Welcome to 2021, which we can all hope will be a better year than the last one. To kick off the New Year, this week's question concerns a horse who started out on a regional North American stallion market. While horses who prove themselves with good runners may earn a quick transfer to Kentucky, this fellow made the move while his first foals were still yearlings, his value boosted not by runners but by his status as a Grade 1-winning half brother to an American Horse of the Year. He proved more than worthy of the improved opportunities, finishing three times among the top 10 American sires according to at least one major reference. Can you name him?
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan with a particular interest in Thoroughbred mares and their contributions to the history of the breed.