Stats for bloodhorse.com’s sire lists are provided by equineline.com, a division of The Jockey Club. These various lists provide the number of winners, 2-year-old winners, stakes winners, and graded stakes winners for stallions. Some of this information is misleading, and some is incomplete.
The misleading: stakes winners do not necessarily = black type stakes winners; therefore, a stallion with, say, a minor $15,000 stakes winner would get the same credit for a stakes winner on these lists as a stallion siring a legitimate black type stakes winner. In the latter example, this black type would appear on a catalog page and in the catalog-style pedigrees sold by equineline; in the former, it would not. Equineline does have the ability to provide sire lists by only black type stats, but its spokespeople have said that entities like bloodhorse.com, which cater to stud farms and depend upon their advertising, request stats by “stakes rules” instead of “black type rules” for the obvious “inflated” reasons.
That said, equineline stats are still incomplete and not up to date in regard to stakes winners. Take a look at the general sire list on bloodhorse.com and note that Tale of the Cat (#9) is credited with 7 stakes winners and Malibu Moon (#16) with 8 stakes winners to date (Aug. 18). Both stallions, however, have had high-profile stakes winners in Russia recently that are not reflected in their stakes winner totals. Tale of the Cat’s son Golden Kaskad has won the only Russian Group 1 race (does not qualify for black type) for 2-year-olds to date and is undefeated in three starts, and Malibu Moon’s son Static Memory won the Russian Group 1 Russian Derby (does not qualify for black type).
Now, equineline does track winners in Russia, as it does everywhere else, but its record keeping is spotty. For instance, the 2009 first-crop sire list in bloodhorse.com credits Kela with 3 winners (to Aug. 18), including the Russian winner Ekont, but Rock Hard Ten is credited with only 2 winners when he actually has 3; missing is a colt from the Japanese-bred mare Capehart who won a race in Russia on June 28.
In the case of North Light, he’s credited with the Russian winner North Ballade — one of 2 winners for the stallion — but not reflected in his totals is that she’s a stakes winner, a Russian Group 2 winner to be precise. Likewise, Mr. Greeley, on the 2-year-old sire list, is not given credit for the Russian juvenile stakes winner Favorite Star.
I’ve spent some time researching current US-bred 2-year-old winners in Russia — to date there are more than 60! — and will post this information in the coming week.