Grade 1 contests generate the most media attention, inside and outside of the thoroughbred industry, making them some of the most fun races to handicap.
The Betmix Angler online handicapping software allows searches by sire and we found some interesting statistics in our surveys of the most profitable Juvenile sires and Turf sires of 2019. We conclude with a look at the the sire of Grade 1 races, with a twist.
With a much smaller sample of top-level races, we performed a two-year scan of sire progeny performance in North American Grade 1's.
Despite only three progeny Grade 1 victories, Darley stallions Hard Spun is the leader with a $101.60 Win Return. All three of his Grade 1 winners paid at least $20 including last spring's Ashland Stakes heroine Out For a Spin, who lit up the tote board with a $106.20 Win payout.
The progeny of More Than Ready appear to be the most reliable in top-tier races over the past two seasons. His sons and daughters have scored in a third of their Grade 1 starts generating positive returns across the board.