05/14/2015 4:05PM

Jump Start fills void in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania’s overall loss was state resident sire Jump Start’s gain as the exodus of a trio of stallions left him as the leading returning sire in the state. With several of his veteran campaigners still on the track, he will look to keep the momentum going in 2015.

Offlee Wild, the sire of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, led all Pennsylvania stallions by progeny earnings in 2014, bankrolling $7,454,691. Following him by earnings was Any Given Saturday, sire of the Grade 1 winner Hoppertunity. Both of those stallions, who formerly stood at Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom, Pa., were sold to stand overseas in 2015, heading to Turkey and Korea, respectively. Another former Pin Oak Lane stallion, Rockport Harbor, died in 2013 but still was represented by enough runners to rank third by earnings.

Next on the depth chart is Jump Start, whose progeny bankrolled $5,228,927 in 2014 to make him Pennsylvania’s leading returning sire. The 16-year-old A.P. Indy horse, who stands at Northview Stallion Station’s Pennsylvania division in Peach Bottom, Pa., also is the state’s leading active sire through the first four months of 2015.

Jump Start was bred in Kentucky by the late William T. Young’s Overbrook Farm and raced as a homebred for that operation, winning the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes and finishing second in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes as a juvenile. A condylar fracture of the left foreleg suffered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile ended his racing career, and he entered stud at Overbrook in 2002.

Young died in 2004, and Overbrook’s flagship sire, Storm Cat – broodmare sire of Jump Start – was pensioned in 2008. A year later, it was announced that Overbrook’s stock would be dispersed, and Jump Start moved to Ghost Ridge Farms near Brogue, Pa., to continue his stud career in 2010. He moved to Northview beginning with the 2012 season.

Jump Start’s chief earners over the last several years have been hard-knocking campaigners Prayer for Relief and Pants On Fire. Prayer for Relief has earned more than $1.9 million, bankrolling nearly a million of that in 2011, when he won the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and Grade 2 Super Derby. He went winless in 2014 but still contributed to Jump Start’s bankroll by finishing second in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special and third in both the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes and Grade 2 Suburban Handicap. Now in his sixth season of racing, the horse is based overseas with trainer Mike de Kock.

Pants On Fire also is entering his sixth season of racing and posted a victory in the Sir Shackleton Stakes earlier this year. The millionaire is best known for his win in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby in 2011. Last year, he won the Wild and Wonderful Stakes and was multiple graded stakes placed, including a third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Jump Start’s chief earner in 2014 was Miss Behaviour, who earned $548,834. The multiple graded stakes winner highlighted her year with scores in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks and the Miss Preakness Stakes. She also finished second in the Grade 1 Test Stakes, one of four stakes placings on the year.

Among Jump Start’s other career standouts is the popular gelding Rail Trip, who earned more than $1.5 million over six seasons, highlighted by a score in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup in track-record time. The stallion also is represented by the graded stakes winners Bold Start, San Pablo, Assessment, Sir Whimsey, and Outta Tune. Overall, he has sired 596 winners, including 45 stakes winners, with progeny earnings of $37,791,756 through May 7.

Jump Start is out of the Grade 2-placed Storm Cat mare Steady Cat, a second-generation Young homebred. In a nice twist of fate, breed-shaping sire Storm Cat was a Pennsylvania-bred; his grandson now continues the Overbrook legacy in the Keystone State.