Quality Road Edges Super Saver in Tight Freshman Sire Race

by | 01.02.2015 | 10:21am
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny was Quality Road's top earner of 2014

Lane's End Farm stallion Quality Road emerged as the leading freshman sire of 2014, narrowly edging WinStar Farm's Super Saver, according to statistics published at Bloodhorse.com that include earnings in the Northern Hemisphere outside of Japan and Hong Kong. Lookin At Lucky, who stands Coolmore's Ashford Stud, was a close third.

Quality Road, a son of Elusive Quality bred and owned by the late Edward Evans, was represented by 44 runners in 2014, 18 of which were winners and two were graded stakes winners. His most successful runner was Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny, whose $751,985 in earnings accounted for nearly half of Quality Road's year-end progeny earnings of $1,572,480.

Super Saver, a WinStar Farm homebred by Maria's Mon, was only $25,367 behind Quality Road in progeny earnings, with a year-end total of $1,547,113. His leading earner from 57 runners and 16 winners was I Spent It, the G2 Saratoga Special winner who earned $345,000. Super Saver had three other stakes winners, including G1 Hopeful winner Competitive Edge.

Super Saver was the leading first-crop sire by North American earnings, edging Quality Road by a margin of $1,547,113 to $1,407,571.

Todd Pletcher trained both Super Saver and Quality Road (the latter was trained as a 2- and early 3-year-old by James Jerkens).

Lookin At Lucky, a two-time champion son of Smart Strike, was close behind the top pair with $1,417,096 in earnings from 43 runners and 29 winners – the most winners of any freshman sire in 2014. His leading earner was Good Luck Gus ($330,059), one of four stakes winners that also includes G3 Iroquois winner Lucky Player.

Other year-end leaders included:

–Gainesway's Tapit was the runaway winner of Bloodhorse.com's general sire list, with progeny earnings of $16,807,001, easily besting Coolmore Ashford's former leading sire Giant's Causeway, second with $12,678,720. Seventeen of Tapit's 156 winners of 2014 were stakes winners, 12 of them graded stakes winners. Tapit also led by North American earnings, with all but $324,850 of his progeny's winnings coming from North American racing. Tapit was leading freshman sire in 2008.

–The late Storm Cat, a son of Storm Bird who stood his entire career at Overbrook Farm, was leading broodmare sire, with $19,335,952 earned by the produce of his daughters. Shared Belief, winning $1,581,000, was the leading earner among the 34 stakes winners and 315 winners Storm Cat mares produced that raced in 2014. A.P. Indy was second, followed by Sadler's Wells, Danehill, Gone West, and Unbridled's Song.

Giant's Causeway was leading sire of 2-year-olds of 2014, his top performer being Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi, who earned $1,620,126 of the total $2,974,366 won by the son of Storm Cat's foals of 2012. Giant's Causeway had 15 winners and 51 runners in 2014. Former Spendthrift Farm stallion Tiz Wonderful, now standing in South Korea, was second.

–WinStar Farm's Pioneerof the Nile, second to Dunkirk in the 2013 first-crop sire standings, was the clear leader by second-crop earnings, his progeny winning $4,025,178 in 2014, led by Social Inclusion's $384,400. He is a son of Empire Maker who had six stakes winners in 2014.

–Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin was leading third-crop sire with $7,797,778 in 2014 progeny earnings. His leading earner was Palace Malice, who won $1,195,000 and was among 12 stakes winners by the son of Smart Strike. Curlin stands at Lane's End Farm.

–Ramsey Farm's Kitten's Joy nearly lapped the field by turf earnings in 2014. His sons and daughters earned $8,649,565 on the grass (which included 20 stakes winners and 91 winners on turf from 129 winners and 262 runners overall). Next on the Bloodhorse.com list was Giant's Causeway, at $4,781,556 in turf earnings.

Philanthropist, a son of Kris S. exported to stand in South African in 2012, was the leading sire by synthetic earnings, edging Adena Springs North's Sligo Bay by a margin of $2,149,257 to $2,143,949. Pender Harbour ($301,772) was Philanthropist's leading earner.

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