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Galileo Top Apex Sire Again

APEX (Annual Progeny Earnings indeX) ratings are based on the percentage of runners which achieve certain earnings thresholds, which means sires with the highest number of runners are usually at a disadvantage when evaluated by this type of measurement. So the enormity of the achievement by Coolmore’s flagship sire, Galileo, in scoring the highest A [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Tapit, ‘Medaglia’ Top 2015 ABC Sires

Through racing of July 5, when we ran the Midyear APEX data, a North American racehorse needed to have earned just over $40,000 thus far in 2015 to qualify as a Midyear ‘C Runner’, and just over $83,000 to qualify as a Midyear ‘A Runner’; you can see the amounts (converted to US$) for the [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Apex Leaders

Last week we took a look at the Top 50 North American and European sires by APEX A Runner Index (click here), using new Midyear 2015 data, meaning from 1/1/2009 through 7/5/2015. A particular note about this, if you will refer to the table on page five of last Wednesday’s paper, is that the earnings [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Midyear Apex

At the end of 2014, Coolmore’s Galileo had finally ascended to the top of the list of North American and European sires by A Runner Index, with a 4.09 rating (8.18% of his 1,822 year-starters 2008-2014), just slightly ahead of Claiborne’s War Front (4.02). Now, halfway through 2015, War Front (3.98) has edged ahead of [...]

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Galileo Top APEX Sire Too

By Bill Oppenheim It’s been a hard road to the top of the APEX charts for Coolmore’s Galileo, the consensus world number one. It’s one thing to be the top sire in North America and Europe by progeny earnings on the TDN General Sire List three straight years (2012-2014), while siring 60-some black-type horses a year, [...]

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APEX Earning Thresholds 2008-2014

When you see that Coolmore=s top sire, Galileo, had 66 black-type horses (BTH) last year, of which 50 were graded/group stakes horses (GSH), it’s not surprising he’s also the leading 2014 North American or European sire of APEX ABC Runners. To review, a horse becomes an ABC Runner (meaning A Runner, or B Runner, or [...]

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Three More Top 50’s

Last week we looked at the top 50 sires with 200+ year-starters (‘runners’) 2008-2014 by the signature APEX A Runner Index. This week we’d like to look at three more Top 50’s, as well as sires with first foals 2010 (4-year-olds of 2014) and 2011 (3-year-olds of 2014). As we mentioned last week, when you [...]

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Top 50 by A Runner Index

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2014 ABC Runners: Galileo Nips Speightstown

Finding a racehorse that makes money is a challenge. By our calculations, only 8% of all the runners in North America in 2013 earned $53,500 or more ($53,492, to be precise). Recent studies show that it takes about $50,000, if not more, to have a horse in training at the major tracks for a year. [...]

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Top Apex Sires

At the end of 2006, a total of 1,156 sires which stood or had stood in North America, Europe, and Japan qualified for APEX ratings, meaning, basically, that they had 10 or more 3-year-olds in the last year covered (in that case, foals of 2003 and 3-year-olds of 2006). By midyear 2014–The Jockey Club Information [...]

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