Allen's Prospect: winner in retirement


January 25, 1998|By Tom Keyser and Kent Baker | Tom Keyser and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The stallions were neck-and-neck in mid-October on the eve of Maryland Million Day.

But then, a daughter of Allen's Prospect (Secret Prospect) won the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, and offspring of Two Punch were shut out. After that, Allen's Prospect drew away to become Maryland's leading sire for the second year in a row -- and to break his record, set the previous year, for progeny earnings by a Maryland stallion.

Before the Maryland Million, sons and daughters of Allen's Prospect and Two Punch, the top sires in the Mid-Atlantic region, had each earned nearly $2.5 million. A mere $5,516 separated them.

But by the end of the year, Allen's Prospect led Two Punch in progeny earnings by $515,636 -- $3.4 million to $2.8 million. (These figures are from Thoroughbred Times. The Blood-Horse differs slightly.)

Allen's Prospect ranked 19th in the world (among stallions with at least one starter in the United States or Canada), and Two Punch ranked 43rd.

"It's amazing a Maryland stallion can hang with the top dogs," said Mike Pons, business manager of Country Life Farm, home of Allen's Prospect.

Pons meant that the top sires in Kentucky have access to the best mares, and still Allen's Prospect keeps up.

"It just shows me how good he is," Pons said.

The statistics of Two Punch, who stands at Northview Stallion Station, suffered because of injuries to his fastest sons: K.O. Punch, Two Smart, Storm Punch and Smoke Glacken, the Eclipse Award-winning sprinter. But Allen's Prospect has Two Punch out-numbered.

Although the two stallions entered stud the same year, 1987, Allen's Prospect has fathered about 100 more foals.

"He's got horses from his first crops, 9- and 10-year-olds, still winning races," Pons said. "Some of those have just been iron horses for him. That's what helps add the value to those statistics."

Only one stallion sired more winners last year than Allen's Prospect. Wild Again, who stands in Kentucky, sired 104 winners, four more than Allen's Prospect.

Another Country Life stallion, Citidancer, ranked 13th in win percentage. Of 68 starters, 52 won (76 percent).

Buck Jakes recuperating

Maryland Hunt Cup champion Buck Jakes will probably resume racing this spring, but not in England's Grand National, the most prestigious steeplechase race in the world.

"The Grand National is just about out," said his trainer, Charlie Fenwick Jr. "The difficulty is getting him handicapped. He'll probably have to carry 168 pounds, and that's not in his best interest."

Buck Jakes has been in England, where he suffered an injury during the last of three races last fall. He may be pointed toward the 1999 Grand National.

Fenwick also said some special events are planned for this year's Grand National in Butler.

"It's the centennial of the event," he said. "We plan to make a big deal out of it, but right now we don't know the details."

Simulcast update

Maryland's thoroughbred horsemen are in no hurry to make a decision on the tentative simulcast agreement between the Maryland Jockey Club and Cloverleaf Inc., which operates Rosecroft Raceway.

They have discussed the specifics of the proposed revenue sharing plan with Maryland Jockey Club president Joe De Francis, but are nowhere near a vote on the issue.

"We haven't dealt with the expense side of it yet," said Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association attorney Alan Foreman. "There is really no pressure to resolve this thing quickly."

Foreman added that "everybody is content" with the current arrangement, which has been in force for almost two months.

Wayne Wright, executive secretary of the MTHA, said De Francis is scheduled to meet with the state breeders' group soon, then a meeting will be conducted next month between the boards of directors of the horsemen and breeders to decide how to proceed.

State-bred favorites

The winners of Maryland's mini-version of the Eclipse Awards, the 1997 state-bred champions, will be announced next month by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

Sprinter Smoke Glacken appears a shoo-in as Horse of the Year after taking every race in which he ran at seven furlongs or shorter.

The 4-year-old Two Punch colt may have wrapped up the honor by winning the Grade II De Francis Memorial Dash in July by 1 1/2 lengths over Wise Dusty.

Trophies in eight categories will be presented at the organization's awards dinner April 17.

Racing to history

Jan. 26, 1950: Citation's 16-race win streak ended in the La Sorpresa Handicap at Santa Anita Park. Despite carrying 130 pounds, 16 more than the winner Miche, Citation lost by a neck.

Jan. 29, 1973: Forego, eventual three-time Horse of the Year, broke his maiden by eight lengths at Hialeah Park in his second career start.

June 30, 1981: Jockey Julie Krone rode in her first race, finishing second on 22-1 Tiny Star in a six-furlong sprint for $3,500 maiden claimers at Tampa Bay Downs.

Dates in history from Thoroughbred Racing Communications.

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Pub Date: 1/25/98

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