Separating the studs from the duds
Originally Published: August 5, 2003ESPN.com
|Beyond the finish line|
|Long after their racing days are over, thoroughbreds often enjoy successful second careers at stud. But some stakes winners prove to be duds at stud. Here's a look at the careers of the past 25 Kentucky Derby winners:|
Died in 2002
|$1,208,726||Among the most prolific sires in horse racing history, Seattle Slew is the only Triple Crown winner to sire more than 100 stakes winners.|
Died in 2001.
|$2,393,818||Thoroughbred racing's first $2 million earner, Affirmed was overshadowed at stud by rival Alydar, but sired two-time champion turf mare Flawlessly.|
Died in 2003.
|$2,781,607||Spectacular Bid once commanded a $150,000 stud fee, and has sired 44 stakes winners before his death this year.|
|Genuine Risk||1980||Eagle Point Farm, Virginia||$646,587||After many barren years, Genuine Risk produced her first foal in 1993, Genuine Reward. Though unraced, Genuine Reward stands at stud at Eagle Point Farm in Virginia.|
Died in 2002.
|$965,383||After siring 65 stakes winners with earnings of more than $40 million over 18 years, Pleasant Colony was retired to the Kentucky Horse Park where he was stabled near John Henry and Cigar.|
|Gato Del Sol||1982||Stone Farm, Kentucky||$1,300,000||Fearful that Gato Del Sol would meet the same demise as Exceller, who was sold to a Swedish slaughterhouse when his owner encountered financial problems, Arthur and Staci Hancock repurchased Gato Del Sol.|
|Sunny's Halo||1983||Deceased. Died in June, 2003.||$2,100,000||Sunny's Halo has sired 31 stakes winners, most notably Dispersal ($1.5 million) and Sunny's Sunrise ($1.1 million).|
Died in 1984.
|$1,580,000||Eight days after winning the Belmont Stakes, Swale collapsed and died after a morning workout. He was buried in a silk lined coffin at Claiborne Farm.|
|Spend A Buck||1985||Deceased. Died in November 2002 in Brazil.||$4,220,689||Spend A Buck was named Horse of The Year in 1985 and Champion Three Year Old Colt, but was not a very successful stallion.|
Died in 2002.
|$3,777,978||After many unsuccessful years at stud with Claiborne Farm and most recently in Japan, he was "disposed of" likely by slaughter in 2002.|
|Alysheba||1987||Saudi Arabia||$6,679,242||Alysheba was a moderately successful stud, siring 36 stakes winners, but has never produced anything like himself.|
|Winning Colors||1988||Gainesway Farm, Kentucky||$1,526,837||Just the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby, Winning Colors gave D. Wayne Lukas his first Derby champion. She is now a broodmare in Kentucky.|
Died in 2002.
|$4,968,554||Sunday Silence was Japan's champion sire from 1994-1999 while at stud at the Shadai Stallion Station.|
Died in 2001.
|$4,374,590||Unbridled sired 21 stakes winners, including 1996 Derby winner Grindstone.|
|Strike the Gold||1991||Turkey||$3,300,000||Strike the Gold stood stud at The Vinery in Kentucky for a short time, but is now at National Stud in Ismit, Turkey.|
|Lil E. Tee||1992||Old Frankfort Stud, Kentucky||$1,437,506||As indicative of his $10,000 stud fee, Lil E. Tee has shown only modest success at stud.|
|Sea Hero||1993||Turkish Jockey Club, Turkey||$2,900,000||After standing at stud at Lane's End in Kentucky until 1999, he was purchased by the Turkish Jockey Club.|
|Go For Gin||1994||Claiborne Farm, Kentucky||$1,380,866||Go For Gin's sired Albert The Great, whose career earnings of $1.3 million have nearly equaled his own.|
|Thunder Gulch||1995||Ashford Stud, Kentucky||$2,900,000||Since retiring to stud in '95, Thunder Gulch has sired five crops of thoroughbreds now of racing age, most notably Point Given, the 2001 Horse of the Year.|
|Grindstone||1996||Overbrook Farm, Kentucky||$1,244,510||Never raced after becoming injured days after winning the Kentucky Derby, yearlings with Grindstone's bloodlines have sold for as much as $250,000.|
|Silver Charm||1997||Three Chimneys Farm, Kentucky||$6,944,369||Retired to stud in 2000, the foals that Silver Charm has sired have raced as 2-year-olds.|
|Real Quiet||1998||Taylor Made, Kentucky||$3,271,802||Like Silver Charm, Real Quiet narrowly missed capturing the Triple Crown before retiring in 2000.|
|Charismatic||1999||Japan||$2,000,000||Jockey Chris Antley's quick thinking when he grabbed Charismatic's fractured foreleg in the Belmont Stakes prevented the horse from having to be destroyed.|
|Fusaichi Pegasus||2000||Coolmore Stud, Kentucky||$1,994,400||A $4 million yearling, Fusaichi Pegasus was bought for $60 million by Coolmore Stud. His first foals are yearlings.|
|Monarchos||2001||Claiborne Farm, Kentucky||$1,720,830||The second-fastest winner of the Kentucky Derby commands a $25,000 stud fee. His first foal was a filly, born on Jan. 31.|
|War Emblem||2002||Japan||$3,491,000||A failure at stud, covering only seven mares his first season, insurance companies paid approximately $13.3 million. He continues to live at a stallion farm in northern Japan.|
|Funny Cide||2003||Sackatoga Stables, New York||$2,099,385||As a gelding, Funny Cide likely will enjoy a long competitive career before being retired. John Henry was the most successful gelding, earning $6,591,860 in his career.|