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January Stallion Spotlight II: Gilded Saint
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:13:35 pm »
Stallion Spotlight: January

2008 dark by Thoroughbred stallion, 17.3hh

Bred by Final Furlong, Gilded Saint won 17 of 82 lifetime start with career earnings of $3,826,950. 56 of the starts were stakes races in which he was on the board in 24 of those starts. During a career span of 5 years, Gilded Saint set 10 speed records once on the dirt, and the rest at steeplechase with most of his victories coming at the endurance distance for steeplechase.

His notable G1 victories include Ascot Gold Cup (2013), Breeders’ Cup SC Endurance (2014), Townsend Prince Breeders’ Stakes (2012, Joe Aitcheson (2013), Secret of Love Stakes (2013), Hard Scuffle (2014), Meadow Brooke Stakes (2014)Gilded Saint seemed to hit his best stride at ages 5 to 6, with his most earnings coming in his last season at $2,371,000. At five he hit the board 65% of the time, and 57% at six. He also won the Eclipse Award for Steeplechase Horse in 2014.

He frequently ran and won against future stallions Doodles and French Ruby.

He holds 10 speed records one at 6.5f on the dirt, and the rest on the steeplechase track ranging from 12-20f. Fun fact! While looking through his speed records because I was curious, he once won a race, the Ascot Gold Cup by 199 3/4 lengths! I would say that’s a record!

Gilded Saint had no injuries in his career.

Out of his 7 SW & MSW foals, less than half had career injuries, and 4 had no injuries. Of these, 2 had heat (at 4) and 1 had a cut & limping (at 2 & 4 respectively). Of those foals with injuries, 2 of their dam’s also had a career injury, while 1 did not.

As a created stallion, I will be taking a closer look at his foals and the backgrounds of the mares who produced MSW/SW/SP foals.

At the time of this post, he is Bronze-ranked (3.2). Gilded Saint has sired more than 150 foals from 7 crops with 48% starters, 68% winners, 9% stakes winners and 5% multiple stakes winners, including 2 millionaires. His average earnings for foals is $135,845. Some of his highest-earning offspring are GCh. Spiritofsaintlouis, Ch. Star Shine, Ch. Indy Saint, Ch. Inevitable, Ch. Sultana, and Ch. Hawkeye. Currently, he is unranked as a broodmare sire, and only has two mares retired to broodmare duty.

Since he did better as a 5 and 6 year old, most of his offspring are considerably young, so I only see these stats improving, especially when his younger offspring move to steeplechase races.

Out of 65 stallions w/ started offspring:
  • 12th in highest winning percentage of offspring
  • 15th in offspring earnings
  • 25th in highest G1-placed offspring
  • 33th in G1-winning offspring
  • 3rd in percentage of SC offspring

Leading Earners
  • GCH. SPIRITOFSAINTLOUIS  ($2,890,450). Winner of Breeders' Cup SC Endurance (G1), King George VI Chase (G1), Pillar Steeplechase (G2), Queen's Vase Stakes (G3). Speed record at 10f at steeplechase. Successful at 5 and still running.
  • CH. STAR SHINE  ($1,495,000) Winner of Breeder’s Cup SC Sprint (G1), San Clemente Handicapt (G2), and Doomben Roses (G3). Most recently won the Ruthless Stakes (Ugr) on 1/2/22 as a 5yo.
  • CH. INDY SAINT ($842,650) Winner of Highland Sorceress Breeders' Stakes (G1), Amazon Princess Breeders' Stakes (G3), Northern Dancer Stakes (Ugr). All stakes wins have been on the turf at 3 years old, and she just turned 4 this year. Lots of promise from this mare!
  • CH. INEVITABLE  ($716,850) Winner of Regret Stakes (G3), and on the board for Dream Skipper Breeders' Stakes (G1), King George VI Chase (G1), Santa Margarita Handicap (G1), Secret of Love Stakes (G1), and Breeders' Cup SC Distaff Endurance (G1).
  • CH. SULTANA  ($317,050). Showed in San Luis Obispo Handicap (G2), but has 7 wins over fences, and set speed records at 10.5, 15, & 16f at steeplechase.
  • CH. HAWKEYE ($312,050). Winner of Joe Aitcheson (G1) and placed in Best Pal Stakes (G3). Did a sample size of Gilded Saint offspring that were at least winners of more than 2 races, and this guy looks to be his most successful 2yo. He managed a stakes placing and a win, and won $73,300.

Foals for Thought
Between 7 foals, all either SW or MSW, 4 had their best career year at age 3, and 3 at age 4. Many are still running at 5 & 6 though.

Breeding Suggestions: Matching successful line crosses
  • 3 of his 4 MSW were by created lines, with 1 being by an AP Indy mare. He also has a SW by a Seabiscuit mare.
  • Looking at his SP offspring, lines include Sunday Silence, Giant’s Causeway, Gallant Fox, Irish River, with 2 coming from created mares.

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Gilded Saint currently stands in Florida under ownership of Iron Spur Stables for $10,000.
He does not require approval to breed to and is not Breeders’ Cup nominated.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 11:52:44 pm by willagrey »
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Re: January Stallion Spotlight II: Gilded Saint
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 02:39:40 am »
That's an awesome profile! I look forward to reading more like it. Good job!

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Re: January Stallion Spotlight II: Gilded Saint
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 05:51:12 am »
Interesting. I tried to breed to him at the beginning but I gave up, mostly because these foals were late bloomers. All are still on the track. The first one of them is Banff; I probably sold her dam while she was in foal with this girl. Dam was a late bloomer too... in fact she was probably retired to brood just when she reached her peak. Then it was Flickering Silk - I sold her dam in foal too (and she started racing when she was 4yo). The youngest is Rastro de Tinta, a gelding from my Spanish themed crop ;) looks like his last race was a win, so maybe he has a chance to improve his sire's rankings now.

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Re: January Stallion Spotlight II: Gilded Saint
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 01:14:24 pm »
Great writeup! I just realized I have no Gilded Saint foals beyond two retired geldings.
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Re: January Stallion Spotlight II: Gilded Saint
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2018, 01:20:51 pm »
I've leased Banff before, and I currently own Rastro de Tinta. I was fairly successful with Banff if I remember right, and though not my most exceptional runner, Rastro is fairly reliable. I also have a 3yo homebred, Golden Ghost, who has yet to find her feet. My experience with Gilded Saint babies is that they bloom late (4-5yo) and they frequently have an affinity for SC.

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Re: January Stallion Spotlight II: Gilded Saint
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2018, 04:27:51 pm »
Awesome spotlight! I love reading these.

I bred Spiritofstlouis back before I decided to cut down to a more specialized focus. I'd forgotten that he was by Gilded Saint! I sold him at auction for a mere $1,000 just to get rid of my hurdle-bred youngsters. I'm so glad to see that he lived up to that potential! It looks like he's only 1 win away from studhood himself. If he qualifies, he would be the 4th Ivy Creek homebred at stud.
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