Most of you know that the Black Type designations of some of our most historic MN State Bred races is changing in 2014. Facts are stubborn things and breeders have been asking me about the importance of Minnesota’s stallions related to state breeding quality. Simply, state standing stallion quality is vital to state bred quality! The data in this regard is obvious, and did you know that the Jockey Club maintains data regarding every foal and where it was conceived?
In Minnesota you can conceive a foal anywhere in the country, yet it will be classified as a Minnesota state bred foal if it is born here. In other words, conception and the actual breeding takes place in another state.
Over the last five years, 52% of the registered Minnesota bred foals were actually conceived (or really bred), in Minnesota. Interestingly, of only four states in the entire country that demonstrated a 30% foal population growth rate over the last recorded decade from 2001 to 2011, 75% of their state foals were actually being conceived in the state, or bred to their state standing stallions. (LA, NM, IN & WV)
When at least half of your state bred population comes from breeding to state standing stallions, and 3 out of 4 come from such stallions in the successfully growing breeding states, you better believe the quality of your state standing stallions has “a huge impact” on the quality of your state bred foals. So do bad breeding decisions!
Maybe it’s time to make a quality choice and breed to a state standing stallion that has proven his ability to sire real runners. Stormy Business is one of only three MN stallions who averaged over $13,000 per runner the last two years, with at least 5 runners each year. He also is the only MN stallion with two different MN bred stakes winners the last two years. He also happens to be one of only two stallions with a MN Bred Stallion Production Index average over 1.00 (The National Average) over the last two years. (24 MN stallions are listed to the online Stallion Register.)
Want to run a study for yourself? Here’s a link to the data source: http://www.jockeyclub.com/statefactbook.asp
About four years ago we suggested you breed to the hottest new young stallion in Minnesota. His name was Stormy Business. Today in 2013, he is the only Sire of Minnesota Breds ranked in the Top Ten born after 2000! With only 11 runners in 2013, from his first few crops, he ranks 2nd ahead of many older sires with as many as 31 runners in 2013! When you also consider that he is one of only two Minnesota standing sires with an average Stallion Production Index over 1.00 (The National Average) for Minnesota bred horses in 2012 and 2013, we hate to say we told you so, but we told you so.
To understand breeding you really need to understand this!
Over the next couple of months, you will decide which stallion you are going to breed your mare to in early 2014. Then only 60% of you will actually get a live foal in early 2015. Then in the summer of 2016 you will decide whether you want to keep the foal to race, or try to sell it in August at the Minnesota Yearling sale. If you can't sell it, or have decided to keep it, you will break it and start training in early 2017. Then if you are lucky enough to be that 1 out of every 3 owners who has a foal that can actually race as a two year old, you may get a race for it in the summer of 2017. If not, you will lay up your foal and go through the entire re-training process in early 2018 with the hope that your foal can run at age 3.
These are realistic timeframes and percentages for realizing the success or failure of the stallion decision you are making right now. In other words, your 2013 stallion decision will be validated, or laughed at, in mid 2017 or 2018.......if you are lucky enough to get that foal to race.
Shouldn't your stallion decision this year be a good one? Are you going to throw a mare in with just any stallion and hope lightning strikes IN 4 YEARS if lucky? Did you know that 50% of Minnesota breeders seemed to do just that 4 years ago based on the Stallion Production Index in 2013?
Here is a complete link to Minnesota State Bred earning sires. It contains the Top 75 sires. You decide who's hot, who young and who's not. And oh yeah, where's that sire you bred to last time rank?
Stormy Business stallion seasons will go on sale once again this year at the Stallion season auctions in Minnesota and Iowa. The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association Stallion Season auction is online at thoroughlybred.com. It begins December 1st, and ends December 6th. The Iowa sale is also online and begins December 7th, and ends December 14th.
This is where you can bid to get a Stormy stallion season at a discount off of his normal $1,500 stud fee price. His season has sold every year in Minnesota and if you want to get a Stormy foal, this is your best chance to get one at a discount and help support our thoroughbred associations at the same time.
Due to Stormy's solid success, producing different stakes winners each of the last two years from just a handful of runners, Astar Thoroughbreds is now either keeping all of his foals or privately selling minority portions of them to partners privately. As a result, breeding to Stormy is now the way to go if you want to have a high probability for a solid runner. Any doubt, click on the following link to the independent Bloodstock Research listing of 2012 Stallion Production Index of Minnesota Breds, with the 2012 SPI leader "Stormy Business". (Outstanding results for such a young sire.)
For Your information here are the basic Bloodstock Research definitions:
SSI (Standard Starts Index) – A numerical index based on average earnings per start of a runner in North
SPI (Sire Production Index) – The SPI indicates the average racing class of a stallion’s foals by averaging the
SSI of all of his runners.
With another successful summer racing season now behind us in Minnesota, and our stables beating our $3,500 earnings per start goal, we decided to build a website and blog dedicated to the upcoming breeding season, and our stallion Stormy Business. We are looking for him to have an exciting breeding season. He currently ranks 3rd in the entire Midwest region, according to Bloodhorse online sire data, in earnings per runner for all Midwest 3rd crop sires with at least 10 runners racing in 2013. Look here for ongoing information related to Stormy Business and Minnesota racing/breeding in general.
Dave Astar, retired Executive & COO, followed his passion into racing in 2005 and began breeding shortly thereafter. He and wife Debbie formed Astar Thoroughbreds, and other LLC stables, for that purpose. They found few local stallions met their criteria for breeding. As a result, they acquired Stormy Business to improve their racing and breeding prospects in Minnesota.