I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown chances received a cold reality check when the colt
was injured before the race and retired.
There’s no doubt the major stud farms are courting I’ll Have Another’s
owner Paul Redam and we’ll read the announcement within the next few months as
to which stud farm will receive the honor of standing the son of Flower
takes a special horse and the perfect circumstances to win the Kentucky Derby
and come back just two weeks later to triumph in the Preakness, but one would think
that a colt who can win two of the most prestigious races for three year olds
in America would pass along the superior genes that helped him beat the best of
his generation. There are two aspects to a stallion’s success or failure in the
breeding shed, his stud fee and pedigree.
1997, seven three year olds pulled off the Kentucky Derby/Preakness double and headed
to Belmont to vie for the Triple Crown. Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic, War Emblem, Funny Cide (gelding),
Smarty Jones, Big Brown and I’ll Have Another.
Out of the seven, only four had a realistic chance to win, based upon
their pedigree and running style.
Although I’ll Have Another didn’t contest the Belmont Stakes, he
certainly had the pedigree and running style to win the race.
Silver Charm, whose opening fee was $25,000
stands with his stablemate Charismatic (initial fee $35,000) for $3,700 yen in Japan. War
Emblem joined his counterparts in 2002 after being sold for $17.7 million. He’s proved to be extremely picky about his
female dates and hasn’t produced much in the way of progeny. So far, he’s sired
eight blacktype winners from a handful of mares. Understandably, his stud fee
the six colts to stand at stud, the highest original stud fee was commanded by
Smarty Jones at $100,000. The undefeated colt was less than stellar in the
breeding shed. From five racing crops, Smarty Jones has sired 13 stakes
winners, only 4% of his foals to race. Typically, his stud fee plummeted. He
relocated to Pennsylvania and currently stands for $7,500. Smarty Jones
shuttles to Brazil in the summer, but has only three foals of racing age there.
initial stud fee in 2008 was $65,000.
Normally, a stallion’s stud fee drops after his first year at stud and
remains stable until his initial crop of two year olds start to race. That crop determines if the following year’s
stud fee goes up, down or remains the same.
Big Brown currently stands for $35,000. His yearlings and two year olds
have been well received at auction. His babies hit the track this year, so we
may see a change in Big Brown’s fee for next year, depending on how his two
year olds fare at the races. So far, quite a few of Big Brown’s offspring are
breezing around the country, but none have raced.
The market trend
from paying high initial fees for new sires and their untested offspring
changed dramatically with the economy in 2008.
Stud fees for all except the top few sires dropped 50 – 70%. Over the
last five years, the highest initial stud
fees have raged from $75,000 for Curlin and Henrythenavigator in 2009 to
$35,000 for Uncle Mo in 2012.
That brings us
to I’ll Have Another. A lot will depend
on the other horses going to stud next year and their qualifications, but based
upon previous and current industry rates, it would be safe to say that I’ll
Have Another’s initial stud fee will be in the $30,000 - $40,000 range.
generally a good indicator of how well a stallion will do at stud. Sure, some stallions have excellent pedigrees
but wind up standing for $1,000 at a dusty backwater farm. It’s a matter of who
will pass along the DNA in the most favorable sequence. Mr. Prospector did. His full brothers Search
for Gold, Kentucky Gold, Red Ryder and Vaal Reef didn’t.
A couple of
factors in determining the potential of a stallion is how the sire line passes
along genes. Sire lines produce either the coveted sire of sires or broodmare
sires, stallions whose talents are passed along to daughters and their progeny.
I’ll Have Another is a product of the Mr. Prospector sire line through his son
Forty Niner. That one’s best son at stud
is undoubtedly Distorted Humor. Although
he never won a Grade 1 contest, Distorted Humor was a swift sprinter miler on
the track. Distorted Humor’s popularity and success at stud is his affinity to
pass along speed and stamina to his varied offspring, thus his $100,000 stud
Distorted Humor is
a young stallion and six of his sons went to stud in 2007. So far, most are not lighting the world on
fire as top sires. Only one, Sharp
Humor, immediately headed to the top of the First Crop sire lists, getting
plenty of precocious runners. He finished the year in sixth place, but has been
sold to stand in Korea.
other major sons at stud include Any Given Saturday, three crops to race, two
stakes winners, and this year’s freshmen sire Cowtown Cat, who is ranked 13th
on the First Crop Sire list with seven runners and two winners.
In the same 2007
crop as Sharp Humor and Any Given Saturday, I’ll Have Another’s sire Flower Alley got off to a slower start at stud. He has only six stakes winners from
126 runners. I’ll Have Another is a typical example of Flower Alley’s offspring,
improving with age and racing. Currently, his oldest crop are three year olds,
so we should see more stakes winners as they grow into four and five year olds.
Only time will tell if Flower Alley will become a solid sire of older horses or
if I’ll Have Another will be his only home run hit.
Another’s damsire Arch has only 11 crops of racing age, the same number as
Distorted Humor. Unlike that stallion, Arch’s sons didn’t go to stud until
2008. He has a few minor sons whose offspring will hit the track beginning this
year, however Arch’s most accomplished sons, Blame and Archarcharch, retired to
the breeding shed in 2011 and this year.
Prognoses for Arch’s prospects as a broodmare sire are excellent thus
far. His daughters bore only 58 foals,
with 46 to race. Of that small group,
ten are stakes winners and one, Uncle Moe, is a Champion.
The quality of a
stallion’s distaff family and their propensity to produce winning sons extends
beyond the influence of the damsire. Like
their sire counterparts, certain distaff families produce more Classic victors
than others. I’ll Have Another is a member of family 23-b (Turk Mare). This female family has now produced eight
Kentucky Derby winners, more than any other female line. Kingman started it in 1891 and other members
of this family include Zev (1923), Tim Tam (1958), Affirmed (1978), Winning
Colors (1988), Lil E Tee (1992), Mine That Bird (2009) and now I’ll Have
Another. The best stallions deriving
from the family of 23-b have passed their quality on as broodmare sires rather
than sires of sires. The various branches of this family tree include
Discovery, damsire of Native Dancer (second sire of Mr. Prospector), the
aforementioned Affirmed, Chief’s Crown and Smart Strike.
I’ll Have Another’s dam Archs
Gal Edith showed talent in winning her only start. She is a young broodmare who has produced
only four foals and so far, she’s developing into a solid, reliable mare. Three
of her foals have raced thus far. Her 2007 gelded son Those Wer The Days (by Thunder
Gulch) is a decent allowance class runner with a 7-5-1-1 ($162,860) record.
Another gelded son born in 2008, When Willy Win (by Soto), is an allowance/claimer
with a 15-6-2-4 ($70,476) record. I’ll
Have Another’s 2010 half-sister Gloria S (by Tapit) has yet to make her appearance
on the track.
The second dam Force Five
Gal (by Pleasant Tap) was a slow developer, needing 13 starts to win her
maiden. She was an allowance class
runner who placed in a minor stakes race.
As a broodmare, she bore seven foals four are winners. Three of her
offspring made over $100,000 the hard way at the lower claiming level.
I’ll Have Another’s third
dam Last Cause (by Caucasus) was an allowance class runner who placed in the
Grade 3 Miss Grillo as a two year old. Last Cause bore ten foals, nine made it
to the track. Besides Force Five Gal, three others were stakes placed. Only two of Last Cause’s seven daughters
produced foals with blacktype, and none were winners.
Have Another’s fourth dam Last Bird is his closest female relative to produce notable black type. Last Bird
(by Sea Bird) bore Roanoke, winner of the G-2 Young American Stakes and the 1
1/8 mile Californian (G-1). Last Bird is
also the fourth dam of CashCall Futurity (G-1) Champ Into Mischief.
We have to go back to I’ll
Have Another’s fifth dam Patelin, a blue hen, to find a direct link to stakes
Overall, the quality of I’ll
Have Another’s distaff line is solid, but not spectacular. The runners they
produce are sound claiming/allowance types.
The one distinction the current
top twenty leading sires share is a quality distaff family. One or more of these
leading sires’ first three dams own stakes wins, many in graded stakes and the
majority of the stallions have a blue hen (superior female) within their first five
generations. I’ll Have Another has a blue hen as his fifth dam, however, this
particular branch of the distaff line is patently average, with stakes winners
being the exception rather than the norm.
I’ll Have Another carries
linebreeding to Mr. Prospector, Northern Dancer and way back in his seventh
generation is some cross-breeding (through sire and dam) to Bold Ruler. I’ll
Have Another also carries the blood of Hail To Reason through two of his top
turf descendants, Sadlers’ Wells and Roberto. I’ll Have Another’s pedigree is
inclusive of the most popular modern bloodlines and should mix
will with a wide variety of mares.
Conformation wise, I’ll
Have Another is an average sized, yet powerfully built stallion who resembles
his sire. His pasterns are a little long, but overall, he has good bone. I’ll Have Another has a fluid gait with good
extension and no wasted motion.
In summary, Distorted
Humor may yet get a son who will be as brilliant at stud as he is. Flower Alley
may be one of those stallions who need several years to prove their worth. I’ll Have Another’s female family doesn’t
lend itself to brilliance. I’ll Have
Another’s offspring overall won’t be precocious. They’ll prefer to run at least
a mile and should do well over all surfaces.
By Laurie Ross, Horse Racing Nation Pedigree Expert