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Non stakes-winning sires have had enough success at stud

I recently gave a regional breeder a piece of advice on a potential sire prospect who’d shown ability on the track in limited starts, had placed in a stakes race, is a handsome physical specimen, and is by one of the leading young sires at stud from a champion mare who has produced a Grade 1 winner and successful sire: Buy.

Although race performance (in other words, Graded Stakes winners) is cheaper today than ever before,  non stakes winners have succeeded at stud in regional programs—and on a national and international scale in some instances.

Frances J. Karon, the editor of North American Trainer magazine, blogger, and a ubiquitous presence at the Four Star Sales Agency, and I came up with this list off the tops of our heads in one brief phone conversation:

Some non-stakes-winning sires:

Alibhai – unraced; leading sire in U.S.
Cartwright – unraced; leading sire in IL
Cee’s Tizzy – stakes-placed; sire of Tiznow; top sire in CA
Compliance – stakes-placed; top sire in NY
Crafty Prospector – stakes-placed; top sire in KY
Danzig – winner; leading sire in U.S.
Drone – winner; top sire in U.S.
Fairy King – unplaced; top sire in Ireland
Flatter – stakes-placed; sire of Grade 1 winner Flat Out, etc.
Freud – stakes-placed; top sire in NY
Honor Grades – stakes-placed; good sire in KY
Kipling – unraced; sire of Grade 1 winner Kip Deville, etc.
Malibu Moon – winner; top sire in U.S.
Not for Love – stakes-placed; top sire in MD
Our Emblem – stakes-placed; sire of Grade 1 winner War Emblem, etc.
Red Ransom – winner; top sire in Europe
Silver Ghost – stakes-placed; top sire in KY
Sir Tristram – unplaced; leading sire in NZ
Slewacide – unplaced in 1 start; leading sire in OK
Southern Halo – stakes-placed; leading sire in Arg, top sire in U.S.
Sovereign Dancer – stakes-placed; top sire in KY
Staff Writer – unraced; leading regional sire of Grade 1 Timely Writer, etc.
Storm Boot – stakes-placed; top sire in KY
Vice Regent – winner; leading sire in Canada
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3 thoughts on “Non stakes-winning sires have had enough success at stud

  1. Great post Sid. I would also say the same goes for mares tenfold. I had never heard of Better than Honour till she dropped Three champions.

    If the horse has a good sireline he’s worth a look.

  2. Thor says:

    Al Mufti – stakes-placed; leading sire in South Africa
    Baquero – winner; leading sire in OR
    El Moxie – winner; sire of Silent Witness
    Faltaat – winner; champion NZ sire (AEI), sire of Little Bridge
    Hussonet – stakes-placed; leading sire in Chile
    Geiger Counter – stakes-placed; sire of Nuclear Debate
    Lode – stakes-placed; sire of Lazy Lode
    Mercer Mill – winner; leading sire in OH
    Night Shift – winner; top sire in GB and Ireland
    Pioneering – winner; sire of Behaving Badly
    Roy – stakes-placed; leading sire in Chile and Argentina
    Straight Strike – stakes-placed; leading sire in New Zealand
    Turbo Storm – unraced; leading sire in Russia
    Ultimus – unraced; sire of Luke McLuke

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