Champion juvenile sire Harlan's Holiday established a North American record for 2-year-old earnings in a single year with $2,954,556 in 2012.
Harlan's Holiday, who stands at WinStar Farm near Versailles, eclipsed the previous record of $2,811,337 set in 2008 by Tapit . The record juvenile earnings prior to Tapit was set in 1996 by Capote, whose 2-year-olds earned $2,759,053.
"We are extremely pleased with Harlan's Holiday," said WinStar president Elliott Walden. "The neat thing about him is he just turned 14, so the best is yet to come. His books and mares continue to improve each year."
The 2-year-olds by Harlan's Holiday in 2012 encompass 26 winners and five stakes winners, led by Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and likely champion Shanghai Bobby ($1,687,000). Other 2-year-old stakes winners in 2012 include Notacatbutallama, Zeewat, American Sugar, and My Special J's.
Harlan's Holiday joins a prestigious roster of stallions whose juveniles have earned more than $2 million in a single season, including his grandsire Storm Cat who led the juvenile sires list in 2002 with $2,320,185 in earnings. Danzig was the first North American stallion reach the milestone at $2,154,858 in 1984.
Harlan's Holiday also ranked 11th on the 2012 general sire list, with $7,442,696 in overall progeny earnings. The son of Harlan out of Christmas in Aiken, by Affirmed, will stand the 2013 season at WinStar for $35,000 stands and nurses.