01/18/2013 1:51PM

Henrythenavigator plants his flag on two continents

Photos by Z/Keeneland
Henrythenavigator sired 15 individual winners from 45 runners for earnings of $1,231,383 in 2012.

Henrythenavigator found success on both sides of the Atlantic during his racing career, winning multiple Group 1 events in Europe before finishing a close second in the richest race in North America. As a stallion, he has found similar success early in his stud career, siring a Grade 1 or Group 1 winner on each side of the pond to reign as the leading North American freshman sire for 2012.

The 8-year-old Kingmambo horse, who stood his first four seasons at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., sired 15 individual winners from 45 runners for earnings of $1,231,383 in 2012, edging WinStar Farm stallion Spring At Last by $50,153.

Henrythenavigator crowned a big year for Ashford, as fellow freshman sire Majestic Warrior, fourth on the earnings list, led by individual winners with 30, a double-digit lead over his nearest competitor.

Henrythenavigator was helped atop the earnings list by George Vancouver, who earned $700,282 in 2012, capping his juvenile campaign with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. George Vancouver, trained by Aidan O’Brien for the Coolmore team of Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, also finished second in the Group 1 Prix Morny in France and third in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes in England. George Vancouver is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning Danzig mare Versailles Treaty, making him a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Saarland.

Henrythenavigator’s other stakes winner was Pedro the Great, who claimed the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes in Ireland. Out of the Rainbow Quest mare Glatisant, the colt also is trained by O’Brien for Coolmore.

“Henry, he was a Royal Ascot winner himself and a track-record holder,” Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan said. “He liked the good ground himself. His best horses would probably be all the Ballydoyle horses. He’s produced two Group [or Grade] 1 winners. They were a bit inconvenienced – not a bit, really inconvenienced – by the soft ground in Ireland this year. It was record soft weather. . . . So he’s off to a fantastic start.”

From his first crop, Henrythenavigator also sired Group 2-placed Cristoforo Columbo, Group 3-placed Afonso de Sousa, and stakes-placed Amerigo Vespucci and Infanta Branca.

Henrythenavigator won 6 of 11 career starts, earning $2,766,763. He won both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas in 2008 and added Group 1 triumphs in England in the Sussex Stakes and St. James’s Palace Stakes, defeating Raven’s Pass in both. He concluded his career with a runner-up effort behind Raven’s Pass in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Henrythenavigator, who is out of the Group 1-winning Sadler’s Wells mare Sequoyah – making him a full brother to Group 3 winner Queen Cleopatra – entered stud at Ashford for a $65,000 fee in 2009. He served dual hemisphere duties, shuttling to Coolmore Australia. His fee at Ashford for 2012 was $25,000. For 2013, Henrythenavigator moves to Coolmore Ireland, where he will stand for 30,000 euros (about $39,800).

Majestic Warrior, who checked in fourth on the earnings list with $1,065,051, produced 30 individual winners from 69 starters. Among the winners for the 8-year-old A.P. Indy horse were Grade 2-placed Seasoned Warrior and Grade 3-placed Drum Roll.

“He’s just waiting for that one superstar to break out, but with [that number of winners] I think it’s only a matter of time,” Ryan said of Majestic Warrior. “And it’s showing in his book, the way he’s been booking up this year. Breeders are really chasing after him pretty hard. So that tells you something – that there’s a lot of good word going around out there. I’m hearing great feedback from the trainers, that they’re ones they think are going to be better 3-year-olds. A.P. Indy himself wasn’t a sire of a lot of 2-year-old winners; they were better when they got older. It’s a bonus what he’s done so far.”

Majestic Warrior, out of the Grade 1-winning Seeking the Gold mare Dream Supreme, won the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at 2. He entered stud at Ashford for a $20,000 fee. He will stand for $12,500 in 2013, a boost from his 2012 fee of $10,000.

Spring At Last, who finished second behind Henrythenavigator on the earnings list, sired the most stakes winners of any freshman sire in 2012, with four.

The 10-year-old Silver Deputy horse was represented by Spring in the Air, winner of the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland, along with Grade 2 winners Spring Venture and Seaneen Girl and stakes winner A Lover’s Question.

Spendthrift Farm’s Into Mischief sired just eight winners. However, three were stakes winners, boosting his total earnings to $1,171,578, getting him to third on the freshman sire list. The 8-year-old Harlan’s Holiday horse is the sire of Grade 3 winner Goldencents.