Regional Sires for 2019
by The Thoroughbred Daily News
Ministers Wild Cat (fee $4,000) a top 10 California sire every year since 2012, he is one of the last available sons of the great Deputy Minster out of a GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner. He obviously didn’t show the same track ability as his half-brother War Chant (Danzig) but his 18 stakes winners have come at a perfectly respectable percentage for a horse standing at $4,000.
And, just a hunch, but I’d bet that with that pedigree someday one of his daughters will foal a champion.
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds Breeders have been slowly waking up to Grazen (fee $5,000) , who has only sired 88 named foals across six crops, but has produced such striking dividends that he has entertained 101 and 68 mares over the past two years. Of just 62 starters, his 51 winners have included no fewer than seven at the black-type level. These include Grade III winner Enola Gray, who also has a Grade I podium to her name.
Grazen was a fast horse, who wired a Grade III field for a 103 Beyer, and if there is little immediate distinction in his family then there is no denying his own sire’s oomph. Benchmark, a son of Alydar, was also responsible for GI Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek and those blitzing Grade I winners Points Offthebench and Idiot Proof.
Wherever it’s coming from, Grazen is earning his stripes and the foals conceived this year will be able to ride any success achieved by a book that more than trebled in 2017. Giants beware: this David’s sling is now loaded.