Do Certain Thoroughbred Races Produce Successful Stallions?

Airdrie Stud owner Brereton Jones has often said he looks for a good miler when prospecting for a new stallion. While certainly not his only criteria, a quick glance down Airdire's current stallion roster shows a number of horses whose resumes include victories or good placings in one-mile stakes Divine Park (grade I Metropolitan Mile); Badge of Silver (second twice in the grade I Cigar Mile Handicap; Istan (Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III), Governor's Handicap); Slew City Slew (grade III Salvator Mile Handicap).

The Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup Championships give horses strong credentials but does that translate into breeding success? The editors at The Blood-Horse MarketWatch want to know if certain races or certain types of race have a history of producing good stallions and we're asking for your help. We've put together a poll to solicit your opinion and narrow down the field of races. After we have the results, we'll do the research and let you know in the fall if the perceptions match the reality.

Thanks for participating!Eric Mitchell



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I fully agree with Mr. Jones.  Just look at the success Airdrie has had with their young stallions (Indian Charlie, Proud Citizen, Harlan's Holiday).  I think top-notch milers pass can pass along speed and stamina to their offspring.  I especially look forward to seeing the runners Divine Park throws in the years to come.  He was a top miler and a son of the late, great Chester House.

03 Sep 2009 8:26 PM
Jim P

Cape Cross was a miler and Ouija Board and Sea the Stars weren't the worst foals born in their respective years. He's worth checking out.

04 Sep 2009 12:29 PM

Milers are becoming the norm.  I prefer to see more distance and stamina brought back as a virtue in breeding.  We are in the process of losing these.

06 Sep 2009 6:50 AM

Look no further than the Belmont Stakes for an American G.1 race that produces top sires:





SMARTY JONES (2ND)- potentially

10 Sep 2009 2:21 AM

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