I recently gave a regional breeder a piece of advice on a potential sire prospect who’d shown ability on the track in limited starts, had placed in a stakes race, is a handsome physical specimen, and is by one of the leading young sires at stud from a champion mare who has produced a Grade 1 winner and successful sire: Buy.
Although race performance (in other words, Graded Stakes winners) is cheaper today than ever before, non stakes winners have succeeded at stud in regional programs—and on a national and international scale in some instances.
Frances J. Karon, the editor of North American Trainer magazine, blogger, and a ubiquitous presence at the Four Star Sales Agency, and I came up with this list off the tops of our heads in one brief phone conversation:
Some non-stakes-winning sires:
Alibhai – unraced; leading sire in U.S.
Cartwright – unraced; leading sire in IL
Cee’s Tizzy – stakes-placed; sire of Tiznow; top sire in CA
Compliance – stakes-placed; top sire in NY
Crafty Prospector – stakes-placed; top sire in KY
Danzig – winner; leading sire in U.S.
Drone – winner; top sire in U.S.
Fairy King – unplaced; top sire in Ireland
Flatter – stakes-placed; sire of Grade 1 winner Flat Out, etc.
Freud – stakes-placed; top sire in NY
Honor Grades – stakes-placed; good sire in KY
Kipling – unraced; sire of Grade 1 winner Kip Deville, etc.
Malibu Moon – winner; top sire in U.S.
Not for Love – stakes-placed; top sire in MD
Our Emblem – stakes-placed; sire of Grade 1 winner War Emblem, etc.
Red Ransom – winner; top sire in Europe
Silver Ghost – stakes-placed; top sire in KY
Sir Tristram – unplaced; leading sire in NZ
Slewacide – unplaced in 1 start; leading sire in OK
Southern Halo – stakes-placed; leading sire in Arg, top sire in U.S.
Sovereign Dancer – stakes-placed; top sire in KY
Staff Writer – unraced; leading regional sire of Grade 1 Timely Writer, etc.
Storm Boot – stakes-placed; top sire in KY
Vice Regent – winner; leading sire in Canada