Retired BC Juvenile Winner New Year’s Day to Stand for $12,500

by | 01.01.2014 | 7:36pm

Hill ‘n' Dale announced today that New Year's Day, who defeated the best of his generation on dirt in the 2013 $2,000,000 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, will stand the 2014 breeding season for a fee of $12,500 live foal stands and nurses.

New Year's Day became the second Breeders' Cup Juvenile Winner for his sire Street Cry, who shares that distinction with super sires Seattle Slew, Kris S. and Unbridled.

“New Year's Day is an extremely well balanced horse who exhibited brilliant speed with the ability to carry it a distance of ground,” said Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert.  “In this game, you dream of winning the Breeders' Cup or the Kentucky Derby. New Year's Day could have done both.”

“This is our greatest accomplishment in horse racing. We plan to offer our full support to ensure New Year's Day's success as a stallion,” said owners Gary and Mary West.

Hill ‘n' Dale President, John G. Sikura, added, “New Year's Day exhibited all of the qualities you would look for in a future Leading Sire, namely sire power, pedigree, performance and exceptional good looks which will assure he attracts the right kind of mares to develop into the sire he seems destined to become. At this stud fee level, we expect him to be very popular.”

  • Tinky

    Hill ‘n’ Dale President, John G. Sikura, added, “New Year’s Day exhibited all of the qualities you would look for in a future Leading Sire, namely sire power, pedigree, performance and exceptional good looks which will assure he attracts the right kind of mares to develop into the sire he seems destined to become. At this stud fee level, we expect him to be very popular.”

    Tinky, on The Paulick Report, added: “Given that he raced only three times before suffering a career ending injury, soundness in his offspring cannot be taken for granted.”

    • yes

      To the haters. He kicked the wash rack and hurt himself. Hardly a genetic weakness. Not all injuries are a result of unsoundness. Not sure you can comment about the soundness of his offspring because of an unfortunate event. jgs

      • RayPaulick

        I might add, though his owners may not care, New Year’s Day won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile racing without Lasix. Not many American-trained horses retiring to stud these days won their biggest race without medication.

        • Tinky

          Yes, good point. That should be viewed as a positive, though it is ludicrous to imagine that a high percentage of young horses that have raced only three times are serious bleeders.

          • Barry Irwin

            Lasix is given, when available, as a performance enhancer, not to prevent bleeding.

          • Mimi Hunter

            True the Lasix free race is a plus – but it was in the rules for 2013. I agree with your opinion of his sire value. Not that it’s bad – it’s just inconclusive – if I had a mare to breed I’d look for a stallion with the qualities I wanted for the foal – sound bone structure, healthy, good disposition, strong points to complement the mare, and a solid race record. If I wanted the foal to race then both parents should have solid race records – not necessarily great – but 3 races and out on injury is not what I would call ‘solid’

      • Tinky

        That’s interesting, John. I’d like to think that you’re an honest man, and while hardly unbiased in this discussion, that you’re simply setting the record straight. Oddly, though, your claim hasn’t been reported previously, at least from what I can find. A search including “kicked” along with the horse’s name and “retired” came up with nothing to support your assertion.

        Here’s the report from the DRF:

        “New Year’s Day had not raced since the Breeders’ Cup and was preparing for his 3-year-old debut in 2014. Baffert said the injury was discovered earlier this week at Santa Anita following a routine gallop, when the colt was not walking comfortably. Precautionary X-rays revealed the injury.”

        And from the West’s Racing Manager:

        “We don’t know what happened — whether he kicked himself coming off the track, or what,” said Glass

        So, at the time of the injury it was reported by the horse’s closest connections that the cause was unknown, and that he was not walking comfortably soon after the gallop. Yet John Sikura, who is standing the horse at his stud, claims to know that it was definitively the result of an unlucky accident, rather than any intrinsic unsoundness.

        Readers (and breeders) should draw their own conclusions.

        • Knowitall

          As much as you seem to know, what you don’t grasp about how the game works is odd. Not all injuries are predisposed to allow a horse to return at same level, and since NYD will miss classics this year, his value for stud will most likely never be higher as a Gr. 1 winning two year old and likely champion. So why waste a season of stud fee income when a top stallion making farm that shares many of the same HOF trainer’s clients wants to stand him and support him now?

          And it is unlikely he incurred that particular injury galloping due to inherent unsoundness as you erringly suggest – anymore than any other racehorse – given how Baffert drills babies ( trust me, they are pretty damn sound it they train for him ), it is just as possible he kicked wash rack, and rapped a REAR leg. It happens Tinky.

          And just one other note, since you seem to oddly fail to understand how typical trade reporting works, where confirmed and corroborated facts are reported, or far more likely press releases printed verbatim or regurgitated… just because you didn’t see it in Trades doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. All horses have a story. But they can’t type as well as you.

          • Tinky

            I never suggested that it wasn’t the best ECONOMIC decision for the owners. It is entirely possible that the horse was overrated off of his BC win, and that even with a full recovery, his reputation may have deflated with further racing.

            The likelihood, however, that a non-displaced chip in a hind ankle would have prevented a full recovery is small.

            With regard to Sikura’s claim, all that I can say is that I hope you never consider detective work as a new career. Had he kicked a wash rack, there would obviously have been witnesses, yet neither Baffert nor Glass made any mention of such an incident at the time. Even during the weeks after, when there was plenty of time to identify a likely flashpoint, no specific assertions were made. The only mention of a wash rack appears to have come from the very person who happens to be standing him at stud, and has a clear interest in touting the colt’s soundness.

          • Knowitall

            Had he kicked a wash rack there would be witnesses – you mean the groom and hot walker? Of course Sikura has a vested interest, but has not put that story of the wash rack in his press releases by choice. Was just providing clarity to your inane and always negative assumptions here. And of course TRAINERS and connections ALWAYS tell us everything, every little detail, positive and minor. Did holiday mash potatoes fill the space where your brain use to be? BTW, the chip was in a sesamoid, not just a “hind ankle” but regardless, the point of economics stands if you can follow. It’s a business Tinky. As for your sour “overrated” comment, no, that has nothing to do with the risk/reward. The odds are against any horse to be more valuable (or go on after missing most of 3 year old year) after snagging the top Gr. 1 win as a two year old due to any number of factors that apply to all horses with top pedigree. You should stop digging now. Maybe John will give you a free season for your mare. Oh, wait….

          • Tinky

            Grooms and hotwalkers aren’t qualified to report that a horse in their care kicked something? Really? Is it their racial or economic profiles that leads you to that strange conclusion?

            “Of course Sikura has a vested interest, but has not put that story of the wash rack in his press releases by choice.”

            What an absurd claim! At the time that the horse was injured, there were no thoughts of retirement (yet), and no reason whatsoever for the connections to hide a specific explanation for the injury. In fact, it would have benefitted them to have quickly confirmed that it was a kick, rather than something that implicated intrinsic unsoundness. In other words, his connections had clear incentive to report a kick as the cause (had it actually been known), and none to hide it.

            Oh and I should “stop digging”? That, coupled with your screen name, makes me wonder whether you have some type of genetic disorder that prevents you from recognizing irony.

          • Knowitall

            The horse was hurt a week ago. But you have no idea whether they were already talking or had concern about the horse – or the deal came together rather quickly and before the injury was reported at all. My point to you is he as likely kicked as stepped wrong in a gallop and was not less sound than 90% of the TB’s stabled at every track in US. Sounder is my guess as he trained for Baffert all summer and fall.

            My comment on the groom and hotwalker was to point out they would be the likely “witnesses”you seek – who did indeed report any information to asst. trainer. Not directly to the trade press. That info may not be specific enough that West or Sikura felt it was worthy of the press release. The horse could have kicked the wash rack yet it doesn’t confirm that was the cause of injury without any doubt. (I’d like to take offense at your very odd accusation on racism, but it is far too bizarre to bother.)

            No one assumes intrinsic unsoundness who has a clue about racehorses or actually breeds a horse, or even has a modicum of experience with Thoroughbreds.

            My screen name is meant tongue in cheek, although in reference to you, it could be absolutely the opposite of true and I’d be ahead of you. There is no big conspiracy here, Tinky. Just a regular run of the mill day’s news – an injured champion and valuable stallion prospect retired to stud at height of value. Always better to have sold and wonder than to hold and regret. Happy New Year.

          • Tinky

            A horse with a non-displaced chip in a hind ankle is retired after three races, with all of the available evidence suggesting that the injury occurred during a routine gallop, and your conclusion is that “No one assumes intrinsic unsoundness who has a clue about racehorses or actually breeds a horse, or even has a modicum of experience with Thoroughbreds.”?

            And you suggested that I stop digging?


          • Knowitall

            Nah. I am suggesting you just cover your droppings over now. Too much there to bury it all. Most of them are sounder than your mind seems today despite intrinsic fragility of the breed;-)

  • Kelly W

    Three starts, no matter how promising he may or may not have been, that baby needs to earn his way up to that kind of a fee thru what his progeny end up doing. Best of luck, I suppose there are plenty of fools with money out there that think a two year old with 3 starts is a bargain at 12,500.

    Then again I don’t think horses who are done on the track before they are three years old have any business in the breeding population anyway. And yes, I know there are exceptions of greatness that wound up being amazing sires and dams. They are the exception though, just because you find that needle in the haystack once doesn’t mean every haystack from then on is going to be loaded with them.

    Three races and kaput…no thanks.

  • Ruffian31

    No matter what the cause of the injury, the fact is the horse could eventually have returned to racing. There are plenty of big races PAST the Triple Crown races, which truly hasn’t done much to promote the sport lately and most of the Classic winners from the past seven – ten years never raced again or finished their 3yo season following the Classics. Palace Mailce being the only one left from 2013, No one from 2012, Animal Kingdom returned from a MUCH more serious injury twice and still recovered to win and race to his 5yo year and nearly win two big G1’s in the process, and Shackleford raced through age 4. But you get the point.

    People are so concerned with the bottom line and how much they can get for their “stars” right now as breeding prospects that racing is simply an after thought. People follow stars and horses, and don’t give a blast about who can retire the soonest for the most money. Right now Japan is making our horses look terribly weak, tell me how a Triple Crown winner can run to and through his 5yo season without much thought and yet we can’t seem to get anything to run past the Belmont these days. As a fan, owner, and breeder, it’s just plain sad. I no longer get behind any runner unless they can last to their 4yo season. That tells me what type of horse I’ll be looking for as a resulting foal. I’d just like to see people giving their horses every opportunity to run instead of “oh I will miss the breeding season or Triple Crown so I guess my horse won’t be worth as much if I don’t retire them now.” Hogwash complete and total. If Personal Ensign, Animal Kingdom, Da Hoss, and countless others have shown, can come back from *more* serious injuries and compete at the top level, then this colt could have too. All this says right now is he was a good 2yo, period, just simply not enough for me to run to the breeding shed to breed to him.

  • Jackson

    Apparently the Wests, Glass & Baffert reached the conclusion it was in the horse’s best interest tobe retired. Surely Baffert wanted to run at 3… I’m certain Team West did, but the odds of a successful sound return to racing had to be considered. As far as economics pertain to the West’s decision…..they don’t at all. As Billionaire with only “horse children” they’d much rather collect Classic Trophies than Millions.

  • Ida Lee.

    Wow…I’m almost afraid to say anything…but of course I will. What’s happened, happened…does it really matter how this pretty boy with the big talent got hurt? He’s a baby and won’t be racing anymore… that’s the big loss to racing and his fans. Hopefully, NYD will give us beautiful and talented babies who will burn up the track like daddy did in the BC Juvenile. My best wises go to NYD and all his connections…

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