After Stacelita won the Prix de Diane, I posted recently on her sire, the German-based Monsun. I wrote: “Altogether, Monsun is the sire of 13 Group 1 winners and at least 63 stakes winners.”
The fine pedigree writer Avalyn Hunter wrote a column in The Blood-Horse recently on the same topic and stated: “Four times the leading sire in Germany, he is also the sire of the aforementioned Manduro and is the sire of at least 78 stakes winners (15.5%) from his 502 foals of racing age according to The Jockey Club.”
I took my statistics for Monsun from the Weatherbys on-line stallion directory, whereas Avalyn, as she said, got her information from The Jockey Club. There’s a discrepancy of 15 stakes winners for Monsun between Weatherbys and The Jockey Club.
Weatherbys, the outstanding source of stallion statistics in Europe, lists 36 Group winners and 27 Listed race winners for Monsun. These stakes winners are accorded internationally recognized black type, according to International Cataloguing Standards — the official designator of black type. The Jockey Club collects stallion data according to two sets of criteria: black type (according to ICS), and stakes winners.
I suspect what’s happened here — this is an educated guess — is that unless Weatherbys missed the ball altogether, The Jockey Club is listing as “stakes winners” for Monsun the stakes wins of his sons and daughters in Eastern European countries that do not get official black type.
This type of inconsistency is one reason why the Thoroughbred Daily News recently announced that it would report only officially recognized black type in its paper. And to take it one step further, the TDN has requested that its advertisers also comply with its policy as well.
It would serve the industry well if all publications followed the TDN example.