A Breeders' Cup victory means the world to breeders, owners, trainers, and jockeys. The same goes for stallion owners. And perhaps nowhere is that more true than for the persons who own and/or manage first-crop stallions. It's a chance for those young sires to "bust out" and make a name for themselves as big-time stallions right away.
Three freshmen leaders--Victory Gallop, Stormin Fever, and Forestry--have a good chance to bust out. Victory Gallop's daughter, Victory U. S. A., ran second in the Oct. 4 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Victory Gallop stands at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Stormin Fever, who holds court at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., figures to be represented by Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Tarlow in the Juvenile Fillies. Forestry's representative, Everyday Angel, ran a close second in the Sept. 27 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III) after breaking her maiden by 12 1/2 lengths. Her sire stands at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Deceased Old Trieste, who ranks further down the first-crop list, has a contender in Minister Eric. The colt missed winning the Sept. 10 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) by a half-length. Old Trieste stood at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington.
Europe's dominant freshman sire, Coolmore Stud's Fasliyev, may be represented Breeders' Cup day by Much Faster. The Irish-bred filly packs a pair of French group stakes triumphs and a group I runner-up effort on her resume.
Of course, it doesn't have to be a first-crop sire that scores big in the Breeders' Cup. Deceased Unbridled, a Breeders' Cup winner himself (in the 1990 Classic) and sire of Juvenile winners Anees and Unbridled's Song, has a top contender in Halfbridled. The unbeaten filly won the Sept. 28 Oak Leaf and earlier took the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).