02/12/2018 2:19PM

Second-crop sires producing classic hopefuls

Tom Keyser
C.S. Incharge, a daughter of second-crop sire Take Charge Indy, wins the Suncoast Stakes at Tampa, a points prep race for the Kentucky Oaks.

The race for leading freshman sire was a heated affair in 2017, and the competition has already begun in earnest as the same group angles for leading second-crop sire honors during the prep season for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

Foals by the class that entered stud in 2014 have already made a significant impact on the classic trails, winning four of the combined 15 points races for the Derby and Oaks thus far in 2018.

In an interesting twist, the stallion at the front of the youth charge is no longer in the country.

Take Charge Indy, formerly of WinStar Farm and now residing in Korea, is the top second-crop sire by earnings through Feb. 12. His 42 runners, 14 of which are winners, have made $501,722.

The two Oaks prep winners by second-crop sires this year are both by the 9-year-old son of A.P. Indy – Take Charge Paula, who won the Grade 3 Forward Gal Stakes on Feb. 3 at Gulfstream Park, and C. S. Incharge, who took the Suncoast Stakes on Feb. 10 at Tampa Bay Downs.

While the fillies have taken center stage for Take Charge Indy during the young 2018 season, his top performer by measure of Beyer Speed Figures was Noble Indy, a colt who earned an 84 when he won a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer by three-quarters of a length on Jan. 11 at Gulfstream. Later that month, the colt Charge Card took a six-furlong starter optional claimer at the same track to earn an 82.

Ranking second by second-crop earnings in 2018 is Taylor Made Stallions’ Graydar, who earned a breakthrough victory when Lombo won the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 3 at Santa Anita.

Graydar, a 9-year-old Unbridled’s Song horse, has 10 winners from 37 starters this year, and combined earnings of $328,405. In addition to being his sire’s leading earner this season, Lombo also earned his highest Beyer, picking up an 86 in his Robert B. Lewis score. He also earned an 81 when he won a 6 ½-furlong Santa Anita maiden special weight on Jan. 20.

In third is Justin Phillip, who has four winners from 22 starters this year and earnings of $304,439. Japanese runner Ryono Tesoro has supplied the bulk of his sire’s on-track wealth, winning three of four starts for $177,569.

Domestically, Justin Phillip has been led by stakes-placed runners Blushing Justine and Upset Brewing, while his top Beyer has come from Justaholic, who earned a 78 for a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight win on Jan. 5 at Tampa Bay.

Justin Phillip, a 10-year-old son of First Samurai, stands at Castleton Lyons in Lexington, Ky.

Rounding out the top five by earnings are Alternation of Pin Oak Stud and Violence of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms.

Jimmy Creed sits in sixth place, headed up by Kanthaka, who won the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 10 at Santa Anita. Kanthaka earned a 99 Beyer for his effort, making Jimmy Creed the first second-crop sire of 2018 to have a runner notch a 90-plus Beyer. Jimmy Creed, a 9-year-old son of Distorted Humor, stands at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Also making noise among the class is Poseidon’s Warrior, whose son Firenze Fire won the Jerome Stakes on Jan. 13 and sits second on the Kentucky Derby points standings with 24. Poseidon’s Warrior, a 10-year-old Speightstown horse, resides at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla.