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Hardly had the van door closed on the Storm Cat stallion (and former Kentucky resident) Consolidator than his runners began knocking over more victories. Now standing at Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla., Consolidator has 21 winners, including one stakes winner and three stakes-placed.

Currently, Consolidator ranks 16th nationally among second-crop sires, one notch below fellow Journeyman resident Hear No Evil (by Carson City), the sire of Jackson Bend, most recently second in the Holy Bull to the now sidelined Winslow Homer.

The lead beast in the Journeyman Stud stallion barn is the Forest Wildcat horse Wildcat Heir, who ranks fourth nationally behind only Roman Ruler (Fusaichi Pegasus), Offlee Wild (Wild Again), and Pollard’s Vision (Carson City).

Not a bad showing for Journeyman Farm owner and stallion selector Brent Fernung (widely recognized as “The Genius” for purchasing the dams of two Kentucky Derby winners before they had that honor).

Fernung appears to be at least useful in the art of selecting stallions too.

Nor are the thundering herd in Florida the only ones with good prospects on the list of stallions whose first crop just turned 3 on January 1.

The good racer Medallist (Touch Gold) is standing in Pennsylvania and ranks 17th on the list, while Mobil (Langfuhr) is in Ontario (20th place) and Oratory (Pulpit) is in Maryland at 23rd place.

Bwana Charlie (Indian Charlie) is ranked 25th and stands at … Journeyman Stud. Fernung is going to be hard to live with if this gets any better.

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