Kantharos: Best Value Sire on the Planet
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The following article is reprinted from the Dec. 30 edition of the Thoroughbred Daily News and author Bill Oppenheim 

Must just about be Kantharos (Lion Heart), who stands at Ocala Stud in Florida for just $5,000. From 51 named foals in his first crop, 3-year-olds of 2015, he’s sired 45 starters (88%), 34 winners (67%), five black-type winners (9.8%), and nine black-type horses (17.6%), including GIII winners Mr. Jordan and X Y Jet, the latter recent winner of the GIII Mr. Prospector S. against ‘olders' at Gulfstream Park. As a racehorse, Kantharos was unbeaten in three starts at two, then retired through injury and covered as a 3-year-old.

He has almost the exact same profile as Darby Dan’s Run Away And Hide (by City Zip, and another big bargain at $7,500) as a racehorse: in 2008, Run Away And Hide broke his maiden over 4 1/2f at Keeneland, then won the GIII Kentucky S. at Churchill Downs at five furlongs and the GII Saratoga Special at 6 1/2f. In 2010, Kantharos broke his maiden at Churchill Downs at five furlongs, won the GIII Bashford Manor S. at six furlongs at Churchill, then won the GII Saratoga Special. That kind of makes them both the Dark Angels of America, though he was retired through perceived lack of opportunities, not through injury.

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