01/20/2017 11:38AM

Beyer Sire Performance Standings: Bodemeister stands out among freshmen

Barbara D. Livingston
Bodemeister stands out among freshman sires based on Beyer Speed Figures of progeny.

Dual classic-placed Grade 1 winner Bodemeister displayed brilliance during his own racing career, earning triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in four of his six career starts, led by a 109 when second in the Preakness. He just missed the triple-digit cutoff with a 99 for his runner-up effort in the Kentucky Derby.

Bodemeister, now standing at WinStar Farm, seems to have passed that talent on to his offspring. He led all freshman sires by his number of runners with Beyers 80 and above – a benchmark figure for 2-year-olds. He had five runners achieve that mark.

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The highest Beyer of the year for a runner by a freshman sire was the 98 that Straight Fire earned winning his maiden. By Spendthrift Farm sire Dominus, Straight Fire went on to be multiple Grade 1-placed. Next on the list was Bodemeister’s son Always Dreaming, who posted an 88 for finishing second in a maiden special weight at Saratoga, beaten a neck by the high-priced Blame Will. Always Dreaming is still a maiden, but is working at Palm Beach Downs toward his 2017 debut.

Also among Bodemeister’s top numbers was Speedmeister, who was assigned an 86 for winning a Keeneland maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths over eventual graded-placed stakes winner Warrior’s Club. American Anthem also earned an 86 with his sharp Del Mar maiden win in December. He returned to finish second in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes, establishing himself among California’s Kentucky Derby prospects.

Stakes winner O Dionysus earned an 85 when second by a nose in the Marylander Stakes on New Year’s Eve at Laurel Park.

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