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"Stunning start for Warrior's Reward"

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Courtesy: Nancy Sexton, Thoroughbred Racing Community 8/4/14 

A fast start at stud is imperative if a stallion is to retain respect in today’s industry. Opinions are formed by early results and judgments are cast just as rapidly. Each influence the commercial market, which can be an unforgiving arena if a stallion isn't living up to expectations.

That certainly won’t be the case when the second crop of Warrior’s Reward comes on to the market during  the next few weeks. Although a number of promising American first-crop stallions have emerged this year, none can boast the start made by Spendthrift Farm’s son of Medaglia d’Oro, who struck with his first five runners. 

Most stallion masters are celebrating if a stallion scores with his first runner. In the case of Warrior’s Reward, his supporters barely had time to draw breath after the success of his first runner, Liatris, at Pimlico Race Course on May 30 before his second and third representatives, Unbridled Reward and Strawberry Baby, completed the trifecta at Churchill Downs and Lone Star Park, respectively. Thus, by the end of the day, he had pulled off the remarkable feat of siring three winners from his first three runners, each of whom had scored by wide margins. 

Just for good measure, his fourth runner, Bad Read Sanchez, was a 10-length winner of his debut on June 20 at Santa Anita for Doug O’Neill, while his fifth, Lady Paislee, ran out the eight-length winner of her debut at Canterbury Park on July 5. Another representative, Strong Coffee, landed his debut on the Saratoga lawn for Graham Motion on Aug. 2.

At the time of writing, Warrior’s Reward is the sire of six winners from ten runners, statistics made all the more impressive when you consider that the stallion himself was unraced at age 2  and has never stood for more than $15,000. Between them, his progeny have won more than $300,000 in earnings, enough to place him ahead of Super Saver at the top of the leading American first-season sires’ list.

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