In this new series we ask agents and others who book a lot of mares for their clients which sires might be flying slightly under the radar in this breeding season. Who might be getting overlooked in the rush for the new, hot thing? Read on.
MUNNINGS, Ashford Stud, $20,000
My business is pretty diversified between racing clients and commercial clients, and I love stallions that can accomplish a lot of goals without breaking the bank. In my opinion, Munnings is a horse that you can use in a lot of different situations, whether you are breeding to him or buying one at the sales.
He gets a large amount of black-type winners to starters, and they generally have some precocity and speed. From a breeding perspective, I love trying to start mares off with a horse that can get them a runner early, and I believe that Munnings is that type of stallion. A good Munnings will also sell well at auction, as evidenced by his yearling auction results this past year.
When purchasing horses to race, you are always trying to increase your odds of getting a good horse. Munnings has proven that not only does he get good horses at a high rate, but that he’s shown some versatility in getting dirt/turf, sprinters/routers, and fillies/colts.
Not to be too biased, but I would like to give an honorable mention to Get Stormy ($6,500) who is a horse I have worked really closely with at Crestwood. He was the co-second third crop sire in 2018 by both cumulative graded stakes winners (4) and year-to-date graded stakes winners (3). He has done it all the hard way and trainers, owners, breeders and agents are beginning to notice.