Liam’s Map leads all first-crop sires worldwide in 2019 with an outstanding two Grade 1 winners. Basin, a colt trained by Steve Asmussen, won Saratoga’s G1 Hopeful S. by an emphatic 6 1/2 lengths to give Liam’s Map his first graded score. Wicked Whisper, who was named a "TDN Rising Star" in her career debut at Saratoga, went wire-to-wire in Belmont’s G1 Frizette S.
Not only do these top-level successes rank Liam’s Map among the best current sires, but it puts him alongside some of America’s top stallions in history. Since 1983, just eight other first-crop stallions have sired two Grade 1 winners, with only Danzig and Uncle Mo having sired both Grade 1 fillies and colts. An elite group of just five other stallions have sired winners of both the G1 Frizette and the G1 Hopeful—A.P. Indy, Storm Cat, Mr. Prospector, Bold Ruler, and Nasrullah.
Liam’s Map’s outstanding physical is passing onto his progeny. His first colts brought up to $500,000, while his fillies have sold for up to $400,000. In 2019, he sired 33 six-figure yearlings. Prominent horsemen and horsewomen such as Team Casse, Alex and JoAnn Lieblong, Marette Farrell, Steve Young, and Mike Ryan have been among those who purchased yearlings by Liam’s Map.
The first juveniles by Liam’s Map showed sales up to $1,200,000 in 2019 before hitting the track. As a covering sire, his sales have reached $1,600,000.
Track record-setting G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map had a stellar racing career, with six wins and two second-place finishes from eight career starts, and over $1.3 million in earnings. The brilliantly fast son of Unbridled’s Song ran triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures on six occasions, topping his career with 114 Beyers in his G1 Woodward and G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victories.
An $800,000 Keeneland September yearling, Liam's Map is out of the stakes-winning Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue, and is a half-brother to graded winner Not This Time and black-type winner Taylor S. Liam’s Map’s pedigree carries only one cross of Northern Dancer in the sixth generation, so his pedigree will be an ideal outcross for mares inbred to Northern Dancer. Since Liam’s Map’s pedigree largely consists of horses bred by or based on pedigrees of horses bred by John Nerud, it should also be beneficial to emphasize female families associates with Nerud other than Aspidistra.
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WON Harlan’s Holiday S. at Gulfstream Park (1 1/16 mi., in 1:42.51, 112 Beyer, defeating Valid, Pants On Fire, Schivarelli, etc.), and an allowance race at Aqueduct (1 mi., in 1:35.67, 100 Beyer, defeating Street Gent, Round, The Brothers Rap, etc.).
WON Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile [G1] at Keeneland (1 mi., in 1:34.54, set NTR, by 2 1/2 lengths, defeating Lea, Red Vine, Wicked Strong, etc.), Woodward S. [G1] at Saratoga (1 1/8 mi., in 1:47.44, 114 Beyer, by 4 3/4 lengths, defeating Coach Inge, Wicked Strong, Effinex, etc.), an allowance optional claiming race at Belmont Park (1 mi., in 1:34.48, 106 Beyer, defeating Confrontation, Last Gunfighter, North Slope), 2nd Whitney S. [G1] at Saratoga (1 1/8 mi., 113 Beyer, by a neck to Honor Code, defeating Tonalist, Wicked Strong, V. E. Day, etc.).