02/28/2013 1:06PM

Posse: Leading New York sire by earnings, winners, juvenile stakes wins

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Since moving from Kentucky to New York three years ago, Posse has reigned as the Empire State’s leading general sire – and 2012 was no different.

The 13-year-old Silver Deputy horse, North America’s leading freshman sire in 2007, has led New York’s general sire list every year since 2009. Powered by top performers such as Rolling Fog and Caleb’s Posse, the stallion, who stands at Vinery at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., again led the way by progeny earnings, winners, and juvenile stakes winners in 2012.

“We’ve been very happy with him, obviously, and his first New York crop hasn’t even hit the track yet,” Vinery at Sugar Maple Stallion Director Erin Robinson said. “He had another Grade 1 winner last year in Rolling Fog. He got off to a good start with Caleb’s Posse, and he just kept rolling with the stakes horses.”

Posse sired 107 winners from 191 starters in 2012 for progeny earnings of $4,797,709. His totals just edged fellow Vinery at Sugar Maple stallion Bluegrass Cat, who sired 106 winners and had progeny earnings of $4,420,219. Bluegrass Cat, who relocated to New York last year after entering stud in 2007 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., was represented by Grade 2 winner Teeth of the Dog and Grade 1-placed Sabercat.

“Bluegrass Cat was a great addition for us and for New York,” Robinson said. “He gets runners in the top races with a lot of the other top stallions in Kentucky. He’s right there with those guys.”

Despite not winning a race in 2012, Posse’s chief earner for the season was Caleb’s Posse, who bankrolled $270,000 aided by three graded stakes placings. A multiple Grade 1 winner as a 3-year-old, Caleb’s Posse’s combined margin of defeat in his three starts was less than a quarter-length, as he finished second by a neck to Calibrachoa in the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap, second by a nose to Jackson Bend in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, and second by a nose to Shackleford in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap. He retired with more than $1.4 million in career earnings.

Rolling Fog became Posse’s third career Grade 1 winner, capturing the Del Mar Futurity in September while winning both of his starts.

Posse also was represented on the track in 2012 by juvenile In the Fairway, a three-time stakes winner at Charles Town; stakes winners Comedero and Law Enforcement; multiple stakes-placed Check Point, Apprehender, and Que Posse; and stakes-placed Interrogate.

“They’re sturdy horses, they’re fast, they have a lot of speed – he seems to get that out of his mares,” Robinson said of attributes Posse passes on to his offspring. “They do take a lot after Daddy, I think. They show some of his best qualities when he was running.

“He’s a great-minded horse. He has a very regal attitude, and he shows himself well. He doesn’t tend to be aggressive. He’s very easy to handle. He passes on a good brain to his foals. I think that helps them on the track. He’s beautiful, to boot: He’s a great, big guy, a lovely horse, and he does stamp his foals with his looks. They look the part. They very rarely have any conformational deficiencies, and they stay sound at the track.”

From his first six crops of racing age, Posse has sired 281 winners, including 18 stakes winners, from 382 starters for total progeny earnings of $22,532,862 through Feb. 24. His most accomplished runner is Kodiak Kowboy, who earned the 2009 Eclipse Award as champion sprinter for a campaign that included Grade 1 victories in the Carter Handicap, Vosburgh Stakes, and Cigar Mile Handicap. Kodiak Kowboy was also named Canada’s champion 2-year-old male of 2007, helping to boost his sire atop the North American freshman sire rankings.

Posse’s other top runners include multiple graded stakes winners No Advantage and Lantana Mob.

Posse, bred in Kentucky by Robert E. and Lawana L. Low, won seven of 18 career starts, earning $662,841. Winner of the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs as a juvenile, he continued on to win four stakes races the following year, including the Grade 2 Riva Ridge Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Belmont Park and the Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland.

Out of the Rahy mare Raska, Posse is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Green Fee.

After entering stud in 2004 at Vinery in Lexington, Ky., Posse moved to New York for the 2010 breeding season to stand for Vinery at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y. He moved to Sugar Maple last year when Vinery shifted its New York stallion operations to that farm.

Posse is standing for a fee of $12,500 in 2013, a boost from his 2012 fee of $10,000.


Leading general sires by earnings

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS 2012 EARNINGS
1 Posse (2000, Silver Deputy) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $12,500 191 107 $4,797,709
2 Bluegrass Cat (2003, Storm Cat) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $15,000 181 106 $4,420,219
3 El Corredor (1997, Mr. Greeley) Questroyal North $7,500 196 104 $4,206,564
4 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 126 66 $3,871,716
5 Touch Gold (1994, Deputy Minister) Adena Springs New York $7,500 152 82 $2,030,096
6 Utopia (JPN) (2000, Forty Niner) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 77 34 $2,006,583
7 Teuflesberg (2004, Johannesburg) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 29 14 $1,972,330
8 Congaree (1998, Arazi) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $7,500 94 53 $1,876,988
9 Bob and John (2003, Seeking the Gold) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $6,000 92 46 $1,836,876
10 Alphabet Soup (1991, Cozzene) Adena Springs New York $6,000 133 51 $1,653,693


Leading general sires by winners

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS
1 Posse (2000, Silver Deputy) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $12,500 191 107
2 Bluegrass Cat (2003, Storm Cat) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $15,000 181 106
3 El Corredor (1997, Mr. Greeley) Questroyal North $7,500 196 104
4 Touch Gold (1994, Deputy Minister) Adena Springs New York $7,500 152 82
5 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 126 66
6 Catienus (1994, Storm Cat) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 128 63
7 Pomeroy (2001, Boundary) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $5,000 99 55
8 Congaree (1998, Arazi) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $7,500 94 53
9 Alphabet Soup (1991, Cozzene) Adena Springs New York $6,000 133 51
10 Bob and John (2003, Seeking the Gold) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $6,000 92 46


Leading juvenile sires by 2012 stakes wins

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS SWINS
1 Posse (2000, Silver Deputy) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $12,500 24 4 4
2 Frost Giant (2003, Giant's Causeway) Keane Stud Operations $7,500 15 12 3
3 Utopia (JPN) (2000, Forty Niner) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 24 4 3
4 Catienus (1994, Storm Cat) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 18 4 2
5 Andromeda's Hero (2002, Fusaichi Pegasus) Dutchess Views Farm $1,500 5 2 1
6 Bluegrass Cat (2003, Storm Cat) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $15,000 51 20 1
7 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 24 8 1