Best Broodmare Sire

Brent Mccoy
• Wednesday, 25 November, 2020
• 8 min read

Includes information from North America, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates as contained in our database. With the Saratoga/Del Mar meets coming up, I thought I would take a look at whom the best turf broodmare sires are and see if there were any surprises.

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I looked at how many stakes wins a broodmare sire had on the turf in the last ten years. The top ten may be the usual suspects, but some Broodmare sires are just too good to be true.

Of course, your attention has probably drifted to the top right-hand corner of this chart, and who can blame you. The reason is that certain Broodmare sires have a great stakes wins to stake starts ratio because owners only run the progeny if they prove themselves beyond a shadow of a doubt.

An owner isn’t going to take a chance with a horse by Lucky Pulpit if he hasn’t proven himself in some way shape or form. Do not even produce horses anymore, which means that provided all goes well Thunder Gulch will surpass them both.

I would look for a few two-year old races with horses that have Thunder Gulch on the bottom and take a chance. I would highlight all ten of these sires, but Thunder Gulch is the only one who’s going to provide you with any value as the others have already been hyped as much as is humanly possible.

The best situation for you as a handicapper is to find three-year-olds who are making their debut and have one of these sires on the bottom. Through the 2019 season we seemingly never had to wait too long for the next big-race triumph for a son or daughter of a mare by Pivotal (GB) (Polar Falcon).

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It is no surprise, therefore, that the 27-year-old Chesley Park Stud patriarch has ended the year not merely completing a hat-trick of titles as Champion BroodmareS ire of Great Britain and Ireland but also topping the European table too. It would, though, be grossly unfair too Pivotal to attribute his success as a broodmare sire solely to the fact that his daughters are generally compatible with Galileo.

For one thing, a mare has to be high-class to merit a place in Galileo’s book, whoever she is by; secondly, Pivotal’s daughters regularly produce good horses from a broad spectrum of stallions. Dane hill’s regular presence among the leaders is easy to understand when one bears in mind that the most obviously successful nick of the current century has been ‘Galileo over a Dane hill mare’, a recipe which has yielded 15 individual Group 1 winners headed by Frankel.

Dane hill was Champion BroodmareS ire during Frankel’s final season of racing in 2012 (thus ending the seven-year reign of Sadler’s Wells) and then topped the table again in both 2014 and ’15. Dane hill’s best representative as a dam sire in 2019 was G1 Judgment Grand Prix de Paris and G1 Judgment International winner Japan (GB), one of three Group 1 winners of 2019 bred on the tried-and-tested Galileo x Dane hill cross which also struck gold with G1 Comer Group International Irish St Leger heroine Search For A Song (Ire) and Cape of Good Hope (Ire), a stakes' winner during the year in both England and Australia.

Galileo also regularly gets good results from Dane hill Dancer mares and this cross yielded two top-class 3-year-olds of 2019: G1 St James’s Palace S. and G1 PRI Du Cousin de Longchamp winner Circus Maximus (Ire) and G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Sovereign (Ire). Nestling in among these greats is another legend: Mon sun (Ger) occupied fifth place thanks to the G1 Qatar PRI DE l’Arc de Triomphe winner Wildcat (GB) (Galileo {GB}) whose earnings account for more than half of his maternal grand sire’s total.

Oasis Dream (GB) and Chaparral deserve credit as the only two horses in the top 10 in the GB/Ire table aged less than 20. Chaparral, of course, had a fantastic season as a sire of racehorses thanks to his three Group 1-winning 2-year-old colts headed by the champion Pinatubo (Ire) but, already well established as an wonderful broodmare sire, he also featured prominently in this role, his grandchildren headed by G1 Bet fair Haddock Park Sprint Cup S. winner Hello Domain (Fr) (Zodiac {GB}).

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By topping the table in Great Britain and Ireland for a third consecutive year he has, as highlighted above, joined an elite band alongside St Simon and Sadler’s Wells. As regards his place among the broodmare sires’ pantheon of the modern era, he has now put himself alongside the legendary Habitat (Champion BroodmareS ire of Great Britain and Ireland in 1987, ’94 and ’96) and ahead of both Darshan (GB) and Rainbow Quest (GB) who each topped the table twice.

I heard from a friend asking if it could really be true that a stallion in his mid-to-late teens, a top sire of G1SWs, only has a handful of SW's as a broodmare sire. Because the stallion is into the latter half of his stud career and is already a successful sire -of-sires, it seemed out of proportion that he should have so few SW's as a dam sire.

But even though at first glance it appears strange, it’s not out of proportion, really. Look at the list of the year’s top broodmare sires (in N.A.

Pivotal (1993; 16 crops of racing age as broodmare sire), with 16 GSW Just seven of the top 21 North American- or European-based broodmare sires by GSW remain active at stud: Pivotal (at Chesley Park Stud), Galileo (Cool more), Tacit (Gaines way), Bernardino (Darla), Oasis Dream (Judgment), Empire Maker (Gaines way), and More Than Ready (Instar, with double duty at Winery in Australia), and of these, Bernardino, Tacit, Oasis Dream, and Empire Maker are represented by single-digit crops as broodmare sires, a distinct disadvantage to being competitive on this list.

Stallions generally prove themselves pretty quickly as sires, whereas the opposite is true in their roles as broodmare sires. Consider that the youngest on the list above, Bernardino, is 16 years old and although he has 12 crops of racing age in his capacity as a sire, his producing daughters have half that many crops of racing age.

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In 2019, these include Dunbar Road (Quality Road), Hunter O’ Riley (Tie Wonderful), Max field (Street Sense), Serengeti Empress (Alternation), and Wicked Whisper (Liam’s Map), all G1SWs this year. The first GSW out of a daughter of Bernardino was Dark Nile, a Pioneer of the Nile filly who won the G3 Delaware Oaks at three in 2016.

The foals sired by better stallions and produced from the successful racing daughters arrive years later, and once that starts happening, the broodmare sire will experience a breakout year like Bernardino did in 2019. From this point onward, you can expect Bernardino to remain at the top end of the broodmare sire list for a long time.

He sired champion Stardom Bound (who is the only SW out of a mare by the obscure Grey Dawn II stallion Carr Road) in his first crop, but by then, Tacit had already sired or had four crops in the pipeline before he began to attract better-bred mares who could produce fillies with better genes on both sides of the family and that might warrant breeding to better sires down the road. Tacit’s first GSW as a broodmare sire appeared in the sixth crop of foals out of his mares.

So if the question is, “How is it that such a phenomenal sire is not making an impact as a broodmare sire ?” The answer is to give him time. Even the horses that turn out to be the best broodmare sires take a while to get results.

Indy, whose daughters have produced 99 GSW, didn’t get his first one (Ruby’s Reception, a foal of 2000) until 2003, when the oldest progeny of his daughters were six years old and he himself was 14, and his first G1SWs came when he was 17. This week's Blockhouse Smartwatch analysis looks at broodmare sires with daughters cataloged in the upcoming Keen eland November breeding stock sale with value in mind.

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Complete statistics on all broodmare sires represented at the Keen eland sale can be found in the Oct. 29 issue of Blockhouse. The leading sire in this group by AEI and percentage of stakes winner from foals is expatriate Game Hall, a grade II winner and son of Deere, who stood at Winding Oaks Farm in Florida until 2015 when he was relocated to Almusaadiya Stud in Saudi Arabia.

As a broodmare sire he has the same percentage of stakes winners out of 39 dams with foals of racing age. He has four daughters entered the Keeneland sale led by graded stakes winner Game Six (Hip 210), who has produced grade III winners Cali Star and Delightful Joy.

Stravinsky, who stands at BBA Kyushu Stallion Station near Kagoshima, Japan, is represented by 430 runners as a broodmare sire that have generated a 1.69 AEI. These include Select Sales' Gotta Penny (Hip 2492), the dam of stakes-placed Brokered, out of graded stakes winner Marsha's Echelon, who also produced stakes winners Run Man Run and North of Mars.

With a select herd of Champion show mares and powerful bloodlines, our program has a strict focus on extreme quality. Animals of versatility; Both fine bodied and poetic in motion ...

Hope is an extremely fine and pretty bright bay mare. She was shown lightly for Multiple Championships in MH AA and open rings.

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Hope is sired by national Grand Champion RFM Best Bets Moonlight Gambler out of a She is a paternal half sister to Namely Park MG Moonlight Serenade.

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