12/20/2017 11:16AM

Malibu Moon, War Front, Quality Road among top performers in Beyer Sire standings

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Barbara D. Livingston
Malibu Moon leads all sires by 90-plus Beyer Speed Figures on dirt in 2017 with 51.

The ebbs and flows of racing seasons will see certain stallions fluctuate when it comes to the quality and quantity of top performers in a given year. One of the stallions seeing the biggest boosts in 2017 was Malibu Moon, whose foals achieved a Beyer Speed Figure of 90 or higher on 26 more occasions than in 2016.

Malibu Moon approaches the end of the year with 59 instances in which his runners ran a 90-plus Beyer, up from 33 last year, according to Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings. The 20-year-old A.P. Indy horse has 15 crops of racing age and has been represented this year by 277 runners.

Malibu Moon leads all sires by 90-plus Beyers on dirt in 2017 with 51, making up 86 percent of his overall performances at that level. He is also the top sire by 90-plus Beyers in dirt sprints with 24 and is tied for third in dirt routes with 27.

The sire’s top Beyer performer of 2017 has been Ransom the Moon, who earned a 107 speed figure when second to Danzing Candy in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes in July at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old Ransom the Moon picked up a 103 Beyer when he won the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita and earned a 102 when he won the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar.

Stanford was also a multiple three-digit Beyer earner for Malibu Moon, earning a 103 as the runner-up in the Poseidon Handicap at Gulfstream Park and a 102 in his Challenger Stakes victory at Tampa Bay Downs.

Malibu Moon stands at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., for $75,000.

Also seeing a spike in 90-plus Beyers in 2017 is War Front, who rose from 64 last year to lead this year’s standings at 87. War Front, a 15-year-old son of Danzig, is the sire of eight crops of racing age and has had 117 starters this year. All but one of his 90-plus Beyers have come on turf.

Designed for War, a 5-year-old ridgling, picked up War Front’s highest Beyer of the season, a 104 earned as the runner-up in the Grade 2 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream. Not far off was Lancaster Bomber, who ran a 103 when second to World Approval in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar. Lancaster Bomber earned a 102 when second to World Approval earlier in the year in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.

Cambodia was also a two-time three-digit Beyer earner for War Front, earning 101 speed figures in her Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes victory and her third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

War Front is a resident of Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., where he is advertised at $250,000.

Rounding out the trio of stallions who improved their 90-plus Beyer total by 20 or more in 2017 was Quality Road, who rose to 59 this year from 39 to tie Malibu Moon for seventh in the overall standings.

Quality Road is the youngest stallion to improve his 90-plus Beyer total so much, with four racing-age crops and 189 starters. He leads all sires this year with 21 Beyers of 90 or higher earned by 3-year-olds.

The 11-year-old Elusive Quality horse was led this year by Follow Me Crev, who earned a 104 Beyer with a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Earlier in the year, the gelding rung up a 101 while third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap.

Also surpassing the three-figure mark for Quality Road was Spring Quality, a gelding who was given a 100 speed figure after winning the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct.

Abel Tasman, a contender for champion 3-year-old filly honors, earned a pair of 99 Beyers for winning the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The same pair of 99 figures was achieved by Illuminant for winning the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes and the Wishing Well Stakes, both at Santa Anita.

Quality Road stands at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., for $70,000.