Sunday, August 3, 2014
(August 3, 2014) - In years gone by, the first week of August was a time when four or five Florida freshman stallions already would have been basking in the glow of first-time winners, and a promise of greater success to come as the 2-year-old stakes unfolded at Saratoga and in the Florida Stallion Stakes series at Calder. Not so in 2014.
With its lowest number of frosh stallions - six - than in any year anyone can remember in Florida, it's hardly what one would call a "race" to become the leader of the band. So far, just four of the six freshmen have had at least one starter, and two of the four had exactly that many - one.
Journeyman Stud's Cool Coal Man, who has 40 registered 2-year-olds, has four runners thus far, and one winner, Valery Stripe, who broke her maiden in Puerto Rico on May 24. The stallion by Mineshaft also has a colt named Scindia who has a pair of seconds at Woodbine, losing by a neck in a $32,000 claimer on June 29, and by half a length in a maiden special on July 12. That should translate into winner No. 2 in short order.
Ocala Stud Farm's Kantharos, who went 3-for-3 in his brief racing career, was the second to get a winner when Katie's Kiss scored at Gulfstream Park on July 26. The son of Lion Heart has two runners from 51 registered foals.
The other two to have a runner are Kiss the Kid from Journeyman Stud, and United States, from Northwest Stud. Kiss the Kid has 20 foals, and United States five.
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