How Safe Bet Works

With the Safe Bet Program, we substantially minimize your risk – and, in turn, increase your potential reward – by assuring two breeder-friendly scenarios.

The subject stallion will sire at least one Graded / Group Stakes Winner by Dec. 31, 2019 from his first crop of two-year-old runners – or you will not owe a stud fee.


Safe Bet Fee
w/ GSW

Safe Bet Fee
w/o GSW

Palace $6,000 No Fee Owed
Race Day $6,000 No Fee Owed
Wicked Strong $6,000 No Fee Owed
Danza $3,500 No Fee Owed
Medal Count $3,500 No Fee Owed
Normandy Invasion $3,500 No Fee Owed


In the last 5 years on average, about 5 freshmen a year have sired a Graded/Group-winning two-year-old.
Among those are emerging leading sires Quality Road, Uncle Mo, Union Rags, Lookin At Lucky, etc.

*Races must be recognized as Group/Graded black type by International Cataloguing Standards

Why We Created Safe Bet

Breeding to a fourth-year stallion is to make a bet on the early success of his progeny on the racetrack.

That early success has historically been a great sign for a stallion, and can be highly rewarding to breeders who supported a successful freshman sire.

That was experienced in 2018 with our leading freshmen CROSS TRAFFIC and GOLDENCENTS, who finished 1-2 on the North American First-Crop Sire List. Breeders who supported Cross Traffic in 2018 bred on a $7,500 S&N fee. That fee saw a significant increase after his championship freshman campaign to $25,000 S&N in 2019.

Goldencents, who stood for $15,000 S&N in 2018, saw an increase to $20,000 S&N for 2019, and quickly booked full.

The reality is that not all stallions will have the same amount of early success. While that doesn’t mean they won’t go on to be good sires, the Safe Bet Program was designed to provide immediate risk protection for the breeder.

If the stallion does not have a defined level of Graded black type success from his first two-year-olds to race in 2019, then the breeder who supported that stallion will be completely relieved of the stud fee from his or her impending foal in 2020.

Home of North America’s Leading First-Crop Sires in 2018

'18 Fee

'19 Fee

Graded/Group SWs


Case In Point

1 Cross Traffic $7,500 $25,000 1 $2,115,603 Breeders would pay
stud fee for 2019 foal
2 Goldencents $15,000 $20,000 0 $1,396,758 Breeders would NOT pay
stud fee for 2019 foal