American Freedom
Pulpit - Gottcha Last
Animals are not commodities
  •  Keeneland January first-crop yearlings up to $105,000
  • "American Freedom was a FREAK. He had more natural talent than most of the Grade 1 winners I've trained" - Hall Of Fame Trainer, Bob Baffert
  • Built-In Support - Airdrie Stud and the Wests have committed to breeding no fewer than 120 of their own mares to American Freedom in his first three seasons at stud (2019-2021)
  • Dominant winner of the GIII Iowa Derby and the Sir Barton Stakes, and runner-up in both the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational and the Grade 1 Travers Stakes
  • Defeated all three Classic winners in his crop - Nyquist, Exaggerator and Creator - and earned a higher 3YO Beyer Speed Figure (104) than all three   
  • Defeated the mighty Gun Runner on both occasions they met
  • A dazzling debut winner over 7 furlongs at Santa Anita, earning a 98 Beyer and a 3/4 Thorograph number
  • Absolutely Gorgeous son of the Great Pulpit who was a $500,000 September Yearling purchase by Gary and Mary West
Cairo Prince
Pioneerof the Nile - Holy Bubbette
Animals are not commodities
  • 2yo BUY LAND AND SEE became Cairo Prince's 7th SW when taking the Awad S. at Belmont Park for Steve Klesaris and Joe Imbesi. Previously Buy Land And See had set a NTR at PARX when breaking his maiden on Pennsylvania Derby Day 
  • 22 Second Crop Juvenile Winners in 2019
  • 2yo filly Windy Lane made a dramatic rally from last to first to win on debut at Laurel Park on Dec 13th for Tyler B. Jones' Windy Lane Stables, and Graham Motion. Bred by Tyler Jones and raised at Airdrie, Windy Lane earned a 73 Beyer and is her sire's 21st juvenile winner of the season
  • Cairo Prince has 6 SW from his first crop (born 2016). Only 7 stallions have more from their 2016 crops: Scat Daddy, Into Mischief, Tapit, War Front, Quality Road, Curlin and Candy Ride. And Cairo Prince stood for $10,000 
  • Sire of SWs such as ROYAL CHARLOTTE winner of the G2 Prioress S. and the G3 Victory Ride S.; NEW AND IMPROVED (G2 Sands Point S.); CAIRO CAT (G3 Iroquois S.); BUY LAND AND SEE (Awad S.); MIHOS (Mucho Macho Man S. 90 Beyer); GIZA GODDESS (GSP); and MARQUEE PRINCE (GSP)
  • SW GIZA GODDESS became Graded-placed when a gallant runner-up in the G3 Autumn Miss S. at Santa Anita off a 10-month layoff. She set torrid fractions of 22, 45, 1:08, 1:20 and a final time of 1:32.70
  • Mont Perdu has won 5 races in Japan for Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, setting two New Track Records, including 1:09 flat at Kyoto winning the Muromachi S., and 1:09.70 at Chukyo in July. Her earnings are now over $690,000!
  • Qahira (TDN Rising Star) is now three-for-five lifetime after taking an Allowance at Del Mar
  • 2019 juveniles sold for up to $525,000 and yearlings up to $310,000
  • RECORD-PRICE for an OBS yearling at the 2018 October sale: $340,000 for a colt out of Minutia, sold to Mark Casse on behalf of Mr. John C. Oxley
  • A brilliant 2YO who won the Nashua [G2] in just his second start to remain undefeated.
  • A dominant victory in the Holy Bull [G2] by 5 ¾ in his 3YO year cemented his position as the Kentucky Derby [G1] favorite.
  • His stakes-winning and graded-placed dam Holy Bubbette is by Horse of the Year and Champion 3YO Holy Bull. His half-sister, Nonna Mia, is the dam of 2016 Grade 1 Wood Memorial victor Outwork.
City Zip - Helena bay (GB)
Animals are not commodities
  • Tremendous support in his debut season at stud: 156 mares with C.I. = 2.25; ranked #3 in 2019 Freshman Sire class 
  • The best ever by leading sire, City Zip
  • Debut winner and Graded-placed at 2, Multiple GSW at 3 and 4
  • Posted triple-digit Beyers in all 6 of his starts in 2017, including 115, 114, 111, etc.
  • 5-time Graded Stakes winner, he defeated the mighty Arrogate when winning the G1 Pacific Classic
  • Defeated Accelerate (rec. 2 lb) by 14 lengths in a tour-de-force performance in the G3 Precisionist S.
  • Gallant runner-up to Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, defeating 3yo Champion West Coast, Arrogate for the second consecutive time, and many more
  • Undefeated in his first 7 starts on a fast dirt track
  • $170,000 OBS March purchase by Marette Farrell on behalf of Peter Fluor & KC Weiner’s Speedway Stable LLC
  • From the female family of Blushing Groom, he is inbred 5x5 to his dam, Runaway Bride
Creative Cause
Giant's Causeway - Dream of Summer
Animals are not commodities

Two 2yo Black-Type Winners among 15 2yo winners and 5 Black-Type 2yos from his fourth crop

13 Lifetime Black Type Winners and 26 Black Type Horses, including the G1-winning millionaire, PAVEL

Juvenile SPANISH POINT remained undefeated with her victory in the House Party S. at Gulfstream Park on November 30th for Bermuda Limestone Thoroughbreds and Jorge Abreu

SIGNIFICANT FORM followed up her win in the G2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga on Travers day with an easy victory in the G3 Noble Damsel S. at Belmont Park, earning a 99 Beyer. She has earnings of $805,216 for Stephanie Seymour Brant and Chad Brown 

G1 winner, PAVEL, the Reddam Racing globetrotter has now earned almost $2.1m in 18 lifetime starts. He has raced exclusively in Graded Stakes company since his impressive debut maiden win, including trips to Dubai (twice) and Japan.

G3 winner, SKYLER'S SCRAMJET was runner-up by 1/2 length in the G1 Carter H. at AQU earlier this year, and now has earnings now $485,972

MGSW MY BOY JACK now has earnings of $775,137

$150,000 yearling filly purchased at Fasig-Tipton July by Walking L Thoroughbreds and Kenny McPeek 

He bred 145 mares in 2018 - his biggest book to date  

Click here to read Chris McGrath's article on Creative Cause from the June 28th 2018 issue of the TDN

FOUR STAKES-WINNING JUVENILES IN 2017, while no other Second Crop Sire had more than ONE!

  • Grade I Winning Millionaire - By a Grade I Winning Millionaire - Out of a Grade I Winning Millionaire
  • Grade I Winner and Eclipse Finalist at 2
  • Grade II Winner and Classic Placed at 3
  • Defeated every horse he ever ran against, including Grade I Winners I'LL HAVE ANOTHER, BODEMEISTER, UNION RAGS, PAYNTER, HANSEN, and GEMOLOGIST
Kitten's Joy - Madame du Lac
Animals are not commodities
  • A Graded Stakes winner every season he raced, he earned over $1.6 million
  • Brilliant from the start, he won on debut at Gulfstream Park running his last 1/16th of a mile in 5.74 to vanquish his 12 rivals
  • In just his third lifetime start he surged to win the $250,000 G2 American Turf S. on Derby Day at Churchill Downs posting a 22.63 quarter mile, followed by sizzling final 1/16th in 5.54 seconds
  • Following that effort, he set a new track record in the Pennine Ridge S. at Belmont Park defeating the Chad Brown Graded-winning duo of Takeover Target and Startup Nation as well as G1 winner and subsequent Eclipse Champion, World Approval.
  • He posted signature victories in two runnings of the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on consecutive Derby Days, defeating turf stars including Beach Patrol, Bal A Bali, Tourist, Big Blue Kitten, Midnight Storm, Bolo, Oscar Nominated, World Approval, etc.
  • He was beaten only ¾ of a length when 4th in a blanket finish in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs, and was only 1 ½ lengths behind Bowie’s Hero in his career finale, the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland
  • In all, he posted 13 Triple-digit Beyers and 26 single-digit Ragozins
  • Divisidero earned the same best Ragozin (4”) and top Beyer Speed Figure (104) as another leading stallion son of Kitten’s Joy, Oscar Performance
  • Bred by Hinkle Farms, Divisidero was purchased by Josh Stevens for $250,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale
  • His dam, Madame du Lac is a Lemon Drop Kid daughter of Geisha Girl by Nashwan, the great European racehorse who was unique in winning the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse S. and King George VI S. in his 3yo season. Geisha Girl’s dam is Miznah, a Sadler’s Wells daughter of La Dame Du Lac, herself a Round Table daughter of the immortal Cosmah.
  • A direct descendant of Cosmah, Divisidero is from the immediate female family of breed-shaping stallions such as Northern Dancer, Halo, Danehill, and many others.
Broad Brush - Illeria
Animals are not commodities

ANOTHER BROAD won the $200,000 Top Flight S. [L] for Madaket Stables, Elayne Stables and Brian Martin and was most recently 2nd in the G3 Turn Back The Alarm S. She now has earnings of over $307,000

The ageless NET GAIN has finished in the money in 26 of his 51 starts, and now has earnings of $491,171

Ten Black-Type Performers already in 2019 - as many as, or more than Union Rags, Tiznow, Street Boss and Violence - from just 92 starters 

Include's only juvenile in the 2019 OBS March Sale sold for $250,000 after a sparkling 20:4 breeze. Bred by Sierra Farm, he was purchased by West Point Thoroughbreds

Victress became Include's newest Graded Stakes winner with a victory in the G3 Ballerina S. at HST, rallying from 7th to get up by a neck. Previously a SW and Graded placed, Victress retired with 5 wins and 4 seconds in 14 lifetime starts

Picture Day, an 8-time winner, now has earnings of $352,525

6 SW & 13 SH in 2018, also including K P Wildcat, who has won 13 of 22 starts, including 9 stakes races; SW 3yo filly Midnight Soiree and 2yo Stakes Horses Group Text and Include Edition

Sire of 11 Grade I Stakes Winners, and 30 Grade I Stakes Horses worldwide

2015-2018 Stars include:

  • SAMBA INC (G1) 
  • DON INC (G1)
  • BOCA INC (G1)
  • ALL INCLUDED (G3)        
  • RIKER (G3)
  • GI-Winning Millionaire who recorded 13 triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, including back-to-back 117 Figures
  • Provides total outcross for A.P. INDY, MR. PROSPECTOR and NORTHERN DANCER line Mares
  • Broodmare sire of Grade 1 winner Sam's Sister, and millionaire, Sunday Wizard (JPN)
Ghostzapper - Ivory Empress
Animals are not commodities
  • Precocious: An Undefeated Grade 2-winning 2yo from one of North America's most prolific sirelines
  • Multiple Graded Stakes Winner and Track Record Setter at 3
  • Superior miler speed with an electrifying turn of foot: McCraken won 6 of 7 starts at up to 1 mile 1/16th
  • A TDN Rising Star, McCraken was a rare debut-winning juvenile for the patient Ian Wilkes' barn, before completing an undefeated juvenile campaign with emphatic victories in the Street Sense S. and G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S.
  • He set a New Track Record and remained undefeated when winning the G3 Sam F. Davis S. at Tampa Bay Downs on his 3yo debut, with a 1 1/2 length defeat of subsequent G1-Belmont S. winner Tapwrit, to whom he conceded 6 lb
  • Following a rough trip in the G1 Kentucky Derby, McCraken returned with a facile romp in the G3 Matt Winn S.
  • In the G1 Haskell Inv. McCraken made an explosive wide move to seize the lead at the head of the stretch, only to be caught in the last jump by a surging Girvin, with Practical Joke, Battle Of Midway, Irish War Cry, etc. behind
  • A winner and Graded Stakes-placed at 4, McCraken retired with a record of 14: 6-1-3 and earnings of $869,728
  • "McCraken was one of the most naturally talented horses I have ever been around, and his turn of foot was second to none. He took the Whitham family and our stable on a great ride, and I look forward to training Grade 1 winners by him in the future." - Trainer, Ian Wilkes
  • McCraken is the second foal out of the Seeking The Gold mare, Ivory Empress, a young Graded Stakes-placed sprinter whose first foal, Bondurant, is also Graded Stakes placed. Ivory Empress is out of the Graded Stakes winner and Grade 1-placed, Madame Pandit, who is also the dam of the Grade 1-winner, Mea Domina.
Arch - Flying Dixie
Animals are not commodities
  • The two best training horses I’ve ever had were Preservationist and Quality Road" – Trainer, Jimmy Jerkens
  • Winner of the 2019 G1 Woodward S. at Saratoga over Yoshida, Tom's d'Etat, etc.
  • Winner of the 2019 G2 Suburban H. in 1:59-4 over Catholic Boy, Pavel, etc.
  • Broke his maiden going 6 furlongs in 1:09-1 earning a sparkling 3 ½ Ragozin number
  • Winner from 6 f to 10 f, with an average winning distance of 8.25 f
  • A $485,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase by Centennial Farms, he was the highest-priced Arch yearling in his crop
  • Bred in the purple, Preservationist traces in tail-female line to taproot mares from the King Ranch breeding empire - Courtly Dee and Too Chic - on the top and bottom of his pedigree, respectively
  • His 4th dams include those two blue hen mares, as well as none other than Pas De Nom, Bramalea, Natalma and Weekend Surprise
  • Preservationist is one of 12 G1 winners by Arch and one of 18 Graded Winners under his own first three dams
  • A Grade 1 winner from the important Hail To Reason sireline, Preservationist is free of Storm Cat and In Reality, and has no son of Mr. Prospector in his pedigree
Summer Front
War Front - Rose of Summer
Animals are not commodities
  • Two First-Crop Stakes Winners, including Saratoga's G3 With Anticipation S. winner, FIGHTING SEABEE who was also a fast-finishing runner-up in the Street Sense S. at Churchill Downs in his first appearance on dirt
  • SPEAKTOMEOFSUMMER won the Chelsey Flower S. [L] at Aqueduct for Waterford Stable and Christophe Clement
  • SUMMER TO REMEMBER is a new GSH for Summer Front after placing in the G3 Kitten's Joy S. at Gulfstream Park in just his third start. He had won impressively at Gulfstream on December 11th for Waterford Stable and Todd Pletcher, quickening clear in a sparkling 1:34 4/5, and he looks to have a very bright future!
  • Five winners in November, including SW SPEAKTOMEOFSUMMER and four new maiden winners such as Cruel Summer and Summeronsevenhills
  • Newest winner is SUMMER ASSAULT who blew past the field on debut at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan 10th to win impressively in 56 3/5, earning a strong 80 Beyer
  • Two wins in a row for Summeronsevenhills. He followed up his maiden win with an easy score at Wolverhampton getting a 92 Racing Post Rating. Purchased for 85,000 guineas (US $111,614) at the Tattersalls Ascot Breeze-Up sale last spring, Summeronsevenhills was bred by George E. Bates
  • Second-crop September Yearlings sold for up to $280,000
  • Top-selling Second Crop yearlings at Fasig-Tipton July Sale: $200,000 (Summer Front), $150,000 (American Pharoah), $140,000 (Fast Anna), etc.
  • The 240,000 euro juvenile colt that sold at Arqana Breeze-Up Sale in Deauville, France is Ete Indien, who showed his sire's incredible turn of foot to win on debut at GP
  • Summer Front juveniles brought Six-Figures at OBS April, OBS March, Fasig-Tipton Florida, Tattersalls Ascot, and Arqana May 2yo sales! 
  • "From what I'm seeing and hearing, American Pharoah and Summer Front are the two freshman sires that have impressed me the most." - JUSTIN CASSE, Bloodstock Agent
  • "I have watched 4 or 5 Summer Fronts train in Ocala, all of which have really impressed me...I've always believed he has everything it takes to be a top stallion and I'll be breeding to him again this season." - MIKE RYAN, Bloodstock Agent
  • "We're very fortunate to have a great crop of two-year-olds on the farm, and we've got four Summer Fronts that all belong at the top of our lists. They're giving us every indication that they've got the talent and minds to be serious racehorses." - DAVID O'FARRELL, Ocala Stud
  • Exciting First-Crop Yearlings include $325,000 Colt at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select, $275,000 Filly at Keeneland September, etc. 
  • Exceptional First-Crop Weanlings sold for an average of $100,667 and a median of $100,000 in 2017
  • He bred at least 100 mares each of his first 3 years
  • Millionaire son of the great War Front
  • Undefeated multiple stakes winner at 2 and Graded stakes winner at 3, 4 and 5
  • GII winner and 5-times GI placed
  • $475,000 Steve Young purchase from War Front’s 2nd Crop
  • Half-brother to the Grade I Hollywood Starlet victress Laragh
  • Exceptional miler with a renowned turn of foot
  • 1:32 4 in the GI Shoemaker
  • 1:33 in the GI Kilroe S.
  • 1:33 in the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile
  • 1:33 3 in the GIII Hill Prince S.
  • All the ingredients needed to follow in his special sire’s hoofprints.
Flatter - Party Silks
Animals are not commodities
  • First Crop Yearling Average of $64,647 (almost 6.5x Stud Fee)
  • "Our Upstart yearlings SOLD OFF THE CHARTS at Keeneland September, but the best part was seeing how thrilled their new owners were to have gotten them." - Suzi Shoemaker of Lantern Hill Farm, who sold yearlings from Upstart's first crop for up to $220,000 
  • First September Yearlings sold for $220,000, $180,000, $150,000, $140,000, $120,000, $115,000, etc.
  • First Yearlings at Fasig-Tipton July sold for $140,000, $125,000, $120,000, $100,000, etc.
  • $120,000 filly at Fasig-Tipton Timonium Yearling Sale - the second highest-priced filly in the entire sale
  • Congratulations to consignor Gainesway Farm and best of luck to Team Casse on their purchase of the $510,000 Upstart colt at Saratoga. The colt out of Joyous Music was bred by St. Simon Place
  • Upstart yearling buyers include Todd Pletcher/Let's Go Stables, Justin Casse, Nick deMeric, Woodford Thoroughbreds, Liz Crow, Barry Butzow, Ian Wilkes, Barry Berkelhammer, PTK, Ciaran Dunne, Cary Frommer, Linda Rice, etc.
  • America's #1 Weanling Sales Sire by Median, and #2 by Average, of all Freshman Sires with stud fee up to $20,000! (5+ sold)
  • First Weanlings averaged $64,733 and had median of $60,000 (6x Stud Fee)
  • "The Upstart foal I bought was THE BEST LOOKING WEANLING I SAW during the entire November sale", Brian Graves
  • Multiple Graded Stakes Winner of over $1.7 Million
  • Stakes Winner and dual Grade 1 Placed each year from 2 to 4
  • Flatter’s Best Two-Year-Old
  • The East Coast’s Top Rated Derby Prospect Following his Brilliant 5-Length Score in the GII Holy Bull Stakes
  • Saratoga Debut Winner and Stakes Winner at 2, earning a sparkling 102 Beyer Speed Figure
  • Placed in the GI Champagne Stakes and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes
  • Defeated the Top Class Frosted twice in First-Place Finishes in the GII Holy Bull and GII Fountain of Youth Stakes at 3
  • Winner of the GIII $350,000 Razorback H. at 4
  • Finished his Career with Back-to- Back Placings in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile and Grade 1 Whitney Handicap
  • An Absolutely Gorgeous Individual with Size, Scope and Class
  • Trained by the late, great Rick Violette

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