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Classic Longshots Boost Young Sires

Incredibly, 2011 was the first time in history that all three Triple Crown races were won by horses with double-digit odds, but longshot or not, siring a classic winner is an achievement not to be taken lightly, especially for a young sire.

The chart below shows longshot (10-1 or longer) classic winners since 2000 and the resulting effect on their sires' fees. Fees for high-profile, established stallions such as Gone West, A.P. Indy, and Distorted Humor (TrueNicks,SRO) (in 2010) weren't directly affected by a classic win—perhaps the Triple Crown win only confirmed their reputation. But for young sires with only first or second crop 3-year-olds, siring a classic winner usually leads to a big fee increase the following season.

What will the 2011 Triple Crown will mean for Leroidesanimaux, Forestry (TrueNicks,SRO), and Roman Ruler (TrueNicks,SRO)?

RaceWinnerOddsSireCropFee Bred OnFee at Time of WinFollowing Season's Fee
2011 BelmontRuler On Ice24-1Roman Ruler2nd$30,000$15,000?
2011 PreaknessShackleford12-1Forestry8th$125,000$12,500?
2011 DerbyAnimal Kingdom20-1Leroidesanimaux2nd$25,000$10,000 (to $12,500 after Derby)?
2010 BelmontDrosselmeyer13-1Distorted Humor8th$150,000$100,000$100,000
2009 BelmontSummer Bird11-1Birdstone1st$10,000$10,000$30,000
2009 DerbyMine That Bird50-1Birdstone1st$10,000$10,000$30,000
2008 BelmontDa' Tara38-1Tiznow3rd$30,000$30,000$75,000
2006 PreaknessBernardini12-1A.P. Indy10th$300,000$300,000$300,000
2005 DerbyGiacomo50-1Holy Bull7th$25,000$15,000$15,000
2004 BelmontBirdstone36-1Grindstone4th$10,000$7,500$10,000
2003 DerbyFunny Cide12-1Distorted Humor1st$12,500$20,000$50,000
2002 BelmontSarava70-1Wild Again9th$60,000$50,000Private (limited book, fertility)
2002 DerbyWar Emblem20-1Our Emblem2nd$10,000$7,500$35,000
2001 DerbyMonarchos10-1Maria's Mon1st$7,500$12,500$35,000
2000 BelmontCommendable18-1Gone West9th$75,000$125,000$125,000

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