Each March, editors of The Blood-Horse MarketWatch review a list of the previous year’s graded stakes-winning horses, attempting to identify runners whose dams deserve special recognition as top producers. We pore over data that show some standard information — number of foals, runners, and winners, as you’ll see in a few leaders lists in this year's report — but we also look for evidence of special stories.
It might be an aged broodmare that has produced her first high-class offspring late in life. Or a champion racemare that is able to pass on her superior talent. Or a mare that, seemingly regardless of the stallion she’s mated to, produces top-quality runners year after year.
This year we’ve identified eight mares whose 2009 progeny performances were especially noteworthy. In addition to a pedigree box and short analysis of each of these dams, you’ll find a list of her stakes-performing offspring and a record of their 2009 graded stakes victories. When you finish reading this free download, we’re sure you will have formed your own opinion about which mare is most deserving of the MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year title. Register your vote online (through April 30, 2010), or comment on your choice below.
Download the free report today: MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year