freshman sires

Bolt d'Oro an Instant Hit

As we saw in the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff, if there's anything more exciting than a duel to the wire, it's the intrusion of a third nose. And that's pretty much the way a remarkable contest for the freshman sires' title is playing out entering the stretch. The first thing to stress is that it really shouldn't matter which of the stallions involved happens to bank the critical extra cents to claim the crown. That won't be how the marketing teams of their respective farms are viewing things, naturally, but...

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Taking Stock: Freshman Sires Are Flexing

This is somewhat of a watershed year for freshman sires, with six first-crop sires within the top 10 on the list of leading sires of 2-year-olds in North America through Monday. Spendthrift stalwart Into Mischief leads the group (as he has for five of the last seven years), but the same farm's freshman Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) is second, Hill 'n' Dale's Good Magic (Curlin) is third, Coolmore America's Justify (Scat Daddy) is fourth, Hill 'n' Dale's Army Mule (Friesan Fire) is fifth, Three Chimneys's Sharp Azteca (Freud) is seventh,...

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Protege Keeps The Momentum Rolling for Good Magic

6th-Churchill Downs, $123,375, Msw, 9-21, 2yo, 6f, 1:09.93, ft, 1 3/4 lengths. PROTEGE (c, 2, Good Magic--Taboo, by Forestry) became the 11th winner for his in-form first-crop sire (by Curlin) with a good-looking victory beneath the Twin Spires Wednesday. The $80,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic breezer (see below) was sent off at odds of 10.55-1 and jumped about midfield before working his way forward to sit third, just off dueling pacesetters. Warming up to the task three wide approaching the stretch, the Apr. 25 foal claimed pace-pressing Lugan Knight (Goldencents) with a...

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Bolt d'Oro Represented By First European Winner

7th-Naas, €16,000, Mdn, 9-15, 2yo, 7fT, 1:31.33, g/y. BOLD DISCOVERY (c, 2, Bolt d'Oro--Caribbean Babe, by Arch), sent off at 15-2, quickly established a clear advantage. Maintaining the gallop in game fashion in the straight, the bay hit the line strong with 2 1/2 lengths to spare over Peking Opera (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). "That was very impressive and he's a gorgeous horse," Kate Harrington said. "He only came to us in June and has always done everything so easy. Obviously his sire is a sensation in America on the dirt...

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Dance In The Grass A Stakes First For Cracksman

Jaber Abdullah's Dance In The Grass (GB) (Cracksman {GB}--Dance The Dream {GB}, by Sir Percy {GB}) became the fifth winner for her freshman sire (by Frankel {GB}) when snagging her June 10 debut, going seven furlongs at Sandown in her only prior start, and registered a first stakes win for the Dalham Hall Stud resident in Thursday's Listed European Bloodstock News EBF Star S. over the same course and distance. The eventual winner was squeezed for room during the initial exchanges and raced off the pace towards the rear through...

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Freshman Sire Roaring Lion Off The Mark At Leicester

Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy) became the latest European freshman sire off the mark when Lion of War (GB) notched a debut win in Saturday's British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Maiden S. over seven furlongs at Leicester. 1st-Leicester, £7,000, Mdn, 6-11, 2yo, 7fT, 1:23.36, g/f. LION OF WAR (GB) (c, 2, Roaring Lion--Momentus {Ire} {SP-Eng}, by Montjeu {Ire}) raced off the pace in ninth through the early fractions of this debut. Tanking forward from halfway, the 7-2 chance seized control approaching the final furlong and was ridden out in the closing...

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Just Janet a Northern Hemisphere First For Zoustar at Wetherby

Tweenhills Stud resident Zoustar (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}) registered his first Northern Hemisphere winner when David O'Meara trainee Just Janet (GB) made all to prevail in Tuesday's Coopers Marquees British EBF Restricted Maiden S. over 5 1/2 furlongs at Wetherby. 1st-Wetherby, £12,000, Mdn, 6-7, 2yo, 5f 110yT, 1:06.49, gd. JUST JANET (GB) (f, 2, Zoustar {Aus}--Coral Sea {GB}, by Excelebration {Ire}), who posted a debut third at Great Yarmouth before running into the TDN Rising Star performance of Bradsell (GB) (Tasleet {GB}) at York last month, was swiftly into stride...

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Freshman Sire Expert Eye Off The Mark At Leicester

Banstead Manor Stud's first-crop sire Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) notched his first winner when the Ralph Beckett-trained debutant Sunny Orange (Ire) raced to an ultimately snug victory in Saturday's Madri Excepcional Maiden S. over five furlongs at Leicester. Juddmonte's 70,000gns Tattersalls December Foals acquisition went postward as the well-backed 2-1 second choice for the straight dash and was well away from an outer gate to track the leaders in fifth through the initial fractions. Making smooth headway from halfway, he was ridden to launch his challenge approaching the final...

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Freshman Sire Tasleet Off The Mark At Great Yarmouth

Confronted by just six rivals in Tuesday's British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' S. over an extended five furlongs at Great Yarmouth, David Loughnane trainee Carmela (Ire) (Tasleet {GB}) made no mistake to become the first winner for her freshman sire (by Showcasing). Recovering from a tentative getaway departing the stands' side stall to race in a close-up second after the initial exchanges, the 8-1 chance loomed large on the bridle passing the quarter-mile marker and stretched clear once shaken up for control approaching the final furlong to easily account...

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Freshman Sire Havana Grey Off The Mark at Redcar

Whitsbury Manor Stud resident Havana Grey (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}) notched his first winner when David O'Meara-trained debutante Star of Lady M (GB) battled to victory in Monday's Flat Is Back On Racing TV Fillies' Restricted Novice S. at Redcar. The 15,000gns Tattersalls October Book 3 yearling went postward as the 9-2 second choice for the straight five-furlong test and broke well to race in a prominent second from the outset. Shaken up passing the quarter-mile marker, she gained a narrow advantage approaching the final furlong and was driven out...

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Thoughts from Ocala Part 3: Finding Value in Freshman Sires

   Justify, City of Light, Mendelssohn, Good Magic and Bolt d'Oro all received glowing reviews by various consignors in parts one and two of our 'Thoughts from Ocala' series. Logically enough, this select group of freshman sires holds the top five stud fees amongst their stallion crop in the U.S., each standing for $20,000 or more in 2022. While 'value' and 'freshman sires' are two terms rarely used in the same sentence in this industry, as buyers can surely attest, we asked consignors to point out a few first-crop sires...

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More Freshman Glory For Tally-Ho

It was extremely unlikely that any first-season sire this year would even get close to the record-breaking 56 winners for Mehmas (Ire) in 2020. That feat was made all the more remarkable by the fact that the start of the Flat season was delayed for several months by the pandemic-induced shutdown of racing. Leaving this huge tally aside, in any other year 35 first-crop winners at a strike-rate of 40% would be more than respectable, and it is this number, and £788,531 in progeny earnings in 2021, that sees Mehmas's...

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