02/22/2013 12:17PM

Ontario: Marcavelly latest triumph for Johannesburg sire line

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Ontario's leading freshman sire of 2012, Marcavelly won the Continental Mile at Monmouth (above) in 2006 and two Grade 3 stakes in 2007.

In a short time, international champion Johannesburg has established himself as a potential leading sire of sires. The latest feather in his cap is Marcavelly, Ontario’s leading freshman sire of 2012.

The 9-year-old Johannesburg horse who stands for $2,500 at Colebrook Farms Stallion Station in Uxbridge, Ontario, was represented by four winners from 21 starters in 2012 and had progeny earnings of $207,027. That figure easily outdistanced Showing Up, who finished with progeny earnings of $108,017, with four winners from 11 starters.

Marcavelly’s chief earner is The B’s and E’s, who bankrolled $53,956.

Marcavelly, who is out of the Majestic Light mare Dark Jewel, won 4 of 8 career starts, earning $332,963. Grade 3-placed in Canada as a juvenile, he won the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland and the Grade 3 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont at 3 in 2007, both on turf.

Marcavelly is from the first crop of Johannesburg, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2001 to earn champion 2-year-old male honors in both the United States and Europe. Also included in that first crop were Scat Daddy and Teuflesberg, both of whom sired Grade 1 winners in their first crops. Teuflesberg is represented by reigning sprint champion Trinniberg.

Johannesburg is by Hennessy, whose other sons at stud include Wiseman’s Ferry, sire of Horse of the Year Wise Dan, and Henny Hughes, sire of champion juvenile filly Beholder.