June 23, 2016
QUALITY ROAD got off to a brilliant start at stud as the nation’s leading first-crop sire in 2014, and he’s continued to put up top-level numbers over the last two seasons.
That holds true when comparing QUALITY ROAD to not only members of his own sire crop (he’s now the leading third-crop stallion in North America), but also to current fourth- and fifth-crop stallions, including the likes of Pioneerof the Nile (stud fee: $125,000) and Curlin ($100,000).
So far in 2016, QUALITY ROAD leads all other third-crop NA sires by earnings, Grade I winners, graded stakes winners, and earnings per starter, and is the co-leader by number of winners.
That’s plenty impressive, given that his sire crop includes Super Saver, Munnings, Blame, Temple City, Lookin At Lucky and Majesticperfection.
But QUALITY ROAD’s 2016 progeny earnings, his earnings per starter, and his tally of graded winners (3)—also outpaces all FOURTH-crop sires in North America, including Pioneerof the Nile.
When compared to all NA fifth-crop stallions—those sires who have two more crops working for them—QUALITY ROAD still shines bright. Of the group, which includes Curlin, Into Mischief, Midnight Lute and Street Boss, only Curlin has more earnings per starter, and QUALITY ROAD sits alongside division-leader Curlin with three 2016 graded winners.
Nor did QUALITY ROAD achieve this with superior numbers. In fact, when comparing all NA third-, fourth-, and fifth-crop sires, QUALITY ROAD’s % of GSW/starters in 2016 stands at 2.63%. That’s better than Curlin (1.85%), Pioneerof the Nile (2.17%), Street Boss (1.67%), Munnings (1.01%), Into Mischief (0%), Blame (0%), Super Saver (0%), Looking at Lucky (0%), etc.
What did all these numbers add up to? Another strong season at the 2-year-old sales for QUALITY ROAD, who’s juveniles sold for $775,000, $435,000, $320,000, $250,000, etc.