2000 - 2020 Classic sire & sire of sires
Multiple Grade I winner Empire Maker, a top stallion who sired 12 Grade I winners and had a profound impact on American breeding, died Saturday, January 18 at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., after a battle with a rare disease that compromised his immune system. He was 20 years old.
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2019 Keeneland September yearling sold up to $2 million; Keeneland September Book 1 average $475,666; 2-year-olds up to $450,000; First Gainesway-sired yearlings sold up to $1.35 million
First Gainesway-sired 2-year-old runners in 2019; 2019 top offspring include TDN ‘Rising Star’ Eight Rings, winner of the American Pharoah Stakes (G1), and Selene S. (G3) winner Power Gal (JPN)
“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 12 Grade 1 winners, including two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner, multiple Eclipse Award champion, hall-of-fame inductee, and six-time Grade 1 winner Royal Delta ($4,811,126, sold for $8.5 million)
Grandsire of Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years; 2016 champion 2-year-old male Classic Empire; and 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming
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), Grace Hall ($1,546,360, sold for $3.2 million), Eight Rings, etc..
Sales Results: 2019 yearlings sold up to $2 million; 2019 2-year-olds sold up to $450,000; 2018 yearlings sold up to $1.35 million; 2017 weanlings sold up to $425,000; lifetime yearling average $240,908
Lifetime: 63 stakes winners, 33 graded winners, 12 Grade 1 winners, 2 champions, more than $114 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 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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