2011's Top Commercial Sires: Indy & Son

A.P. Indy was a dominant force in the commercial
sire ranks in 2011 as his career as a stallion was coming to an end. He was the
leading sire of sale yearlings for the second year in a row and he also was the
top sire of sale weanlings. In addition, one of A.P. Indy's sons, Bernardini,
was the leading covering sire.

The 10 A.P. Indy yearlings that were sold last year at
public auction commanded an average price of $407,000. They included the most
expensive yearling that was sold, a $1.4-million colt out of Malka (by Deputy
Minister). John and Jerry Amerman and Robert S. Evans purchased the youngster, now named Powerful,
at the Keeneland September yearling auction. The three A.P. Indy weanlings that
were sold averaged $348,333.

A.P. Indy was third on the leading sires of sale 2-year-olds,
with five offspring averaging $220,000.

The 1992 Horse of the Year, A.P. Indy was retired
from the breeding shed last April. The 23-year-old son of Seattle Slew stood at
William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., and still resides

Bernardini, his sire's heir apparent as a commercial
force, grabbed the top spot on the covering sires list when nine mares in foal
to him were sold for an average price of $872,778. His rise to the top ended
Street Cry's two-year reign in the category.

The champion 3-year-old male of 2006, Bernardini
stands at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation in Lexington. He ranked third
among sires of sale yearlings (with an average of $339,540 for 50 progeny), second
among sires of sale 2-year-olds (with an average of $240,400 for five
offspring), and fourth among sires of sale weanlings (with an average of
$275,000 for 10 progeny).

Empire Maker was the leading sire of sale
2-year-olds, with 13 of his offspring selling for an average of $330,538. A
12-year-old son of Unbridled and winner of the 2003 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the
stallion began his stud career in this country but now stands in Japan.

Raven's Pass was the leading first crop sire of sale
yearlings, with 14 offspring averaging $161,429. He beat out two-time Horse of
the Year Curlin, whose 41 progeny averaged $136,780. Colonel John was the
leading first crop sire of sale weanlings, with 10 offspring averaging
$105,900. Street Sense was the leading first crop sire of sale 2-year-olds,
with 13 progeny averaging $187,654. And Quality Road was the leading first crop
covering sire, with 40 mares carrying his foals averaging $290,975.

Raven's Pass (by Elusive Quality), a champion in
England and the winner of the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), stands at Sheikh
Mohammed's Kildangan Stud in Ireland. Colonel John (by Tiznow), who captured the
2008 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I), stands at Kenny
Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. Champion Street Sense (by Street
Cry), who won the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the
2006 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), stands at Darley in
Lexington. And Quality Road (by Elusive Quality), who captured the 2010
Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and three other grade I events, stands at William S.
Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles.


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I was so disapointed when Bernardini was retired after his 3 year old campagne.  Obviously Darley knew what they had.  Being a huge AP Indy fan it made it easier when he was pensioned to know he had a more than capable son to carry on his legacy in Bernardini.  Also being a huge Secretariat fan it makes me happy to see his great grandson being one of the best sires around.  Bernardini gets the best mares so it makes it much more exciting to see who the next star is going to be.  

Congrats on Algorithms on his Holy Bull win.  I still love Hansen.  And I wish Take Charge Indy had won his race.  And congrats to Love and Pride and her Affectionetly win.  And what happened to Casual Trick?  8th out of 9?  What happened in that race? I didn't see the race.  Anyone know what happened to him??

30 Jan 2012 7:38 PM

Does anyone know why Empire Maker was sent to Japan?  I was under the impression that a horse was sent there when they were "over the hill" or if they were not the highest caliber stallion.  I was a fan of Empire Maker when he raced and would prefer that he stand in the U.S.  Thank you to anyone who answers my question.

31 Jan 2012 9:45 AM

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