10/15/2003 11:00PM

Grand Slam tops list of 2003 sires in total mares bred

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Jockey Club on Thursday released statistics gleaned from its 2003 Reports of Mares Bred, and, once again, stallions at Coolmore-owned Ashford Stud are the nation's busiest.

Grand Slam led all North American stallions by number of mares bred in 2003, with 197. Johannesburg was second with 193 mares in his book. Both stood the season at Ashford, near Versailles, Ky.

But the number of stallions covering 100 or more mares went up in general, rising from 93 last year to 108 this season. The list of North America's top 10 hardest-working stallions reflects the growing trend toward large books, and these stallions reside at several farms.

Following Johannesburg on the list are Tale of the Cat, another Ashford stallion, with 192; Bridlewood Farm's Stormy Atlantic with 189; Hill 'n' Dale Farm's Buddha and Spendthrift Farm's Mr. Greeley, 164; Hill 'n' Dale's Mutakddim, 163; Hill 'n' Dale's El Corredor, 160; WinStar Farm's Distorted Humor, 156; and Airdrie Stud's Include, 153.

Not surprisingly, Kentucky had more stallions covering 100 mares or more, with 81; Florida was second with 17.

But one Western stallion covered 100-plus mares by standing in two states during the breeding season. Snowbound, a son of Meadowlake, stood half the season in Washington, covering 81 mares, and half the season in Arizona, where he covered 61.

Overall, the number of active North American stallions declined 0.7 percent to 3,342, and the total number of mares covered fell by 0.6 percent to 58,755 in 2003, The Jockey Club reported.

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2004 registered foal crop of 37,200.

Outstandingly is euthanized at 21

Outstandingly, who won the Eclipse Award as 1984's champion juvenile filly, was euthanized at Gainsborough Farm in Lexington on Oct. 10. The mare was 21.

"It got to the stage where she was deteriorating from chronic laminitis," said Michael Banahan, farm manager for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Darley-at-Jonabell. Darley owned Outstandingly. "She would have gone through a lot of suffering if we hadn't put her to sleep."

Laz Barrera trained Oustandingly for her owner and breeder, Harbor View Farm. She won five graded stakes in her four-season career, though the most famous of those - and the race that clinched her championship title - came on a disqualification. Outstandingly, sent off at 22-1, finished second behind 74-1 longshot Fran's Valentine in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. But Fran's Valentine was disqualified for interfering with Pirate's Glow in the stretch, giving Outstandingly the biggest victory of her career.

During her championship season, Outstandingly won half her six starts and finished second in the Grade 2 Adirondack for total earnings of $867,872. She also became a top-class older female, winning the 1986 Wilshire and Las Palmas handicaps, both Grade 2; the Grade 3 A Gleam Handicap; and the Santa Lucia Handicap in 1986. Retired in 1987 after making only two starts, Oustandingly left a career record of 28-10-4-3 and a $1,412,206 bankroll.

Outstandingly, a daughter of Exclusive Native and the Round Table mare La Mesa, was less successful as a producer, although she and her daughters are responsible for some stakes performers. Outstandingly herself produced Grade 2-placed Outlasting, dam of graded winner Fortitude; stakes-winner Sensations, dam of stakes-winner Systematic; and the stakes-winning gelding Superiority.