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In discussing the thorny problem of stallion selection and success, one of the loyal readers asked about stallions who went to stud the same year as Tapit, which was 2005, with first foals of 2006.

This was a robust group of entering stallions, with twice as many as will enter stud in 2012, and the quality wasn’t bad, either. Classic winners, major G1 winners, high-class 2yos, as well as the rugged campaigners, all found a place at stud.

That list is presented below alphabetically by name, with the farm where they initially retired:

Action This Day     Castleton

Birdstone      Gainesway

Bowman’s Band     Lane’s End

Canadian Frontier     Airdrie

Candy Ride     Hill ‘n’ Dale

Champali     Glencrest

Chapel Royal     Ashford

Congaree     Stonerside

Cuvee     Gainesway

During     Claiborne

Eavesdropper     Walmac

Even the Score     Millennium

Friends Lake     Airdrie

Hero’s Tribute     Buck Pond

Johar     Mill Ridge

Lion Heart     Ashford

Medaglia d’Oro     Hill ‘n’ Dale

Newfoundland     Brookdale

Ocean Terrace     Highclere

Olmodavor     Adena Springs

Perfect Soul     Darby Dan

Pleasantly Perfect     Lane’s End

Saarland     Darby Dan

Scrimshaw     Millennium

Seattle Fitz     Buck Pond

Sir Cherokee     Crestwood

Smarty Jones     Three Chimneys

Soto     Highclere

Speightstown     WinStar

Stroll     Claiborne

Strong Hope     Claiborne

Tapit     Gainesway

Ten Most Wanted     Gainesway

Tenpins     Walmac

Teton Forest     Spendthrift

The Cliff’s Edge     Vinery

Toccet     Castleton

Although this list is as complete as I can make it, there’s doubtless a missing critter or two. The majority of those above are no longer in Kentucky. Several, including the high-class Lion Heart, have been exported, and many are now serving mares in regional programs.

That is not entirely bad. Congaree, for instance, is a pretty big fish in the New York breeders’ pond, especially in the context of his first G1 winner over the weekend in California in the Hollywood Starlet.

In selecting which horses from this crop that retired to stud in 2005 have become “successful sires,” different people are going to set the bar at different levels. By my most rigid reckoning, I’d say that at least six of this group (one in six) would count as successful. That’s actually pretty good, especially since there are a few more who would qualify if we stretched the criteria just a bit.

Your thoughts?