02/23/2017 9:56AM

Beyer Sire Performance Standings: Exclusive Quality stands out in Florida

Barbara D. Livingston
Calculator (left), who earned a 103 Beyer in the Churchill Downs Stakes, is one of two In Summation runners to earn triple-digit Beyers. In Summation was Florida's only active stallion with that distinction in 2016.

Exclusive Quality, with 95 representatives on the track in 2016, finished 10th on Florida’s general sire list based on earnings. However, he factored prominently in Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings unveiled last month – an exclusive metric to examine stallion progeny performance in-depth, often highlighting under-the-radar sires.

Beyer Speed Figures were incorporated into Daily Racing Form’s past performances in 1992 and are now an industry standard for the comparison of one horse’s performance to another. The Beyer Sire Performance Standings provide the breeding industry with an additional metric to compare stallion progeny performance beyond wins and earnings. The standings provide totals and percentages for progeny who surpass specific Beyer benchmarks in North American races. While traditional sire lists based on earnings can be slanted by one or two major runners – or casino-inflated purses on some circuits – the Beyer Sire Performance Standings look beyond these factors. Beyers are assigned to all runners in a race, allowing DRF’s sire lists to include all performances.

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Among active Florida stallions with 50 or more starters in 2016, Exclusive Quality led the way by the percentage of those individuals who earned a benchmark Beyer Speed Figure of 90 or greater, with 3.1 percent of his runners doing so. The Journeyman Stud resident’s top figure was recorded by Dreaming of Neno, who posted a 95 Beyer while winning an optional-claiming event in June at Monmouth Park.

Among Florida stallions with 100 or more starters in 2016, In Summation led the state’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings by percentage of individuals to record a 90 or greater, with 2.9 percent. In Summation, also the state’s leading turf sire by earnings, was the only active Florida stallion to have multiple runners recording a triple-digit Beyer.

Following In Summation by percentage of runners to record Beyers of 90 and up came With Distinction (2.6 percent), First Dude (1.8 percent), and High Cotton (0.6 percent). High Cotton is the state’s leading active general sire by earnings, offering another illustration of how the Beyer standings can provide a different look at stallion performance.