01/16/2016 6:54PM

Ohio: Mapleton sires finish atop chart

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The Ohio breeding program remains in the midst of significant upheaval as the market continues to adjust to the state’s new tracks and expanded gaming.

At the forefront of this critical period has been runners sired by residents of Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm in Polk, which accounted for the top two sires by progeny earnings in 2015.

Leading the way was Cowtown Cat, with 47 winners and progeny earnings of $1,814,628.

The 12-year-old son of Distorted Humor arrived at Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm for the 2015 breeding season after previously standing at Journeyman Stud in Florida, and his first Ohio-sired foals will arrive this spring. He will stand the 2016 season for a fee of $2,500.

Cowtown Cat, who has five crops of racing age, was led in 2015 by stakes winners Calgary Cat and Cat Trap. Other notable runners included stakes-placed Sunrise Kitty, My Cowboy, and Model Citizen. Calgary Cat was named Canada’s champion sprinter in 2014.

On the track, Cowtown Cat won 4 of 16 starts and earned $562,228, led by victories in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby and Grade 3 Gotham Stakes.

Bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock, Cowtown Cat is out of the winning Storm Cat mare Tom’s Cat, who is the dam of two winners from four runners. He is from the family of Grade 3 winner Crafty But Sweet.

Finishing second was Mobil, whose first Ohio-sired foals are 2-year-olds of 2016, after beginning his stud career in Ontario.

Mobil, a 16-year-old son of Langfuhr, had 16 winners in 2015 and combined progeny earnings of $862,924. He will stand for $2,500.

Canada’s champion older horse of 2004, Mobil was led last year by stakes-placed Sorry About That and Obeah Woman.

A trio of veterans will highlight the new additions to the state’s stallion ranks in 2016, instantly asserting themselves as some of the state’s top sires by progeny earnings.

Hand Ride Stables in Dublin will add Maimonides, who stands for an advertised fee of $2,500. The 11-year-old son of Vindication previously resided at WinStar Farm in Kentucky.

City Weekend comes to Meadow Springs Farm in Georgetown after previously residing at the Equine Veterinary Hospital of Northern Indiana, and the 14-year-old son of Carson City will stand for $2,000. Added Edge, a 16-year-old Smart Strike horse and perennial leading sire in Iowa, was purchased by Raimonde Farms in Wooster for the 2016 season, where he will stand for $1,500.

Kentucky Dane retained his spot as Ohio’s leading stallion among those with state-sired runners, with four winners and earnings of $480,594, ranking him sixth overall.

The bulk of those earnings were made by Jac’s Fact, a five-time stakes winner in 2015. His 10 foals to race last year included stakes-placed runners Hope’s Frog Song, Circle Can Run, and Mom Genes.

Kentucky Dane, a 16-year-old son of Danehill, stands at Raimonde Farms for an advertised fee of $1,000.