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Showcase stallions top 2008 Western Region leading sire lists!

Congratulations to the connections of 10 Thoroughbred Info Showcase stallions, who emerged from 2008 as leading sires in several notable categories, both in the Western Region and nationally.

Leading the pack with remarkable year-end progeny earnings of $5,827,513, according to statistics compiled by "The Blood-Horse", was Old English Rancho's Unusual Heat. The Nureyev stallion captured the crown as California's leading sire of 2008 by overall progeny earnings, turf earnings ($2,893,629) and all-weather surface earnings ($2,511,242). He also gained national attention as North America's highest-ranked active stallion by turf earnings, second only to the deceased leader Chester House.

One of Unusual Heat's California counterparts, the Magali Farms resident Decarchy, solidified his standing as the state's leading freshman sire of 2007 by compiling 2008 progeny earnings of $876,349 - enough to take another divisional title as California's leading second-crop sire.

Harris Farms stallion Swiss Yodeler, California's leading sire by overall progeny earnings in 2006, ranked highest among all of the state's sires by 2-year-old progeny earnings in 2008, with $486,379 banked by his juveniles last year.

In Washington, El Dorado Farms mainstay Matty G ruled supreme as the state's leading overall sire for the third consecutive year, with total progeny earnings of $1,819,949 during 2008. The Capote stallion also topped his local brethren by all-weather surface earnings, with $297,123.

Another El Dorado stallion, Private Gold, served notice as Washington's leading freshman sire of 2008. With six winners from 14 starters, the dual stakes-winning son of Seeking the Gold was represented by first-crop progeny earnings of $71,688.

Meanwhile, Woodstead Farm garnered a leading regional sire in the form of He's Tops, whose year-end juvenile earnings of $123,483 were enough to rank him first among all Washington stallions in this category.

Bar C Racing Stables in Hermiston, Oregon, is home to two of that state's 2008 leaders. Freshman standout Harbor the Gold, a winning son of Seeking the Gold who attained an astounding three stakes winners from his initial eight starters, compiled first-year progeny earnings of $110,181 as the clear winner in that division.

Meanwhile, fellow Bar C resident Soft Gold (Brz) led all Oregon stallions by all-weather progeny earnings, with $153,426.

In Arizona, the sons and daughters of Golden Gear installed their sire as the state's leader by overall progeny earnings, with $632,649. Fleming Thoroughbred Farm's Gulch stallion was also the state's top turf sire, with $92,456 banked by his runners on the grass during 2008.

Category Five, a resident of Mesa Farms in North Dakota, was the overwhelming leader in his home state for 2008. The Storm Cat stallion was best by overall progeny earnings ($244,577), as well as turf earnings, all-weather surface earnings and 2-year-old progeny earnings.

Congratulations to the owners and managers of these outstanding stallions, and thank you for participating in the Thoroughbred Info Showcase during 2008! We are proud to be associated with these leading sires, as well as all of our Showcase members. - January 15, 2009