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Second-Crop Sires Make History

This week's Porter on Pedigrees column at BloodHorse.com discusses the rare classic doubles earned this year by second-crop sires Birdstone and Medaglia d'Oro (both were represented by different winners in classic races).That hasn't happened Stateside since -- as pointed out by Mahubah's Corner columnist Avalyn Hunter -- Count Fleet sired Count Turf and Counterpoint (winners of the 1951 Kentucky Derby and Belmont, respectively) back in 1951.  Man o'War also fits the bill as he sired American Flag and Florence Nightengale (Belmont Stakes and CCA Oaks, respectively) in 1922 -- which was also his first crop.

Coincidentally, the feat has also been achieved this year in Japan, by Neo Universe (JPN) (by Sunday Silence), whose first crop has provided the winners of the classic races Sutsuki Sho and Tokyo Yushun. Add in Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO) and Candy Ride (ARG) (TrueNicks,SRO) (both with grade I winners), Speightstown (TrueNicks,SRO) and Lion Heart (TrueNicks,SRO) (both with multiple graded winners) in the U.S., and Elusive City (with a classic winner and a classic-placed horse) in Europe, and it looks as if the Northern Hemisphere has an extraordinary group of second-crop sires.

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I'm surprised that no one (at least in the articles I've read) has pointed out that both Mine That Bird and Summer Bird are fourth generation classic winners.  I'd guess that's a pretty rare occurance, too.

LanceS 11 Jun 2009 9:10 AM

But only TC Winner Gallant Fox has produced a TC winner, Omaha, in their first crop....

da3hoss 11 Jun 2009 11:26 AM

IF you want to win at Belmont get you a SPEIGHTSTOWN

steve s 11 Jun 2009 2:15 PM

If you want a nice looking gray to win at Churchill.get a TAPIT,

steve s 12 Jun 2009 2:47 PM

I would like to see a discussion on the Raise a Native line and how it has dominated the North American Classics. The top four finishers in this year's Belmont were all from the Raise a Native sire-line and this year's Kentucky Derby the top two were also from Raise a Native. I know we discuss Mr. Prospector quite a lot but he is Raise a Native's number one siring son but he also had Exclusive Native and others. Exclusive Native sired Genuine Risk the only filly to win the Kentucky Derby and then finish second in the next two legs of the crown. We seem to give more prominence to Northern Dancer and his sons though it is the European Classics that they dominate.

Julie L. 13 Jun 2009 4:04 PM

2003 was also a year for history.  Second crop sires Elusive Quality and Cape Town sired the Derby and Oaks winners in Funny Cide and Bird Town.

Tammy 14 Jun 2009 8:32 PM

Tammy, Funny Cide is by Distorted Humor, not Elusive Quality.  I think that's what you meant to say.  In 2004, Smarty Jones was by Elusive Quality.

Curlin 17 Jun 2009 9:10 AM

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