Top three finishers making their mark as sires
By J.J. Hysell
The 2007 Breeders’ Cup Sprint is most remembered as a visually impressive win by Bob Baffert’s Midnight Lute over the sloppy track at Monmouth Park.
Now, the race is proving integral for a different reason: the top three finishers of that race are emerging as sires to watch.
It’s no secret that Midnight Lute has found quick success as a young sire. Top winners from the stallion’s first crop include Sunland Oaks and Acorn Stakes winner Midnight Lucky, Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie, San Vicente champ Shakin It Up and Sharp Cat Stakes winner Midnight Ballet. Mylute is his top money-earner, finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness Stakes. In addition, the son of Real Quiet has multiple up-and-coming runners who are just beginning to blossom.
Midnight Lute stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Kentucky for a fee of $20,000.
It’s not just the victor who is drawing attention in the breeding ranks. The second and third place finishers from the 2007 Sprint are already making a mark as freshman sires with 2-year-olds just now taking to the track.
California-bred Idiot Proof, a son of Benchmark who finished four and three-quarters lengths behind Midnight Lute, boasts two winners. Both won at very short distances of two to two-and-a-half furlongs, but it’s a good indication of the sprint ability in this talented stallion’s genes. Like his progeny, Idiot Proof did his best running early in his career, winning his debut as a 2-year-old and following up with wins in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes and the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes as a 3-year-old.
Idiot Proof stands in California at Ballena Vista Farm for a fee of $1,500.
Talent Search, who was campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Mark Shuman for most of his career, never finished worse than fourth in 15 starts. The son of Catienus finished third in the 2007 Sprint at 17-1. Like Idiot Proof, he was a precocious sort, winning his first three races. He was at his best at sprint distances.
Talent Search boasts two winners from five starters: He’s Got Talent and Hollywood Talent, both owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Wesley Ward.
Talent Search stands at the Ramsey’s Farm in Kentucky for $2,500.