Spring At Last: 2012 Leading Freshman Sire standing in North America
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Spring At Last finished a terrific 2012 as the leading freshman sire standing in North America with $1,181,230 in progeny earnings. The WinStar stallion also led all first-crop sires in graded stakes winners (6), stakes winners (4), and stakes horses (6).

Leading the way for Spring At Last was the brilliant filly Spring in the Air, winner of the $400,000 Alcibiades S. (G1) at Keeneland, as well as running second in the Grade 2 Natalma S.at Woodbine. Spring in the Air, who was bred by WinStar, racked up $431,519 in earnings.

Equally impressive to Spring At Last was her stablemate Spring Venture, who emerged victorious in the Natalma and also took the Grade 3 Mazarine S. at Woodbine. Both fillies are trained by Mark Casse. Owned by Gary Barber and Stoneway Farm, also her breeder, Spring Venture won three of four starts and earned $310,821.

Proving that Spring At Last could sire top-class horses on all surfaces, Seaneen Girl took the Grade 2 Golden Rod S. on the main track at Churchill Downs in late November. That win came on the heels of her runner-up effort behind Spring Venture in the Mazarine. Seaneen Girl finished 2012 with $170,197 and is considered a leading candidate for the 2013 Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Rounding out Spring At Last's stakes winning quartet is A Lover's Question, who took the Jamestown S. at Colonial Downs in late July, just three weeks after breaking her maiden at the same track.

Spring At Last ended the year with 13 winners from 32 runners and is the only freshman sire with winners on all three surfaces: traditional dirt, synthetic, and turf. He will stand the 2013 season at WinStar for $15,000 S&N.

Tiznow juveniles score big at Saratoga, Woodbine title=
Tiznow

Tiznow juveniles score big at Saratoga, Woodbine

A pair of 2-year-olds by champion sire Tiznow turned in splendid performances on Sunday...

[read more]

Artie Schiller colt runs win streak to three in Brooks Fields S. title=

Artie Schiller colt runs win streak to three in Brooks Fields S.

Majestic Pride, a 4-year-old colt by Artie Schiller, ran his win streak to three on Saturday with a wire-to-wire victory in the $75,000 Brooks Fields S. at Canterbury Park...

[read more]

Congrats’ Haveyougoneaway punches Breeders’ Cup ticket with Ballerina (G1) score title=

Congrats’ Haveyougoneaway punches Breeders’ Cup ticket with Ballerina (G1) score

Haveyougoneaway punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) this November after charging down the Saratoga stretch on Saturday to capture the prestigious $500,000 Ballerina S. (G1), becoming her sire Congrats’ newest Grade 1 winner...

[read more]

Drosselmeyer tallies another stakes winner title=
Drosselmeyer

Drosselmeyer tallies another stakes winner

Top-10 Second Crop Sire Drosselmeyer chalked up his latest stakes winner on Aug. 26 when the 2-year-old filly Yukon Belle won the $50,000 CTHS Sales S...

[read more]

Gemologist filly stellar in Saratoga unveiling title=
Gemologist

Gemologist filly stellar in Saratoga unveiling

Ingrid lived up to her advanced billing with an eye-catching six-length victory in a Saratoga maiden special weight contest Wednesday...

[read more]

Paynter colt near top at OBS August Yearling sale title=
Paynter

Paynter colt near top at OBS August Yearling sale

Paynter, whose first crop are yearlings of 2016, had one of the top-five selling lots during the first day, the Selected session, of the Aug. 23-25 OBS August Yearlings sale...

[read more]

Trio of six-figure Gemologist yearlings at OBS Select sale title=
Gemologist

Trio of six-figure Gemologist yearlings at OBS Select sale

Gemologist, the leading freshman sire at the OBS April Sale, was again at the top of the list for first crop sires for the Select session of the OBS August Yearling sale...

[read more]

Midnight Storm tops big day at Del Mar for Pioneerof the Nile title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Midnight Storm tops big day at Del Mar for Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile's top turf star Midnight Storm scored his third consecutive stakes victory on Sunday with a game half-length tally in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile H. (G2)...

[read more]

Tiznow's Tourist wins Grade 1 Fourstardave H. title=
Tiznow

Tiznow's Tourist wins Grade 1 Fourstardave H.

WinStar Farm's homebred Tourist turned in a stellar performance in Saturday's $500,000 Fourstardave H. (G1) at Saratoga to give the 5-year-old son of Tiznow his first graded stakes victory...

[read more]

Bodemeister colt sparkles in MdSpWt debut at Laurel title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister colt sparkles in MdSpWt debut at Laurel

O Dionysus powered through the Laurel Park stretch, rallying strongly from seventh with a quarter-mile to run to take his debut by a widening 2 3/4-lengths...

[read more]