American Freedom
Pulpit - Gottcha Last
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  • BRILLIANTLY TALENTED GRADED STAKES WINNER WHO WAS AMONGST THE BEST OF HIS GENERATION
  • "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
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  • Highly-regarded sophomore filly, Daphne Moon, returned with a powerful Allowance win at Oaklawn Park on March 29th for Gold Square LLC and Jeremiah Englehart, setting her up for a return to stakes action
  • 89 Beyer for MdSpWt winner, Kiss Today Goodbye, who won a strong 3yo maiden at Santa Anita on Saturday Feb 22nd
  • Newest Stakes Horse: Turtle Trax was 2nd in the $150,000 Suncoast S. at Tampa Bay Downs on February 8th for B. C. Jones and Ian Wilkes 
  • 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 he had set a NTR at PARX when breaking his maiden on Pennsylvania Derby Day 
  • 22 Second Crop Juvenile Winners in 2019
  • 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. Her earnings are now over $690,000
  • 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 
  • 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.
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City Zip - Helena bay (GB)
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  • Outstanding first foals arriving now, following 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
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A Leading Cumulative Fifth Crop Kentucky Stallion: Sire of PAVEL (G1), SIGNIFICANT FORM (G2), new G3W IDENTIFIER, etc. 

Sale TopperREMEDY topped the Fasig-Tipton February Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale selling for $570,000 to Twin Creeks Farm, who bought out their partners. Bred by B. C. Jones, Remedy was multiple Graded Stakes placed while earning over $217,000

Three-year-old filly Mrs S. broke her maiden in style for Eclipse Thoroughbreds and Todd Pletcher at Gulfstream Park on Sunday February 16th. Sent to the early lead she sailed through the 1 mile and 1/8th trip and won impressively over another Creative Cause filly, stakes-placed Justleaveitalone

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

13 Lifetime Black Type Winners and 27 Black Type Horses, including the G1-winning millionaire, PAVEL

Lucky Dime ran out an impressive 3 1/4 length maiden winner at Gulfstream Park on January 26th. A half-sister to Champion Mitole, Lucky Dime is trained by Bill Mott for the Estate of Lucky Dime's late breeder, Mr. Ed Cox

Juvenile SPANISH POINT made it two-for-two with her victory in the House Party S. at Gulfstream Park 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 

His current yearling crop is his biggest (145 mares in 2018) and best-bred group

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
DIVISIDERO
Kitten's Joy - Madame du Lac
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  • 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.
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Broad Brush - Illeria
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ANOTHER BROAD won the $200,000 Top Flight S. [L] for Madaket Stables, Elayne Stables and Brian Martin and was 2nd in the G3 Turn Back The Alarm S. She now has earnings of $329,695

The ageless NET GAIN has finished in the money in 26 of his 52 starts, and now has earnings of $491,171

Ten Black-Type Performers in 2019 - more than stallions like Tiznow and Harlan's Holiday, and from fewer starters 

Victress won 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) 
  • INCLUDE BETTY (G1) 
  • DON INC (G1)
  • BOCA INC (G1)
  • SOBRADORA INC (G1) 
  • ALL INCLUDED (G3)        
  • RIKER (G3)
  • AVANTI BELLO
  • JOINT RETURN
  • K P WILDCAT
  • MISS INCLUSIVE
  • 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)
McCraken
Ghostzapper - Ivory Empress
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  • 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.
Preservationist
Arch - Flying Dixie
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  • 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
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  • In four starts on dirt, ETE INDIEN has won an Allowance (86 Beyer), run second to leading 3yo TIZ THE LAW in the G3 Holy Bull S (95 Beyer), and run away with the G2 Fountain Of Youth S. by 8 1/2 lengths (97 Beyer), before being placed in the G1 Florida Derby
  • 3 GSH in his First Crop including Saratoga's G3 With Anticipation S. winner, FIGHTING SEABEE, also a fast-finishing runner-up in the Street Sense S. on dirt
  • SUMMER ASSAULT who blew past the field on debut at Tampa Bay Downs to win impressively in 56 3/5, earning a strong 83 Beyer was placed in the Columbia S. at Tampa Bay Downs last time out
  • SUMMER TO REMEMBER followed up his placing in the G3 Kitten's Joy S. at Gulfstream Park with an impressive Allowance win at the Hallandale oval on February 9th for Waterford Stable and Todd Pletcher. He pressed the pace and came home in 22 4/5 for his 2nd win in 4 lifetime starts. Pointing to the Cutler Bay S. on 3/28 next
  • Session-topper: On Jan 28th SUMMER AT THE SPA sold for $125,000 to Mr. Ralph Evans - the highest-priced Horse of Racing Age at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale 
  • Session-topperOn Jan 29th the Summer Front colt o/o Diva Star sold for $92,000 to Renee Dailey - the highest-priced yearling in the open session, and 2nd highest-priced yearling colt of the entire sale
  • SUMMERS HOPE bolted up by 6 3/4 lengths on debut on the main track at Fairgrounds on January 23rd for Stallionaire Enterprises and Mike Stidham
  • 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 is in good form and awaiting the start of the British turf racing season
  • SPEAKTOMEOFSUMMER won the Chelsey Flower S. [L] at Aqueduct for Waterford Stable and Christophe Clement
  • 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.
  • 240,000 euro juvenile colt sold at Arqana Breeze-Up Sale in Deauville, France
  • Summer Front juveniles brought Six-Figures at OBS April, OBS March, Fasig-Tipton Florida, Tattersalls Ascot, and Arqana May 2yo sales! 
  • 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.
Upstart
Flatter - Party Silks
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  • $600,000 colt out of Blue Beryl sold to Mike Ryan (Woodford Thoroughbreds)
  • $280,000 colt out of Ridingwiththedevil sold to Mike Ryan (deMeric Sales)
  • $200,000 colt out of Out Of Goodbyes sold to Narvick International (Brick City Thoroughbreds) 
  • $190,000 colt out of Bear It sold to Larry Hirsch, Clark Shepherd, Agent (Parrish Farms)
  • $170,000 colt out of Gentleman's Joy sold to Team Casse (Pick View LLC)
  • $125,000 colt out of Ukraine sold to Whitehorse Stables (Craig L. Wheeler)
  • "...every one of them moved well. They're good, easy movers. They have a low-to-the-ground action. Then, when I went back to the barn and looked at them, I was impressed with them physically. I'm sure there will be a great demand for people wanting to breed to the horse now on that $10,000 stud fee. He's not an expensive horse, but he's sure breeding quality."  - Mike Ryan
  • "Our Upstart-Plum 2yo filly is one of the most fluid-moving, naturally-talented fillies we've seen in a long time" - Cary Frommer
  • "Upstart's 2yos are the most consistently athletic (first-crop progeny) I have seen train this season, with physicals to match. I just bought a share!" - Nick Sallusto
  • "I love my three Upstart 2yos. One of them might be the nicest horse I have. He acts like he’s a freak of nature.” - JR Boyd, Brick City Thoroughbreds
  • “We have an Upstart 2yo colt out of Blue Beryl in the OBS March Sale. He is a big, leggy, two-turn type of horse with a quick turn of foot. I expect big things from him.” - John Gleason, Woodford Thoroughbreds
  • "I have a yearling and a 2yo by Upstart and I like them both. We are looking forward to taking the 2yo to March. He's doing everything right." - Craig Wheeler
  • "Our Upstart 2yo colt out of Ridingwiththedevil is a strong, mature physical and is training forwardly." - Tristan deMeric
  • 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 
  • $510,000 yearling at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale...one of Upstart's 15 Six-Figure First-Crop Yearlings
  • 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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