For the second straight year, CITY ZIP has ended the season as a top 25 North American-based sire on the General Sire List. It’s a remarkable feat for a stallion who began his career for a fee of $7,500 in a regional market, and underscores how much the Grade 1-winning son of Broodmare of the Year Baby Zip improves his mares (1.78 AEI v. 141 CI). His 1.78 AEI (Average Earnings Index) alone indicates how good his offspring are–the figure stands above stallions like Afleet Alex (1.74), Congrats (1.67), and Kitten’s Joy (1.67), etc.
For the second straight year, CITY ZIP also ranked as a top 10 sire on the Turf Earnings list, despite the fact only 36% of his earnings came on grass.
CITY ZIP also concluded 2011 as a leading juvenile sire, with an impressive nine 2-year-old stakes horses. Only one other sire in the nation had more juvenile stakes horses. CITY ZIP’s 2-year-olds were led by Majestic City, the $180,000 OBSMAR juvenile who won the G3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship S. and Willard L. Proctor Memorial S., and placed in the G1 Del Mar Futurity and G1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity.
CITY ZIP had eight 2011 stakes winners, included four graded winners. His daughter City to City’s wins included the G2 Palomar S. at Del Mar–her second Grade 2 victory–while the always game Unzip Me ran up her record to nine black-type wins in a season that included a tally in the G3 Monrovia S. CITY ZIP’s Grade 2-winning son Workin for Hops won the G3 Hanshin Cup H. going a mile over Arlington’s Polytrack, and also finished second in the G1 Maker’s Mark Mile S. in 2011.
All this earned CITY ZIP acclaim from the TDN’s Bill Oppenheim as one of his 2012 value sires. Said Oppenheim, “Lane’s End’s CITY ZIP has now clawed his way up to a $20,000 stud fee, the same as his previously more celebrated half-brother, Ghostzapper. Previously known himself as a sire of precocious 2-year-olds, now CITY ZIP ranks 25th among North American sires on the TDN General Sire List, with the earners of more than $5-million this year, including an impressive 22 black-type horses…”
CITY ZIP – The real deal, and a real bargain at $20,000.