First-Crop Sire Watch Presented By Kirkwood Equine Advisory: 2023 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May Sale - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

First-Crop Sire Watch Presented By Kirkwood Equine Advisory: 2023 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May Sale

Following is a list of stallions whose first crops of 2-year-olds are represented in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, including the number of horses cataloged and the farm where the stallion is currently advertised.

Offerings from the debut crop of a stallion are often met with a commercial premium from buyers at auction. A stallion's stud fee is often at its highest during their first season, increasing the initial investment, and the natural intrigue of a blue-sky prospect often put a unique spotlight on the rookie sires at any given sale.

Here are the opportunities to get in on the ground floor with a first-year stallion at this year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale, along with analysis on a pair of standout sires by Kip Elser of Kirkwood Equine Advisory.

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Analysis of WinStar Farm's Audible and Spendthrift Farm's Maximus Mischief from Kip Elser of Kirkwood Equine Advisory:

As we get later into the juvenile sales season, you really start to get a feel for how some of the more well represented sires' progeny are developing as they mature. Two that I have been watching the past few sales and wanted to save until later in the year to discuss are Maximus Mischief and Audible, both sons of Into Mischief.

The fastest 2-year-old of his crop, Maximus Mischief was known on the track for his speed, launching his career with an 8 3/4- length victory before dominating in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes. As a group, his first crop is what you'd want to see. They're good-looking horses with a nice leg to them and they're great breezers, with two stopping the clock at :9.4 this past March. It's no surprise they're catching the attention of all the right buyers. With a $63,613 average on a $7,500 stud fee, I'd say those who got in on him early are looking smart now.

Cary Frommer, who sold him as a 2-year-old at this very sale, has been paying particularly close attention to his offspring and told me the other day how impressed she is by them. He seems to have stamped them well – they're big, fast and precocious, just like he was.

Audible is an exceptionally good-looking son of Into Mischief that showed both speed and stamina. I remember seeing him as a racehorse, he had such scope, balance and class about him, and his Florida Derby win against the best of his crop was truly impressive. His offspring have been well received by buyers this season and you can see why as you watch their breezes. They have an efficiency and smoothness to their stride, not only during their breezes, but as they go into it and as they gallop out around the turn. I think there will be some nice runners in his first crop.

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