THIS SIDE UP: IF YOU CAN RUN, YOU WON'T HAVE TO HIDE
by Chris McGrath
"When you figure it out, let me know."
Those were the parting words of a highly esteemed breeder this week, after we exchanged a few thoughts on the diminishing viability of stallions once they have covered their first book of mares. Not that "diminishing," as an adjective, is really equal to the case. I suppose you could diminish down a lift shaft, but it wouldn't be the first word that would occur to you in the time available.
Spoiler alert: I haven't figured it out. But I think I know where we might start.
We all know that most stallions never earn a fee higher than their opening one; and that things are nowadays getting tough even for stallions entering their second year. Such is the nervousness of commercial breeders about taking a yearling to market once its sire has been exposed even to the (highly unimaginative) judgement of the sales ring; never mind about sticking around long enough to see whether the stock can actually run.
TODAY’S GRADED STAKES
Red Smith S.-GIII, AQU
Native Diver S.-GIII, DMR
Ontario Derby-GIII, WO
Chilukki S.-GIII, CD
Kennedy Road S.-GII, WO
Bessarabian S.-GII, WO
IMMEDIATE FUTURE OF RACING AT WOODBINE UNCLEAR FOLLOWING TORONTO LOCKDOWN DECLARATION
During a Friday afternoon briefing, Doug Ford, the Premier of Ontario, Canada, announced a mandatory 28-day lockdown in the city of Toronto and the suburb of Peel, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23. It was not immediately clear how the decision would impact racing operations at Woodbine Racetrack, though the Toronto Star reported that while training can continue, racing will cease.
PEACE AND JUSTICE RELOCATING TO BLACKSTONE FARM
Peace and Justice (War Front) will relocate to Blackstone Farm in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, for the 2021 breeding season. He will stand for $3,500 LFSN. Peace and Justice is represented by first-crop 2-year-olds of this year. His top runners include Like a Saltshaker, winner of the Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile S. and runner-up in the Awad S. at Belmont. Out of the winning Smart Strike mare Strike the Sky, Peace and Justice is a half-brother to GSW Hudson Steele (Johannesburg).
REDUCED FEES FOR ACADIANA EQUINE " COPPER CROWNE'S STALLION TRIO
Louisiana's Acadiana Equine " Copper Crowne announced Friday reduced 2021 stud fees for Gemologist (Tiznow), Court Vision (Gulch) and Astrology (A.P. Indy). The trio represents three of the top six sires in Louisiana.