The following post appeared earlier this week in the Paulick Report Special print edition.
To find a stallion who has gone to stud with expectations as high as those for Frankel, we would have to go back to the 1980s. That is quite a stretch, but then Frankel was quite a racehorse.
Rated the best ever in the estimation of the highly regarded publication Timeform, Frankel was a marvelous racer, winning all of his 14 races over three seasons of sport. He was lauded from his début and gained prestige with each success.
First as the leader of his generation at 2, then as a classic winner at a mile at 3 and as the vanquisher of the best older horses at this favored distance, Frankel proved one of the most perfect examples of the art of training by the late Henry Cecil and of breeding by his owner Khalid Abdullah, who has Juddmonte Farms in England and Kentucky.
In all justice, Frankel should have come to Kentucky to stand at stud, where he would not only have been wildly popular with breeders but would not have the competition of his sire Galileo and other high-class sons to dilute the pool of mares.
Both for racing aptitude and physique, Frankel would have been well-placed at Juddmonte in Kentucky. He had proved his mettle as a miler, blessed with wicked speed, and was tough and game and consistent. He is the perfect type to cross well with American mares and should add both speed and robustness to the matings.
Alas, breeders and racing fans abroad would probably have pulled down the stands at Newmarket if their darling had left his homeland for life overseas. Fans in America can sympathize with their feelings, but breeders must feel sore. And more than a handful of them applied for seasons to the great English-bred champion when he entered stud earlier this year at Juddmonte’s stallion farm in Newmarket.
Some of the most select young mares were approved to be part of the young champion’s first group of mates, and from those, a half-dozen have been consigned to the premium bloodstock sales this fall. The first mares in foal to Frankel will go through the ring at Fasig-Tipton’s November sale, and both are Grade 1 stakes winners.
In Lingerie (by Empire Maker) and Mi Sueno (Pulpit) will test the American demand for Frankel, and even though these are élite mares with much to recommend them as producers, their association with the great unbeaten racer will enhance their value significantly.
Then Book 1 of the Keeneland November sale will develop the picture of Frankel in America a bit farther, as there are four mares cataloged in foal to him.
Note on sales results:
At Fasig-Tipton, In Lingerie sold for $2.4 million to Shadai Farm; Mi Sueno $1.9 million, Katsumi Yoshida.
At Keeneland, Hip 60 Tashzara sold for $775,000 to Town and Country Farms; Hip 173 was out; Hip 213 Reaching sold to Reiko and Michael Baum for $675,000; and Hip 373 Latin Love was an RNA for $725,000.