Pedigree consultant Jack Werk, an avid poker player at night, makes a living during the day studying pedigree trends. He’s convinced, based on his data, that the late Ashford sire Hennessy is becoming a sire of sires. “Look at Johannesburg and Cactus Ridge,” he said the other day. “Johannesburg was a very good stallion, and he was sold to Japan as a success — not as a failure.”
With this in mind, Jack’s given the “raise” sign for Darley’s fourth-year Hennessy sire Henny Hughes ($25,000 fee), whose first crop will race in 2010. Historically, fourth-year horses are the riskiest propositions, but Jack’s wearing a Cheshire cat’s grin. “Henny Hughes was a good 2-year-old like Hennessy and Johannesburg, he was a better racehorse than Cactus Ridge, he was a sprinter at 3. He should make a big splash right away with his first crop.”
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