Who’s the Leading First-Crop Sire? Becky Thomas


Thomas Has Two Not This Times and Says They’re Quick | Taylor Made photo

It’s time for our annual favorite question. We surveyed some top judges on who their leading first-crop sire is, and asked them to give us some under-the-radar picks as well.

The first stallion that comes to mind that I really like is Frosted. I have three that are all very racey. They’ve given me a good first impression of their sire. They seem to be a lot more precocious than what you would think of with Tapits, and they’re all three very speedy-looking. They all have great hips, but they’re racey without being heavier boned.

I have two Not This Times and I like them. They’re both quick. One is out of a Pioneerof the Nile mare and you wouldn’t think that Pioneerof the Nile with Giant’s Causeway would be so quick.

I don’t have any by Nyquist, but I really like him. I’ve bred to him every year and I have a mare in foal to him as well.

We stand this horse so I don’t want this seem like a promotion, but I have seven or eight Laobans and I absolutely love them. They’re tall, leggy, stretchy, scopey Uncle Mo-type horses that have a lot of length. I’ve always been an Uncle Mo fan with the Indian Charlie and In Excess line.

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