The west coast juvenile scene kicks into high gear with the July 17 opening of Del Mar. Last week, we used the Betmix Angler database to find out which sires' progeny have performed well at Saratoga. This week we look at 2-year-old sire performance where the 'Surf Meets the Turf'.
With an astounding Del Mar juvenile Win Return of $119.20, bettors are advised pay attention to the juvenile starters by the Three Chimneys stallion Sky Mesa. It's true he was represented by a 36-1 in 2015 but five of his seven winners have paid double digits, including another at 21-1 and a $13.80 winner just last year.
Adena SpringsGhostzapper and Gainesway Farms Tapit led all sires with a 29.17% Win %. Ghostzapper also shows a very healthy Win Return of $27.40.
Claiborne Farm's War Front was the In the Money % leader on the Saratoga chart last week and he's tops again here in that category - 67% of his juvenile starters have placed at Del Mar. While he has a negative Win Return at The Spa, he ranks third with a $44.20 figure at Del Mar.
The leader among the California-based sires we surveyed is Tommy Town Thoroughbreds Ministers Wild Cat whose juveniles show a Win Return of $5.40 (but a low Win percentage of 11.39%).