I get you. And good call on Jump Start opening in KY, totally forgot about that. Though I will politely disagree that is where he had the most success. He maintained his position as leading sire in the mid-Atlantic on his own.
When I read your posts, I hear myself when I was about 18 years old. I had grown up immersed in breeding. I had both shown at the upper levels of several disciplines and galloped racehorses. I thought I knew it ALL. If only these stupid race breeders would breed to Horse B instead of Horse A, all their problems would be solved!
Then I got older and learned what an idiot I was. I can’t believe more people didn’t tell me to shut up.
No wrong has been committed against Hoppertunity. He is getting his chance. I agree a stallion benefits from quality mares, but also, a truly good stallion will overcome his mare population— like Not For Love or Malibu Moon. The industry is quick to recognize quality. The next coming of Northern Dancer isn’t toiling away in a state-bred program going unrecognized.
Also, while I think this is fairly obvious, some people still fail to recognize is that the majority of these stallions aren’t retired early because of “soundness.” They are retired early because the stakes are too high to continue racing them. They hit a point where they are so valuable for breeding that continuing their racing career becomes quite risky. It’s easy to say, “look at what Hoppertunity accomplished!” But he got a chance to accomplish that because he didn’t have all that breeders and buyers want in a sire at 3 years of age. (He also missed the chance to earn it because of injury)
I get overly sensitive when people try to blame everything on breeding and the “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” type arguments (you weren’t doing that, the article was). The thoroughbred has been inbred since day 1- most breeds are; that’s how you develop a breed. And overall, while the sales market can be frustrating and certainly creates it’s share of problems, people seem to forget that buyers are buying to race. Racing success comes before all. So it’s pretty funny when the sales get blamed for creating lousy quality racehorses.
Wow, I’m long winded. Sorry!