 Galileo (IRE) ENG £20,000 £25,000 2015 42 12 1 0 0 387,660 34,251
Dawn Approach (IRE) 2010 New Approach (IRE) IRE € 20,000 € 35,000 2015 52 17 0 0 0 345,708 77,386
George Vancouver 2010 Henrythenavigator FR € 6,000 € 6,000 2015 38 10 0 0 0 338,694 79,736
French Fifteen (FR) 2009 Turtle Bowl (IRE) FR € 6,000 € 6,000 2015 26 8 1 0 0 310,482 23,047
Penny's Picnic (IRE) 2010 Kheleyf FR - - 2015 30 7 0 0 0 290,922 44,113
Maxios (GB) 2008 Monsun (GER) GER € 10,000 € 10,000 2015 34 9 0 0 0 284,765 5,921
Swiss Spirit (GB) 2009 Invincible Spirit (IRE) ENG £4,000 £4,500 2015 46 19 0 0 0 281,283 67,505
Shamalgan (FR) 2007 Footstepsinthesand (GB) FR - - 2015 6 4 0 0 0 250,107 115,414
Farhh (GB) 2008 Pivotal (GB) ENG £10,000 £12,000 2015 20 8 2 1 0 242,089 12,631
Reliable Man (GB) 2008 Dalakhani (IRE) FR € 7,000 € 6,000 2015 20 3 2 2 0 239,324 5,189
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