LANGFUHR came away with the 20th graded/group stakes winner of his career when his rocketship of a son Euroears won the G2 Palo Verdes S. at Santa Anita Jan. 22. A four-time stakes winner entering the six-furlong race, Euroears tore through fractions of :21 2/5 and :43 2/5 before stopping the clock in 1:07 1/5. He earned a big 107 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort. How fast was the Bob Baffert horse moving? Well, his five-furlong split of :54 4/5 would have taken roughly two ticks off the North American record for the distance. The competition, meanwhile, included the top-class MG1SW Smiling Tiger. Bred by Gary E. and Bonnie Peterson and owned by James E and Marilyn Helzer, Euroears has won nine of 17 starts and earned $491,562.
Following LANGFUHR’s big weekend, Werk Thoroughbred Consultants senior pedigree analyst Elaine Belval commented on the veteran’s appeal: “And what has LANGFUHR done in his career? As a racehorse, he ‘only’ won three G1 races and was a champion. As a sire, he ‘only’ has over 80% starters, 60% winners, and a solid 5% SWs (not including two-year-olds of 2011). His progeny ‘only’ average over $70,000 in earnings. He only has a Canadian triple crown winner in Wando, a brilliant champion in Lawyer Ron (along with three others), and an Arlington Million winner in Jambalaya. He has ‘only’ ranked in the top 15 on the General Sire List for seven consecutive years. And I could go on. Seriously, it’s hard to think of a sire that has done more than LANGFUHR that is currently at stud. His 2011 stud fee is $15,000. Perhaps, with the early success of Euroears and Wilkinson (by LEMON DROP KID) in 2011, breeders with quality mares will ignore that “next big thing” and take a serious look at two of the best “ole reliables” available in Kentucky.”
LANGFUHR is a Top 10 sire on the General Sires List.