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Freshman Sire Watch: Vekoma offspring win 4 of first 5 starts

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The 2024 freshman sire crop is underway with 168 starts and 28 wins, and Vekoma is leading the way with a nearly perfect four winners from only five starters. All five of the Vekoma offspring started in maiden races, and here are their results. 

Date Trk Dist Surf Horse Sex Start Fin Trainer Odds
6/9 WO 5F S Stitches C 1 1 Sid Attard 5-2
6/5 DEL 5F D It’s Hammertime C 1 1 Gary Capuano 6-5
5/23 GP 5F S Speed of Sound F 1 1 Fernando Abreu 7-1
5/17 CD 5F D Anakarina F 1 5 Dallas Stewart 2-1
5/13 IND 4.5F D Fortuna Mia F 1 1 Rey Hernandez 5-1

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to see whether Vekoma’s hot start continues. His next five starters are all scheduled to start Friday, with four running at Churchill Downs and one at Evangeline Downs.

Date Trk R# Horse # ML Type Dist Surf Trainer
6/14 CD 2 Louisiana Jess 5 5/1 MSW 4.5F D Bret Calhoun
6/14 CD 4 Viggiedal 8 6/1 MSW 5F D Steve Asmussen
6/14 CD 4 Anakarina 10 3/1 MSW 5F D Dallas Stewart
6/14 CD 6 Praying 1 5/1 MSW 5F D Robert Medina
6/14 EVD 2 Bella Sorella 7 12/1 MSW 4.5F D Patrick Devereux, Jr.

Looking at other sires, leading the way are Complexity and Thousand Words, with three wins each, followed by Honor A. P., Instagrand and Spun to Run with two wins each. In total, 18 of the new sires have been represented with a winner so far. 

Here are the stats to date for freshman sires. 

Freshman sires stats through June 10

Sire Starts W P S Win% Impact
Vekoma 5 4 0 0 80% 276%
Thousand Words 11 3 0 1 27% 131%
Complexity 13 3 1 2 23% 62%
Instagrand 6 2 1 0 33% 28%
Spun to Run 5 2 1 2 40% 41%
Honor A. P. 6 2 0 1 33% 99%
Caracaro 4 1 1 1 25% 48%
Shancelot 6 1 0 0 17% -12%
Event Driven 2 1 0 0 50% 428%
Bobby’s Wicked One 1 1 0 0 100% 165%
Game Winner 10 1 2 1 10% -20%
Global Campaign 5 1 0 1 20% 106%
King for a Day 2 1 0 1 50% 200%
Echo Town 6 1 0 2 17% -17%
Authentic 5 1 0 1 20% 8%
Phantom Boss 4 1 1 1 25% 77%
Tiz the Law 7 1 1 2 14% 18%
Instilled Regard 3 1 2 0 33% 93%
Gift Box 1 0 1 0 0% -100%
Improbable 10 0 1 0 0% -100%
War of Will 11 0 3 4 0% -100%
American Anthem 1 0 0 1 0% -100%
Win Win Win 5 0 2 1 0% -100%
Runaway Ghost 1 0 0 0 0% -100%
Aurelius Maximus 1 0 0 0 0% -100%
Fog of War 1 0 0 0 0% -100%
Good Bye Greg 1 0 0 0 0% -100%
Volatile 4 0 1 0 0% -100%
McKinzie 4 0 1 0 0% -100%
Yorkton 1 0 0 0 0% -100%
Promises Fulfilled 3 0 1 1 0% -100%
Calculator 1 0 0 1 0% -100%
Higher Power 2 0 1 0 0% -100%
Speightsong 1 0 0 0 0% -100%
Pinatubo (IRE) 1 0 0 0 0% -100%
Maximum Security 2 0 0 1 0% -100%
Bodexpress 6 0 1 0 0% -100%
Lone Sailor 2 0 0 0 0% -100%
Tom’s d’Etat 2 0 1 0 0% -100%
Earthlight (IRE) 1 0 0 0 0% -100%
Mr. Money 2 0 1 1 0% -100%
Honest Mischief 1 0 0 0 0% -100%

Looking ahead to the next seven days, here are entries for freshman-sire runners in races through Monday. 

Freshman sires – Entries this week

Date Trk R# Horse Sire # ML Type Dist Surf Trainer
6/11 IND 1 Calcolery Calculator 5 7/2 MSW 5F D Genaro Garcia
6/12 IND 3 Tigerish Tiz the Law 8 4/1 MSW 7.5F T Eddie Kenneally
6/12 SWA 1 Tigerish Tiz the Law 8 4/1 MSW 7.5F T Eddie Kenneally
6/13 CD 3 Hedge Volatile 5 10/1 MSW 5F D Ben Colebrook
6/13 SA 1 Watch the Law Tiz the Law 2 10/1 MSW 5F T Val Brinkerhoff
6/13 SA 6 Nooni Win Win Win 5 4/5 MSW 5F D Bob Baffert
6/14 CD 2 Louisiana Jess Vekoma 5 5/1 MSW 4.5F D Bret Calhoun
6/14 CD 2 Missed the Turn Thousand Words 1 6/1 MSW 4.5F D John Ennis
6/14 CD 2 Sweet Mo B Complexity 6 6/1 MSW 4.5F D John Ennis
6/14 EVD 2 Attila the Spun Spun to Run 4 9/2 MSW 4.5F D Joseph Foster
6/14 EVD 2 Bella Sorella Vekoma 7 12/1 MSW 4.5F D Patrick Devereux, Jr.
6/14 EVD 2 Secret Faith Aurelius Maximus 5 3/1 MSW 4.5F D Jayde Gelner
6/14 CD 4 Viggiedal Vekoma 8 6/1 MSW 5F D Steve Asmussen
6/14 CD 4 Anakarina Vekoma 10 3/1 MSW 5F D Dallas Stewart
6/14 CD 4 Melittlefrostgirl Thousand Words 4 8/1 MSW 5F D John A. Hancock
6/14 CD 4 Derry Girl Honor A. P. 7 12/1 MSW 5F D Dale Romans
6/14 CD 6 Praying Vekoma 1 5/1 MSW 5F D Robert Medina
6/14 CD 6 Troubler Instagrand 2 6/1 MSW 5F D Norm Casse
6/14 CD 6 Flip Flops War of Will 9 3/1 MSW 5F D Mark Casse
6/14 GP 2 Kurutu Win Win Win 5 MCL 5F T Sandino Hernandez, Jr.
6/14 SA 6 Midland Money Shancelot 6 MSW 5F D Bob Baffert
6/15 PRM 1 La Lengua Thousand Words 2 MSW 4.5F D Travis Murphy
6/15 RUI 5 W F American Honey American Anthem 3 15/1 MSW 5F D Simon Buechler
6/15 RUI 5 Runawayflair Runaway Ghost 8 9/1 MSW 5F D Dallas Barton
6/15 RUI 5 Ghostly Thunder Runaway Ghost 9 3/1 MSW 5F D Todd Fincher
6/15 RUI 5 Moveslikaghost Runaway Ghost 6 6/1 MSW 5F D Dallas Barton
6/15 RUI 5 F S Liberty Belle American Anthem 2 9/2 MSW 5F D Casey Lambert
6/15 RUI 5 Diamond Daisy Runaway Ghost 4 12/1 MSW 5F D Chris Zamora
6/16 CD 1 Book’em Tiz the Law 3 MSW 4.5F D Bret Calhoun
6/16 CD 1 Preyathousandwords Thousand Words 2 MSW 4.5F D Trudy Veinot
6/16 CD 1 Rosato Gift Box 4 MSW 4.5F D John Ennis
6/16 PRM 5 Big Swag Bodexpress 5 MSW 4.5F D Don Schnell
6/16 PRM 5 Box a Rocks Gift Box 2 MSW 4.5F D Travis Murphy
6/16 CD 3 Strong State Tom’s d’Etat 2 MSW 5.5F D Al Stall, Jr.
6/16 CD 3 Talksalot Thousand Words 1 MSW 5.5F D Keith Desormeaux
6/17 PRM 9 Gunite Max Volatile 4 MSW 4.5F D Travis Murphy
6/17 PRM 9 The Wife Found Out Echo Town 2 MSW 4.5F D David McShane
6/17 TDN 3 Instigation Tom’s d’Etat 3 MSW 5F D Tim Hamm

Looking back at last week, we see the first winners for Game Winner, Global Campaign and Event Driven.

Here are the full results for last week.

Freshman sires – Results last week

Date Trk R# Dist Surf Horse Sire Sex Start Fin trainer
6/9 EMD 2 4.5F D A Thousand Miles Thousand Words F 1 3 Justin Evans
6/9 CD 1 5F D Lovebug Tom’s d’Etat F 1 8 Sarah Hamilton
6/9 CD 1 5F D Baytown Boujee Honor A. P. F 1 9 Paul McEntee
6/9 LS 4 5F D Midnight Humor Spun to Run G 2 1 Jayde Gelner
6/9 WO 5 5F S Hundred Percent Honor A. P. C 1 7 Nathan Squires
6/9 WO 5 5F S Stitches Vekoma C 1 1 Sid Attard
6/9 WO 5 5F S Wagstaff Yorkton C 1 4 Nathan Squires
6/9 WO 5 5F S Drop Your Gloves Game Winner C 1 6 Kevin Buttigieg
6/9 WO 5 5F S War Legend War of Will C 1 5 Mark Casse
6/8 GP 2 4.5F D Global Legend Global Campaign C 1 1 Mark Casse
6/8 CD 2 5F D Herb Elias Echo Town C 2 7 Steve Asmussen
6/8 CD 2 5F D Sunny Magic Global Campaign G 1 4 Cherie DeVaux
6/8 WO 6 5F S Ambitious Lass Complexity F 1 3 Anthony Pottinger
6/7 BTP 1 4.5F D Elopedatthederby Event Driven F 1 1 Robert Cline
6/7 BTP 1 4.5F D Perfect Date Event Driven F 1 4 Robert Cline
6/7 GP 1 5F T Big Boy Jak Thousand Words C 2 7 Antonio Sano
6/7 RUI 7 5F D American Knight American Anthem C 1 3 Fred Danley
6/7 RUI 5 5F D La Bella Bella Runaway Ghost F 1 5 Jose Gonzalez, Sr.
6/7 CD 4 5.5F D Miss Elle Shancelot F 2 5 Robert Medina
6/7 CD 4 550 D Murphy Girl War of Will F 2 2 Dale Romans
6/7 CD 4 550 D Minty McKinzie F 2 4 Mark Casse
6/7 CD 4 550 D Mrs Worldwide Global Campaign F 1 3 Brian Lynch
6/6 GP 2 4.5F D Win N Your In Win Win Win F 1 3 Carlos David
6/6 CD 1 550 D Sing Sing Tiz the Law C 2 5 Mark Casse
6/6 CD 1 550 D Conquering Cat Game Winner C 2 1 Christopher Davis
6/6 SAR 2 550 D Three Echoes Echo Town C 2 3 Steve Asmussen
6/6 SAR 2 550 D Dominican Thunder Improbable C 1 7 Jose Jimenez
6/6 SAR 9 550 D West Memorial Caracaro F 3 5 Peter Gulyas
6/6 SAR 9 550 D French Horn Complexity F 2 3 Mark Casse
6/6 SAR 9 550 D The Queens M G Thousand Words F 2 7 Saffie Joseph, Jr.
6/5 PID 3 4.5F S Lady Loves Money Mr. Money F 2 3 W. John Bourke
6/5 DEL 2 5F D It’s Hammertime Vekoma C 1 1 Gary Capuano
6/5 DEL 2 5F D Hello Sunshine Spun to Run C 1 3 Anthony Pecoraro
6/5 IND 6 5F T Mission Improbable Improbable C 1 9 Rodolphe Brisset
6/5 IND 5 5F D Mi Sargento Speightsong G 1 4 Antonio Duran
6/4 IND 1 5F D Vehemently Volatile C 1 5 Michelle L. Elliott
6/4 IND 3 5F D Sturgeon Moon Instagrand F 1 1 Paulo H. Lobo
6/4 IND 3 5F D Streaking Instagrand F 1 2 John Ennis
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