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Danzig Reaches 200 Stakes-Winners
Breed-shaping multiple champion stallion Danzig (Northern Dancer-Pas de Nom, by Admiral's Voyage) "joined his son Danehill as 1 of only 3 stallions to sire 200 stakes-winners" when his son Olympic (Danzig-Queena, by Mr Prospector) scored by 4.5-lengths in the US$50,000 Listed Mataji Stakes (10 furlomgs) at Calder Race Course in Miami, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Former shuttler & multiple champion stallion Danehill (Danzig-Razyana, by His Majesty) who stood at Coolmore Stud in Ireland until his death in 2003 "tops the exclusive list with 349 stakes-winners", followed by fellow Coolmore stallion Sadler's Wells (Northern Dancer-Fairy Bridge, by Bold Reason) with 297; Sadler's Wells was pensioned this year at age 27. Danzig (who in January this year was euthanased at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky aged 29) is followed on the list by the deceased pair Mr Prospector (Raise A Native-Gold Digger, by Nashua) with 181 stakes-winners & Sunday Silence (Halo-Wishing Well, by Understanding) with 169. Danzig (a US$310,000 yearling at the 1978 Saratoga Sale) won his only 3 races before a knee injury forced his retirement. He began his stud career at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm (where he stood his entire career) for US$20,000 in 1981 & by 1985 his fee had climbed to US$250,000 as sons such as Chief's Crown (Champion 2YO & among 3 Gr1 winners from Danzig's 1st crop) made their mark on the track. He was leading US freshman sire in 1984 & leading US general sire from 1991-1993; overall he is the sire of 673 winners from 839 starters who have earned US$112,467,711 & "his progeny include 10 champions & 116 group/graded stakes-winners in 24 crops. In addition to Danehill, Danzig's prominent off-spring include champion & sire Chief's Crown, English Horse-Of-Year-Year & sire Dayjur, Canadian champion & former Vinery Stud shuttle sire Langfuhr, plus successful sire-sons Anabaa (former Widden Stud shuttler), Belong To Me (also a former Widden shuttler) & War Chant. His top runners include Canadian Horse-Of-The-Year & US Eclipse Award winner Dance Smartly. Meanwhile latest stakes-winner Olympic (a full-brother to Gr1-winner & former Vinery Stud shuttle sire Brahms) is out of 1991 champion older female Queena & was a US$3.6 million purchase by Demi O'Byrne at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale.