Fly So Free, who took over the top spot on the 2001 sire list following the victory by his son Captain Steve in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), still maintains a healthy lead over runner-up Phone Trick. Fly So Free's progeny earnings of $4,233,246 are more than twice Phone Trick's total. Phone Trick, whose runners have earned $1,826,281, holds a slim lead over third-place stallion Tour d'Or. The latter's runners have earned $1,821,128.
Fly So Free (Time for a Change--Free to Fly, by Stevward) and Phone Trick (Clever Trick -- Over the Phone, by Finnegan) stand in Central Kentucky. Fly So Free holds court at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, and Phone Trick stands at John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington. Tour d'Or (Medaille d'Or -- Debby's Turn, by Turns to Mars) stands in Florida at P. Noel Hickey's Irish Acres Farm near Ocala.
Central Kentucky stallion Cryptoclearance made a big move on the sire list, moving from 23rd to eighth following the victory by his son Millennium Wind in the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. Cryptoclearance's runners have earned $1,366,932. Cryptoclearance (Fappiano -- Naval Orange, by Hoist the Flag) stands at Margaux Farm near Midway. The farm is owned by Steve Johnson, Dr. Ira Mersack, and Rick Trontz.
Another Central Kentucky stallion, Glitterman, also made a major move into the top 15 stallions. Glitterman, whose son Balto Star won the April 14 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, moved up from 30th to 13th, with the earners of $1,226,589. Glitterman (Dewan -- Moon Glitter, by In Reality) stands at Nathan Fox and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kaster's Wafare Farm near Midway.