Mr Prospector Broodmare Sire
There are numerous superlatives to describe the deeds of Mr. Prospector at stud. Perhaps one of the best descriptions was coined by John Sparkman bolldstck editor of The Thoroughbred Times. John Sparkman made the statement that Mr. Prospector had become "an epochal sire of sires"
That Mr. Prospector possessed a pedigree and looks to go with it is bourne out by the fact that he was the top priced yearling at the 1971 Keeneland July yearling sale fetching $220 000. Unraced at 2 years Mr Prospector would go on to achieve success on the racecourse winning 7 of his 14 lifetime starts at thre and four years.
Confined to sprinting because of recurring ankle problems Mr. Prospector gave displays of brilliance on occasion. Winning by 91/2 lengths in an allowance race at three years he set a track record at Gulfstream for six furlongs. The record stood for 16 years before being lowered in the 1999 Breeders Cup Sprint (GR1). Two of his seven victories were in stakes races at four years, namely the Gravesend and Whirlaway Handicaps which he won by 5 lengths and 4 lengths respectively.
Though a talented racehorse Mr. Prospectors racere cord was not considered good enough to earn him a berth at stud in Kentucky, instead he commenced duties in Florida at Savin Farm near Ocala. Though his first crop only numbered 27 foals Mr. Prospector drew attention to his potential by siring co-champion 2 year old filly It's in the Air from that first crop , all told four stakes winners emerged from his first crop. Mr. Prospector continued to produce top liners and when his first classic winner Conquistador Ciello captured the Belmont Stakes GR1 in 1982 Mr Prospector was a resident sire at the world famous Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.
With the support of Claiborne Stud and superior Kentucky mares Mr.Prospector would go on to become a breed shaping sire. Mr Prospector's final crop were born in 2000, in a stud career and influence which spanned four decades he sired 171 stakes winners, returning an impressive 15% stakes winners to foals during a 24 year career in the stallion barn. It is as a sire of sires and as a sire of broodmares that Mr. Prospector has earned his place in the lore of thoroughbred racing.
Mr Prospector is represented by numerous successful sire branches, some of which are in turn continuing the legacy. One of the first to signal the prowess of Mr Prospector as a sire of sires was Fappiano who died at the relatively young age of 13. Fappiano sired Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled who has started a scion of his own. Other significant sire sons who have perpetuated the line include Gone West, Forty Niner and Machiavellian.
As a broodmare sire Mr. Prospector has risen to the fore. Nine times leading broodmare sire in the USA in the ten years between 1997 and 2006 his remarkable record was interrupted after seven consecutive titles by Dixieland Band in 2004. To date Mr. Prospector has achieved 8% stakes winners to foals world wide in the role of broodmare sire.
A member of the Frizette family Mr Prospector has developed an affinity with another member of this illustrious distaff family in A.P. Indy. Both sires are tail female to the brilliant sprinter Myrtlewood a grand daughter of Frizete. In the role of broodmare sire when Mr. Prospector meets A.P. Indy an impressive 17% stakes winners has resulted, more than doubling the stakes producing success of amongst daughters of Mr. Prospector compared with other sires. It is also noteworthy that three of A.P. Indys more successful sire sons are out of Mr. Prospector mares, namely Pulpit, Malibu Moon and Mineshaft. Promising young sire the unraced Indy King is bred on the same pattern, his dam Queena is a champion (Eclipse Award) daughter of Mr. Prospector. In the Southern Hemisphere Mr. Prospector has been responsible as the dam sire of the highly successful Australian sire Flying Spur.
The influence of Mr. Prospector on the thoroughbred globally is inexorable and will continue to effervesce for many years to come.