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Harlan’s Holiday establishes earnings record for juvenile sire
WinStar Farm stallion Harlan’s Holiday established a North American record for 2-year-old earnings in 2012 when his progeny finished the year with $2,954,556. He eclipsed the previous record of $2,811,337 set by Tapit in 2008.
In 2012, 2-year-olds by Harlan’s Holiday won 26 races, and he sired five stakes winners. His top runner was undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and $1,687,000-earner Shanghai Bobby, the leading candidate for the Eclipse Award as champion juvenile male.
“We are extremely proud of Harlan’s Holiday,” WinStar president and chief executive officer Elliott Walden said. “The neat thing about him is he just turned 14, so the best is yet to come. His books and mares continue to improve each year.”
Danzig was the first stallion to break the $2 million threshold in juvenile earnings for a single year, accomplishing the feat in 1984. Prior to Tapit’s record, the single-season mark was held by Capote in 1996 with more than $2.7 million in progeny earnings.
Harlan’s Holiday, who is by Harlan out of the Affirmed mare Christmas in Aiken, finished 2012 ranked 11th on the general sire list. A three-time Grade 1 winner and earner of more than $3.6 million on the track, he will stand his ninth season in 2013 at WinStar for a fee of $35,000.
What's most amazing, I think, is that HH got a horse like Shaghai Bobby, four other stakes winners, and achieved the earnings mark in his 8th season at stud at WinStar. Prior to 'Bobby, it's not like he was a household name among sires. He's had only five other horses with earnings of more than $500,000, Willcox Inn, Denis of Cork, Riley Tucker, Into Mischief, and Mendip. Nice horses, but not the high profile types that are usually needed to prevent a stud from being sold abroad, relocated to New York, etc. On the track, he was an easy racehorse to be a fan of, given his two-year-old campaign included his maiden-breaker in the Cleveland Kindergaren Stakes at lowly Thistledown, then subsequent wins in the Hoover Stakes and Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes at River Downs -- three races that usually don't ignite Derby Fever. But he later took the Florida Derby and Blue Grass, and entered the Derby as the 6.00 fav'. At the time, it was the record for the highest priced favorite in Derby history. (Lookin at Lucky topped him at 6.30 in 2010.) He later won the PA Derby. At four, he managed to take the Donn, but never really regained his three-year-old form. Still, he's a comparative rarity in the modern era in that he at least was campaigned for three full seasons. More power to this fairly unlikely success story at stud!
Amazing how one runner can move a stallion forward this much. Shanghai Bobby is a very talented runner and this stallion has thrown some very nice winners but given the opportunity I would send my mare to Danzig or Tapit well ahead of Harlan's Holiday. Perhaps the size of todays purses plays havoc in trying to evaluate the true quality of a stallion. Had John Henry not turned out to be the champ he was would we have ever heard the name Ole Bob Bowers? Hopefully HH will continue to produce quality offspring for the Winstar group.