A.P. Indy, Distorted Humor , and Dynaformer were among the stallions that had the biggest impact in the auction ring in 2010.
A.P. Indy was the leading sire of sale yearlings based on average price, which was $544,737 for his 19 offspring that found new homes. They included Mr. Besilu, who brought the highest amount of any Thoroughbred sold at public auction in 2010 when Benjamin Leon Jr.’s Besilu Stables purchased the colt for $4.2 million from Mill Ridge Sales, agent, at the Keeneland September yearling auction. Mr. Besilu is the first foal out of grade I winner Balance, who is a half sister to champion and Horse of the Year candidate Zenyatta.
A 22-year-old son of Seattle Slew, A.P. Indy stands at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. The 1992 Horse of the Year ranked third among leading sires of sale yearlings in 2009 and he also was the top sire of sale 2-year-olds that year. He was the leading sire of sale yearlings in 2007.
Distorted Humor was 2010’s leading sire of sale 2-year-olds with an average of $706,250 for his four progeny that were sold. They included the most expensive juvenile sold at public auction in 2010, Brock, who brought $2.3 million when Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables purchased him from Jill Julian and Stacy Yagoda’s Two Beaches, agent, at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Distorted Humor, who stands at Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., ranked third among sires of sale 2-year-olds in 2009. A grade II winner, he is an 18-year-old son of Forty Niner.
Dynaformer was 2010’s leading sire of sale weanlings. The average for his five offspring that were sold was $237,000. In 2009, Dynaformer ranked fourth on the list. The 26-year-old grade II-winning son of Roberto stands at Robert and Blythe Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Street Cry was 2010’s leading covering sire after also topping the list in 2009. Three mares carrying his offspring were sold in 2010 for an average of $630,000.
A grade I winner in this country and the 2002 Horse of the Year in the United Arab Emirates, where he captured the Dubai World Cup UAE-I), Street Cry stands at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation near Lexington. He is a 13-year-old son of Machiavellian.
Other commercial standouts among stallions in 2010 were Street Cry’s champion and classic-winning son Street Sense , who was the leading first crop sire of sale yearlings (with 44 offspring bringing an average of $135,250); A.P. Indy’s champion son Bernardini , who was the leading first crop sire of sale 2-year-olds (with three offspring selling for an average of $548,333). Street Sense and Bernardini both stand at Darley in Kentucky.
Henrythenavigator was 2010’s leading first crop sire of sale weanlings. Five of his offspring were sold for an average of $208,000. A champion in Ireland and a group I winner in England, the 6-year-old son of Kingmambo stands at Ashford Stud, which is operated by Ireland-based Coolmore Stud, near Versailles, Ky. Henrythenavigator also finished second in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).
Zensational was 2010’s leading first crop covering sire. Fourteen mares that were in foal to him were sold, bringing an average of $54,714. A 5-year-old grade I-winning son of Unbridled's Song, Zensational stands at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington.
For a stallion to qualify for The Blood-Horse’s commercial rankings, three or more of his offspring or three or more mares he has covered must sell at public auction during the specified year.