November 27, 2013
While the indomitable ENGLISH CHANNEL got off to strong start at stud as a freshman of 2011–Optimizer was an early Grade I performer–his progeny only figured to improve as they got older and the races got longer. Sure enough, a quick examination reveals that ENGLISH CHANNEL’s first crop, now 4-year-olds, has proved an exceptional bunch.
In November, ENGLISH CHANNEL saw not one but two horses from that initial crop add black-type wins to their resumes, pushing the total number of stakes winners from his first crop to 11!
That means that 10.4% of the named foals from ENGLISH CHANNEL’s first crop have now one stakes. That’s a superb number in a day and age when 6% is considered solid.
With a month left in 2013, ENGLISH CHANNEL is the #4 third-crop sire by cumulative earnings. In a deep sire class, he’s also:
- #2 KY sire by black-type horses/foals
- #3 sire by black-type horses (24)
- #4 sire by graded stakes winners (5)
- #4 sire by graded horses (9)
- #4 sire average earnings per runner ($57,035)
ENGLISH CHANNEL’s latest standout is the 4yo colt Potomac River, who launched a last-to-first move to win the $100,000 G3 River City H. at Churchill Downs Nov. 23.
Two weeks earlier, ENGLISH CHANNEL’s 4yo daughter Parranda earned her first stakes win in the $125,000 Millions Filly and Mare Turf Preview S. at Gulfstream Park.
Earlier in the month, ENGLISH CHANNEL’s Grade 2-winning son Blueskiesnrainbows ran a dynamite second in the G2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon after attending very fast fractions in the 1 3/4-mile event.
ENGLISH CHANNEL’s other first-crop stars are:
- STRAIT OF DOVER – Ch. 3yo Colt in Canada, Queen’s Plate S. (NTR), Marine S., etc.
- SKYRING – G2 Dixie S., James W. Murphy S., etc.
- OPTIMIZER – G3 Kent S., G3 Fair Grounds H., G3 Col. E. R. Bradley H., placed in G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S., G1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan H., G1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, etc.
- CHANNEL LADY – G3 Suwannee River S., G3 Edward P. Evans All Along S., etc.
- THE PIZZA MAN – 4x SW, winner of 9 of 14 and earner of $364,279
- STAR CHANNEL – SW
- TROIS AUREOLE – SW
- SUNDANCE KIT – SW
In addition to these stakes winners, ENGLISH CHANNEL has another nine stakes horses from his first crop–an 18.9% strike rate of stakes horses/foals.
ENGLISH CHANNEL, your pathway to stakes success!