Classic sire of 11 Grade 1 winners
Though we don’t yet know the extent of Empire Maker’s impact on the American Thoroughbred, his importance as an elite sire is already well-established. Sire of 11 Grade 1 winners and progeny who thrive at classic distances, Empire Maker is responsible for standout runners such as two-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta and classic-placed colts Bodemeister and Pioneerof the Nile, who sired 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
“Empire Maker is the best horse I have ever trained.” – Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel
A classic winner and only 3-year-old colt of his generation to win three Grade 1 races: Belmont Stakes, Florida Derby, and Wood Memorial
The best son of sire of sires Unbridled and most productive classic sire at stud from Mr. Prospector’s best classic-producing line
Sire of 11 Grade 1 winners, including two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner, multiple Eclipse Award champion, and six-time Grade 1 winner Royal Delta ($4,811,126, sold for $8.5 million)
Emerging sire of sires, with popular young Grade 1-winning millionaires at stud such as leading third-crop sire of 2015 Pioneerof the Nile ($1,634,200) and dual classic-placed Bodemeister ($1,304,800), the leading first-crop yearling sire in 2015
Grandsire of Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years
Other Grade 1 winners include Emollient ($1,350,400); In Lingerie ($712,265, sold for $2.4 million); Country Star ($668,865); Mushka ($1,096,125, sold for $2.4 million), Acoma ($1,060,898), Icon Project ($660,965), Last Full Measure (sold for $1.5 million), and Grace Hall ($1,546,360, sold for $3.2 million)
Sales Results: $232,252 lifetime yearling average, $223,259 lifetime 2-year-old average, $165,762 lifetime weanling average
Lifetime: 49 stakes winners, 29 graded stakes winners, 11 Grade 1 winners, $70 million in progeny earnings
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A maiden special weight race, Belmont Park, 1 mile, by 3½, defeating Blue Skies Ahead, Host, Spanish Empire, etc.
Remsen S. (G2), Aqueduct, 1⅛ miles, to Toccet, Bham, defeating Outer Reef, One Colony, Wacky for Love, Title Contender, Celtic Memories.
Belmont S. (G1), Belmont Park, 1½ miles, 110 Beyer, defeating Ten Most Wanted, Funny Cide, Dynever, Supervisor, Scrimshaw.
Wood Memorial S. (G1), Aqueduct, 1⅛ miles, 111 Beyer, defeating Funny Cide, Kissin Saint, New York Hero, Senor Swinger, Indy Dancer, Sky Soldier, Spite the Devil.
Florida Derby (G1), Gulfstream Park, 1⅛ miles, by 9¾, 108 Beyer, defeating Trust N Luck, Indy Dancer, Supah Blitz, Senor Swinger, etc.
Kentucky Derby (G1), Churchill Downs, 1¼ miles, to Funny Cide, defeating Peace Rules, Atswhatimtalknbout, Eye of the Tiger, Buddy Gil, Outta Here, Ten Cents a Shine, Ten Most Wanted, Domestic Dispute, Scrimshaw, Offlee Wild, Supah Blitz, Indian Express, Lone Star Sky, Brancusi.
Jim Dandy S. (G2), Saratoga, 1⅛ miles, to Strong Hope, defeating Congrats, Tafaseel, Nacheezmo, During.
Sham S., Santa Anita, 1⅛ miles, to Man Among Men, defeating Spensive, Ten Most Wanted, Pine for Java, Truckle Feature, Storm Gulch.
By Alan Porter
Classic winner Empire Maker was the most outstanding runner by Unbridled and is also Unbridled’s leading son now at stud. He has sired more than 50 stakes winners and 30 graded winners, 11 of them Grade 1.
Empire Maker sired the magnificent three-time champion Royal Delta out of an A.P. Indy mare, and he has two other stakes winners on that cross as well as a stakes winner out of a mare by a son of A.P. Indy. He might also prove interesting with Bernardini and Tapit, A.P. Indy-line stallions who provide inbreeding to Fappiano or Unbridled. He also has Grade 1 winners out of mares by Metfield and Slewvescent, sons of A.P. Indy’s sire Seattle Slew.
Empire Maker sired Grade 1 winners Bodemeister and In Lingerie out of Storm Cat mares, as well as stakes winners from daughters of Forestry and Giant’s Causeway. Storm Cat is a Northern Dancer-line stallion, and Empire Maker has a strong affinity for mares from that line’s Danzig branch. That cross has produced nine stakes winners, including Acoma from a mare by Danzig himself, and graded winners from mares by Belong to Me, Dansili, Pine Bluff, and Polish Numbers. War Front daughters would also be very appealing. Other Northern Dancer branches to find success under Empire Maker are Deputy Minister, whose son Touch Gold is broodmare sire of Empire Maker’s three-time Grade 1 winner Emollient; Dixieland Band, whose son Dixie Union might be good here; and Nijinsky II.
As a Mr. Prospector-line stallion, Empire Maker has worked over other Mr. Prospector branches, most notably Seeking the Gold, broodmare sire of four Empire Maker stakes winners including Grade 1 winner Mushka, but also Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid) and Coronado’s Quest, a son of Forty Niner (sire of Distorted Humor). It might also pay to consider mares by Gone West sons such as Elusive Quality, Grand Slam, Mr. Greeley, and Speightstown. From a different Raise a Native branch, Empire Maker has a stakes winner out of a mare by Maria’s Mon, who could be good through Super Saver.
Empire Maker has three stakes winners, including Grade 1 winners Icon Project and Pioneerof the Nile (sire of American Pharoah), out of mares by Lord At War. He sired a stakes winner out of a mare by Alphabet Soup, a son of the Caro stallion Cozzene. Because Unbridled combined well with Caro, it could be worth considering mares descending from that line through Indian Charlie and Uncle Mo.
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