Records are made to be broken. But what happens if no one knows it's a record?
That's what Brereton C. Jones of Airdrie Stud is grappling with. His first-crop stallion Forest Camp has sired eight winners and all eight won at first asking. It's enough for anyone to think that it's record.
"We're really excited," Jones said. "There is no way that it's not a record. I've been standing stallions for 30 years, and I've never seen any stallion come close."
Winner number eight came Aug. 24 at Saratoga when the filly Sleeping won the five-furlong race in :58.77. Breaking second, she took the lead soon after.
Forest Camp's other winners have come at Del Mar, Monmouth Park, Calder, Prairie Meadows, and Woodbine, and in Japan and Puerto Rico. "The Prairie Meadows winner (Hello Liberty) won extremely impressively," Jones said. "In her next start (the Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes), she raced against colts and placed after bucking her shins."
Another of the winners, The Pharaoh, ran second in Calder's Birdonthewire Stakes in his next start.
Forest Camp was a good 2-year-old himself, winning the 1999 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) and running second in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II). He retired with earnings of $339,984 and entered stud at Airdrie in 2002.
So far this year, Forest Camp (Deputy Minister--La Paz, by Hold Your Peace) is represented by 13 starters and is ranked fifth among freshmen sires by progeny earnings. He covered 106 mares at Airdrie near Versailles, Ky., and 91 of them are in foal. His 2005 fee was $15,000.