Free Download: Sires With First Runners in 2013

A few surprises might greet you when you read through MarketWatch's 2013 renewal of Freshman Sires to Watch. In this year's preview of first-crop sires of 2-year-olds, Alan Porter offers a strong argument for Pioneerof the Nile and Zensational; Avalyn Hunter likes Colonel John (and finds a few more reasons to support Pioneerof the Nile); and the MarketWatch editors throw Cowboy Cal into the mix. Download the free report, read our full list of predictions for 2013's freshman superstars, and then share your own analysis in the comments section.


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Among the weakest, if not the weakest group of Freshman Sires in last 50 years. Hard to imagine that any will later become elite sires.

25 Feb 2013 9:39 PM
the foxx

1]Colonel John  2]Dunkrk  3]Dixie Chatter  4]Parading  5]  Pioneer of the Nile     stanley marcinkowski, Plowville, Pa

01 Mar 2013 4:06 PM
Baby Jane Towser

This group has at least some potential and definitely some intriguing characters - Pioneerof the Nile and Colonel John are of interest to gauge Empire Maker and Tiznow as sires of sires -- U S Ranger and Cowboy Cal both have more than enough ingredients to make good sires, the former in particular could absolutely be elite, similar to War Front;  Unbridled's Song may finally break through as well as a sire of sires -- Dunkirk was a good horse with a great pedigree and Alan says Zensational was Unbridled's Song's best horse and he goes tail female to Myrtlewood.

06 Mar 2013 2:36 AM

@sceptor - the same is said nearly every year, usually proven wrong.  Mr P, Storm Cat, Dynaformer weren't consisdered any great shakes when they retired.   Others who were, have faded into near oblivion.  

I for one am eager to see the Fort Prado and Colonel John babies run.

06 Mar 2013 12:34 PM


Oh, really? Find me a year when the deemed top 10 or 15 had weaker qualifications than these? Going in, both Mr. P. and Storm Cat looked better than any in this group. Dynaformer was a surprise, but I doubt he would have been selected for an original top 10 list. Perhaps our definition of "qualifications" differs.  

06 Mar 2013 4:56 PM

Dynaformer was not a surprise to one small and beleaguered coven of breeders, those who were scanning the horizon desperately looking for outcross sires for Mr. P and Northern Dancer crosses, especially as it was becoming common to double down.

Dynaformer contributed two crosses of Nearco, Blue Larkspur and Hyperion in his foal's sixth (6th) generation, making him an absolute outcross by contemporary standards, and he had Ribot who nicked with both predominant sires, spectacularly so with Northern Dancer.

On paper he looked awfully good.

10 Mar 2013 6:45 PM

To suggest that one could have predicted Dynaformer's success at stud is utter nonsense. Being an outcross to Northern Dancer and/or Mr. P. is alone far from a Rx for success-there were many from his era with similar credentials that failed. Also, Nearco and Hyperion "blood" are not examples of outcross influences for Northern Dancer, and Ribot did not nick all that well with Mr. P. Lastly, take a closer look at what worked well with Dynaformer, and you'll see that much of his success wasn't likely attributed to his blends with Mr. P or Northern Dancer.

11 Mar 2013 12:08 PM

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