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The Next Superstar Sire?

The 2011 freshman sires promise to be an exciting group.  Here are the ten that excite me the most, as I await seeing their sons and daughters hit the track next year…


1) Corinthian (Pulpit - Multiply by Easy Goer)  $25,000  Pulpit has quickly become one of my favorite sire of sires with young sons at stud such as Tapit and Sky Mesa, and Corinthian was one of his most talented sons.  A champion miler, he inherited his stunning good looks from his female family.  A female family that is rich in the great bloodlines of the Phipps family.  Siring fiery horses who can handle any distance and any surface could well be within his scope.


2) Hard Spun (Danzig - Turkish Tryst by Turkoman)  $30,000  Speaking of versatility, as a sire, Hard Spun would appear to have it all.  He displayed great speed, courage, and class on the track, and his breeding suggests that his offspring should be successful whether it be going short, long, on dirt, turf or synthetics.  Of all the freshman sires, Hard Spun might be the surest bet to be a top sire in the near future.



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3) Street Sense (Street Cry - Bedazzle by Dixieland Band)  $40,000  A champion at 2, and a Kentucky Derby winner at 3, Street Sense is rightly one of the most anticipated new sires of recent years.  His yearlings topped the average price for new sires list, and certainly look the part.  By the same sire as Zenyatta, we may need to wait a few years to see the very best from his offspring.


4) Discreet Cat (Forestry - Pretty Discreet by Private Account)  $17,500  If you are looking for a sire to make a big splash with the juveniles, Discreet Cat should fit the bill.  A brilliant son of the speedy Forestry, he had as much talent as anyone on this list.  While his progeny should lean to speed, his female family gives him hope to sire horses of greater stamina.


5) English Channel (Smart Strike - Belva by Theatrical)  $25,000  One of the best American turf horses so far of the 21st century, English Channel has all the bloodlines to step in to the roll as a dominant turf sire in U.S. breeding.  Considering his superior looks, class, and durability, English Channel is a near can’t miss turf sire, but with his sire’s versatility, he may have some quality dirt horses as well.


6) Invasor (Candy Stripes - Quendom by Interprete)  $20,000  Proven time an time again, Invasor was a champion.  By Candy Stripes, the sire of one of the nation’s best young sires, Candy Ride, he offers American breeders an interesting cross of distance and speed through his European and Argentinean bloodlines.  If successful at stud, Invasor could be a much needed source of new blood in the States.


7) After Market (Storm Cat - Tranquility Lake by Rahy)  $7,500  The first bargain stud fee of the group, After Market developed into one of the best turf horses in the nation.  While turf influences are strong in his pedigree, his sire Storm Cat, and his excellent Rahy broodmare should pass on the versatility to win at both shorter distances as well as on dirt.


8) Any Given Saturday (Distorted Humor - Weekend in Indy by A.P. Indy)  $20,000  One of the best sophomores of the excellent 2004 foal crop, Any Given Saturday is by one of the hottest sires on the planet and out of a broodmare by the great A.P. Indy.  A million dollar earner on the track, he is one of the safest bets of this freshman sire group to be a top class sire.


9) Political Force (Unbridled’s Song - Glitter Woman by Glitterman)  $10,000  Like him or not, Unbridled’s Song sires runners, and Political Force proved to be one of the more durable and distance loving of his sons.  Graded stakes placed as a juvenile, and a grade 1 winner at 10 furlongs at 4, he also had the speed to run 2nd in the Met Mile.  Out of a million dollar winning broodmare, Political Force should sire horses that can handle any surface and distance.


10) Jazil (Seeking the Gold - Better Than Honour by Deputy Minister)  $7,500  Jazil may have been a bit of a plodder, but he was a successful and well bred plodder.  Out of a top Mr. Prospector sire, Jazil was the first of two consecutive Belmont winnesr for his dam, Better Than Honour, before super filly, Rags to Riches.  Jazil should be a great distance influence, but has enough brilliance in his breeding to expect offspring with more speed than he displayed.


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Hard Spun is so well bred, a miler and had staying power plus speed. I think he shines at stud. But, what do I know?
Who would have pegged Fappiano as a very good sire before he was?
Theoretical sire greatness Citation? produced hardly a thing
It is impossible to even guess. NO ONE would have pegged Mr, Prospector or for that matter Northern Dancer or Storm Cat for the prominance they attained.
Medlocke, while I agree completely on the potential for sire stardom of Bernardini, this list only include sires who will have their first runners hit the racetracks in 2011.
I am interested in Elite Sqadron..a most impressive appearance and a versatile sire. Appears he had some nice mares and I like the chances of his product raising some eyebrows!
I'll tell you a horse this list is sorely missing. "BERNARDINI." I don't know about American owners and trainers? But the European owners and trainers are snatching up Bernardini off-spring at sales as fast as they can get their hand's on them. He's sired 3 outstanding juveniles in 2010 in Great Britain. Godolphin's Biondetti. Who became Bernardini's first G1 winner by winning the Premio Gran Criterium in San Siro, Italy. He's still unbeaten on turf, and ran a very respectable 4th in this year's Breeders Cup Juvenile. His first ever start on conventional dirt. Also, the filly that raced in in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies, Theysken's Theory is also by Bernardini. There's also a juvenile colt, Treasury Devil, owned by Andrew Lloyd and Lady Weber. Owners of the great race-mare, Dar Re Mi. They paid $1 million dollars for Treasury Devil because Bernardini was his sire. Treasury Devil has 3 win's in 4 lifetime starts.
Out of all of them, IN-VA-SOR might be the stallion I am rooting for the most to become a huge success at stud.
Cool list. VERY interested to see how Invasor fares. Will the nonrivalry of Discreet Cat vs Invasor happen at stud? Some dynamite one-turn speed in in DC's DNA - maybe the right mares... Bernardini will be tougher to catch this time.
I think that Invasor will surprise alot of people and will finally earn respect in the breeding community.
I think you could very well be on to something with Corinthian. I saw him back in July and though I'm by far no expert on conformation, he is very impressive to say the least.
I like Jazil's chances at being the surprise big hit of this years freshman crop, but wasn't he before Rags to Riches in winning The Belmont Stakes in 2006, and not after like it is said in the above column?
i am all in on Hard Spun..AWESOME horse .
I'm sure there will be a few Florida hits again next year, but ... none could crack this impressive list yet.
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  • AnothergThoroughbred · The Fl stakes program is a lot more lucrative though so it does not take much for them to knock down the Ky one's where there's almost NO incentive or breeders funds. · 2530 days ago
  • AnothergThoroughbred · sorry I can't remove the duplicate. · 2530 days ago
I don't think you or anyone should leave of a Florida stallion. Had Teuflfesburg entered stud there instead of Ky it would be a no brainer, IMHO but since he did stand in Ky first I'm not sure he would be in the top 10. Instead, there's an AP Indy son St Anddan who I think could make a lot of noise.,
You can say that again, Travis! ;-)

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