10/31/2009 8:23PM

BC Breeding


Let's look at some more Breeders' Cup breeding stats that probably won't help us pick any winners. Last week, we looked at the most successful sires over the first 25 Breeders' Cups. Today, let's look at the sires of this year's 166 pre-entrants.


Two sires top the list with five pre-entrants each, but they couldn't be at more different points in their careers as stallions: the venerable Storm Cat, whose final crop are foals this year, and Kitten's Joy, whose first crop are 2-year-olds. Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who campaigned and stand Kitten's Joy. are the owners and breeders of all five of the 2-year-olds by him they pre-entered: Becky's Kitten, Dean's Kitten, Kera's Kitten, Lisa's Kitten and William's Kitten. The first three are in the Juvenile Turf, Lisa's in the Juvenile Turf Fillies and William's in the Juvenile.

Here are the 13 stallions who have three or more pre-entrants:

(Green=grass race.)

Another 21 sires have two starters apiece: Awesome Again, Birdstone, Black Minnaloushe, Cherokee Run, Chester House, City Zip, Doneraile Coutry, Dynaformer, Galileo, Invincible Spirit, Langfuhr, Malibu Moon, Maria's Mon, More Than Ready, Rock of Gibraltar, Stormin Fever, Successful Appeal, Tale of the Cat, Tapit, Tiznow and Unbridled's Song. Finally, there are 77 sires represented by one pre-entrant apiece. Here's the link to the complete list, sorted by sire. Knock yourself out:


Where were they bred?

That's 66.2 percent Kentucky-breds, with another 9.6 percent from Ireland, 7.8 percent from Great Britain and 6.6 percent from Florida. So just over 90 percent (150 of 166) of all the Breeders' Cup pre-entrants were bred in just two states and two foreign countries -- Kentucky, Florida, Great Britain and Ireland.

And I couldn't help noticing that the only three New York-breds -- the filly Canadian Ballet and the geldings Cannonball and Silver Timber -- are all pre-entered in the Turf Sprint.

Wayne80 More than 1 year ago
And at least one of those NY Bred Turf monsters was claimed for 25k and is probably very live in this spot.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Boy, you'd think he was trailing in the polls by 20 points! Seen on the NTRA site, tonight, while using their trainer "biographies" section: An ad for Mike Bloomberg (running for a third term as NY mayor. He is expected to clobber his opponent; but nevertheless, has spent a fortune on advertising). It was a shock to see anything to do with the real world on a racing site, I'll tell ya. Maybe Terry Meyocks, running for office down in Kentucky in the near future, can get a reciprocal ad deal on Bloomberg News.
marcel_urbanowitz More than 1 year ago
Steve, not to denigrate the sire information, but how about some data on dams and their families. If quality resides in the dam...
SherpaGuide More than 1 year ago
'all three NY breds are pre-entered in the turf sprint'...I laughed out loud when I read that one, how appropriate...only us NYRA followers can truly appreciate the irony!!
BURT More than 1 year ago
I found an article that you may like to post in hoof beats magazine where the publicity director makes a case for an 8% takeout the same as Casinos take for slots. He believed the difference would be made up in higher handle or maybe take a few thousand off those 25k purses for 5k claimers at Philly where the mutual handle was 80k on Saturday. It may be a great article for you to post from the ustrotting website as it does the math