Top Ten Freshmen Sires Review

August 27, 2014 03:54pm
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The summer meets across the country are in full swing, and the offspring of the freshmen sires are out in full force. The leading first-crop sire list is beginning to take shape, and will shift slightly by the end of the year, as the later maturing pedigreed foals gain ground on the early precocious types. Let’s review the top five first crop sires by number of winners.


Lookin at Lucky1.  LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike - Private Feeling, by Belong

     to Me) 

Stands at:  Ashford Stud, KY  Stud fee:  $15K

Current 2YO:  100

Runners:  23

Winners:  12 (52% winners)| Stakes winners: 2| Stakes placed: 3


Profile:  Lookin at Lucky is the latest champion son of Smart Strike to have offspring on the track. Horse of the Year Curlin and Turf Champ English Channel have done very well at stud. Curlin was #9 first crop sire, #3 second crop and is the current leading third crop sire besides ranking #6 on the national sire board. English Channel was #4 second crop and #6 third crop sire. Pretty good, considering his offspring are best as turf miler/routers. Lookin at Lucky is leading Freshmen Sire by number of winners.


Offspring:  Lookin at Lucky’s progeny have won over dirt, turf and he’s an exceptional Polytrack sire. His babies have been successful from 4 ½ furlongs to a mile.   Lookin at Lucky has two recent stakes winners, FOUR LEAF CHIEF won the six furlong Louisiana Cup Juvenile and SPIDER’S ALIBI was victorious the Graduation Stakes in Canada. His son LUCKY PLAYER was a tight second in a photo finish in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes after a fourth place finish in the Bashford Manor (G-3).  Lookin at Lucky is well on his way to a stellar career at stud.  His babies are winning early and often. They should be tough competitors through 1 1/8 miles, but it might get iffy after that point, unless there's solid stamina in the individuals distaff line.


2.    SUPER SAVER (Maria's Mon - Supercharger, by A.P. Indy) Super Saver

Stands at:  WinStar Farm, KY  $17,5000

Current 2YO:  116

Runners:  27

Winners:    8 (27%) | Stakes winners: 2 | Stakes placed: 2



Profile: Super Saver is the second of Maria's Mon's Kentucky Derby winning sons to stand at stud. Super Saver has one of the best distaff families of all the freshman sires. His dam Supercharger is nearing blue hen status.  From five starters, she has two graded stakes winners and two stakes placed runners. Super Saver descends from the same distaff line as the great Buckpasser and Private Account, the sire of champion and blue hen Personal Ensign. This should help impart class to his babies.  That, added with the stamina oriented genes should result in classy two-turn winners.


Offspring: Super Saver was exceptionally precocious as a two year old, and some of his offspring have inherited his early speed.  Super Saver has already sired two stakes winners.  HASHTAG BOURBON was an easy 4 ½ length winner of the Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes on August 2.  Just nine days later, Super Saver’s son I SPENT IT made headlines when he won the Saratoga Special (G-1) over more accomplished colts. Super Saver has one of the best distaff families of all the freshman sires. This should help impart class to his babies.  That, added with his stamina oriented genes, should result in classy two-turn winners.


 3.   WARRIOR'S REWARD (Medaglia d'Oro - For All You Do, by Warrior's Reward

      Seeking the Gold)

Stands at:  Spendthrift Farm   $12,500

Current 2YO:  104

Runners:  20

Winners:   7 (35% winners)| Stakes winners: 1| Stakes placed: 4



Profile:  Warrior's Reward is off to a huge start of building Medaglia d'Oro's reputation as a sire of sires. He won the Grade 1 Carter at seven furlongs and placed in stakes races from six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles over dirt, mud and Polytrack. 


Offspring:  Warrior's Reward is the surprise hit of the season.  He’s off to an excellent start at stud with seven winners and five stakes horses. His daughter  STRAWBERRY BABY won the 5 ½ furlong Prairie Gold Lassie. Another daughter, Unbridled Reward, was second in the Debutante at Churchill, while his son Bad Read Sanchez was second in the W.L. Proctor Memorial and third in the Best Pal Stakes (G-3).  Keep an eye on Warrior’s Reward offspring out of Seattle Slew line mares.  Three of his seven winners are out of mares by A.P. Indy, his son Pulpit and Cape Town. Warrior's Reward is off to an excellent start at stud. Although some of his babies are win-early types, he doesn't have a precocious pedigree and his offspring should mature into strong two-turn runners.   


4.   CONCORD POINT (Tapit - Harve de Grace, by Boston Harbor)Concord Point

Stands at:  Hill ‘n Dale Farms, KY   $7,500

Current 2YO:  46

Runners:  14

Winners:  6 (43%) | Stakes winners: 0 | Stakes placed: 1



Profile:  Concord Point is the latest son of Tapit to hit the breeding shed.  The pretty gray stallion won four of six starts, and was successful from 6 ½ furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.  He set a new track record at 1 1/16 miles in the Iowa Derby.  Concord Point has Rasmussen Factor breeding to the blue hen Foggy Note through the full siblings Moon Glitter and Relaunch.


Offspring: Concord Point’s babies have won from 5 furlongs to a mile. His daughter Jungle Story placed in the CTHS Sales Stakes at Assiniboia Downs in Canada. Concord Point’s moderately priced offspring are winning in Delaware, Gulfstream Park, Remata and in Canada.  Concord Point’s offspring should love the mud. He never raced over the surface, but his sire and damsire get decent mud runners. Additionally, Concord Point’s full and half siblings won/placed on off tracks. Look for them to handle turf, too. Concord Point’s full brother won over the turf and although Concord Point’s pedigree is primarily dirt oriented, his sire gets winners over every surface.



5.   HOLD ME BACK (Giant's Causeway - Restraint, by  Hold Me Back

      Unbridled's Song)

Stands at:  WinStar Farm  $6K

Current 2YO:  78

Runners:  15

Winners:  6 (40%) |Stakes winners: 0| Stakes placed: 2



Profile: Hold Me Back is a huge, well-balanced horse who excelled at longer distances. He won two stakes on the Polytrack, one at 1 1/8 miles the other at 1 ¼ miles.  The son of Giant’s Causeway was second in the Travers Stakes.  He has a commercially popular pedigree, and like many sons of Giant’s Causeway, his babies are winning early, yet they should improve with maturity and distance.


Offspring:  Hold Me Back has two stakes placed runners, Iknowsheknowsiknow was third in the Careless Navigator Overnight Stakes at Canterbury and Holdmesara placed in the Silver Cup Futurity Filly Division at Arapahoe Park.  Hold Me Back’s offspring have been victorious sprinting over dirt.  Watch out when they stretch out and hit the turf and Polytrack.




6.   SILVER CITY  (Unbridled's Song - Proposal, by Mt. Livermore)Silver City

Stands at:  Valor Farm, TX  $2K

Current 2YO:  19

Runners:  10

Winners: 6 (60%)  Stakes winners: 1| Stakes placed: 2



Profile: Silver City was an early season leading freshmen sire, but as the year progressed, he’s slipped to 69 in the standings by number of winners.  The dark gray son of Unbridled’s Song won half of his eight starts including a four length victory in the Dixieland Stakes at Oaklawn.  Silver City was second behind another son of Unbridled’s Song, Old Fashioned, in the Southwest Stakes (G-3) but was off of the board in the Rebel Stakes and Derby Trial.


Offspring:  Silver City’s babies came out running early in the year, scoring in early May at Lone Star Park.  Two of his offspring caught national attention at Churchill, when Silver City’s daughter PROMISE ME SILVER won the Debutante Stakes and a week later his son Silverhill was second in the Bashford Manor (G-3).  As a regional sire, Silver City will most likely continue his decent down the national ranks but he’ll likely attract some nice regional mares.




7.   Majesticperfection (Harlan's Holiday - Act So Noble, by Majesticperfection

      Wavering Monarch)

Stands at:  Airdrie Stud, KY  $10K

Current 2YO:  79

Runners:  16

Winners:  6  (37%) | Stakes winners: 0 |  Stakes placed: 1


Profile:  Majesticperfection is the latest son of the deceased young sire Harlan's Holiday to stand at stud.  Two other sons, Denis of Cork and Into Mischief, currently have babies at the track.   Into Mischief has been in the top five as a first, second and third crop sire.  Majesticperfection was a brilliant sprinter.  He set a new track record at Prairie Meadows for 6 furlongs in 1:07.24.


Offspring: Majesticperfection’s son Homer Matt was third in the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes. His babies have won over dirt and in the slop. Majesticperfection’s sire Harlan’s Holiday is an average Polysire and Majesticperfection's half siblings have won/placed over synthetics. His babies should handle a variety synthetic surfaces and could be average to above average on both Polytrack and Tapeta. They should also be proficient over the lawn.




8.   DESERT PARTY (Street Cry (IRE) - Sage Cat, by Tabasco Cat)Desert Party

Stands at:  Sequel Stallions, NY  $7,500

Current 2YO:  82

Runners:  16

Winners:  6  (38%) | Stakes winners: 1 |  Stakes placed: 3


Profile: Desert Party is the latest son of international sensation Street Cry to hit the breeding shed.  Desert Party was a precocious youngster. After capturing his debut at Arlington Park, he dominated a small group of two year olds in the Sanford Stakes. He spent much of his career in Dubai, capturing the UAE Two Thousand Guineas and placing second in the UAE Derby.


Offspring:  Desert Party’s first winner captured their debut in early May sprinting over the lawn in Italy. His son PARTY POOPER won the New Westminster Handicap at Hastings.  Desert Party’s daughter Rousanne finished third in the Churchill Debutante while another daughter, Heart's Song closed for second place in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies. Two of Desert Party’s progeny have won on the lawn, one sprinting and the other at 1 1/16 miles.



9.   TALE OF EKATI (Tale of the Cat - Silence Beauty (JPN), by Tale of Ekati

      Sunday Silence)

Stands at:  Darby Dan Farm, KY   $15K

Current 2YO:  68

Runners:  10

Winners: 5   (50%) | Stakes winners: 0 | Stakes placed: 0


Profile:  Tale of Ekati was precocious enough to place in the Sanford and win the Belmont Futurity as a two year old.  He stretched out to capture the Wood Memorial at three.  As a four year old, Tale of Ekati found his true calling as a miler, winning the Jerome Handicap and Cigar Mile.


Offspring:  Half of Tale of Ekati’s runners have won, although none have won or placed in stakes races.  One is a winner on turf while the rest have competed over dirt. All of Tale of Ekati’s winners are fillies. His offspring should handle most surfaces and be competitive up to middle distances.



10.  DISCREETLY MINE (Mineshaft - Pretty Discreet, by Discreetly Mine

      Private Account)

Stands at:   Lanes’ End  $10K

Current 2YO:  97

Runners: 26

Winners:  5 (19%) | Stakes winners: 0 | Stakes placed: 0



Profile:  Discreetly Mine, along with Cool Coal Man, are the first two major stakes winning sons of Mineshaft to stand at stud.  Discreetly Mine placed in the Belmont Futurity and Champagne Stakes as a two year old.  He won the Risen Star Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, but found his calling as a sprinter, earning victories in the Jersey Shore, Amsterdam and King’s Bishop Stakes.


Offspring:  Discreetly Mine’s offspring are of average precocity. Like their sire, they should develop into sprinter/milers.  They are proficient over every surface and have earned victories over Polytrack, dirt, mud and turf.


If you’d like to learn more about this year’s Freshmen Sires and what to expect from their offspring, check out the annual Guide to Freshmen Sires.  I review 30 sires, offer distance/surface recommendations, and more at the Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds website.



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