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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, 2022 from his first crop of two-year-old runners – or you will not owe a stud fee.


Cloud Computing $5,000 No Fee Owed
Free Drop Billy $5,000 No Fee Owed
Mor Spirit $5,000 No Fee Owed


In recent times, around a half dozen North American freshmen per year on average have sired a Graded/Group-winning two-year-old.
Among those are emerging leading sires Quality Road, Uncle Mo, Constitution, 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 2022, then the breeder who supported that stallion will be completely relieved of the stud fee from his or her impending foal in 2023.

North America’s Leading First-Crop Sires in 2018

'18 Fee'19 FeeGraded/Group SWsEarningsCase In Point
Cross Traffic$7,500$25,0001$2,115,603Breeders would pay stud fee for 2019 foal
Goldencents$15,000$20,0000$1,396,758Breeders would NOT pay stud fee for 2019 foal