12/18/2017 1:16PM

More Than Ready has most 100+ dirt-sprint Beyer runners in 2017

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Debra A. Roma
Roy H earned one of his three triple-digit Beyers for sire More Than Ready when he won the Breeders' Cup Sprint in November.

More Than Ready has developed into a sire capable of getting a diverse spectrum of high-level runners among distances, surfaces, and hemispheres.

The stallion’s roots, however, are in dirt sprints. He saw his greatest success on the racetrack around one turn, highlighted by the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes, and the distance and surface remains a strong point in his resume at stud.

As seen in the Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings, More Than Ready leads all sires by the number of Beyer Speed Figures of 100 or more earned by his runners in dirt sprints during the 2017 racing calendar. He has had three runners hit the mark a combined six times, both the most this year.

Leading the way is probable Eclipse Award contender Roy H, who earned three-digit Beyers on four occasions in 2017. He rung up a 111 Beyer on two occasions: first by winning the Grade 2 True North Stakes in June at Belmont Park, then in a one-length score in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar. He also earned two 106 figures in a May optional-claiming score at Santa Anita, then in October in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes.

Tom’s Ready notched a 107 Beyer after winning the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont, while Rectify picked up a 103 in an optional-claiming win in March at Aqueduct.

More Than Ready stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., for an advertised fee of $75,000.

Three stallions were tied for the second-most 100-plus Beyer races by their foals this year, with five. That trio was Munnings of Ashford Stud in Kentucky, Imperialism of Esquirol Farms in Alberta, and Florida stallion City Place of Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds.