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Sparkman: First Dude answers opportunity's knock with a Grade 2 winner
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

It is far more difficult nowadays for a regional stallion to make the leap to Kentucky than in the long-ago days of, say, Mr. Prospector. Sheer numbers work strongly against such a shift.

In 2017, for example, 231 Kentucky stallions bred 17,368 mares, an average of 75.2 mares per stallion. That is 55.4 percent of all mares bred nationwide last year, and you may rest assured that the vast majority of stakes-winning mares - the most likely mares to produce more stakes winners - were covered in Kentucky. Occasionally a speedy sire of 2-year-olds like Kantharos makes the jump, but it has been almost 15 years since Malibu Moon successfully transitioned from regional star to national sensation and top-10 sire.

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