Dixieland Band, still going strong at age 25.

Dixieland Band, still going strong at age 25.

Tony Leonard

Dixieland Band, Others Still Going Strong

Age has not stopped Dixieland Band from putting on a show as one of the nation's top sires. The 25-year-old stallion, who reached the 100 mark in stakes winners two days before the start of the new year, appears to be justifying his $50,000 fee for 2005 in a big way. Dixieland Band ranks 12th on this year's leading sire list by progeny earnings and is represented by one of the top 3-year-old fillies in Sharp Lisa. Sharp Lisa has won the Las Virgenes (gr. I) and Santa Ynez (gr. II) Stakes, and has earned $240,000 of Dixieland's Band's total of nearly $750,000 this year. Dixieland Band, a son of Northern Dancer who was produced from the grade I-winning Delta Judge mare Mississippi Mud, stands at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Dixieland Band isn't the only active stallion age 25 or older that ranks among the top 65 stallions by 2005 progeny earnings. Cozzene, a 25-year-old son of Caro out of the Prince John mare Ride the Trails, has sired the earners of close to $500,000. Sire of a career total of 65 stakes winners, Cozzene stands at Gainesway Farm (Antony Beck, president) near Lexington.

Crafty Prospector and Runaway Groom, each a year older than Cozzene and Dixieland Band, also show no signs of letting down. Crafty Prospector's progeny earnings for 2005 have reached $550,229. Crafty Prospector (Mr. Prospector--Real Crafty Lady, by In Reality) has sired 87 stakes winners and stands for $10,000 at Fred Seitz' Brookdale Farm near Versailles.

Runaway Groom (Blushing Groom--Yonnie Girl, by Call the Witness) is represented by a pair of 2005 stakes winners, including grade III winner Absent Friend, and has progeny earnings of $460,428. He has sired 68 stakes winners and stands for $12,500 at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.

A year younger than Cozzene and Dixieland Band is another Gainesway stallion, Mt. Livermore, who is represented this year by classics contender Wallstreet Scandal. Mt. Livermore, who has 2005 progeny earnings of $483,545 and a career total of 63 stakes winners, stands for $25,000.