Taking a Look at the Top 5 Freshman Sires
As summer racing swings into full gear, more and more two year olds are hitting the track. After only a few months of "baby races," some freshman stallions have already proven that they are big hitters.
Thoroughbred Times Sire Tracker is keeping track of the industry's most promising new sires, and it's time to preview them.
So without further ado, here's the top-five freshman sires through July 4, according to Thoroughbred Times.
Note: Thoroughbred Times only keeps track of starters in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay (information straight from the top of the Sire List page). If a stallion has winners in other countries, it is not noted unless the information was reported on as well.
No. 5: Majestic Warrior
Majestic Warrior's trainer Bill Mott.
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The 2007 G1 Hopeful Stakes winner, Majestic Warrior, already has eight starters with one winner thus far. The seven-year-old stallion is out of the multiple Grade One winner Dream Supreme (Seeking the Gold) by the sire of sires, A.P Indy.
Majestic Warrior's top earner is also his lone winner, the filly Weekend Warrior—who broke her maiden June 24 and has earnings of $24,300. She is by the mare Chic Thief (Cat Thief), a maiden half sister to the stakes placed gelding Radical Riley.
Majestic Warrior stands at Ashford Stud for $10,000.
No. 4: Street Boss
Street Boss' sire Street Cry
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Multiple Grade One winner, Street Boss, is off to a strong start as a sire with three winners in 13 starters.
Street Boss is by Dubai World Cup winner, Street Cry (IRE), and out of the stakes placed Blushing Ogygian.
Street Boss' best earner so far is the filly Aberfoyle Mill, who won her debut by two and three-quarter lengths. She is out of the maiden winner, Kafaf, and half sister to the Graded Stakes placed gelding Littlebitofzip.
Street Boss stands at Darley Stud for $15,000 in 2012.
No. 3: Salute the Sarge
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Multiple two-year-old graded stakes winner, Salute The Sarge, has made easy work of his stud career so far with a third of his two-year-old starters winning their races out of nine starters.
The son of Forest Wildcat already has $91,888 in progeny earnings with best-earner, Fishin Frank, bringing home $24,000 of that.
Salute The Sarge is out of the multiple-graded stakes-placed mare, Dixie Ghost, and is a half brother to the Graded Stakes winner, Chelokee.
Salute The Sarge's most profitable son, Fishin Frank, has a win and a place in two starts and won his maiden by five lengths over five furlongs on the dirt on June 20th. Fishin Frank was also the first winner for the stallion, who has sired two other winners since then.
Salute the Sarge stands at Red River Farm in Louisiana for $2,500 in 2012.
No. 2: Henrythenavigator
Henrythenavigator on the left.
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Multiple Grade One winner, Henrythenavigator, has carried his talent from the track into the breeding shed with three of his 15 starters winning so far.
The son of Kingmambo is out of the Grade One winner, Sequoyah (IRE), and is half brother to Graded Stakes winner, Queen Cleopatra (IRE).
Henrythenavigator spent all but one race in England, placing second to Raven's Pass in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic.
His highest earner, Cristoforo Colombo, has one win, one place and one show in three starts in England for the same connections that raced his sire. Cristoforo Colombo is out of the Johannesburg mare La Traviata, a winner of three races in four starts including the G3 Victory Ride Stakes.
Henrythenavigator stands at Ashford Stud for $25,000 in 2012.
No. 1: Magna Graduate
Blueeyesintherein wins the Debutante (Photo: Melissa Bauer-Herzog)
The only stallion in the top five with a Graded Stakes winner, Magna Graduate tops the Freshman Sire List this week with two winners in six starters with one repeat winner.
Magna Graduate won 10 of his starts, including seven Graded Stakes races. The stallion is by Honor Grades and out of the unraced Fast Play mare, Peacock Alley.
The stallion's first winner also became his first graded stakes winner only a few weeks later when Blueeyesintherein won the G3 Debutante Stakes on June 23. She is now an undefeated winner of $100,466. She's out of the maiden-winning Mr. Greeley mare, Tartufi.
Magna Graduate stands Darby Dan Farm for $5,000 in 2012. They also stand the No. 6 ranked freshman stallion, Run Away And Hide.
Other Stallions to Watch for
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While the year is halfway over, two-year-old racing is just starting to heat up. While some of the highly anticipated freshman stallions of this year aren't yet ranked in the top five, they should be watched closely in the coming months.
Here's some of the freshman stallions that have highly anticipated two year olds hitting the track in 2012:
Curlin: The two-time Horse of the Year is ranked No. 37, with one winner in three starts so far in Thoroughbred Times Sire List recognized countries. He also had two winners in Russia on June 17.
Big Brown: Like his rival for Horse of the Year honors in 2008, Big Brown's first winner also came in Russia. Big Brown is ranked No. 21 on the Sire List with one winner out of 2 starters after Brown Eyes Blue's win on June 30.
Midnight Lute: The two-time Breeders' Cup Sprint winner already has one winner in six starts, good enough for No. 27 on the list. His first winner came on June 23 in Canada.