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Precocious Freshmen Sires of 2014
The most precocious offspring of the first crop sires will make their debuts between April and June. This year's freshmen sire class includes Classic winner and Horse of the Year Blame, Champion Two and Three Year Old Lookin at Lucky, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, multiple Grade 1 winner and track record holder Quality Road, plus the graded stakes winners Discreet Cat, Eskendreya, Majesticperfection and Munnings. Below are eight sires who may produce win-early types.
DESERT PARTY (Street Cry (IRE) - Sage Cat, by Tabasco Cat)
Stud Fee: $7,500

Stands at: Sequel Stallions, New York

Desert Party sold for $2.1 million at the Fasig-Tipton February two year old in training sale. He won his late-June debut at Arlington and followed up with a victory over only three other rivals in the Sanford Stakes. After an off the board finish in the Hopeful Stakes Desert Party was whisked away to Dubai. He placed in the UAE Derby and was sent for a shot at the Kentucky Derby, which didn't end well, as he was out of action until the following March. He entered the starting gate three more times and stood in the winner's circle twice. Desert Party's offspring should do well over all surfaces and could be sneak plays over the Poly.
DISCREETLY MINE (Mineshaft - Pretty Discreet, by Private Account)
Stud Fee: $10,000
Stands at: Lane's End, KY

The half-brother to Discreet Cat won his maiden in early July and finished in the money in four of his five starts at two, including runner-up finishes in the Belmont Futurity and Champagne Stakes. He's a rare precocious son of Mineshaft, who is noted for getting very slow-developing offspring. On the other side of the coin, Discreetly Mine's dam Pretty Discreet finished in the money in five of her six starts at two. The combined efforts of Discreetly Mine's siblings saw them hit the board in half of their 20 starts. Discreetly Mine did his best work as a sprinter/miler over the dirt. Expect his babies out of sprinter-type mares to hit the track running. They'll likely be best over the dirt.
ESKENDEREYA (Giant's Causeway - Aldebaran Light, by Seattle Slew)
Stud Fee: $17,500
Stands at: Taylor Made Stallions, Inc., KY

This royally-bred colt was second in his debut in September and followed up with a 7 + length score in the Pilgrim Stakes. Victorious in four of six lifetime starts, Eskendreya was made the -co-favorite for the Kentucky Derby after an eye opening 9 ¾ length score in the Wood Memorial. Unfortunately, he was injured and never raced again. Eskendereya's sire gets an average of 11% two year old winners, but he won all three of his starts at two. So did Eskendereya's damsire Seattle Slew. Eskendereya's siblings combined for 17 total starts at two and were in the money for ten of them. Eskendereya sired the eighth highest priced two year old in training at Fasig Tipton's March sale for $500,000. His offspring should be very proficient over all surfaces.
KANTHAROS (Lion Heart - Contessa Halo, by Southern Halo)
Stud Fee: $5,000;
Stands at: Ocala Stud Farm, FL

Kantharos was a blazingly fast baby who won his debut in May. Unfortunately, babies who run too fast for their own good often break down, as was the case with Kantharos. He started only three times and demolished the competition by a total of 28 ½ lengths between victories in a maiden win, Bashford Manor and Saratoga Special Stakes. Most of the sprinter-speed types wind up in Florida and that's where you'll find Kantharos. Expect his babies to be win-early types and do well over most surfaces, although they may not be at their best over the Poly.
LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike - Private Feeling, by Belong to Me)
Stud Fee: $15,000
Stands at: Ashford Stud, KY

Was the 2009 Champion Two Year Old Colt. The following year, after a very un-lucky run in the Kentucky Derby, the son of Smart Strike won the Preakness, Haskell Invitational, Indiana Derby and placed fourth in the 2010 Breeders' Cup. His tenacity and winning ways earned him Championship honors as Three Year Old Colt. Lookin At Lucky won his debut in early July traveling six furlongs, yet had enough lung-power to win the Preakness. His offspring from precocious families could be early types and do well over all surfaces.
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