It was a slow week on the leading sires list by progeny earnings. Fly So Free, Phone Trick, Tour d'Or, Thunder Gulch, Cee's Tizzy, A.P. Indy, and Maria's Mon still hold down the top seven spots. In fact, there was little or no movement among the top 24 sires, but that wasn't true for the next three positions. Wild Again moved up to 25th from 46th; Hennessy to 26th from 50th; and Theatrical to 27th from 41st.
Wild Again's progeny earnings received a boost from monies earned by his son Chicago Six and a daughter, Shine Again. Chicago Six captured the April 22 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) at Sportsman's Park, and Shine Again won the restricted Geisha Stakes at Pimlico the previous afternoon. Wild Again (Icecapade -- Bushel-n-Peck, by Khaled) stands at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Hennessy's big winner the third week in April was Keats. The 3-year-old colt captured the April 21 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Hennessy (Storm Cat -- Island Kitty, by Hawaii) is based at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., but currently is standing at East Stud in Japan. Ashford is a satellite of Irish-based Coolmore Stud.
Theatrical, a son of Nureyev out of the Sassafras mare Tree of Knowledge, also was represented by a grade II winner on April 21. His son Del Mar Show captured the Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap (gr. IIT). Theatrical, who won the 1987 Hialeah Turf Cup when it was a grade I race, stands at Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farm near Versailles.