CITY ZIP has for years been building a loyal following as perhaps the most underrated sire in North America, but 2012 was breakout year for the brilliant son of Carson City, and there is no denying he ranks among the premier sires in the nation.
The numbers back up that claim. CITY ZIP concluded the year ranked #7 on the General Sire List, with 129 of his winners contributing to earnings of $8,178,282. That put him ahead of Distorted Humor, Dynaformer, Awesome Again, Medaglia d’Oro, Bernardini, etc.
His 11 stakes winners in 2012 was better than Tapit, Distorted Humor, Street Cry (Ire), Malibu Moon, etc., and his five graded stakes winners had him on even terms or ahead of Unbridled’s Song, Street Cry (Ire), Tiznow, Hard Spun, War Front, etc.
Remarkably, CITY ZIP stands for at least $35,000 LESS than any of the sires listed above.
CITY ZIP was ranked #6 on the Leading Turf Sires List, despite the fact that only 41% of his earnings ($3,051,815) came on the sod. (By way of comparison, Dynaformer lead the lest with $4,153,707, which accounted for 76% of his total earnings on the year.) It was the third straight year CITY ZIP was ranked among the Top 10 on the Turf Sires List.
In 2012, CITY ZIP was also a Top 12 active Kentucky sire on the Two-Year-Old Sires List.
Last but certainly not least, CITY ZIP was a Top 25 Kentucky sire on the Average Earnings Index List, with an AEI of 1.78. That figure represents a 26.2% jump from his mares’ CI Index of 1.41!
At the sales, yearlings by CITY ZIP made $170,000 (McMahon & Hill), $125,000 (The Buttonwood Group), $115,000 (Sovereign Stables), and $110,000 (Bruno DeBerdt). CITY ZIP yearlings were particularly popular with the savvy 2yo consignor set, with G.W. Parrish, Becky Thomas, Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Ricky Leppala, Albert Davis, Eisaman Equine, and Bryan Rice among those who purchased CITY ZIP youngsters.
Mares in foal to CITY ZIP included the $310,000 Sekmet, an Empire Maker full-sister to G1SW In Lingerie out of G2SW Cat Cat; and the $165,000 Shop for Gold, dam of SW Fifth Avenue and sister to Trappe Shot, Miss Shop, et al.
Mares by CITY ZIP to sell, meanwhile, included the $550,000 City to City, the brilliant four-time Grade 2 winner, who sold to S F Bloodstock; the graded-winning NY-bred star Gitchee Goomie, who sold to Adena Springs for $250,000; and the $190,000 Cosmo Girl, who sold to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.
CITY ZIP’s juveniles-in-training included the $240,000 Grade 1 performer Mechaya, the $170,000 The Cleaners, etc.
Among CITY ZIP’s outstanding 2012 runners were:
• Dayatthespa – G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S., Sweetest Chant S., Riskaverse S., etc.
• City to City – G2 John C. Mabee S., G2 Buena Vista H., etc.
• Get Serious – G3 Red Bank S., 3rd G2 Monmouth S.
• Gitchee Goomie – G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial H., Mount Vernon S.
• Dene Court – Alywow S., Ontario Damsel S.
• Unzip Me – Wishing Well S.
• Reneesgotzip – G2 Santa Ynez S., C.E.R.F. S., Skillful Joy S., 2nd G1 La Brea S., G1 Santa Anita Oaks, 3rd G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
• Mystic City – Windward S.
• Zip Cash Back – Tippett S.
• City Style – 3rd G1 Dubai Duty Free
• Gal About Town – 2nd G2 Pocahontas S., G2 Golden Rod S.
• Hailstone – 2nd G2 Pan American S.
• Speedinthruthecity – 2nd G3 Sorrento S., Landaluce S.
And with progeny from his best mares yet to come, 2013 promises to be another big year for CITY ZIP!