It's time to think about the 2023 breeding season. Need a mare? We've got 'em!
What’s hotter than a first-year sire? Nothing, except when that freshman sire is what Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen called “The fastest horse I ever trained.” MITOLE set a new standard on the racetrack as the only 4-time G1-winning male on dirt in 2019, including the Breeders Cup Sprint-G1, Met Mile-G1, Churchill Downs S.-G1, and the Forego S.-G1 (where he also set a new stakes record), all on his way to earning more than $3 million. No wonder MITOLE was the landslide winner of the 2019 Eclipse Award for Champion Male Sprinter and a Horse of the Year finalist. Now he’s just as hot in the breeding shed: with 438 mares bred in his first two seasons at stud combined, those first foals made him a Top 4 Freshman Sire by Sale Average last fall with 15 six-figure sales, and this fall the yearlings were just as hot with prices such as $350k, $250k, $160k, $140k, $130k, etc. etc. And looky here: this absolute BEAST of a filly is just the second foal out of a multiple race-winning CITY ZIP mare who is a half-sister to stakes-winner MALIBU WAY. Second dam Redmond is also a stakes horse who is a half to Graded stakes winner OMMADON (G2/G3), both being out of yet another Graded stakes winner. Foaled in Kentucky & located in Lexington, Ky. X-rays & scope report on file. $50k.
Why not follow the money? Arkansas and Texas now have some of the most lucrative Thoroughbred owner rewards programs in the country. It's time to get on board, and here are three incredible Arkansas- and Texas-bred prospects by top sires to get you started:
He's a class act! Don’t miss your chance to cash in with the best-looking colt on the farm – and he’s by a RED-HOT FIRST YEAR SIRE! This handsome lad is by Gainesway’s new sire sensation SPUN TO RUN, the fastest son of Hard Spun who hails from the influential Danzig sire line. Spun to Run demonstrated class and remarkable speed during his sophomore campaign, and as he proved himself to be a top miler and millionaire, he concluded his campaign with three consecutive triple digit Beyers, including an open length victory in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) where he defeated some of the best of his generation, scoring a determined 2¾ length victory over Omaha Beach, Improbable, Mr. Money, Coal Front and Diamond Oops, while posting a 109 Beyer Speed Figure. Spun To Run’s first weanlings were just as hot in the sales ring this fall, averaging 3.5x his stud fee. This colt is out of a young KITTEN’S JOY mare who has already produced a multiple race winner for Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Eric Reed, and has an exciting GOLDENCENTS two-year-old filly coming for her. This colt's dam has an impressive black-type lineage to back her up, including coming from the family of BONNIE BLUE FLAG (G1) and LIFE IS GOOD (G1). Located in Lexington, Ky. Registered Arkansas-bred. X-rays & scope report on file. $25k.
This sexy filly is by GUNNEVERA, the #1 first-year sire in Florida. As a multiple Graded stakes winner and earner of $5.56 million who beat the best of his generation in races around the world, Gunnevera is perhaps the best stallion to ever retire to stud in the state. This filly’s first dam by GRAND SLAM also has an impressive resume as the producer of three winners from four to race to date, including stakes-placed Drama Club. In addition, this filly’s half-brother by BERNARDINI is now a money-earner in his first start at Gulfstream! Located in Lexington, Ky. Registered Arkansas-bred. X-rays & scope report on file. $25k.
Don’t miss out on this impressive filly by Spendthrift’s red-hot freshman sire VINO ROSSO, the most accomplished son of sire of sires CURLIN. An undefeated juvenile, VINO ROSSO then won the $1 million Wood Memorial (G2) at three, and went on the following year to earn the Eclipse Award for 2019 Champion Older Dirt Male after a dominant win in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with a 111 Beyer and historic -6 ¼ Thoro-Graph. Now VINO ROSSO is just as fast out of the gate in the breeding shed, with his first crop of yearlings in 2022 averaging almost $93,000 – more than 6x his stud fee – including a $550k purchase at the prestigious Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale, the highest price commanded by a freshman sire. This strong filly is just the first foal out of a multiple race-winning POWER BROKER mare who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner MOON PHILLY, who in turn promptly produced two stakes horses in Addilyn and Icy Calm. Located in Lexington, Ky. Foaled in Texas. X-rays & scope report on file. $40k.