Menifee is the Leading Sire in Korea for the 4th year running. It wasn’t quite as one-sided as last year but he still earned $2 Million more than closest challenger, Ecton Park. Menifee stands in good stead for the future too as he also comfortably claimed the Leading Sire of Two-Year-Olds title. Strike Again is Leading First Crop Sire.
Joseph O’Brien’s comments in the TDN on Air Force Blue:
Much like not seeing the forest for the trees, sometimes we don’t see the horse for the pedigrees.
Seldom has that seemed more significant than with the 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence. The tall, dark, handsome son of leading sire Halo was not on anyone’s list of “must-have” yearlings when he went to the sales at Keeneland in July, 1987.
The future Classic winner had been foaled and raised at Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm in Bourbon County, Ky. He was a son of the farm’s banner stallion Halo — one of the three best stallion sons of leading sire Hail to Reason.
TREND raced in the two path on the first turn, was unhurried near the back, came under urging when three then four wide on the far turn, rallied outside in the upper stretch, closed well to make a bid inside the furlong marker and prevailed by a length under the strong handling of Florent Geroux.