01/19/2018 11:19AM

Distorted Humor a standout broodmare sire

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Barbara D. Livingston
Multiple Grade 1 winner Elate, out of a daughter of Distorted Humor, joins Arrogate as Eclipse Award finalists for the broodmare sire.

Distorted Humor has been on an upward trajectory as a broodmare sire in recent years, and he took over the category in 2017.

Led by the earnings of champion Arrogate, who won the $12 million Pegasus World Cup and $10 million Dubai World Cup, Distorted Humor’s daughters accounted for earnings of $28,508,514 in 2017. Among stallions who stand or last stood in North America, that was enough to edge the late Storm Cat, a perennial leader in this category, with $27,358,734.

Giant’s Causeway, the broodmare sire of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and likely Horse of the Year Gun Runner, checked in third at $22,704,282. Rounding out the top five were A.P. Indy at $22,558,450 and the late Unbridled’s Song at $20,770,805.

While powered by Arrogate, Distorted Humor, who stands at WinStar Farm, was far from a one-hit wonder in 2017. Other top runners out of his daughters on the season included multiple Grade 1 winner Elate, who joins Arrogate as an Eclipse Award finalist; Grade 1 winner Practical Joke; and Belmont Oaks winner New Money Honey.

His other standouts in recent years include two-time Grade 1 winner Constitution, Canadian champion Dynamic Sky, Japanese Group 1 winner Moanin, Grade 1 winners Book Review and Molly Morgan, and multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Stanford.

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