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Worst Values, $5,000 and Under
1. Grey Swallow ($5,000, Calumet Farm, KY)
Pedigree and racing credentials are ill-suited for the United States. Accordingly, the American market is pushing back. From eight progeny to go through the ring this year, nothing sold for more than $2,500 and five failed to receive a single bid.
2. Musketier ($5,000, Calumet Farm, KY)
Another resume that was never going to work in this country. First 15 starters have been of no consequence and his 2017 yearlings averaged less than $2,600. Zero upside for investors.
3. Champ Pegasus ($5,000, Barton Thoroughbreds, CA)
First crop has done nothing, even in restricted company… and his 28 yearlings commanded a paltry median price of just $1,750 this year. A $750 stallion at best.
4. Soldat ($5,000, Woodford Thoroughbreds, FL)
This ship has sailed. After a promising first crop that included some very nice physicals, his progeny simply aren’t getting it done at the races. No stakes winners from his first 42 starters with an unimpressive 0.50 AEI. Starters are winning less than 9% of their races against maidens.
5. Data Link ($5,000, Claiborne Farm, KY)
Numbers closely parallel those of Soldat. Just one stakes winner from 46 starters and half of his starters have failed to eclipse $1,200 in career earnings. Hard to imagine him not being exiled from Kentucky by this time next year.
Best Values, $5,000 and Under
1. Daaher ($5,000, Shadwell Farm, KY)
While the weanling and yearling markets pay little attention to him, juvenile buyers will pay handsomely for a good one, and if you’re breeding to race, his ultra consistent numbers are tough to beat.
2. Northern Afleet ($5,000, Taylor Made Farm, KY)
Can’t send just any mare to him, but if you get the physical compatibility right, anything is possible with Northern Afleet. Gets more than his share of wins at the elite levels.
3. Old Forester ($4,000, T.C. Westmeath Stud Farm, Canada)
Gets an absolutely beautiful foal and can improve even the most plain mares. Numbers have been solid for several years now… and not just in restricted company. Would absolutely use this horse if he were in Kentucky.
4. Stroll ($2,000, Iowa State University, IA)
Probably the first time we’ve mentioned an Iowa stallion. Unbelievable what this sire does with ordinary mares. Progeny are remarkably quick and can run on all surfaces. Maybe the most potent sire to ever stand in Iowa.
5. Roi Charmant ($1,000, Rancho Temescal, CA)
Has probably covered two quality mares at most and still boasts an average earnings per starter of $61,968. Despite such poor support, his progeny are more than competitive on one of the world’s toughest racing circuits.