A new year of breeding begins a couple of months and that means a number of stallions are departing the US. Knowing who has been sent where can be vital for breeders leery of sire downgrades or those looking to take advantage of a new local breeding restricted market. Here are the prominent stallions moving out of Kentucky for 2020.
Animal Kingdom – moving from Darley to Japan. He was moderately successful in the SIM with 5 G1 winners and a career 6.7% SW.
Awesome Again – pensioned. The awesome ride comes to an end. His legacy will continue through Ghostzapper.
Bodemeister – leaving WinStar for Turkey. Sire of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming has been sent to exile. He has one G1 winner in the SIM and a 5.7% SW. He always seemed to struggle and underperform, although based on this seems he was rated correctly.
California Chrome – a favorite horse to many, he’ll be leaving Taylor Made and going to Japan before his runners ever hit the track. In the SIM he has 2 G1 winners and 5.1% SW.
Danza/Medal Count/Flat Out/Normandy Invasion/Itsmyluckyday/Shakin it Up – are grouped together in a shakeup of the Spendthrift roster. All will be sent to local markets like Ohio or Oklahoma. This exodus makes room for the 5 flashy new stallions coming into Spendthrift; Mitole, Maximus Mischief, Omaha Beach, Vino Rosso, and Coal Front. As Vino Rosso and Omaha Beach figure to be the most desired freshman dirt stallions in 2020, virtual Spendthrift should be busy.
Daredevil – leaving WinStar and heading to Turkish exile. Daredevil doesn’t have a graded winner in the SIM and maintains a 4.3% SW mark.
Perfect Soul – pensioned. Long-time purple blooded son of Sadler’s Wells standing the US had 1 G1 winner in the SIM with 6% SW.
Revolutionary – moving from WinStar to South Korea. His amazing female family couldn’t get him going. His mark in the SIM was a paltry one G3 winner and 1.8% SW.
Run Away and Hide – exits Darby Dan and also goes to Turkey. This one is a little disappointing as he showed some promise at times but couldn’t get breeders support. In the SIM he was worst on this list with only one SW to his record which translates to 0.5%
Super Saver – leaving WinStar for Turkey. Always sad to see a Kentucky Derby winner leave the country. In the SIM he produced 6 G1 winners and had 6.4% SW.
Trappe Shot – moved off Claiborne for Turkey. As the numerous sons of Tapit and War Front are sent to stud the leash is short for those not drawing full books. He has one G1 winner and 3.7% SW.
Verrazano – shipped out of Ashford to Brazil. Verrazano runners were spectacularly awful on the track so this one was fairly obvious. He was more successful in the SIM with 6.7% SW although only two graded winners, both of the G3 variety.
For those stallions leaving the US, it leaves breeders in a crunch with their mares as they will likely be taking a hit. There are only three major additions coming into the US market from overseas. The first is the famed Sir Prancelot, vanquisher of Frankel for the Freshman sire title, who will be standing in California for a robust $15,000 in 2020. Could Sir Prancelot dominate the California turf like Unusual Heat once did? Second is Take Charge Indy being rescued from South Korea and standing at WinStar for $17,500. Real Solution, although not coming from overseas, will be moving from Louisiana for Calumet Farm ($7500).
In summary, TUR local racing just got a lot more interesting in the SIM, Awesome Again opens up top tier breedings for other SIM sires to soak up Spendthirft is the place to be for dirt breeders looking for freshman sires.