By Scot T. Gillies
Pollard's Vision enters the picture, Birdstone maintains a slight edge over Medaglia d'Oro, and Mineshaft makes a determined move to the top of his class. It's the annual AEI leaders issue and we present the top 200 North American stallions by Average Earnings Index (cover story).
Additional statistical charts in the February edition summarize 2011 freshman sires--those stallions whose first foals will race this year. In addition to 14 leaders lists and an overall chart of freshmen (starting on page 6), the popular "Our Picks" feature returns. Find out which young sires have caught the eye of Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and MarketWatch editors Eric Mitchell, Tom Hall, and me.
A new feature that will run throughout the calendar year begins in the February issue (page 10). "Thoroughbred Investing" is a five-part special series that answers the question "What can I expect if I invest in the Thoroughbred industry in 2011?" Shelby O'Neill, Rachel Pagones, and Matt O'Neil identify opportunities and challenges for investors at the low, mid, and upper ranges (respectively). The series kicks off with a look at 2-year-old in training purchases.
Finally, a review of 2010 graded stakes performances (starting on page 14) identifies winners of multiple graded races and classifies graded performers by leading broodmare sires, by dam's race record, and by sales results.
As always, more exclusive content is available--to subscribers only!--at the MarketWatch web site, including special reports, an archive of past issues, and prospective pinhook reports for upcoming sales. (The MarketWatch home page has subscription details if you haven't already signed up.)