Galileo Stallion
Galileo Stallion


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bill oppenheim
bill oppenheim

Bill Oppenheim

TDN‘Saturday’ horses. That’s what the commercial market is all about. Horses that can run at the big tracks, on the big days, in the big races. There are various ways of tallying sires’ performances in this respect; our way, as you know, is earnings-based. The top 8% of earners in each jurisdiction we cover, each year (or part of a year, when we run the mid-year statistics), are classified as ‘ABC Runners’ (specifically, A’s = top 2%; B’s = next 2%; C’s = next 4%); these are the ‘Saturday’ horses.

At the time we took the snapshot (July 22), Coolmore’s world number one, Galileo, was the leading sire by number of North American/European-sired 2013 ABC Runners, with 42. He is also, of course, the leading NA/EU sire 2007-2013 by A Runner Index (3.96); and number of A Runners (125). Three sires tied for second by number of 2013 ABC Runners, with 34: Coolmore/Ashford’s Giant’s Causeway; Banstead Manor’s Oasis Dream; and WinStar’s Speightstown. Ramsey Farm’s Kitten’s Joy and Darley’s Medaglia d’Oro came next, tied with 32, followed by another three-way tie, with 28 ABC Runners this year: Banstead Manor’s other star sire, Dansili; Darley’s Elusive Quality; and WinStar’s Harlan’s Holiday.

These are the sires which are this year’s most prominent as the sources of reasonable quality (‘Saturday horses’) in quantity. It’s interesting to look at this list in comparison to the TDN General Sire List. Through yesterday, Galileo is the number one North American or European sire, with $7.9-million in 2013 progeny earnings. He also leads all sires in number of 2013 black-type winners (20); black-type horses (43); graded/group stakes winners(14); and graded/group stakes horses (32). He is tied for second with Kitten’s Joy (four each) in number of 2013 Grade I/Group 1 winners; the leader in that category is Dansili, who got his fifth Group 1 winner of the year when Dank easily scored in last weekend’s GI Beverly D Stakes at Arlington Park.

Interestingly, four sires really stand out in 2013 in terms of their numbers of black-type horses. Galileo, of course, is number one. Kitten’s Joy had a remarkable three Grade I winners in a day last Saturday. He now ranks third on the TDN General Sire List, less than $14,000 behind Speightstown for the North American sire leadership. Dansili ranks fourth, and second in earnings behind only Galileo among European sires. Giant’s Causeway ranks seventh on the earnings list. Behind Galileo’s 20 black-type winners this year, the next three are Dansili and Giant’s Causeway, with 16 each; and Kitten’s Joy, with 15. In number of black-type horses, Galileo leads, with 43; Dansili is second, with 31; and Giant’s Causeway and Kitten’s Joy are tied for third, with 28.

By number of graded/group stakes winners, Galileo is the leader, with 14. Dansili and Giant’s Causeway have 10 each, tying them with Darley’s Dubawi, who is the current leading NA/EU sire by yearling average with three or more sold, with eight sold, from nine offered so far, for an average of $771,963.

Claiborne’s star sire War Front has eight graded stakes winners this year, then Kitten’s Joy has seven. In terms of number of graded/group stakes horses, Galileo is tops with 32. Dansili is a distant second with 22, Kitten’s Joy third (18), and Giant’s Causeway fourth (17). Medaglia d’Oro ranks fifth by number of black-type horses (27) and graded/group stakes horses (16).

Besides the nine sires with 28 or more ABC Runners through July 22, another 26 sires have 20-26 ABC Runners each in 2013. Adena Springs’ Ghostzapper; Lane’s End’s Smart Strike; Gainesway’s Tapit; and Taylor Made’s late Unbridled’s Song have 26 each. Airdrie’s late Indian Charlie; Lane’s End’s Lemon Drop Kid; and Spendthrift’s Malibu Moon each have 25. Click here to see the top 50 APEX sires 2007-2013 by ABC Runner Index, and click here to see the top 50 by Number of 2007-2013 ABC Runners.

Among the younger sire groups, it won’t be a huge surprise to find that Darley, which went on an estimated $200-million stallion prospect spending spree in 2007, stand five of the seven F2009 sires (first foals 2009, first 4-year-olds 2013) with 15 or more 2013 ABC Runners. Three Darley sires are tied for the lead, with 24 each: Discreet Cat and Hard Spun, who stand at Darley Kentucky; and Teofilo, who stands at Kildangan Stud in Ireland. Darley also stands Street Sense (18), who was in Japan this year; and Any Given Saturday (16), in Kentucky. The two non-Darley third-crop sires with 15+ 2013 ABC Runners are Coolmore/Ashford’s Scat Daddy (19) and Lane’s End’s English Channel (16).

Among F2010 sires (first foals 2010, first 3-year-olds 2013), five have sired 13 or more 2013 ABC Runners. Coolmore/Ashford’s Majestic Warrior, sire of now three-time Grade I winner Princess of Sylmar, tops the list with 16 ABC Runners, through July 22. Lane’s End’s Curlin, whose headliner is GI Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, has 14. Tied for third, with 13 each, are: Three Chimneys’ Big Brown; Hill ‘n’ Dale’s Midnight Lute; and Darley’s Street Boss.

The three top sires of 2013 ABC Runners all stand under the Yoshida family’s Shadai Farm banner in Japan. In fact, Shadai stands all of Japan’s top five.Deep Impact (first foals 2008) had sired 72 ABC Runners through July 22. King Kamehameha (first foals 2006) is second, with 65; Daiwa Major (first foals 2009) is third, with 45, followed by Manhattan Cafe (first foals 2004), with 40, and Symboli Kris S. (first foals 2005), with 39. Deep Impact, Daiwa Major, and Manhattan Cafe are by Sunday Silence; King Kamehameha (Kingmambo) now has 31 A Runners out of Sunday Silence mares; Symboli Kris S. (by Kris S.) has 19.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News