Sprint Winner Mitole Starts Life as a Stallion
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By Emily Shields for TVG
2019 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Mitole has begun his life as a stallion at Spendthrift Farm, retiring after a stellar season with six wins in seven starts. He is a leading contender for Horse of the Year, and will stand for $25,000. Mitole will try to join other Sprint winners such as Gulch, Speightstown, and Midnight Lute as successful sires.
There have been 36 editions of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, with three won by fillies or mares, and 11 by geldings (including Roy H twice). The first stallion to stand from the Sprint was 1985 winner Precisionist, who was virtually sterile and could sire only four foals. Two went on to be winners.
1986 hero Smile sired 73% winners from starters, including 11 stakes winners. The best of those could have been daughter I’ll Get Along, who produced popular Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones.
Gulch won the Sprint in 1988 and became one of the leading stallions. His son Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, as well as the Travers Stakes and Florida Derby. Gulch also sired multiple group 1 winner Nayef, Japanese standout Eagle Cafe, Woodbine Mile winner Court Vision, and a total of 72 stakes winners in his lifetime.
1994 winner Cherokee Run went on to sire Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero War Pass and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies second Chilukki amongst his 49 stakes winners. He has had 570 winners overall to date.
The flashy gray Sprint winner from 1996, Lit de Justice, sired 78% winners from starters including $555,067-earner No Parole, who was a track record setter at Belmont Park.
In recent years it has been Speightstown and Midnight Lute to grab headlines as top Sprint-winning stallions. Speightstown has progeny earnings of over $105 million, with 111 stakes winners to date and nearly 700 winners total. He is the sire of Canadian champion sprinter Essence Hit Man and stars like Reynaldothewizard, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tamarkuz, Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket, Belmont Derby hero Force the Pass, and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Haynesfield.
Midnight Lute, a two-time Sprint winner, is the sire of Canadian champion Midnight Miley, Mexican champion Pachangera, and this year’s brilliant filly Midnight Bisou. The latter has won five grade 1 races, and will stay in training for 2020. Midnight Lute has 33 stakes winners and progeny earnings close to $40 million.
2015 Sprint winner Runhappy will have every chance to be a great sire. He is standing at Claiborne Farm and has seen some stellar mares. His first runners will hit the track in 2020. Watch the first runners by Runhappy and one day Mitole hit the track on TVG.
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