Standing for $10,000 in 2022, KARAKONTIE has proven to be a successful sire with one of the highest percentages of stakes winners of any Kentucky-based third crop sire and stakes winners on all three surfaces. His runners’ successes on the track have been noticed around the industry and most recently garnered him “Gold” status on the TDN’s Value Sires list this week.
“Have Antony Beck and his Gainesway team pulled off what has lately come to seem nearly impossible, and found a viable niche for a young turf stallion in Kentucky?
KARAKONTIE has only been credited with 143 named foals to date but he has mustered seven black-type winners, four in graded stakes including Princess Grace, winner of two Grade IIs, two Grade IIIs and last month placed in her debut at the elite level. With his cosmopolitan pedigree, moreover, KARAKONTIE has pushed the boundaries in terms of racing surface, too,” Chris McGrath writes.
The sire of 12.38% lifetime stakes performers and 6.67% stakes winners, KARAKONTIE has also found success in the sales ring. This year alone, he had a $310,000 yearling at Keeneland September and his stakes winning daughter Spanish Loveaffair brought $775,000 at the November sales. That follows on having a $500,000 session topper with his 2020 crop of yearlings.
“Having this year started just nine juveniles (four winners so far, one stakes-placed) from that small third book, he has now got over the biggest bump in his road. And I’d be interested in odds about him siring a Grade I winner before the foals he breeds this coming spring go under the hammer,” said McGrath.
Read the full TDN article here: https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/value-sires-part-vi-earning-their-stripes/