Competitive Edge, a Grade 1 winner and nationally ranked first- and second-crop sire over the past two years, was purchased by Douglas Scharbauer to stand at Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas. The son of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver previously stood at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. His 2021 fee will be $5,000.
Bred by WinStar Farm LLC and sold for $750,000 as a 2-year-old, Competitive Edge broke his maiden at first asking by more than 10 lengths at Saratoga Race Course. Then in just his second career start, he romped to a 5 ¾-length win in the historic Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, also at Saratoga.
His win streak continued as a 3-year-old, when in consecutive starts he won the Tamarac Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile Stakes at Churchill Downs, stopping the timer at 1:34.18. All told, he earned $519,280 on the track.
Competitive Edge, who also covered mares in the Southern Hemisphere while with Ashford, was North America’s #6-ranked first-crop sire with more than $1.3 million in progeny earnings in 2019. He is currently ranked among the top 15 second-crop sires, with total progeny earnings of nearly $3.6 million thorough early December. He is represented by 12 stakes horses, including Saratoga stakes winners Fierce Lady and My Italian Rabbi, Grade 2- and Grade 3-placed Reagan’s Edge and Grade 3-placed Edgeway.
Peppered Cat, a veteran stallion whose offspring includes the multiple graded stakes winner Pepper Crown, has been purchased privately by Perry and Denise Martin of Martin Racing and relocated from California to stand at Val Murrell’s Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, Louisiana for the 2020 breeding season.
A California stalwart since he retired to the breeding shed as a multiple winner in 2005, the 19-year-old son of Tabasco Cat most recently stood at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove. From 12 crops of racing age, he has sired 67 winners from 85 starters, and is represented by lifetime progeny earnings of $4,253,371 and average earnings per starter of $50,040.
His seven black-type runners are led by Pepper Crown, a $472,298-earner who won Golden Gate Fields’ Berkeley Handicap (G3) and San Francisco Mile Stakes (G3) in 2014.
Produced by Meadowlake’s Grade 3-winning daughter Morning Meadow, Peppered Cat is a half-brother to the dam of 2015 Hopeful Stakes (G1) winner Ralis and the multiple graded stakes-placed, multiple stakes winner B Squared.
Peppered Cat’s 2020 fee is $3,000 live foal guarantee, payable when foal stands and nurses, or $1,500 live foal guarantee, payable September 1, 2020. He stands for the partnership of Martin Racing and Clear Creek Stud, and is nominated to Breeders’ Cup.
The Jockey Club board of stewards, concerned with the narrowing of the diversity of the Thoroughbred gene pool, today announced its consideration of a rule to limit the annual breeding of individual stallions starting with the 2021 breeding season.
The Jockey Club, established in 1894, is the keeper of the American Stud Book and maintains the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Studbook in order to ensure the welfare of the Thoroughbred breed.
As has been widely reported, the size of the North American foal crop has diminished significantly, from 37,499 in 2007 to the 20,500 estimated for 2020.
In 2007, 37 stallions reported in excess of 140 mares bred each from a total of 3,865 stallions. By 2010, that number had declined to 24. Since then, the number has nearly doubled to 43 stallions reporting 140 or more mares bred from a population of stallions that now stands at less than one-half that of 2007.
On the mare side, in 2007, 5,894 mares (9.5% of the total) were bred by stallions that covered more than 140 mares. By 2019, 7,415 mares (27% of the total) were covered by stallions with books of more than 140, a threefold increase.
The combination of these changes has resulted in a substantial increase in the percentage of foals produced by a discreet segment of stallions — signaling a worrisome concentration of the gene pool.
The board of stewards of The Jockey Club is considering a cap of 140 mares bred per individual stallion per calendar year in North America, phased-in, as follows:
Stallions entering stud service for the first time in 2020 would be exempt from the 140 limit through the 2023 season
Stallions that entered stud service in 2019 would be exempt through the 2022 season
Stallions that entered stud service in 2018 would be exempt through the 2021 season
Stallions that entered service in 2017 or prior would be subject to the 140 cap as of January 1, 2021
The stewards will continue to study the decreasing diversity of the Thoroughbred gene pool and its cause and potential effects over the course of time. As more data and analyses become available, the stewards may revise The Jockey Club’s approach to protecting the breed’s health and welfare.
The Jockey Club solicits and welcomes comments on the proposed rule from breeders, owners, and others with interests in the Thoroughbred breed and the industry. Contact The Jockey Club at jockeyclub.com.
Grade 3 Southwest Stakes winner One Liner has retired from racing and will stand stud at Whispering Oaks Farm, the farm of his owner Carrol Castille, in Carencro, Louisiana starting immediately.
Undefeated through his three-year-old year, One Liner was among Steve Haskins “Derby Dozen” before an injury took him off the Kentucky Derby trail. At four he ran second in the G3 Pimloco Stakes. Trained by Todd Pletcher, One Liner accumulated $475,250 in earnings from nine starts with four wins.
He is the only son of top sire and sire of sires Into Mischief (currently ranked #4 for 2019) standing in Louisiana. Into Mischief son Goldencents is the current leading second crop sire in North America and concluded 2018 ranked #2 among first crop sires in the country.
Bred in Kentucky, One Liner is out of the winning Cherokee Run mare Cayala and is from the family of Donn Handicap winner Albertus Maximus.
One Liner will stand for a 2019 fee of $3,500 live foal.
Grade 1 winner Gemologist, who won a grade 2 race in his perfect juvenile sea- son, has been relocated from WinStar Farm to Acadiana Equine @ Copper Crown in Opelousas, La., for the upcoming breeding season.
In the deal brokered by David Tillson and Docatty Stables, the 9-year-old stallion will stand for $4,500.
A top five first-crop sire in 2016, a top 10 second-crop sire in 2017, and a leading third-
crop sire by winners for 2018, Gemologist sired Frizette Stakes (G1) winner Yellow Agate in his first crop and also is represented by Futurity Stakes (G3) winner Theory and
grade 3 winner Golden Diamond. The son of Tiznow also is the sire of promising 2-year-old colt Federal Case, an impressive maiden special weight winner at Keeneland in October, who was a $650,000 acquisition by Robert and Lawana Low out of the WinStar Racing consignment at the recent Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Winner of the Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) at 3, Gemologist capped an undefeated juvenile campaign by capturing the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. He was bred in Kentucky by G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust – 2, andretired in 2012 with five wins from seven career startsand earnings of $794,855.
Out of the Mr. Prospector mare Crystal Shard, the regally bred stallion is a half brother to stakes winners Sydenham and Clear Destiny and hails from a rich female family cultivated by breeder Ned Evans.
After standing at The Horse Of Course in Benton Louisiana since 2016, Lone Star Special is moving to Cherokee Ridge Farm in Carencro for the 2019 breeding season in order to be more centrally located for Louisiana Breeders.
Lone Star Special (Malabar Gold-Sunshine Special) is an Unbridled line stallion who is among an elite number of stallions that moves his mare up. Only 32 % of all sires have a lifetime AEI higher than their mares CI. Lone Star Special has an AEI of 1.49 vs his mare’s CI of 1.11. His statistics of 66% winners, $71,209 average earnings per starter, 16% blacktype horses and 17% two-year-old winners, compete with leading national sires.
Lone Star Special is the sire of two Graded Stakes horses, both accredited Louisiana-breds.
Recently retired to the breeding shied, G2 Super Derby winner Mobile Bay ran from ages three to six, hitting the board in 21 of 29 lifetime starts. He won eleven stakes, often showing speed in route races of 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles, including the G2 Super Derby, open company stakes such as the Sunland Park Handicap, the Maxxam Gold Cup and the Zia Park Derby, as well Louisiana Bred Stakes including the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds twice. He placed in another five stakes including the G3 Oklahoma Derby. His Lifetime earnings of $1,246,440 rank him 4th among all-time Leading Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners. A multiple Accredited Louisiana Bred Champion, Mobile Bay was named 2015 3YO Colt or Gelding and Horse of the Year, 2016 Older Male and Horse of the Year, and 2017 Older Male.
Multiple stakes winner, Wheatfield ran 2nd in the ’17 G2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream. She was named 2016 4YO & Up Louisiana Bred Champion Filly or Mare. She has earned black type in 11 stakes events, many against open company, and currently has $391,603 in lifetime earnings.
While changing locations to Bill Langford’s Cherokee Ridge Farm in Carencro, Lone Star Special’s 2019 fee will remain reasonable at $2,500 according to owner, Tigertail Ranch’s Irwin Olian.
“From a very small group of foals, Lone Star Special has done remarkably well. He has demonstrated the ability to throw runners capable of competing at the national level in Graded Stakes as well as other highly professional runners including four other stakes horses,” says Tigertail Ranch’s Irwin Olian. “His ability to move up his mares puts him in very rare company among Louisiana sires and suggests there will be a lot more good things to come from him in the future”
“We are grateful for the excellent work that John Doherty has done managing Lone Star Special in north Louisiana, but feel it is important to expose him to a broader group of mares in central and south Louisiana. We are very excited about moving him to Cherokee Ridge Farm where he will be under the able management of Bill Langford. We hope Louisiana breeders will recognize the unique opportunity that Lone Star Special represents to get a top class racehorse and support him as he deserves.”
G1 Cigar Mile H. winner Daaher is moving from Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky to Circle H Farms in Abbeville, Louisiana for the 2019 breeding season.
A 2004 son of Awesome Again out of the stakes winning Irish Open mare Irish Cherry, Daaher won the G1 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct by 2 1/2 lengths, earning a 114 Beyer Speed Rating in the process at age three. The same year he won the G2 Jerome Handicap at Belmont by 2 1/4 lengths, earning a 110 Beyer for his effort.
With 8 crops of racing age, Daaher is the sire of 8 blacktype winners including G2 stakes winner Gypsy Robin ($598,900) G2 placed stakes winner Clothes Fall Off ($485,660) and 2018 multiple stakes winner One Last Empress.
In an agreement between Shadwell Farm and Circle H Farms, Daaher will be standing for a 2019 fee of $3,000 Live Foal.
After an outstanding racing career, Mobile Bay, two-time Accredited Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year, has been retired from the track. He will soon take up residence at Carrol Castille’s showcase breeding facility, Whispering Oaks Thoroughbred Farm in Carencro, Louisiana.There he will begin preparation for his stud career for the 2019 breeding season.Mobile Bay is owned by Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch and was trained for his entire career by popular local favorite Victor Arceneaux.
Mobile Bay, a 2012 dark bay or brown son of Lone Star Special out of Tranquility Bay,ran from ages three to six, hitting the board in 21 of 29 lifetime starts. He won eleven stakes, often showing speed in route races of 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles, including the G2 Super Derby, open company stakes such as the Sunland Park Handicap, the Maxxam Gold Cup and the Zia Park Derby, as well Louisiana Bred Stakes including the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds twice.He placed in another five stakes including the G3 Oklahoma Derby.His Lifetime earnings of $1,246,440 rank him 4th among all-time Leading Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners. A multiple Accredited Louisiana Bred Champion, Mobile Bay was named 2015 3YO Colt or Gelding and Horse of the Year, 2016 Older Male and Horse of the Year, and 2017 Older Male.
Mobile Bay was a tremendous, durable competitor, shipping to win stakes at half a dozen different racetracks across the South and Southwest, while showing amazing heart and athleticism. Good bone, conformation and intelligent mind have enabled him to stay sound and compete at very high levels into his 6 y.o campaign. “He is a gorgeous, imposing individual standing 17 hands, weighing 1300 pounds, with textbook conformation.” says Olian.
Tigertail Ranch will be offering free breeding service to approved mares for the 2019 season, with only a modest $350 booking fee. Olian wants to attract a large book of mares to enable Mobile Bay to compete as a sire at the national level.At the same time, he appreciates the great thrills and excitement that Mobile Bay has given him and the horse’s many fans in Louisiana and elsewhere.He wants to give something back to breeders in the Louisiana breeding program in gratitude for all the benefits he received as well as to attract mares from breeders in other states such as New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.
“He is a remarkable individual, an outstanding and durable athlete and specimen with text book conformation,” says Olian. “Mobile Bay has the capacity to hold his own physically against any stallion in the country. His sire Lone Star Special has the rare quality of moving up his mares. I expect Mobile Bay will move up his mares significantly as well. Both represent the best of the Unbridled sire line and I believe will serve to establish a new branch of that line.”