September 16, 2015

For breeders, one of the truest measures of a stallion is his ability to improve mares. By reconciling a mare’s Average Earnings Index (AEI) (earnings of a mare’s produce by one particular stallion) and Comparable Index (CI) (the earnings of a mare’s produce by all other stallions), breeders can get a look at which stallions are benefiting from top-class books, and which sires are fighting their way to the top by improving his mares.

It’s by this measure that CANDY RIDE (ARG) has always been a star. Beginning at a stud fee of just $10,000, CANDY RIDE sired seven Grade 1 winners from his first three crops. In his first three years alone, he sired stakes winner to foals at a rate of 8%, 10% and 9%.

CANDY RIDE then sired one of the best horses of the last few years in the form of Shared Belief, a dynamic runner who was versatile enough to be a champion at two, a Grade 1 winner from seven furlongs to 1 1/4 miles at three, and a 10-furlong Grade 1 winner at four.

Currently the #3 sire on the General Sire List by earnings ($8,487,760), the #5 sire by stakes winners (12), and the #2 sire by winners (127), CANDY RIDE compares very favorably to the other stallions in the nation’s Top 10. In fact, he is one of only five sires in the nation’s Top 10 who improves his mares, with an AEI to CI of 1.89 to 1.73. If one looks at the Top 10 sires with runners at least five, only two—Kitten’s Joy (.29) at $100,000 and Tapit (.26) at $300,000—improve their mares more than CANDY RIDE’s 0.16 jump.

CANDY RIDE’s $60,000 fee in 2015 gains further luster when compared to some other high-profile stallions. Malibu Moon ($100,000) has an AEI/CI of 1.68/1.71 (-.03). Medaglia d’Oro ($125,000) stands at 2.10/2.31 (-.21). Giant’s Causeway ($85,000) is at 1.85/2.56 (-.71).

Continued examination of the numbers underscores CANDY RIDE’s brilliance. His AEI of 1.89 alone stamps him as one of the best stallions in the nation (1.00 is the average earnings for runners in a given year). By comparison, Giant’s Causeway’s AEI is 1.84, followed by Kitten’s Joy (1.82), Tiznow (1.76), Arch (1.73), Malibu Moon (1.68), More Than Ready (1.66), Elusive Quality (1.64), Bernardini (1.64), etc.

All this paints a bright picture for the future of CANDY RIDE’s continued ascension in coming years, as produce from his better books hits the market…and the track.

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