He was probably putting himself out of the price range of American breeders now. I've always thought that was one extremely appropriate name. It's very good to have a stallion that was producing so well, but American breeders have taken a huge hit in the bankroll with the present economy.
I think he could have stood for 100,000k next year and possibly up to 150k depending on how the rest of the racing season goes. Bode becomes a more impressive stud prospect with each passing success of his sire, too.
What a big mistake it was selling him. We may never know how badly that hurt our breeding stock.
Makes me a little sick, halo. Seemed to me like in all the races I watched today, Empire Makers did VERY well.
As I have said for many years now, greed and impatience on the part of American breeders will be the downfall of this sport.
Yes, I know, it's their horse, they can do what they want. Yes, he could die tomorrow so selling him at a profit is what the industry is all about. Yada, yada, yada.
Like most things here, all about a buck. Sometimes it's about doing what's right. Don't bemoan the sorry state of the racing industry when you will ship its hero's off to other shores never to be seen again or their offspring. I could care less if he does super in Japan, I don't live in Japan. My concern is racing in the States. Him being a fantastic sire in Japan has little bearing on racing in the US. You won't see those offspring race here. He was a very good stallion here. He should have stayed here.
Everyone talks about how fantastic globalization is in business. Yeah, for everyone but the US. Manufacturing here has tanked because of it, as has racing. I don't see Japan selling their top bloodstock to anybody but Japanese, with a very few exceptions. They aren't stupid, it's the greedy folks here, who unfortunately don't think long term, just short term.
Personally I think Sunday Silence is probably a bigger loss all the way since he was more of an outcross. It took a while but Deep Impact is giving us a taste of what we missed out on and you can thank home grown Kentuckians for that decision not a Saudi prince who after all is said and done does business everywhere and probably doesn't owe any country a particular allegiance.
Though Sunday Silence was more of an outcross, I doubt he'd have made the impact here as no one was interested in breeding to him. He'd not have been given the opportunity and class of mares he saw in Japan. He'd also have been working off a different mare base, and who's to say he'd have hit with the mares here?
I personally think Forty Niner was a bigger loss, and just as questionable as Empire Maker as far as sales go. He led freshman sires in 1992 and by the time he was gone was the #3 leading sire in 1996.
~We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart??~
The Minstrel, Nijinsky II and Sir Ivor were foaled here, they just raced overseas.
I'm flipping through the stud material in my 1952 racing manual. None of the sire lines represented by the 20 leading sires--with the exceptions of Menow and War Relic--have much/any influence today.
The American breeders went on a spending spree in Europe after WW2. The Europeans got ... Hill Gail and Coaltown.