North America proudly boasts sports dynasties like the Yankees, Celtics, Packers, Canadiens, and the Bruins of UCLA. Across the ocean in Ireland, there's a dynasty just as special and one that has given Irish owners and breeders plenty of bragging rights over the years. It's the Wells, as in Sadler's Wells. For the ninth consecutive year and the 10th time overall, Sadler's Wells topped the English/Irish sire list by progeny earnings, and in the process, surpassed 19th Century English great St. Simon as the No. 1 sire by number of titles.
Twenty-year-old Sadler's Wells, who stands at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud, ended 2000 with £2,482,612 (approximately $3.7 million) in progeny earnings, and also checked in second on the sires of 2-year-olds list, with £289,795 ($430,000). His total was well ahead of the figure for runner-up Storm Cat on the leading sire list. Storm Cat, who stands at William T. Young's Overbrook Farm near Lexington, was represented by the earners of £1,604,462 ($2.39 million). Leading the way on the 2-year-olds list was Coolmore stallion Danehill, with £500,988 ($750,000).
Sadler's Wells (Northern Dancer-Fairy Bridge, by Bold Reason) was represented by 24 stakes winners in 2000, and his current total of 161 is only 11 behind the figure of all-time leader Mr. Prospector. Six of his runners-Montjeu, Beat Hollow, Daliapour, Kayf Tara, Sequoyah, and Greek Dance-were European group I winners in 2000.
Storm Cat's big runner was Giant's Causeway, who won five consecutive group I events and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) before heading off to stand at Coolmore. Eighteen-year-old Storm Cat (Storm Bird-Terlingua, by Secretariat), North America's leading sire by progeny earnings (see page 182), was represented by additional group I winner Aljabr.
Danehill's juveniles included group winners Danehurst, Honours List, and Regal Rose, the last-named being a group I winner. Like Sadler's Wells, 15-year-old Danehill (Danzig-Razyana, by His Majesty) is a member in the century club by number of career stakes winners, with 125.Leading English/Irish Sires Table