The immensely talented miler SHAKESPEARE, the last great son of Theatrical (Ire), got off to a fine start at stud last year with the likes of graded winner Shkspeare Shaliyah, and has continued that momentum into 2012.
Last weekend, it was his 2yo daughter Oh Juliet, a Dell Ridge Farm homebred, who advertised his promise with a good-looking graduation in her second career start at Fair Grounds. The Tom Amoss-trained filly was making her turf and route debut and rallied from seventh to win by a length.
Dell Ridge also campaigns SHAKESPEARE‘S good 3yo filly Poetic Kid, who has been first or second in 7 of 11 starts at Woodbine and earned over $140,000 for the Kevin Attard barn. Poetic Kid is the first foal from the LEMON DROP KID mare Snow Kid.
In November, Shkspeare Shaliyah, winner of last season’s G3 Pilgrim S. at Belmont, came within a neck of his second New York stakes score when he came flying to get second in the $80,000 Montserrat S. at Aqueduct. Bred by Guilherme and Angela Bombonato, Shkspeare Shaliyah is owned by Shivmangal Racing Stable and is trained by Doodnauth Shivmangal.
Et Tu Walker, meanwhile, took SHAKESPEARE’s show on the road to California with a late-rallying, six-furlong maiden score at Betfair Hollywood Park’s main track. Bred in Kentucky by Triple Z Stable, the $90,000 KEESEP yearling is trained by Doug O’Neill. And in Europe, Quantum of Solange continues to rack up the wins. The 3-year-old miss, another bred by Dell Ridge Farm, has registered at least four victories for the Riccardo Menichetti barn.
Others by SHAKESPEARE to keep an eye out for include:
* Dr. Frank Justice and Meadow Oak Farms homebred Shakespeare’s Brew, another talented Woodbine performer from the Kevin Attard barn who has been first or second in four of six starts
* Olsen and Christina Belle, et al’s Prince Raphael, another maiden special winner–on the main track–at Woodbine
* The 2yo colt Tubal, third in the Jamestown S. at Colonial Downs
* The Ned Evans-bred, Quarter Pole Club-owned Just Like Juliet, an allowance winner at Fair Grounds earlier in the year, and who recently finished second in a pair of Churchill Downs main-track sprints in November
Most exciting is the best is yet to come for SHAKESPEARE. In the Nov. 21 edition of The Blood-Horse’s MarketWatch, SHAKESPEARE was shown to have the second-best book of mares in 2012 for stallions standing in the $10,000-$14,999 range by Comparable Index. His 2012 book, numbering 53 mares, has an average CI of 2.03, meaning that the offspring from mares bred to SHAKESPEARE in 2012 earn more than double the national average.
SHAKESPEARE was also the second-ranked sire in his price range by Class Performance Index (CPI), which “identifies mares that excelled as runners,” according to MarketWatch. SHAKESPEARE’s mares had a CPI of 3.34.
Study SHAKESPEARE’s numbers and we think the 2013 season at $5,000 is the way to success.