PLACERVILLE AND BURDEN OF PROOF: SIRES OF THE JUVENILES

Monday, April 7, 2008

A. The termination of the Mumbai racing season marks the halfway stage of the Indian Racing Calendar. A large number of races for 2 year olds (who all turn three year olds on Ist day of the year) have gone by at almost all the racing centers. The interest in early career is focused on the winners of maiden races, million and multi-million races. The true potential & strength of this young crop will now be judged during the summer/monsoon season when classic hopefuls, some of whom have already been sighted, would get to further prove themselves. Apart from the early ones there are still a few exciting prospects who will be initiated and are likely to make their mark.

B. The value of a race horse is primarily judged from the Sire’s established record or expected potential in case of freshman sires. The dams with established families, bloodlines and personal track performance add to the value in their own equally important way. The most significant aspect in judging a Sire’s value is his potential to produce classic/graded race winners. Yet in the early part of the season enough importance is also given to Sire’s capability to provide early winners because it is a well established fact that a good sire normally produces off springs who come to hand early and are keen to hit the track. The structure of racing in India provides for such early juvenile winners to pick up better stakes than when they race in handicap races. Hence a lot of attention needs to be given to the Sires who perform well with early strikes from their crop each year.

C. Let us now take a look at the winner producing sires for juveniles this year. A total of 1517 horses were produced in the year 2006 and it is expected a small percentage of these may not eventually make it to the race courses. So far 182 of these horses have gone on to win races, a very marginal proportion indeed. What is most interesting is that out of this number 32 horses have been winners at only one centre ; i.e. , Chennai , a centre where racing takes place “in a world of its own”.

D. A total of 86 sires were utilized for covering the mares which resulted in the 2006 crop. 45 out of these have got winners so far. The details of the winning sires are discussed hereafter.

1. PLACERVILLE-Son of Mr Prospector in his 12th crop is at the top with 16 winners of 19 races out of a largish crop of 70 foals. A very versatile sire who has been the champion sire for 6 times . Last year he gave us STAR WAVE, nora, bourbon queen, star of Washington, originality and divine as black types.

Winners-ANGELFIRE, DIVINE GLEAM,RAMASSES, STAR OF MARMALADE, ASHWA PRAYAG, SPECIAL CHARM, CLASSERVILLE, TOPKAPI, FOREST FLAIR, GREY MAGIC, KOHINOOR KING, RIVER CHIEFTAIN, D’ARTAGNAN, SHEIKHA, STAR CROWNED and SEA QUEEN.

2. BURDEN OF PROOF- The Fairy King son standing at Kunigal Stud has been a big winner this season with his sixth crop of 42 foals 13 winners of 17 races .Last year black types were , FLEETING ARROW, ABS FABS, sugar ray and colourful lady.

Winners-CHIQUELLE, ABOLINE, TANZANITE,SUCHIMAN, SUPERB STYLE, CHINTZ, SPEARHEAD,RUGGED BEAUTY, CORBETT, CIELO REY, CAPTIVATING, CAYENNE and HATSUHAANA

3. CHINA VISIT-The son of Red Ransom in his 3rd crop has got 9 winners winning 11 races out of total foal strength of 39. Last year black types-FLAMING ACE, SAFARI, KIARA, ARCHIPENKO.

Winners-RIVER BLOSSOM,RIDING FANTASY, ARISTOCRATIC, VIVACITY, HUSSLER,RUBY CROWN, CHOTEE BEGUM, AVE MARIA and SEA OF KISSES.

4. ONTARIO-Storm Cat sired and Sohna Stud based stallion got to foal 67 out of which 9 have won a total of 10 races. Last year black types- successor, the rock, own voice and sound of nature.

Winners-FLYBY, SEX BOMB, GRAND RAPIDS, ACE HIGH, TURKISH DOLL, SPRINT STAR, ARTS, PURE MAGIC and SCUBARIO.

5. EL JOHAR-Standing at Mukteshwar Stud, the son of Nashwan has 08 winners, nine wins from a crop of 29 in his 3rd crop. Last year black type-COMMON KNOWLEDGE.

Winners-EL TORO, SCAMPER, KING’S CRUISE, ASHWA SHAURYA, SPOT ON, WINNING STRIDES, KNIGHTS FALCON and ZAMBO ANGA.

6. DIFFIDENT-Standing at Poonawalla Stud , this versatile son of Nureyev in his 7th crop has 38 foals, 7 have won 8 races so far. Last year black type- arktouros, secret glory and enduring star.

Winners-BOURBON BAY, ALACRITY,BLUE DANUBE,KINGDOM OF DREAMS,SMOKIN ACES, QUEEN’S COLLECTION and DUKE OF WINDSOR.

7. YOUNG SENOR-The late son of El Gran Senor stood at A B Stud and in his 12th crop of 35, he got 6 winners of 7 races. Last year black types-star senora and black mischief.

Winners-EL PASO, IKI TOMBI, FIRE BLAZE, GLORIOUS BAY, PRESTON BAILLEY and CHEASEAPEAKE.

8. FLITCH-Sired by Demons Begone, this Doaba Stud sire in his sixth crop foaled 48 out of which 6 winners have won 7 races. Last year black type-royal portrait.

Winners-GALASHIELS, FIRE BIRD, BALLANTYNE, ACCARDO, PAY MASTER and SARIR.

9. ROYAL GLADIATOR-The home bred but brought in foal son of Honour And Glory in his 3rd crop at Pratap Stud got 30 foals, 5 have won a total of 7 races. Last year black types- LYCIA FALCON and stunning rose.

Winners-FLIRTING EYE, APHRODISIAC,SUGAR BABAY,SOUND OF CHEERS and CASCADES.

10. STEINBECK-Mr prospector’s underutilized son standing at Usha Stud in his 12 th crop of 16 foals has 5 winners of six races. Last crop black types-red romeo, carte blanche and strategic partner.

Winners-ENYA, AL FATEH, DAVENPORT,SNOW QUEEN and ABOVE THE LINE.

11. GASWAR-Shadeed sired and one of the under rated sire standing at Sohna Stud in his 10th crop of 12 foals has 5 winners.Last year black types-TOMSK, RECONNECT and dorabella.

Winners-DAZZLING WISE, DREAM PARK, VICTORIOUS SALLY, HARMONICA and RABI KOUNGA.

12. MR MELLON-Standing at Ruia Stud, the son of Red Ransom had his third crop of 36 out of which 4 have won 6 races.Last crop black types-FANTASTIC QUEST, ADAMANT APPROACH and able associate.

Winners-PALACE AFFAIRS, SPARK OF SALERNO, SECRET ASSET and SEA SPARROW.

13. BEE’S PROSPECTOR-The late son of Mr Prospector stood at Vikram Greenlands and in his 14th and last crop gave 46 horses out of which 4 won a total of 5 races.

Winners-CHECK HER OUT, ALBORADO,GENEROUS THOUGHT and SECRET WHISPERS.

14. WARRSHAN-The well performed and versatile son of Northern Dancer and full brother to the celebrated RAZEEN stands at Star Stud. In his 15th crop of 30 he has 4 winners. Last year black type-fire within.

Winners-SEA TREASURE,INDIA GATE, MUSIC VALLEY and RIVER STAR.

15. BRAVE HUNTER-The late son of Tecorno and Pratap Stud home bred sire in his ninth and last crop of 29 foals gave 4 winners.

Winners-TAKING OVER, MRIGNAYNEE, PRICE TO FAME and IDAR PRINCESS.

16. DON MICHELLETO-Nakul Stud based son of Machiavellian in his 7th crop of 18 has 3 winners of 4 races.

Winners-SPARKS, AS YOU WISH and RASHIDA.

17. KLY GREEN-Son of Danzig and standing at Badal Stud got 3 winners of 4 races in his 11th crop.
Winners-ZYCON,DISCO FLASH and quen of habashe.

18. HAMMERSTEIN-Kris sired and standing at Krishna Stud has 3 winners of 4 races in his 4th crop.

Winners-SUNEHRA PARINDA, TED LAPITUS and AL JEEZAAN.

19. CASE LAW-The late son of Ahonoora stood at Jai Govind Stud and in his 12th crop of 31 foals had 3 winners of 4 races.

Winners-SPLENDID ACT, CAPT SMART and CHESTNUT CHARMER.

20. GREENSMITH- The late son of Known Fact stood at Mare Haven Stud in his last couple of years . In his 12th crop of 20 foals he had 2 winners of 7 races.

Winners-ROCKING STAR and OBAN.

21. WHITE CROWN-The late son of Secreto stood at Amrit Kaur Stud and in his 10th crop of 4 foals had 2 winners of 5 races.

Winners-TAKE A CHANCE and BEST OF LUCK

22. VALID CONCEPT-The late son of Valid Appeal who stood at Dashmesh Stud in his 3rd and last crop of 21 foals had 2 winners of 3 races.

Winner-VENDETTA and NOX.

23. GLORY OF DANCER-Son of Shareef Dancer and located at Nanoli Stud he produced 20 foals in his 9th crop, 2 winners of 2 races. Last year black types-ANTONIOS, DANCING DYNAMITE and JUVENTUS.

Winner-CRUISING and CABRIOLET.

24. DUJA-The son of Dayjur and located at Pratap Stud in his 9th crop of 20 foals had 2 winners.

Winners-RUFFIANO and OUTSTANDING.

25. RAZEEN-Son of Northern Dancer located at Mehra Stud had the 13th crop of 23 foals out of 2 have won. Champion sire for six times appears to be getting aged as this year has been a big disappointment so far. Last year black types-SET ASIDE, AUTONOMY, GRAND MADAME, NOBLE VIEW, ruben stein, corfu, timeless treasure, violet honey, inspiring trust and vijay rath.

Winners-AMORE MIO and VIJAY SIDDHANTH.

26. HYMN-Son of Fairy King and standing at Jodha Stud had 36 foals in his 4th crop with 2 winners.

Winners-GREEK FIRE and AMITY.

27. TIROL-The late son of Thatching stood at Capricorn Stud and in his final 15th crop had 30 foals, 2 winners.

Winners-GALLANT PRINCE and MIGHTY PRINCE.

Comments:-
(a) Placerville is the top sire in the country now with the produce capable of winning at all the distances. The worrying thing is that they are not winning at the top level and are suspect for distances beyond 2000m.The % of black types is decreasing.
(b) Razeen gave us the top horse last yearin SET ALIGHT and also AUTONOMY, and there were some other good types. This year’s crop is looking very moderate for his standards.
(c) CHINA VISIT from the same farm is better than what most people have started to believe. If he is not compared with Razeen then he is still a good sire who regularly produces good types.
(d)GLORY OF DANCER is throwing out lots who race for all the distances, winning two Indian Derby’s puts him at the higher level than before. The capability to get the staying trips has been noticed as he has matured as a sire.
(e) BURDEN OF PROOF has been the most impressive this year, his produce is precocious and the speed elements are to the fore. Not getting the classic distance is the negative with him as he is good only upto a mile.
(f) ONTARIO has been getting very large crop , the offsprings are precocious but there is a tendancy for pure sprints. Though he has got winners even over staying trips but majority of the crop is bred for sprints. What has to be seen is whether the horses of this sire retain their zest for racing as they grow in age, it is felt that the good types in the last crop were dwindling in performance as they went up the handicap scales.
(g) DIFFIDENT needs good mares to get better types, he has done very well with Poonawalla mares but has produced average types when crossed with Yeravada / smaller farms mares.
(h) MR MELLON is good in patches type, he will keep on giving some good prospects.
(I) The disappointments this season have been SENURE,BLACK CASH, JUNIPER, MAJOR IMPACT and ROYAL KINGDOM. Both the sires of Manjri Stud have a good record but sadly they are not producing early winners. SENURE produce gets better on maturing, they tend to race well when there is a cut in the turf and MAJOR IMPACT is a much better sire who is perhaps not getting the correct coverings. BLACK CASH whose produce does very well on good going has been a failure after a stupendous first year. ROYAL KINGDOM is a 80 : 20 sire, average crop with a few exciting racers. JUNIPER has proved to be just ordinary, the crop is good only for 1200 or 1400m distances.


FRESHMAN SIRES

28. IKHTYAR – Son of UNFUWAIN and standing at Nanoli Stud is the only sire to have got 2 winners from a crop of 37.
Winners-EUBEE and SEMPER EADEM

29. ITAQUERE POWER-Nil out of a crop of 9.

30. PUERTO MADERO-Nil out of a crop of 23.

Comments:- The new crop has been a pure disappointment so far. A clear picture of the potential of these three will emerge by the end of the monsoon season.

31. The other sires who got a single winner each in their crops(shown in brackets) respectively are:-

(a) ANSBACH-(9) ZARIN
(b) ALBERTINI(3) HURRICANE BOLT
© BRAVE ACT-(24) SENORA ENCIMA
(d) CLASSIC TALE-(13) CLASSIC CHARGE
(e) CONQUERING HERO-(6) KOHINOOR EMPIRE
(f) DANCING BEGGAR-(3) BELLE DANCER
(g) INNER CITY-(FAIR OPTION
(h) LOCAL TALENT-(5) NATIVE TALENT
(i) MISCHEVIOUS MUSIC-(13) METALLIKA
(j) MAJOR IMPACT–(19) GOING FOR GOLD
(k) MUDEER (13) REGAL GLORY
(l) SAN FRANCISCO-(12) BEATRICE
(m) SERIOUS SPENDER-(22) X RAY
(n) SENURE-(34) STARFALL

32. The sires with more than 5 in their crop but who have failed to get a winner are:-

(a) BAROOD(5)
(b) BLACK CASH(11)
(c)CONCORDIAL(9)
(d)DARK NILE(7)
(e)FOREST FAIR(7)
(f)INTERNATIONAL(5)
(g)JOHN BALLIOL(7)
(h)JOINT ACCOUNT(5)
(i)JUNIPER(45)
(j)LIBOR(11)
(k)PENINE RIDGE(12)
(l)ROYAL KINGDOM(25)
(m)SIR BORDEAUX(14)
(n)SIZZLING MELODY(7)
(o)STAVROS(8)

CHENNAI RACES

The performance of the sires at Chennai is discussed separately as it would not be wise to consider the produce of these sires at equal terms with the rest of the country for the prime reason that the produce of Chennai based sires rarely races in any other part of the country and the produce of sires from outside the state of Tamil Nadu hardly ever race as juveniles in that place.

(A)-ALWAYS A RAINBOW-Son of Mr Prospector standing at Sholavaram Stud in his 9th crop of 46 foals had 22 winners of 73 races. Last year black types-GOLDEN BOUNTY, AUTUMN PEARL, magic flight, king’s envoy, oasis dream, society lady, dolphin bay and calypso magic.
Winners-
QUEST OF VICTORY-8
ALPHA JET-7
MOUNTAIN PRIDE-6
BEAUCHAMP PRINCE-5
HONOURED GUEST-5
FABULOUS STIRE-4
COSMIC EXPLORER-4
VANTAGE POINT-3
SAVANNAH FLEET-3
NOBLE CRUSADER-3
KING CRIMSON-3
DIVINE SPIRIT-3
BLUSHING KING-3
LUXURIOUS-3
SEA CREST-3
MOONLIGHT MUSIC-2
DANIEL-2
ROCK N ROLL-2
APPLE OF MY EYE, SUTHERN TIME,SIMPLY ELEGANT, RAINBOW VIEW-1 EACH.

(B)-FOYER-Son of Saddler’s wells and standing at Chettinad Stud in his 9th crop of 29 foals had 6 winners of 28 races. Last year black type-beautiful vision
Winners-
AIR ACADEMY-7
BEAUROCRAT-7
HEROIC EPIC-5
ETERNAL LEGACY-4
COLLEGE SCHOLAR-4
FESTIVAL PRINCE-1

© PREDAPPIO-The late son of Polish Precedent stood at Sholavaram Stud and in his 6th crop of 13 foals has 4 winners of 12 races. Last year black types-TOPLINE, stunning move and heaven’s echo.
Winners-
SWIFT PRINCESS-4
FOREST STORM-4
MAJESTIC TIMES-3
GLORY OF GOLD-1.

Comments:- I think all other race centres need to have a re look at Chennai’s racing pattern. The owners at Chennai, no matter how few or syndicated etc, they should be a happy lot with so many winners in such a short time.

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