AFTER MARKET, one of the best-bred sons of Storm Cat at stud, is living up to his pedigree as one of the most exciting young sires in the nation. Now a Top 9 active sophomore sire, AFTER MARKET has been represented by three new stakes winners since July alone, and now has five 2012 black-type winners. Only two sires from his crop have more–ENGLISH CHANNEL and Hard Spun–and he leads the likes of up-and-comers like Scat Daddy, Street Sense, Corinthian, Any Given Saturday, etc. And AFTER MARKET hasn’t had numbers on his side, at
least compared to his competition. His five stakes winners have come from 59 starters in 2012 (8.5%). By comparison, Scat Daddy has four from 94 (4.3%), Street Sense has four from 107 (3.7%), Corinthian has three from 108 (2.8%), etc.
AFTER MARKET’s runners are led by Volcat, who captured the G3 Virginia Oaks July 21. A winner over Gulfstream’s main track against maiden special foes earlier in the year, Volcat won a grassy Churchill allowance in June and was recording her second straight win in the Virginia Oaks, which she took in near wire-to-wire fashion over a yielding Colonial Downs lawn. Bred by Edmond A. and Sharon Hudon, Volcat is owned by Landaluce Educe Stables and is trained by Kenny McPeek.
On Aug. 26, AFTER MARKET’s 3yo daughter Closing Range improved her record to three wins in four starts in the $61,000 Twin Lights S. at Monmouth Park. The St. George Farm homebred, trained by Phil Oliver, opened her account with a 10 1/4-length romp facing Indiana maiden special foes May 29. After a game second in a grassy NW1X at Churchill June 30, she won as the chalk in a similar test at Ellis July 27, and beat a salty field in the Twin Lights, which featured the classy Dancing Solo.
Up in Canada, AFTER MARKET’s 2-year-old daughter Marketway ran her own record to two wins in three starts with a first black-type win in the six-furlong Boulevard Casino S. on the main track. Marketway was bred by A. Lakin & Sons, Inc. Troy Taylor trains her for North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc.
Another AFTER MARKET runner to keep an eye on is the recent maiden special winner Market Buzz, a Virginia Tarra Trust homebred. Sent off the 9-5 choice in a Arlington Park event going two turns over the Poly July 8, Market Buzz drew off to win by 5 1/4 lengths for trainer Chris Block. The 3-year-old filly was bred to be a good one; she’s a three-parts sister to MG1SW Giant Oak and MSW Apple Martini, both offspring by Giant’s Causeway, who, like AFTER MARKET, is bred on the successful Storm Cat/Rahy cross.
AFTER MARKET is also the sire of the standout California filly Lady of Fifty, winner of the Golden Gate Debutante S. and Corte Madera S. for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. AFTER MARKET’s other runners include the black-type performers Raesunbridledfaith, Belle Gallantey, etc.
At the juvenile sales earlier this year, AFTER MARKET was represented by the likes of a $275,000 colt at OBS April who was knocked down to Japanese interests. The colt is a son of the tough-as-nails New York performer Travelator. At Barretts March, another of AFTER MARKET’s colts, Afterbourbon, brought $100,000 from McMahon & Hill, agent for Bourbon Lane Stable.
Stay tuned, as this is a market that is surely going up . . .