Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Observations from a Historic Fasig-Tipton July Sale

The first yearling sale of the year in Kentucky is in the books and it was a history maker. Numbers were up and for the first time since 2006, a seven figure yearling was seen in the Fasig-Tipton July Sale ring.

Medaglia d’Oro was the king of the sale, but more than one young sire made their presence known here as did a few buyers. Read on for some observations made at the sale and some horses and people you should watch out for later in the year.

Medaglia d'Oro
Medaglia d’Oro – Days after New Money Honey gave him another Grade 1 victory to add to his stallion resume, Medaglia d’Oro was back in the headlines as the sire of the first $1-million yearling at the Fasig-Tipton July sale since 2006 and first filly to bring that price since 1982. The filly, out of the stakes placed Malibu Moon mare Hung the Moon, helped create fireworks at the end of the sale when she went through the ring with less than 10 hips left. The filly, consigned by Bluewater Sales, is one of five yearlings by the stallion sold for seven figures in the past four years.

Young Sires – Eighteen year old Medaglia d’Oro had the sale topper but the top 18 (four brought $200,000 to round out the list) highest priced yearlings were mostly sired by younger stallions. Eight of the 13 stallions with yearlings on that top 18 list are 12 years old or younger with three (Cairo Prince, Strong Mandate, Verrazano) having first yearlings and three others (Orb, Maclean’s Music, Shackleford) having only two crops of racing age on the track.

Of the 65 yearlings to sell for six figures (in the ring and during private sales as of the night of July 11), 37 (56.9 percent) are by stallions 10 years of age or younger. Digging even farther, 16 of those 65 (24.6 percent) are by stallions who have first crop yearlings this year.

Verrazano 
Numbers – The $1-million filly helped boost the gross total of the sale above last year’s number and the average and median to $93,645 and $70,000 respectively, as well. But even removing her from the average calculations saw the average rise 2.6 percent (with the filly in, the average rose 8.8 percent) while the number of horses sold dropped from 183 to 172, though 49 less horses went through the ring. The number of horses not sold as of Tuesday night dropped by 38.

Nine horses sold for $250,000 or more, 66 sold for $100,000 or more and 10 returned home to their owners after RNAing for $100,000 or more. One hundred and seven different buyers (including agents who included other names on their tickets) signed for the 172 horses sold in the ring or purchased privately afterward.
                                          
Cairo Prince – Cairo Prince was injured and retired before his full talent was seen on the track but if the July Sale is any indication, buyers believe in the Pioneerof the Nile son’s talent as a sire. Cairo Prince had eight go through the ring with all selling when the hammer dropped or shortly after (he had two private purchases.) Of those eight, six brought $100,000 or more with two landing in the top 18 most expensive horses. His most expensive was a colt out of Turtle Beach, who brought $265,000 and led the session for a while after taking the lead from another Cairo Prince colt out of stakes placed Tesoro de Amor, who sold for $260,000. With these early results, keep an eye on this stallion as we get farther into the sales season this year.

Kenny McPeek – Trainer Kenny McPeek will have a barn full of 2-year-olds next year if he gets to train all the horses he purchased at this sale. McPeek purchased nine yearlings for a total of $1,040,000 and an average of $115,556. His most expensive is an Orb colt out of Aurora Prospect purchased for Fern Circle while his least expensive was a $40,000 I Want Revenge filly out of stakes placed Whiletheiron’shot for Jim Morris. Overall, according to how he signed the tickets, McPeek bought horses for five different clients on Tuesday.

Into Mischief's Hip  277 (sold for $165,000) as a foal
Into Mischief – One of the hottest sires out there right now, it’s not a big surprise Into Mischief was a big deal at this sale but he seemed to pop up everywhere. Of the 10 Into Mischief yearlings to go through the ring, five sold for a total of $955,000 and an average of $191,000 with three others RNAing for $150,000 or more. His most expensive was a $300,000 colt out of Diamond Fancy Free while none of his others to sell brought under $100,000. Overall, it was a good day for Spendthrift and the stallion.

OXO Equine – Larry Best has been buying horses under the OXO Equine name for less than a year but he’s been making a big splash every time he goes to a sale. The new owner bought four 2-year-olds earlier this year for a total of $4.75-million and added a $1-million yearling to that tally when he purchased the Medaglia d’Oro filly talked about earlier. Best doesn’t seem to be taking the quantity approach to buying with just seven horses in his barn according to Blood-Horse but the amount of money he’s willing to spend could make the upcoming yearling sales interesting. Perhaps in good news for consignors, Best isn’t afraid to drop big bucks on fillies as three of his five purchases this year have been fillies with two topping their respective sales. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Checking In On: High Priced Fasig-Tipton July Sale Graduates

We travel to Kentucky for the fourth edition of this series where the Kentucky yearling sales season is quickly approaching with Fasig-Tipton’s July sale taking place on July 11.

This blog, we look back and see what the top 10 most expensive horses at this sale every year from 2013 to 2015 are up to. The 2016 graduates are not included in this blog as they are 2-year-olds and many 2-year-olds have not yet made a start.

2015 Fasig-Tipton July Sale
So Fancy (Tapit x French Dip – Speightstown filly) – The $500,000 sales topper, So Fancy has raced five times in her career, breaking her maiden in her fourth start at the end of December. She last raced on Feb. 18 and hasn’t had any works since that seventh place finish in the Wide Country Stakes.

Our Souper Star (Scat Daddy x Starbourne (IRE) – Sadler’s Wells colt) – Selling for $385,000, Our Souper Star was a $400,000 pinhook at the Fasig-Tipton Select 2-Year-Olds In Training sale last year. He has not yet raced and has no recent works.

Censure (Blame x Private Opinion – Deputy Minister gelding) – A $20,000 weanling, Censure came back less than a year later to sell for $335,000 at this sale. He has yet to break his maiden and is now a gelding. He last finished fifth on June 9, 2017 and has worked multiple times since that race.

Silencer (Quality Road x Out For Revenge - Bernardini filly) – The fourth most expensive horse in July 2015, Silencer made her first start in late November last year before breaking her maiden in her second start on June 24 of this year by a neck.

Princess Addy (Quality Road x She’s Justa Friend – Hussonet filly) – Returning to the Fasig-Tipton ring in February 2017, Princess Addy sold for $12,000 after selling for $300,000 as a yearling here. She hasn’t yet raced and has no recent works.

Quality Road had two horses in the top 10 at the 2015 sale.
Harlan’s Dynamo (Harlan’s Holiday x Woeful – Medaglia d’Oro gelding) – Harlan’s Dynamo has raced five times so far and has yet to hit the board. He hasn’t worked or raced since May 22, 2017.

Swimsuit Issue (Scat Daddy x Cover Girl Elle – Out of Place filly) – Winning in her first start in March by half a length, Swimsuit Issue was then third in a Keeneland allowance in April. Swimsuit Issue finished fifth on May 21 and seems to be on a break as she hasn’t worked since.

Monetary System (Ghostzapper x Her Smile – Include colt) – Reoffered as a 2-year-old and sold for $25,000, Monetary System has hit the board twice in five career starts. His last race was a sixth place finish on June 15, he returned to the work tab on July 1.

Inouye (Dialed In x Magic Smoke - Smokester colt) – Sold for $270,000, Inouye hasn’t yet raced and has no recent works.

Geom Noa (Malibu Moon x Storm’s Darling colt) – Sold for $270,000 at this sale, Geom Noa then brought $20,000 at the OBS June 2-Year-Olds and Horses in Training sale. Exported to South Korea, he has raced five times with his best being a third on June 17 of this year.

2014 Fasig-Tipton July Sale
Cowboy’s Hero (Cowboy Cal x Refugee – Unaccounted For colt) – Coming a year and a half after his half-sister Executiveprivilege won multiple Grade 1s and months after his half-brother Hoppertunity looked like he’d be one of the favorites for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby before an injury sidelined him, it was no surprise this colt was the $550,000 sale topper here. He RNAed as a 2-year-old for $600,000 and made his debut later that year. It took him five tries and nearly 20 months later but Cowboy’s Hero broke his maiden by 3 ½ lengths on July 6 of this year at Delaware Park.

Cowboy's Hero's half-brother Hoppertunity
Enlightened Bliss (Blame x Princess Birdeye – Indian Charlie colt) – The second most expensive purchase at $410,000, Enlightened Bliss has not yet raced and has no recent works.

Chicago Blues (Unbridled’s Song x Bet on the Blue – E Dubai gelding) – Running 14 times, Chicago Blues has one win and five other on-the-board finishes. He has run in claiming races in all but two of his starts but has never been claimed, though he started his career with Chuck and Maribeth Sandford and currently runs for owner-trainer Louie Roussel III. He last raced on July 8 where he finished second.

Opening Remark (Harlan’s Holiday x Invitation - Vindication colt) – Making 18 starts in his career so far, Opening Remark has one win and four other on-the-board finishes. While he broke his maiden in a maiden claimer early in his career (and was claimed), he spent the next seven starts in allowances and stakes before dropping to claimers full time in November of last year. He has not been claimed in any of those starts and has finished second in his last two starts, including on July 1, 2017.

Safe Passage (Congrats x Northern Station – Street Cry (IRE) gelding) – Safe Passage has hit the board in four of his 10 career starts and broke his maiden in his latest start on July 9. Sold as a 3-year-old at the Keeneland November sale last year for $20,000, Safe Passage has made seven starts this year, hitting the board in half of them with his last run coming on July 9.

Tough But Sweet (Candy Ride (ARG) x True Legacy (GB) – A.P. Indy gelding) – Making his debut in mid-June of his 3-year-old year, Tough But Sweet finished sixth. He came back two months later when he finished second by half a length. He hasn’t raced since and doesn’t have any recent works.

Majestic Endeavor (Lookin At Lucky x Her She Kisses – Dehere gelding) – Finishing second in his second start, Majestic Endeavor showed promise early on but took six more starts to break his maiden, dropping down to the maiden claiming ranks for a $7,500 tag when he won by 2 ½ lengths on June 7, 2017. His next start came on June 25 where he finished 10th.

Lookin At Lucky
Conquest Harlequin (Harlan’s Holiday x Time for a Crown – Time For a Change gelding) – A $235,000 yearling, Conquest Harlequin won in his third start at Keeneland last April by 1 ¾ lengths. He hit the board three times after that last year, including after he was sold at the Conquest dispersal for $55,000. He won in his third start for his new connections and was claimed for $40,000 in the race. His most recent start was on June 26 where he finished second.

Lunar Empress (Malibu Moon x Holy Princess – Holy Bull filly) – A winner in her third start after finishing second twice before that, Lunar Empress has proven to be a very useful filly, only finishing off the board once in her 10 starts. Overall, she’s won twice and her fourth came in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes last December. Her last race was a third place finish in an allowance optional claiming race on April 14.

Conquest Enforcer (Into Mischief x Keen Victory – Victory Gallop colt) – Breaking his maiden in a stakes race as a 2-year-old, Conquest Enforcer won three straight stakes races before finishing third in the Grade 2 Play the King Stakes last August. Dropping back to the ungraded level, he won the Allied Forces Stakes then jumped back up to the graded stakes level where he finished third. Sold in the Conquest dispersal for $785,000 last November, he won the Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes in his first start for his new connections then was third in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes. He’s tried a variety of surfaces and distances in his last three outs but his best finishes have been a pair of fifths. He last ran on June 10 when he finished 10th in the Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational.

2013 Fasig-Tipton July Sale
Amaroni (Desert Party x Lil Cozette – Kris S mare) – Sold for the sales topping $460,000 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton after being an $85,000 weanling, Amaroni never raced. She was sold at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale for $27,000 and had a Caleb’s Posse colt in February of this year.

Affirmed Reality (Bellamy Road x Affirmed Dancer – Affirmed gelding) – A $420,000 yearling, Affirmed Reality has never raced and has no recent works.

Get Happy (Tapit x Sunny Morning – Tale of the Cat gelding) – After selling for $375,000 at this sale in 2013, he then brought down the hammer for $385,000 as a 2-year-old but wasn’t sold. He made his first start in August of his 3-year-old year when he finished sixth then returned nearly a year later where he made two off-the-board starts. He has no recent works.

Conquest Kronos (Kantharos x Candescent – Silver Deputy gelding) – Breaking his maiden in his second start in a maiden claiming races, Conquest Kronos has spent most of his time in the claiming ranks. He’s won two races so far in his career and finished second or third eight other times for $89,765 in earnings so far. He was sold to Pink N Blue Stable last November in the Conquest Stable dispersal for $22,000 and races for King Star who he won for in his third start after the auction. He’s finished in the top three in three of his six starts since the auction.

Conquest Splendida (Harlan’s Holiday x Rockin’ Kate – Seneca Jones mare) – Another Conquest Stable buy at this sale, Conquest Splendida never made it to the races and unfortunately has a death certificate on file at The Jockey Club that was filed in 2014.

Harlan's Holiday
Son of Oahu (Pioneerof the Nile x Honolulu Heat – Silver Deputy gelding) – After selling for $40,000 as a weanling, Son of Oahu sold for $260,000 at this sale. He’s won one of his 15 starts and finished in the top three five other times for earnings of $64,720 so far in his career. He was sold one other time after this sale, bringing $30,000 at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale as a 2-year-old. He last raced on June 21, 2017 and returned back to the work tab on July 8.

Born Special (Pulpit x Referendum – Unbridled mare) – Sold for $250,000 at this sale, Born Special never raced. She had her first foal, a New Year’s Day filly in 2016 and a Hard Spun filly this year.

Conquest Superstep (Super Saver x Dance Alexa – Southern Halo mare) – Sold for $97,000 as a weanling, Conquest Superstep was sold for $250,000 as a yearling to Conquest Stable. She broke her maiden in her fourth start after two second place finishes and won again two starts later before finishing second in the Fleet Indian Stakes at Saratoga. The filly went on a bit of a dry spell after that, finishing either fourth or fifth for seven straight starts but has finished second and third, respectively, in her last two starts this June and July. As part of the Conquest dispersal, she sold for $135,000 in November.

Gemonade (Lemon Drop Kid x A Little Gem – Yonaguska mare) – Sold for $210,000 here, Gemonade has spent most of her career in the claiming ranks where she’s won one start but finished in the top three 15 other times for $44,579 in 35 career starts. Her most recent start came on June 24 of this year.


Conquest Bespoke (Speightstown x Haute Couture – Medaglia d’Oro gelding) – Bought for $200,000, Conquest Bespoke must have been highly thought of, starting his race career in the 2014 Oak Tree Juvenile Stakes. Dropped back down into Maiden Special Weight races when he returned to the track a year later, he finished second in his second start then won his third. He raced two more times after that victory, not hitting the board in either start. Sold for $20,000 at the Conquest dispersal, Conquest Bespoke was sent to Trinidad and Tobago where he has had success. Winning his second race at the track, Conquest Bespoke has been second in two Grade 1 races at the track. According to Equibase, his latest race was the Grade 2 Arima Race Club Cup where he finished sixth on May 30, 2017.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Keeping It In the Family: Patriotic Day at Belmont Headlined By U.S Connections

A month after the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, another top day of racing takes place at the track on Saturday with the Stars and Stripes festival. With five graded stakes being run for a combined $3.7-million in purses, including two $1-million+ races, it has attracted horses from both sides of the Atlantic.

Before you sit back and enjoy the show, here are some facts to enjoy as you warm up (or cool off for those of you in hot areas) for the races.

By the Numbers – Forty-one horses are entered to run in Belmont Park’s five graded stakes on Saturday with three of the races open only to 3-year-olds and the biggest purses offered to 3-year-old turf horses with the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks and Grade 1 Belmont Derby. Thirty-nine different stallions have runners with Claiborne’s War Front having the most at three. Thirty-eight different damsires will have runners as well with three having two entries each.

Northern Dancer leads all sirelines with 17 stallions siring runners here with Mr. Prospector’s line second with seven, A.P. Indy third with six and Hail to Reason with five. Other lines with runners are In Reality (through Tiznow’s son Tizway) with one runner and Holy Bull and Macho Uno keeping the Rough’n Tumble sireline active with two.

In Reality’s line is also active through the bottom side of a pedigree with his great-grandson Tiznow siring the dam of one runner. Sword Dancer is one with a runner coming from the damsire side of pedigrees while the Never Bend line has two runners. Northern Dancer just beats out the Raise a Native/Mr. Prospector line with 13 damsires from the line compared to that line’s 12 (Mr. Prospector’s branch of the Raise a Native line is responsible for all but one of those stallions). A.P. Indy and sons account for seven broodmares with runners here (through six stallions including A.P. Indy) with Hail to Reason’s line having three broodmares with runners.

Sires and Damsires – Four different stallions are both the sire of one runner and the damsire of another in the five graded stakes races on the card. Those four account for nine of the 41 runners (22 percent) in those races with Awesome Again contributing the most runners at three with two out of his daughters. He is joined by Bernardini, Galileo and Tapit.

Damsires With Runners
Name
Sire
Sire Line
Branch
# Rnrs
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew
Seattle Slew
Seattle Slew
2
Awesome Again
Deputy Minister
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
2
Bernardini
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Brahms
Danzig
Northern Dancer
Danzig
1
Came Home
Gone West
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Canadian Frontier
Gone West
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Dansili
Danehill
Northern Dancer
Danzig
1
Dare and Go
Alydar
Raise a Native
Alydar
1
Demidoff
Mr. Prospector
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Deputy Commander
Deputy Minister
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
1
Distorted Humor
Forty Niner
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
2
Dixie Union
Dixieland Band
Northern Dancer
Dixieland Band
1
Dubai Millennium
Seeking the Gold
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Dynaformer
Roberto
Hail to Reason
Roberto
1
Empire Maker
Unbridled
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Forestry
Storm Cat
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
1
Galileo
Sadler's Wells
Northern Dancer
Sadler's Wells
1
Gilded Time
Timeless Moment
Sword Dancer
Damascus
1
Great Commotion
Nureyev
Northern Dancer
Nureyev
1
Houston
Seattle Slew
Seattle Slew
Seattle Slew
1
Johar
Gone West
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Malibu Moon
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Mark of Esteem
Darshaan
Never Bend
Mill Reef
1
Mr. Prospector
Raise a Native
Raise a Native
Raise a Native
1
Pulpit
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Red Ransom
Roberto
Hail to Reason
Roberto
1
Regal Classic
Vice Regent
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
1
Seeking the Gold
Mr. Prospector
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Smart Strike
Mr. Prospector
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Smokester
Never Tabled
Never Bend
Never Tabled
1
Songandaprayer
Unbridled's Song
Raise a Native
Mr. Prospector
1
Sunday Silence
Halo
Hail to Reason
Halo
1
Tapit
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Theatrical
Nureyev
Northern Dancer
Nureyev
1
Tiznow
Cee's Tizzy
In Reality
Relaunch
1
Toccet
Awesome Again
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
1
Unfuwain
Northern Dancer
Northern Dancer
Northern Dancer
1
Unusual Heat
Nureyev
Northern Dancer
Nureyev
1

Commercial Market – Twenty-seven of the horses racing in the graded stakes have gone through an auction ring at least once in their life with 25 selling at least one of the times they went through the ring. The most expensive is the Irish-bred filly Key to My Heart, by Galileo and out of U.S. Grade 1 winner A Z Warrior, who sold in Book 1 at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2015 for 1.3 million guineas ($2,067,429US, according to Equibase). The least expensive was Dynatail, by Breeders’ Cup winner Hightail and out of the Dynaformer mare Southern Dynamo, who sold for $5,000 as a 2-year-old after bringing $6,000 as a yearling.

Mind Your Biscuits, Grizzel and Follow Me Crev all tie for the most times through the ring with three each. Grizzel was the only one to sell all three times with a jump from $35,070 as a weanling to $112,132 as a 2-year-old, a 219.73 percent increase in his price in less than two years. Matt King Coal gets the award for biggest percentage jump in prices with his price jumping from $25,000 as a yearling to $250,000 as a 2-year-old for a 900 percent change.

The Belmont Derby has the highest average and median sales prices of any of the races with the six horses in the race who went through the ring bringing an average of $474,032 and a median of $482,580. The most expensive of that group was the $1.15-million Whitecliffsofdover while the least expensive was Senior Investment at $95,000. The race with the lowest average and median is the Grade 2 Belmont Sprint Championship with an average of $132,333 and median of $47,000. The most expensive in the race is Unified while the least expensive is the $25,000 Tommy Macho.

Representing Their Countries – With the races staged in the United States, it’s no surprise that U.S.-breds make up the biggest number of horses in the five races with 33 entries. Digging a little deeper, Kentucky-breds beat out all other country- and state-breds combined with 25 entries from the state compared to 16 bred everywhere else. Ireland leads the rest of the states and countries with five entries, followed by Florida with four. Perhaps the most surprising isn’t that eight countries/states are represented here but that New Jersey has more entries than England, Japan or Canada (all with one each) and ties with New York.

One country we don’t often see in U.S. entries is Japan. Belmont Derby entrant Yoshida was born in the country before he was bought by foreign interests for $765,160 at the Japan Racing Horse Association Sale of Yearlings and Weanlings as a yearling and imported to the United States. The colt, who has impressed in his early starts for WinStar Farm, Head of Plains and other partners is the second choice on the morning line.

The 34 still-active sires with runners here stood in eight different countries (Australia, France, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Uruguay, United States) and five states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New York) in 2017. Twenty-four of the active stallions stood in the U.S. in 2017 while Ireland has three and Uruguay has two, the rest of the countries listed above all have one each.

Locations Where Entries Were Bred
Location
Number of Runners
Kentucky
25
Ireland
5
Florida
4
New York
2
New Jersey
2
Great Britain
1
Canada
1
Japan
1

Adena – Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs’ stallion roster quietly continues to sire top class runners on big race days and this card is no exception. Three of their stallions have runners here with half-brothers Awesome Again and Macho Uno in addition to Awesome Again’s son Ghostzapper all having one runner each. It’s safe to say Stronach’s purchase of Primal Force for $95,000 in the early 1990s paid off as the mare is the dam of both Awesome Again and Macho Uno and without her, Stronach also wouldn’t have Ghostzapper. As said above, Awesome Again is also the damsire of two runners and is responsible for other sires and damsires on the card …

Fathers & Sons – … Which brings us to the next topic, fathers and sons with runners on the card.  Four stallions are the sires of both runners in the races and other sires with runners. Mineshaft leads that group with three sons (Cool Coal Man, Discreetly Mine, Hightail) with runners in addition to having a runner himself while Awesome Again has two sons (Ghostzapper, Awesome of Course) with runners. Both the late Holy Bull and late Harlan’s Holiday have one runner apiece while also having a son with a runner.

On the damsire front, five stallions both sired the dam of a runner and another damsire of a runner. Mr. Prospector leads them all with a daughter with a runner here and three sons who sired mares with runners in addition to being one of two stallions who has a son in this category as well with his son Seeking Gold siring Dubai Millennium. A.P. Indy has two sons with stakes producing daughters in at least one of the five races and his son Pulpit also sired Tapit, who is a damsire on the list. The only one who isn’t a son or sire of another stallion in this category is Awesome Again, whose Toccet is the damsire of a runner.

Holy Bull
Breeders – Forty different breeders bred or co-bred the horses in Saturday’s stakes with Calumet Farm and WinStar Farm the two breeders to have two entries apiece. Eleven of the breeders still own or co-own at least one of their entries with WinStar Farm privately selling part of Good Samaritan instead of sending him through the ring. WinStar also bred last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner New Money Honey but sold her as a yearling. Calumet’s two runners come in the Belmont Oaks and were sold for a combined $53,000 as yearlings at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. Both are by the farm’s stallions.

Hightail – One of those Calumet-breds is Dynatail, by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail. Standing for $2,500 at Trophy Club Training Center in Arkansas for Calumet, Hightail has only sired 12 horses aged a year or older (none of his 2017 crop has yet been registered but he bred his biggest book yet at 24 mares last year) with five foals of racing age including two 2-year-olds. From his three current 3-year-olds, only one has started but that is Dynatail. Dynatail has won two stakes in her career, including the Penn Oaks last out, and was only half a length from placing in a graded stakes back in March.

While a sample size of one is too small a size to really judge a stallion’s ability to produce talented or useful horses, Hightail may deserve a spot on Calumet’s Kentucky roster if Dynatail can run well in the Belmont Oaks. While he probably wouldn’t get much outside support from Kentucky breeders, that doesn’t seem to bug Calumet much as the farm uses its own broodmare band to give a nice amount of support to its stallions.

Stud Fees & Ages – The sire list for this card provides a wide range of stallion ages from Hightail and Sir Prancealot at seven years old to the late Holy Bull at 26 with the average age being 15.8 years old and the median trending a bit older than usual at 16. Of the 39 stallions with runners, 22 are over 15 years old.

The least expensive of all the stallions with runners here is Hightail at a fee of $2,500 with the highest advertised fee being Tapit at $300,000. Twenty seven of the 34 active stallions had advertised fees that I could find with an average fee of $62,908 and a median of $35,000.  Most were in the $35,000 or less range with 14 while another group of seven was between that fee and $99,999 and the final six were at $100,000 or more. There were large gaps in the stud fee ranges with no horses between $35,001 and $55,000 and none between $75,001 and $99,999.

Two stallions were listed as private (Galileo and Awesome Again) while five others didn’t have a 2017 fee that I could find (Henrythenavigator, Posse, Here’s Zealous, Discreetly Mine, Cool Coal Man).

Coolmore stood the most active stallions with runners of any farm in 2017 with five. Four stand at its U.S. branch while Galileo stands at its main farm in Ireland. Adena Springs and Lane’s End Farm come in with the second most stallions at three apiece while Darley, Spendthrift and Tally-Ho both stood two apiece. Twenty-four different farms stand active stallions with runners.

Coolmore resident Tale of the Cat

Hail to Reason - The Hail to Reason sireline is alive and well through multiple different lines on this card in both the sire and damsire categories. Five different stallions with runners are from the line thanks to the Roberto and Halo branches with two of the Roberto representatives being Dynaformer sons and a third being the late Arch.

Roberto and Halo again play top fiddle on the damsire side with Sunday Silence making a rare appearance on an American card thanks to Yoshida, Dynaformer siring both stallions and mares with runners and Red Ransom also playing his part. It’s not abnormal to see Hail to Reason with a runner or two when I’m doing these blogs but he seems to have more representatives than normal here.

Active Damsires – These stallions may average 24.6 years of age and have grandkids (or even great grandkids) running but 15 of the 38 damsires still stood at stud during the 2017 breeding season. The oldest active damsire is Distorted Humor at 24 years old, who stands for $80,000, while the youngest is the $100,000 Bernardini at 14 years old. While there are some more modest stud fees on a few of the stallions with Brahms standing for $2,000 in Arkansas, Came Home standing for $4,422 in Japan and Songandaprayer standing for $4,500 in Louisiana, the majority of the still-active stallions stand on the higher end of the stud fee range with an average of $79,497 and median of $77,500. As is often the case, Tapit is the most expensive stallion with an advertised fee at $300,000 while the six other stallions with advertised fees stand for $60,000 or more. Two stallions stand for a private fee while I couldn’t find advertised fees for three other active stallions.

The still active stallions stand in a wide range of places from the United States to Japan to Brazil to Saudi Arabia. In all, the 15 different stallions stand in six different countries and three different states. Six are from the Northern Dancer sire line while four are from the Mr. Prospector line, three are from the A.P. Indy line and one is from the In Reality line. WinStar Farm and Gaineswaty Farm stand the most active damsires of any farms with two apiece.

Sires With Runners in Graded Stakes at Belmont
Name
Sire
Sire Line
Branch
# Runners
Americain
Dynaformer
Hail to Reason
Roberto
1
Arch
Kris S
Hail to Reason
Roberto
1
Awesome Again
Deputy Minister
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
1
Awesome of Course
Awesome Again
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
1
Bernardini
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Candy Ride
Ride the Rails
Mr. Prospector
Fappiano
1
City Place
Storm Cat
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
1
Cool Coal Man
Mineshaft
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Curlin
Smart Strike
Mr. Prospector
Smart Strike
1
Discreetly Mine
Mineshaft
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Galileo
Sadler's Wells
Northern Dancer
Sadler's Wells
1
Get Stormy
Stormy Atlantic
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
1
Ghostzapper
Awesome Again
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
1
Giant's Causeway
Storm Cat
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
1
Harlan's Holiday
Harlan
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
1
Heart's Cry
Sunday Silence
Hail to Reason
Halo
1
Henrythenavigator
Kingmambo
Mr. Prospector
Kingmambo
1
Here's Zealous
Dehere
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
1
Hightail
Mineshaft
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Holy Bull
Great Above
Rough'n Tumble
Great Above
1
Into Mischief
Harlan's Holiday
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
1
Kitten's Joy
El Prado
Northern Dancer
Sadler's Wells
1
Kodiac
Danehill
Northern Dancer
Danzig
1
Lookin At Lucky
Smart Strike
Mr. Prospector
Smart Strike
1
Macho Uno
Holy Bull
Rough'n Tumble
Great Above
1
Medaglia d'Oro
El Prado
Northern Dancer
Sadler's Wells
1
Mineshaft
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
More Than Ready
Southern Halo
Hail to Reason
Halo
1
Mr. Big
Dynaformer
Hail to Reason
Roberto
1
Myboycharlie
Danetime
Northern Dancer
Danzig
1
Posse
Silver Deputy
Northern Dancer
Vice Regent
1
Quality Road
Elusive Quality
Mr. Prospector
Gone West
1
Scat Daddy
Johannesburg
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
1
Sir Prancealot
Tamayuz
Mr. Prospector
Gulch
1
Tale of the Cat
Storm Cat
Northern Dancer
Storm Bird
1
Tapit
Pulpit
Seattle Slew
A.P. Indy
1
Tizway
Tiznow
In Reality
Relaunch
1
Unbridled's Song
Unbridled
Mr. Prospector
Fappiano
1
War Front
Danzig
Northern Dancer
Danzig
3