03/13/2013 3:06PM

Oklahoma: Read the Footnotes, leading juvenile sire


River Oaks Farm in Sulphur, Okla., welcomed multiple Grade 2 winner Read the Footnotes to its stallion roster for 2012, after the 12-year-old Smoke Glacken horse had established himself as a productive sire in New York. He finished 2012 atop the state’s juvenile sire list with $371,110, although virtually all of those earnings came from runners based in the Empire State.

According to River Oaks co-owner Francisco Bravo, word of mouth about their new addition was somewhat slow in spreading after his arrival in late 2011 and resulted in 30 mares bred to the stallion during his first season in the Southwest. Those who did book to Read the Footnotes were satisfied, however, and interest has picked up for 2013.

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“The people who have started to have babies [by him] are very happy with the babies, so I think we really got lucky when we got him,” Bravo said. “He’s doing a great job. I think that this year he’s going to have a really good book — I think [the number of mares] is going to pick up some…. And we’re having a lot of repeat customers. We had one party that brought one of their client’s mares here last year — now they’re bringing five. We’re seeing quite a bit of that.”

Read the Footnotes arrived in Oklahoma having already sired a Grade 1 winner: 2010 Ballerina Stakes victor Rightly So, who also won the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap and two other stakes races. His overall leading earner in 2012, the 6-year-old mare Opus A, won three stakes races in New York and placed in four others, earning $206,500.

Meeker Avenue, a gelding out of the Silver Deputy mare Age of Silver, was Read the Footnotes’s top juvenile earner in 2012 with $112,972. Racing for MeB Racing Stables and Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Meeker Avenue won his first two career starts last year, his second coming in the New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct in November.

Read the Footnotes was also represented by 12 other juvenile winners last year, including the intriguing Escapefromreality, a colt out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Queen of the City. Escapefromreality won first out at Aqueduct on Nov. 25 and then finished second by a neck in a December allowance race. In his first start of 2013, the colt again finished second by a neck, this time to the impressive maiden winner Revolutionary in the Grade 3 Withers Stakes. In his most recent start, he checked in ninth in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes to undefeated Vyjack after being bumped and clipping heels during a decidedly rough trip.

Out of the Al Nasr mare Baydon Belle, Read the Footnotes began his racing career in the summer of 2003 after turning heads with a blazing three-furlong workout in :33.20 prior to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale and subsequently selling for a sale-topping $320,000 to Klaravich Stables.

Trained by Rick Violette, Read the Footnotes took his workout form to the track, winning his first two starts by a combined 11 3/4 lengths. He later racked up three consecutive graded stakes wins during winter 2003-2004 in the Nashua, Remsen, and Fountain of Youth but developed a nagging knee problem and was retired to Sequel Stallions in Florida after finishing fourth in the Florida Derby and seventh in the Kentucky Derby. He won at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, and from a breeding perspective carries no less than seven crosses through his first five generations, including both Mr. Prospector (3x4) and Northern Dancer (4x4).