07/27/2017 12:46PM

Bodemeister, Maclean's Music off to strong start in Beyer Sire Performance Standings

Barbara D. Livingston
Maclean's Music, who earned a historic Beyer Speed Figure in his debut, is represented by Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing from his first crop - and has gained popularity in the sale ring as a result.

Bodemeister and Maclean’s Music, both brilliant runners in their own right, broke out with first-crop classic winners this spring, represented by Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing, respectively. But far from being one-hit wonders, both stallions also figure prominently in various metrics in Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings, unveiled earlier this year.

Beyer Speed Figures were incorporated into Daily Racing Form 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. Traditional sire lists based on earnings can be slanted by one or two major runners, particularly in lucrative high-profile races or on circuits with casino-inflated purses. 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.

Dual classic-placed Grade 1 winner Bodemeister, who stands at WinStar Farm, earned triple-digit Beyers in four of his six 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 led all 2016 freshman sires by his number of runners with Beyers 80 and above – a benchmark figure for 2-year-olds. This year, Bodemeister has two 3-year-olds who have earned triple-digit figures, tying him for the lead in that category with established sire Into Mischief. Always Dreaming earned a 102 winning the Kentucky Derby, and American Anthem matched that figure winning the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont.

Maclean’s Music was retired to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm with just one start under his belt – but in that one start, he posted a Beyer of 114, the highest ever earned in a debut effort. Of the stallion’s first-crop 3-year-olds, a solid 4.2 percent have earned Beyer Speed Figures of 90 or higher, led by Cloud Computing’s 102 in the Preakness.

Placed in context, Maclean’s Music’s percentage is higher than prominent sire Candy Ride (3.9 percent). Candy Ride was represented by the top Beyer for a 3-year-old male through the first half of the year with a 105 earned by the now-retired Mastery. Classic sire Pioneerof the Nile (1.9 percent), whose champion son Classic Empire was runner-up in the Preakness with a 102, also checks in behind Maclean’s Music.

With the brilliance of their first-crop 3-year-olds, Maclean’s Music and Bodemeister appeared poised for increased commercial popularity in this summer’s yearling sales and are already reaping rewards. Maclean’s Music had three yearlings among the top 15 prices at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, more than any other stallion. He has one yearling cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected sale. Meanwhile, Bodemeister has five in the Saratoga catalog, four of those out of stakes winners or stakes producers.B

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