There’s a plethora of young half-sisters to Graded stakes winners in claiming races these days, and it’s a sign that the breeding industry has cooled off considerably for short-term and long-term holdings alike.
Up until a year or two ago, young half-sisters to current Graded stakes winners were much in demand in the breeding shed. Breeders and stallion owners plucked them off the racetrack — many from claiming races — and bred them to young stallions in the spring, then sold them as in-foal mares in the fall at the mixed sales for significant short-term returns. The buyers of these mares made money in the long term, too, by reselling the resulting offspring as foals or yearlings.
These types of mares catalogued well and were “commercial,” because the black type was right there “in the first dam,” and currency made their families “live.” As young mares off the track carrying first foals, preferably by first-crop sires, they were universally the most popular across the price-range spectrum. This formula allowed even bottom-feeding speculators to make money, because broodmare prospects with these types of credentials were readily admitted to fairly expensive stallions, whose enlarged books paved the way for this.
It got to the point, about two years ago, that it was close to impossible to win a shake in the claiming box for this type of filly because the competition was so intense. Now, as a sign of the times, these types of broodmare prospects are not being claimed, either for the short or long term. A half-sister to a Grade 1 winner went unclaimed for $12,500 this year, for example, and half-sisters to “regular” Graded stakes winners are a dime a dozen now. Here’s a few I spotted this month in claiming races:
Queen’s Quest is entered at. A half-sister to SOCIAL QUEEN (by Dynaformer), winner of the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap on 6/14/08 at Monmouth and winner of Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap on 5/16/09 at Pimlico. In for Can$7,000.
Mecke Me Music was entered at Penn National on Saturday, June 20. A half-sister to BUSHWACKER (by Outflanker), winner of the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes on 12/2/07 at Hollywood. In for $6,250.
Weefc was entered at William Donald Schaefer Stakes on 5/16/09 at Pimlico. In for $12,500. Weefc, by the way, is a daughter of top second-crop sire Tapit.on June 16. A half-sister to NO ADVANTAGE (by Posse), winner of Grade 3
Sweet Mindi ran at Oaklawn Handicap on 4/4/09 at Oaklawn, and the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap on 5/25/09 at Lone Star. In for $12,500.on June 14. A half-sister to IT’S A BIRD, winner of the Grade 3 Spend a Buck Handicap on 10/18/08 at Calder, the Grade 2
Not Phorme to Say was entered aton June 13. A half-sister to SEMAPHORE MAN, winner of Sprint Handicap on 4/10/09 at Oaklawn. In for $5,000.
Agora Ja was entered at Penn National on June 12. A half-sister to ARTIE HOT, winner of the Grade 3 Seagram Cup on 7/27/08 at Woodbine. In for $5,000.