By Frances J. Karon Competition at most levels of the stallion game is tough. Mare owners who breed commercially, which seems to be most of them these days, are at the mercy of an unforgiving market that is quick to judge, and they must choose mates carefully or risk getting burned in the sales ring. … Continue reading The Freshman sire game: what’s in a number?
By Frances J. Karon Much has been written recently about Into Mischief’s success as a sire. Suffice to say that Spendthrift’s flagship stallion merits every bit of praise that he has received, as this look at his stud fee history and number of mares bred per Northern Hemisphere season can attest to: 2009: $12,500; 61 … Continue reading Into Mischief shoplifts his first leading sire title
By Frances J. Karon I’ve written previously about the 2019 first-season sires in the US, where American Pharoah is the leader by progeny earnings and stakes horses (11), and is the co-leader by number of SWs with four, tied with Constitution (second on the list overall), Competitive Edge (third), and Race Day (fourth). Although he … Continue reading Dubawi: Sire of the leading first-season sire in Europe and of a new stallion in the US
By Frances J. Karon Over the weekend, Karakontie got his third SW from his first crop (88 named 2yos of 2019) when Sole Volante (dam by Kingmambo) won the Pulpit S. at Gulfstream Park. Sole Volante is the second SW bred on the Karakontie/Kingmambo cross, after G3SW Kenzai Warrior (Lemon Drop Kid), following a no-brainer pedigree … Continue reading Karakontie: A family affair