Scenic, an Irish-bred son of Sadler’s Wells who made a name for himself in Australia and died in 2005, is the co-leader of worldwide Group 1 winners through Aug. 1 with three, along with Red Ransom, Danehill Dancer, and Orpen. International record keeping, however, is not reliable, and many published lists are incomplete. According to Racing Post, which does keep worldwide stallion stats, only Scenic, Red Ransom, and Danehill Dancer are credited with three Group 1 winners. Orpen is not on the Racing Post list, even though he has two Group 1 winners in Argentina and one in South Africa this year. Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc., which only tracks Northern Hemisphere data of stakes winners, doesn’t have Orpen on its list, either, because all of Orpen’s top-level winners came in the Southern Hemisphere. I’m not aware of any other sire list that tracks worldwide data by Group 1 winners that includes Orpen, either.
Where to go for reliable and complete international sire stats? I don’t know. Please email me if you find a source.