Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday to all the Thoroughbreds. I'll celebrate the beginning of 2014 with a look back at how our 2013 stallions fared. It was a good year overall, as our stallions finished 1-2-3 on the 2013 North American Leading First-Crop Sire List (ranked by money earned). Seems like readers did a good job of selecting which stallions to watch.
Colonel John had 33 runners in 2013, which started a total of 92 times, recording 9 wins, 10 seconds, 9 thirds, and earnings of $675,514. He had 7 individual winners, and finished 3rd on the First-Crop Sire list (ranked by earnings). Grade II winner Concave (Colonel John - Galadriel by Ascot Knight) led the way amongst the Colonel John offspring, earning $207,450 with a win in the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) and a third in both the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I) and the Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. II). Other stakes performers for Colonel John were grade I stakes-placed Colonel Joan (Colonel John - Live 'n Laugh by Dixieland Band), who finished 3rd in both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) and the Surfer Girl Stakes, despite having not yet broken her maiden, and earned $127,250; stakes-placed Here's Johnny (Colonel John - Bon Caro by Bon Point (GB)), who was 2nd in both the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes and the Juvenile Turf Stakes; stakes-placed Sweetsoutherndame (Colonel John - Southbound by Southern Image), who was 2nd in both the Ontario Debutante Stakes and the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes, and stakes-placed Thunder Run (Colonel John - La Defense by Wild Again), who was 3rd in the Sunday Silence Stakes. Like Colonel Joan, Thunder Run has not yet won a race.
Concave winning the Sorrento Stakes - Benoit Photo
Colonel Joan prepping for the Breeders' Cup - Rick Samuels Photo
Sweetsoutherndame (right) finishing second in the Ontario Debutante Stakes - Michael Burns Photo
Dunkirk finished the year atop the First-Crop Sire List (by earnings). His 48 runners have made 118 combined starts, registering 17 wins, 16 seconds, 15 thirds, and earnings of $1,212,586. He has 14 individual winners, including 2 stakes winners. Grade I winner Havana (Dunkirk - Missy Turtle by Kyle's Our Man) won his first 2 starts, including the Foxwoods Champagne Stakes (gr. I), and then finished 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Overall, he has earned $708,000. Grade III winner Dunkin Bend (Dunkirk - Misty Run by Vindication) also has 2 wins, a maiden victory at Saratoga and the Sapling Stakes (gr. III). He has earned $123,000. Dunkirk has also produced stakes-placed winners Silver Screen Lady (Dunkirk - Sea Dragoness by Sea Hero), 2nd in both the CTBA Lassie Stakes and the Silver Cup Futurity Filly Division Stakes, Blacksilkstockings (Dunkirk - Cactus Belle by Gone West), 2nd in the Tah Dah Stakes, and Conniption Fit (Dunkirk - Hidden Temper by Miswaki), second in the Juvenile Stakes. Dunkirk's final stakes performer is maiden Bad River Belle (Dunkirk - Lady Tapestry by Runaway Groom), who was third in the Northern Lights Debutante Stakes.
Havana holds off Honor Code to win the Champagne Stakes - Coglianese Photos
Havana leads the pack in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile - Chad B. Harmon
Sapling winner Dunkin Bend - Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Einstein had fewer 2-year-olds than our other stallions, and therefore fewer runners, but he still managed to finish in 14th place among the first crop sires. He had 14 runners, which made 47 total starts, recording 6 wins, 5 seconds, 5 thirds, and earnings of $306,773, with 5 individual winners. He had 2 stakes performers, stakes-placed E Equalsmcsquare (Einstein (BRZ) - Prairie Spring by Conquistador Cielo), who finished 2nd in both the Landaluce Stakes and the Anoakia Stakes, and grade III stakes-placed Rankhasprivileges (Einstein (BRZ) - Scrape by Mr. Prospector), who was third in the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III). Also of note is So Smart (Einstein (BRZ) - Zada Rae by Unbridled's Song), who has 2 wins and 1 second in 4 starts.
Rankhasprivileges (2nd from left) finishing 3rd behind Rise Up in the Delta Downs Jackpot - Coady Photography
Pioneerof the Nile
Pioneerof the Nile is second on the 2013 First-Crop Sire list, behind only Dunkirk. His 35 runners made 83 starts in all, recording 14 wins, 11 seconds, 12 thirds, and earnings of $726,494. He had 13 individual winners. Leading earner for Pioneerof the Nile was grade II winner Cairo Prince (Pioneerof the Nile - Holy Bubbette by Holy Bull), who won the Nashua Stakes (gr. II), and finished a close second (behind Honor Code) in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II). He earned $272,000 overall. Pioneerof the Nile had one other stakes performer, as River Dancer (Pioneerof the Nile - Clever Actress by Theatrical (IRE)) finished 2nd in the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT).
Cairo Prince winning the Nashua Stakes - Coglianese Photos
A close finish in the Remsen goes to Honor Code (right) - Skip Dickstein
Sea The Stars
Sea The Stars ended the year with 48 starters, which made a total of 94 starts, recording 13 wins, 17 seconds, 15 thirds, and earnings of $363,005. He had 11 individual winners. His only stakes horse was group III winner My Titania (Sea The Stars (IRE) - Fairy of The Night (IRE) by Danehill), who had one second and 2 wins in 3 starts, including a victory in the
C.L. Weld Park Stakes (Ire-III). His other multiple winner is Kentucky-bred Stars Over the Sea (Sea The Stars (IRE) - Exciting Times (FR) by Jeune Homme), who has 2 wins in 5 starts.