AFTER MARKET was one of Storm Cat’s most exciting performers on the track, and now the six-time graded winner and dual Grade 1 winner is the leading sophomore sire by the legendary stallion.
AFTER MARKET ended the year ranked #8 on the Leading Sophomore List among active Kentucky sires, and his six 2012 stakes winners placed him fourth on the list by stakes winners, on even terms with Scat Daddy, Discreet Cat and Lawyer Ron, and head of Street Sense, Corinthian, etc.
AFTER MARKET is getting quality, too. Of his six 2012 stakes winners, three came in graded company. That was more than any other sophomore save Hard Spun and Scat Daddy, who had four each.
Notably, AFTER MARKET registered these marks with many fewer runners than most of his competitors. When looking at horses from the same sire line, Scat Daddy, for instance, has the same number of stakes winners as AFTER MARKET, but achieved that result with 34 more runners (114 vs. 80).
Discreet Cat also had five 2012 SWs (two graded), but had 130 runners, 50 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 GSW/runners, he is Kentucky’s leading sophomore sire!
Maybe that’s why, in a recent column, the TDN’s Bill Oppenheim named AFTER MARKET one of his top Value Sires for 2013.
Leading the way for AFTER MARKET 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 came back to add three more black-type events in 2012, including the Betfair Hollywood Park’s G2 Bayakoa S. in December.
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.
In November, another of AFTER MARKET’s 3yo daughters, Closing Range, captured her first graded win with a 2 3/4-length win against elders in the G3 La Prevoyante H. at Calder. A Lane’s End sales grad, Closing Range previously annexed Monmouth’s Twin Light S. in August, and is now a winner of four of her six lifetime starts. 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.
At the sales, AFTER MARKET’s standouts included the $275,000 OBSAPR grad Storm Jaguar, who stamped himself as one to watch in the 2013 Japanese Classics with an eye-catching, six-length debut win at Nakayama Dec. 22.
Whether you’re breeding for the market or to race, AFTER MARKET presents a huge upside to savvy horsemen. Catch this market on its way up!