AFTER MARKET was one of Storm Cat’s most exciting performers on the track, and now the six-time graded winner is the leading sophomore sire by Overbrook’s legendary stallion.
Following a big November, led by the G3 La Prevoyante H. winner Closing Range, AFTER MARKET kicked off December with yet another new graded winner–the G2 Bayakoa H. heroine Lady of Fifty–and ranks as one of the most promising members of what’s turned out to be a vintage group of second-crop sires.
AFTER MARKET now has three graded stakes winners on his resume in 2012, which puts him ahead of all sires in his class save Hard Spun and Scat Daddy, who have four apiece.
AFTER MARKET is also a top 5 active Kentucky sire by stakes winners, with his five SWs this year equaling or outpacing Any Given Saturday, Corinthian, Street Sense, etc.
Notably, he’s registered these marks with many fewer runners than most of his competitors. When looking at horses from the same sire line, for instance, Scat Daddy has one more SW than AFTER MARKET, but achieved that result with 35 more runners (73 vs. 108).
Discreet Cat also had six SWs (two graded), but had 126 runners, 53 runners more than AFTER MARKET.
In fact, AFTER MARKET sits behind only ENGLISH CHANNEL and Hard Spun among sophomore Kentucky sires by % of SW/foals, and by % of SW/runners and % of GSW/runners, he is Kentucky’s leading sophomore sire!
Leading the way is the California-based Lady of Fifty, who continues to be a tough customer for the Jerry Hollendorfer barn. A two-time stakes winner at two, she’s come back to add three more black-type events in 2012, including the Betfair Hollywood Park’s Bayakoa Dec. 8. Headstrong early before settling back in fifth in that 1 1/16-mile event on the main track, she swept into contention in upper stretch, and as she burst away from the pack at the eighth pole, track announcer Vic Stauffer enthused, “Let there be no doubt who’s best..Lady of Fifty!”
Lady of Fifty kicked off the year with a victory in the California Oaks over Golden Gate’s all-weather, and annexed the Palm Springs H. on the dirt at Santa Anita Oct. 7 Bred by Cloverleaf Farms II, Lady of Fifty is owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro and now has six wins in 11 starts and $320,000 in earnings.
The aforementioned Closing Range, a Lane’s End sales grad, has a pair of stakes wins to her credit. In addition to her driving 2 3/4-length victory in the Nov. 30 La Prevoyante–against elders and at the expense of the highly regarded Ciao Bella–she captured Monmouth’s Twin Light S. in August. Closing Range is a St. George Farm Racing homebred and is trained by Phil Oliver.
Among AFTER MARKET’s other standout performers is the G3 Virginia Oaks heroine Volcat, who has banked over $200,000 for owner Landaluce Educe Stables and trainer Ken McPeek. Volcat, also placed in the G3 Pucker Up S., was bred by Edmond and Sharon Hudon.
The 2yo filly Renee’s Queen represents the next generation of AFTER MARKET’s stars. Bred by John Liviakis and trained by Eric Guillot for GEM Racing Stable, the chestnut defeated a deep field in the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf S. at Del Mar in September. Renee’s Queen was breaking her maiden in the race, having previously run a strong second to G1SW Executiveprivilege on debut.
Despite this success, AFTER MARKET has been attractively priced for the 2013 breeding season at a fee of just $5,000. That allows for a huge upside for both commercial breeders, and those breeding to race. Catch this market on its way up!