With a service fee of just US$5,000, Spendthrift shuttle sire Jimmy Creed was not expected to be one of the superior first crop sires going into the North American racing season.
But the Group 1 winning son of Distorted Humor is not just keeping pace with his higher profile peers, he is in a fight for the leading freshman sire of 2017. He sits just $44,000 in progeny earnings behind the leader.
A Group 2 win by his 2YO daughter Spectator over the weekend highlighted the success of the young sire who has recently returned to Spendthrift’s base at Romsey in Victoria.
Jimmy Creed now has four stakes performers in his first crop, more than any other North American Freshman sire this season. His first runners includes seven winners from seventeen runners.
Spectator was dominant in taking out the Group 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday winning by five lengths in the 1300 metre race.
“This race has been on the radar from the get-go and we just let her mature and she sure did. She’s just a bunch of raw talent and she’s getting better and better.” said the filly’s winning trainer Phil D’Amato.
Jimmy Creed was a Group 1 winner over 1300 metres in North America. He comes from a stunning family with his dam Hookedonthefeelin being both a Group 1 winner and a dual Group 1 producer.
Spendthrift Australia General Manager Garry Cuddy said Jimmy Creed’s results in North America had pricked the interest of local breeders.
“Off the back of these results we’ve had quite a few phone calls. We even have someone book in five mares over the weekend to Jimmy Creed.
“We are very happy with where he’s at. He arrived at the farm on Saturday in great order and shook off the cobwebs after a month in quarantine.”
Jimmy Creed stands at a fee of $7,700 (GST incl) this season at Spendthrift Australia.