05/02/2016 5:38PM

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby


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Tapit - sire of Creator, Lani, Mohaymen

In September 2002, longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder Verne Winchell picked out the last horse he would ever buy – a $625,000 son of Pulpit at the Keeneland September yearling sale. View Full story »




Uncle Mo - sire of Mo Tom, Nyquist, Outwork

It was no surprise to see Uncle Mo atop the freshman sire list in 2015. After all, he was an unbeaten juvenile champion himself, with every right to start his stud career off fast. View Full story »




Giant's Causeway - sire of Brody's Cause, Destin

There is very little Giant’s Causeway hasn’t done while fashioning one of the most complete racing and breeding careers in the last two decades. View Full story »




Awesome of Course - sire of Fellowship 

Fred and Jane Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm has already seen national success with foals by their homegrown sire Awesome of Course, led by Awesome Feather, the champion 2-year-old female of 2010 who won that year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies under ... View Full story »




Bernardini- sire of Shagaf 

Bernardini won one of the most tragic runnings of the Preakness ever, but he has confirmed that triumph – and year-end champion 3-year-old male title – by becoming a top sire and source of high-quality runners who can get two turns, a number of which ... View Full story »




Candy Ride - sire of Gun Runner 

Lane’s End stallion Candy Ride has his bases well covered in this year’s Kentucky Derby. View Full story »




Curlin - sire of Exaggerator

Exaggerator was part of a career year last year for young sire Curlin, as he ran with a maturity beyond his years to become a well-traveled multiple graded stakes winner. However, the best was yet to come, as the colt romped in the slop in the Santa ... View Full story »




Eskendereya - sire of Mor Spirit

On an anecdotal basis, few things seem to get a stallion’s foals hot like sending him overseas. Such is the case with Eskendereya, who will be represented by his first Kentucky Derby starter in Mor Spirit about eight months after being sold to the ... View Full story »




Kitten's Joy - sire of Oscar Nominated 

Ken Ramsey has never hesitated to support his homebred pride and joy, turf champion and leading sire Kitten’s Joy, with the lion’s share of the mares from his own broodmare band, and he has been rewarded for his faith with many high-end runners. Still, ... View Full story »




Mineshaft- sire of Suddenbreakingnews

Mineshaft could be forgiven if he’s starting to develop a complex. The stallion is the only Horse of the Year by the great stallion A.P. Indy and now stands directly across the aisle from his pensioned sire in the Lane’s End stallion barn. Yet one ... View Full story »




More Than Ready - sire of Tom's Ready

A fair number of stallions shuttle between the Northern and Southern hemispheres during their respective breeding seasons, but few if any have done it to the degree of success achieved by More Than Ready. View Full story »




Pleasantly Perfect - sire of Whitmore

What do Strike the Gold, Sea Hero, and Pleasantly Perfect have in common? They all have been at stud in Turkey. While Kentucky Derby winner Strike Gold died in that country in 2011, Derby winner Sea Hero is still at stud there, as is Pleasantly Perfect. View Full story »



Street Cry - sire of Trojan Nation

When it comes to credentials for siring a Kentucky Derby winner, Street Cry stands alone among sires of 2016 Derby hopefuls. The late son of Machiavellian is the only one to have sired a Derby winner, that being Street Sense in 2007. View Full story »




Tiznow - sire of Majesto

The tagline associated with Tiznow in WinStar Farm’s promotion of the stallion is, “The Big Horse Sire.” View Full story »




Trappe Shot - sire of My Man Sam

Trappe Shot is at the vanguard of the Tapit movement. He’s just the third son of leading sire Tapit at stud to have foals age 3 or older, and so far, so good. View Full story »




Twirling Candy - sire of Danzing Candy

Lane’s End stallion Candy Ride has his bases well covered in this year’s Kentucky Derby. View Full story »




Windy More than 1 year ago
Mr. Gundy,

Horse is not roaring.  

This is a very common thing in horses, called a false nostril.  It collapses and vibrates.   Most all horse owners and people around horses know about this, it is very common, and does not affect performance at all. 

Would be best if next time, you MIGHT consider doing a little research and ask questions before spreading mis-information.... about both trainer and horse. 
Kate Harper More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your comment, Mr. Gundy.  Your points are very valid.  I hope Gun Runner's connections do what is best for this colt but we all know that isn't always the case.  You are also right that racing does not need yet another black mark should the colt run poorly or something even worse.  I would feel a lot better if his trainer was Mandella, Mott, Sheppard, Gosden or any of the other top trainers.  Certainly not Assmussen.
Paul Gundy More than 1 year ago

Should Gun Runner be scratched from the Kentucky Derby forhis breathing difficulties resulting in "roaring" as he is exercised.  Mr. Assmussen, WinchellThoroughbreds LLC , Three Chimneys Farm and horse racing loverseverywhere, I ask you to consider the horse and the bettors of the sport.  The horses breathing difficulties will be exponentiallytested when he has to compete at 1 1/4 miles against 19 other topthoroughbreds. Should the horse be put through this stress? Should the bettorswho are almost uniformly uninformed of the horses condition be allowed to risktheir money. This is another potentially devastating public relations disasterabout to happen. Mr. Assmussen have you not faced enough of such scrutiny? Did wenot learn a lesson from the Life At Ten incident in the Breeders Cup to payattention to signs that a horse is not physically right?  

I will freely admit the horse istraining fantastically. He has progressed nicely in his bid for the Derby. Icommend Mr. Assmussen in his training. However, if you review the video clipson Derby news @Kentucky Derby CJ you can audibly here the horse"roaring" before going into a work out, galloping out after a workout and regular morning exercise. (Tip, if you review the video clips above youmay have to play the video twice to obtain audio). Also DRF (Daily Racing Form)Derby clocker has continually mentioned hearing the noise coming from the horsein his reports for Derby Watch.

It has been noted that the horse hasalways functioned in this manner and performed excellently. He won theLouisiana Derby going away in a strong fashion, except for one little miscuewhere he veered to his left in deep stretch and almost hit the rail. Could thisnot be a sign of the horse not getting enough air?  This breathing condition is generally fixablevia rather simple veterinary procedures. If it previously existed as reportedshould have been addressed before requiring the horse to make physicallydemanding efforts to win the Derby.  Iask you Mr. Assmussen, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and ThreeChimneys Farm is the glaring spotlight of winning the Kentucky Derby cloudingyour better judgment for the well being of the horse , bettors and horseracing?

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
everyone's a know it all