Breeders' Cup Sires by the Numbers

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Pre-entries to the 2011 Breeders' Cup include progeny of 126 stallions. The Blood-Horse MarketWatch analyzed the recent results of these sires, looking at racing statistics by track surface and by distance categories and separating out juvenile performers in all the data. We ran numbers for the 126 stallions worldwide and also just at Churchill Downs (host site of this year's event), using racing data from the start of 2006 through October 25, 2011.

The resulting report is fascinating, with side-by-side comparisons of stallions' progeny records for Churchill Downs and worldwide, all by racing surface (dirt and turf) and by six distance categories (sprints, extended sprints, the mile, short two-turn races, middle distances, and routes). The report also contains pre-entries for each race plus leading sires by distance and surface categories.

Here are a couple of sample pages from the 2011 report:

  1. Breeders' Cup Sires by Progeny Performance on Dirt
  2. Breeders' Cup Sires by Progeny Performance at The Mile

For the record, distance classifications used for the study were:

  • Sprints: all distances up to 6½ furlongs
  • Extended Sprints: distances between 6½ and 7½ furlongs
  • The Mile: distances from 7½ to 8½ furlongs
  • Short Two Turns: distances between 8½ and 9½ furlongs
  • Middle Distances: distances between 9½ and 10½ furlongs
  • Routes: distances 10 furlongs and up

The full report runs 37 pages and can be ordered for immediate download. Order the report now as you research the contestants of the 2011 Breeders' Cup.

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