Recent juvenile sales have unearthed some of the best first-crop runners of new sires and can be an indicator for high placement on the year-end Freshman Sire list and also a barometer for future sire success. Last year, Nyquist sold for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton February sale and led the charge for Uncle Mo, who was the champion first-season sire of 2015 and is certain to be the best long-term stallion from the class.
In 2014, Quality Road topped the list, and his multiple G2-winning 2-year-old Blofeld was a $225,000 graduate of the Fasig-Tipton sale while the 3-year-old stakes winner Overprepared came from the OBS March sale for $310,000. Super Saver, who was second to Quality Road on the list, is going to be the best stallion from the class, and he, too, was well represented by 2-year-old sales horses that helped his rise. Competitive Edge, a G1 winner at 2, sold for $750,000 at Fasig-Tipton, as did 2-year-old G2 winner and G1-placed I Spent It, for $600,000, and Super Majesty, a G3 winner at 3, for $400,000. Super Saver’s High Dollar Woman, a G2 winner at 3, sold for $675,000 at OBS March.
Dunkirk led the Freshman Sire list in 2013 and his G1-winning 2-year-old Havana, who at 2 earned $708,000 of Dunkirk’s total progeny earnings of $1,112,446, was a $575,000 sale at Barretts March. In this instance, it was apparent that Dunkirk was carried by one horse and might not sustain the momentum, and this turned out to be the case and he was sold to Japan.
Pioneerof the Nile was second on the list to Dunkirk and he had two 3-year-old stakes winners exit the juvenile sales. Vinceremos, a G3 winner at 3, sold for $340,000 at the Keeneland April sale, while Conquest Top Gun, a Canadian stakes winner at 3, made $525,000 at OBS June.
In 2012, Henrythenavigator led the list but was sent to Ireland shortly thereafter. The best North American-based stallions from that crop were Into Mischief in third, Street Boss in fifth, Midnight Lute in seventh, and Curlin in ninth. Into Mischief’s Goldencents, a G3 winner at 2 and a G1 winner at 3 and 4 and the earner of $3,044,000, sold for $62,000 at the OBS June sale; his Vyjack, a multiple G2 winner at 3, was a $100,000 sale at Fasig-Tipton Maryland in May. Street Boss’s Capo Bastone, G1-placed at 2 and a G1 winner at 3, sold for $175,000 at OBS March. Midnight Lute’s best didn’t sell at the juvenile sales, but Curlin’s future classic winner, Palace Malice, sold for $200,000 at the Keeneland April sale.
With Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale in the books yesterday, the 2-year-old sales season continues to OBS and Barretts and will yield more early clues as to which new stallions have the numbers and the types that might strike early and stay around, too. Below are the sons and daughters of first-crop sires sold at Fasig-Tipton. Bodemeister and Union Rags are the early leaders with several sold, including some high prices, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them battle for the championship at the end of the year and continue with their 3-year-olds the next year. The Factor, unfortunately, had six entered at Fasig-Tipton with four outs and two RNA’s, so we’ll need to evaluate upcoming sales to see where he might fit into the picture. Several other stallions had some one-off hits, too, but they may get more numbers at other sales.
Algorithms colt for $180,000.
Bodemeister filly for $125,000.
Bodemeister colt for $420,000.
Bodemesiter colt for $650,000.
Bodemeister colt for $225,000.
Bodemeister colt for $250,000.
Hansen colt for $225,000.
Mission Impazible filly for $290,000.
Stay Thirsty colt for $300,000.
Tapizar filly for $800,000.
Union Rags filly for $95,000.
Union Rags filly for $200,000.
Union Rags colt for $75,000.
Union Rags colt for $400,000.
Union Rags colt for $975,000.