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Tuesday, August 5, 2003
Separating the studs from the duds

Beyond the finish line
Long after their racing days are over, thoroughbreds often enjoy successful second careers at stud. But some stakes winners prove to be duds at stud. Here's a look at the careers of the past 25 Kentucky Derby winners:
Horse Derby Stands Winnings Notable
Seattle Slew 1977 Deceased.
Died in 2002
$1,208,726 Among the most prolific sires in horse racing history, Seattle Slew is the only Triple Crown winner to sire more than 100 stakes winners.
Affirmed 1978 Deceased.
Died in 2001.
$2,393,818 Thoroughbred racing's first $2 million earner, Affirmed was overshadowed at stud by rival Alydar, but sired two-time champion turf mare Flawlessly.
Spectacular Bid 1979 Deceased.
Died in 2003.
$2,781,607 Spectacular Bid once commanded a $150,000 stud fee, and has sired 44 stakes winners before his death this year.
Genuine Risk 1980 Eagle Point Farm, Virginia $646,587 After many barren years, Genuine Risk produced her first foal in 1993, Genuine Reward. Though unraced, Genuine Reward stands at stud at Eagle Point Farm in Virginia.
Pleasant Colony 1981 Deceased
Died in 2002.
$965,383 After siring 65 stakes winners with earnings of more than $40 million over 18 years, Pleasant Colony was retired to the Kentucky Horse Park where he was stabled near John Henry and Cigar.
Gato Del Sol 1982 Stone Farm, Kentucky $1,300,000 Fearful that Gato Del Sol would meet the same demise as Exceller, who was sold to a Swedish slaughterhouse when his owner encountered financial problems, Arthur and Staci Hancock repurchased Gato Del Sol.
Sunny's Halo 1983 Deceased. Died in June, 2003. $2,100,000 Sunny's Halo has sired 31 stakes winners, most notably Dispersal ($1.5 million) and Sunny's Sunrise ($1.1 million).
Swale 1984 Deceased.
Died in 1984.
$1,580,000 Eight days after winning the Belmont Stakes, Swale collapsed and died after a morning workout. He was buried in a silk lined coffin at Claiborne Farm.
Spend A Buck 1985 Deceased. Died in November 2002 in Brazil. $4,220,689 Spend A Buck was named Horse of The Year in 1985 and Champion Three Year Old Colt, but was not a very successful stallion.
Ferdinand 1986 Deceased.
Died in 2002.
$3,777,978 After many unsuccessful years at stud with Claiborne Farm and most recently in Japan, he was "disposed of" likely by slaughter in 2002.
Alysheba 1987 Saudi Arabia $6,679,242 Alysheba was a moderately successful stud, siring 36 stakes winners, but has never produced anything like himself.
Winning Colors 1988 Gainesway Farm, Kentucky $1,526,837 Just the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby, Winning Colors gave D. Wayne Lukas his first Derby champion. She is now a broodmare in Kentucky.
Sunday Silence 1989 Deceased.
Died in 2002.
$4,968,554 Sunday Silence was Japan's champion sire from 1994-1999 while at stud at the Shadai Stallion Station.
Unbridled 1990 Deceased.
Died in 2001.
$4,374,590 Unbridled sired 21 stakes winners, including 1996 Derby winner Grindstone.
Strike the Gold 1991 Turkey $3,300,000 Strike the Gold stood stud at The Vinery in Kentucky for a short time, but is now at National Stud in Ismit, Turkey.
Lil E. Tee 1992 Old Frankfort Stud, Kentucky $1,437,506 As indicative of his $10,000 stud fee, Lil E. Tee has shown only modest success at stud.
Sea Hero 1993 Turkish Jockey Club, Turkey $2,900,000 After standing at stud at Lane's End in Kentucky until 1999, he was purchased by the Turkish Jockey Club.
Go For Gin 1994 Claiborne Farm, Kentucky $1,380,866 Go For Gin's sired Albert The Great, whose career earnings of $1.3 million have nearly equaled his own.
Thunder Gulch 1995 Ashford Stud, Kentucky $2,900,000 Since retiring to stud in '95, Thunder Gulch has sired five crops of thoroughbreds now of racing age, most notably Point Given, the 2001 Horse of the Year.
Grindstone 1996 Overbrook Farm, Kentucky $1,244,510 Never raced after becoming injured days after winning the Kentucky Derby, yearlings with Grindstone's bloodlines have sold for as much as $250,000.
Silver Charm 1997 Three Chimneys Farm, Kentucky $6,944,369 Retired to stud in 2000, the foals that Silver Charm has sired have raced as 2-year-olds.
Real Quiet 1998 Taylor Made, Kentucky $3,271,802 Like Silver Charm, Real Quiet narrowly missed capturing the Triple Crown before retiring in 2000.
Charismatic 1999 Japan $2,000,000 Jockey Chris Antley's quick thinking when he grabbed Charismatic's fractured foreleg in the Belmont Stakes prevented the horse from having to be destroyed.
Fusaichi Pegasus 2000 Coolmore Stud, Kentucky $1,994,400 A $4 million yearling, Fusaichi Pegasus was bought for $60 million by Coolmore Stud. His first foals are yearlings.
Monarchos 2001 Claiborne Farm, Kentucky $1,720,830 The second-fastest winner of the Kentucky Derby commands a $25,000 stud fee. His first foal was a filly, born on Jan. 31.
War Emblem 2002 Japan $3,491,000 A failure at stud, covering only seven mares his first season, insurance companies paid approximately $13.3 million. He continues to live at a stallion farm in northern Japan.
Funny Cide 2003 Sackatoga Stables, New York $2,099,385 As a gelding, Funny Cide likely will enjoy a long competitive career before being retired. John Henry was the most successful gelding, earning $6,591,860 in his career.