January 13, 2014
ENGLISH CHANNEL is quickly becoming the sort of go-to sire that owner/breeders know they can rely on for success at all levels. He retired as part of a deep sire class that included the likes of Street Sense, Scat Daddy, Hard Spun, Discreet Cat and Any Given Saturday, and, thanks in large part to a steady stream of graded stakes runners, ranks at or near the top of several categories.
Here’s a look at ENGLISH CHANNEL’s 2013 numbers:
- #1 Third-Crop Sire by Graded Winners (5)
- #4 Third-Crop Sire by Earnings (TDN Sire List)
- #3 Third-Crop Sire by Stakes Horses
- #7 Leading Turf Sire
- 5 GSWs
- 6 GSHs
- 7 SWs
- 16 SHs
- Yearlings sold for up to 4x his stud fee
- In-foal mares sold for up to $260,000
Notable 2013 horses:
- SKYRING – 4yo, c – G2 Dixie S., James W. Murphy S., etc.
- BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS – 4yo, h – G3 Native Diver S., Ralph M. Hinds H., 2nd G2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon
- HON. DE LEON – 4yo, c – G1 Copa 4 de Julio S.
- CHANNEL LADY – 4yo, f – G3 Edward P. Evans All Along S.
- POTOMAC RIVER – 4yo, h – G3 River City H.
- OPTIMIZER – 4yo, c – G3 Fair Grounds H., G3 Col. E.R. Bradley H., 2nd G1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan H., 2nd G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S.
- PARRANDA – 4yo, f – Millions Filly and Mare Turf Preview S., Our Dear Peggy S.
- THE PIZZA MAN – 4yo, g – Robert F. Carey Memorial H., Illinois Owners S., 3rd Stars and Stripes S.
In November of 2013, ENGLISH CHANNEL reached an impressive milestone when not one but two horses from his first crop added 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 won stakes. That’s a superb number in a day and age when 6% is considered solid.
If you’re a breeder looking to infuse your racing stable with class, ability and toughness, book a season to ENGLISH CHANNEL. You’ll be glad you did. Call today to discuss the price for a season.