Ten horses to keep your eye on in 2020

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - Jeff Scott

Horses be­gin­ning their stud ca­reers over this win­ter do not in­clude any Triple Crown win­ners or fu­ture Hall of Famers. They do in­clude, how­ever, two Breed­ers’ Cup race win­ners; a Ken­tucky Derby morn­ing­line fa­vorite who ended up miss­ing the en­tire Triple Crown; re-en­force­ments for the Roberto and Halo branches of the Turn-to to male line; and a pair of sturdy turf miler types who each won graded races in five con­sec­u­tive years. All ten stal­lions men­tioned be­low are stand­ing in Ken­tucky.

Omaha Beach ($40,000)

As a rare Grade 1-win­ning son of War Front on dirt, Omaha Beach boasts the high­est start­ing fee of next year’s new sires. Af­ter vic­to­ries in this year’s Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby, he was scratched from the Ken­tucky Derby and didn’t re­turn to the races un­til Oc­to­ber. Omaha Beach closed out his brief ca­reer with a win in the Santa Anita Sprint Cham­pi­onship and a sec­ond in the Breed­ers’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Vino Rosso ($30,000)

An­other son of ma­jor stamina in­flu­ence Curlin, Vino Rosso saved his best for last by romp­ing in the BC Clas­sic by 4½ lengths, putting him­self in the run­ning for an Eclipse Award. He joins other no­table Curlin sons Palace Mal­ice, Good Magic, Ex­ag­ger­a­tor, Keen Ice and Con­nect at stud.

Mi­tole ($25,000)

All but one of Mi­tole’s ma­jor stakes wins, which in­cluded the this year’s BC Sprint and Forego, oc­curred at six or seven fur­longs. But it was his vic­tory over a strong Met Mile field that will make the son of the ex­ported Esk­endereya most at­trac­tive to breed­ers.

Au­di­ble ($25,000)

As one of only two sons of the highly com­mer­cial Into Mis­chief to win a Grade 1 race at nine fur­longs (Gold­en­cents was the other), Au­di­ble is bound to at­tract in­ter­est at stud. He fol­lowed his score in the 2018 Florida Derby with a good third in the Ken­tucky Derby but was un­able to run back to those per­for­mances. As a 4-year-old, he fin­ished fifth in the Pe­ga­sus World Cup and Dubai World Cup.

Catholic Boy ($25,000)

The ver­sa­tile Catholic Boy checks a lot of boxes: he won a pair of graded races at two, in­clud­ing the in­flu­en­tial 2017 Rem­sen Stakes, and was a Grade 1 win­ner on both dirt (Travers) and turf (Bel­mont Derby) at three. He also may be the last best hope for his suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional sire, More Than Ready, to breed on in North Amer­ica.

Yoshida ($20,000)

An­other Grade 1 win­ner on both dirt (Wood­ward) and turf (Old Forester Turf Clas­sic), in 2018, this son of Heart’s Cry is the most ac­com­plished tail-male de­scen­dant of Sun­day Si­lence

to stand in North Amer­ica. Yoshida’s re­sume also in­cludes a length-anda-half beat in the Queen Anne Stakes last year at Royal As­cot and an un­placed fin­ish in this year’s Dubai World Cup.

Catalina Cruiser ($20,000)

The seven vic­to­ries by this son of Union Rags were ac­com­plished by a to­tal mar­gin of 20+ lengths at dis­tances from six to 8½ fur­longs. His only losses came at the Breed­ers’ Cup, where he ran fifth in the 2018 Dirt Mile and sev­enth in this year’s Sprint.

Preser­va­tion­ist ($10,000)

Mak­ing his first grad­ed­stakes starts at the age of six, Preser­va­tion­ist burst upon the rac­ing scene this sum­mer with wins in the Sub­ur­ban Hand­i­cap and Wood­ward. As a son of Arch, Preser­va­tion­ist rep­re­sents, along with Blame, hope for the en­dan­gered Roberto branch of the Hail to Rea­son/Turn-to male line.

Divisidero ($7,500)

Divisidero is one of only a dozen horses over the past quarter-cen­tury to have won graded races in five straight years. The oth­ers were Bet­ter Talk Now, Court Vi­sion, Game On Dude, Rahystrada, Wise Dan, Jeran­imo,

Stephanie’s Kit­ten, Be­holder, Hop­per­tu­nity, Pure Sen­sa­tion and Heart to Heart (see be­low). In his big­gest vic­to­ries, the son of Kit­ten’s Joy won back-to-back edi­tions of the Grade 1 Wood­ford Re­serve Turf Clas­sic in 2016 and 2017.

Heart to Heart ($5,000)

Heart to Heart, a son of English Chan­nel, won 11 graded stakes in the five years be­tween 2014 and 2018, all of them at dis­tances from eight to nine fur­longs. His two Grade 1 wins came as a 7-year-old, when he pre­vailed in the Gulf­stream Park Turf Hand­i­cap and Mak­ers 46 Mile.

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