Samstar, one of our four two year olds this season, finally got a two year old Minnesota bred race Sunday. It was the very first two year old MN Bred boys race, and it didn't take place until August! Amazing, and the latest such a race has taken place during a racing season since Y2K!
Samstar ran a solid 3rd finishing behind two other very good looking boys. The first and second place finishers were bred by the good folks at Woodmere Farm. If we couldn't win, it's very nice to see other good Minnesota breeders, like the Bensens at Woodmere farm, take home top honors.
Samstar, our Stormy Business ($1,250 stud fee) sired two year old, finished behind horses sired by Songandaprayer ($6,500 stud fee) and Hold Me Back ($6,000 stud fee) while beating horses sired by Sharp Humor ($7,500 stud fee), Demidoff ($2,500 stud fee), and Stevie Wonderboy ($10,000 stud fee), to name a few. Stormy continues to lead all Minnesota standing sires by a wide margin in both Minnesota bred earnings and wins in 2014. He remains a bargain to Minnesota breeders not just based on his now $1,500 stud fee, but based on the fact that shipping and boarding mares for breeding in Minnesota is about one third of the cost of shipping to Kentucky or elsewhere.
With this last race under his belt, we are hoping Samstar may be ready for big upcoming races. In the meantime, we determined one of our two year olds is not ready to run at two and is back grazing in the pasture while the other two may yet run if we think they are mature enough to do so later this year.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.