PRIVATE Money Game’s third in last weekend’s Canadian Derby has quickly taken Congrats’ record to 8 early stakes-performers from just 66 runners from his final Florida crop.
Private Money Game, a gelding, won an allowance/optional claimer at Northfields two weeks ago. He has been placed in a pair of Stakes this season and is proving a very consistent gelding but it is his sire that is making waves.
Congrats covered more mares than any other U.S sire on his first season in Kentucky in 2012. Of his last smaller Florida crop, 66 have already raced and the current tally is 40 winners of over 70 races, 3 early Stakes winner and further 5 Group placed (12% of runners eanring Blacktype) with present combined earnings of US$2.3m.
Congrats stood his first season in Florida but soon became an nation-wide sensation with 26 2YO winners from his first crop including 4 Grade 1 performers.
His extraordinary output saw the son of A. P Indy crowned the North America’s Leading First Season sire in 2010.
Congrats has built on his early success and now has a total of 197 winners (from 264 runners) which gives him an enormous 74.6 per cent winners to runners.
Congrats is the sire of 41 stakes-performers on both turf and dirt.
Congrats’ move to Kentucky in 2012 saw his books rise immeasurably both in terms of quality and quantity which underlines his future success.
Here in Australia, the stallion has served three “full” books; 140 in 2011, 150 in 2012 and 119 in the last spring.
Congrats is widely tipped to complete an precedented dual hemisphere Champion First Season Sire double being on the third line of betting at 6/1 with Sportingbet.com.au.