A consistent in the top races of his division as a racehorse, LEA is establishing his ability as a sire – impressing with the fourth highest percentage of stakes winners to starters of any sire in his generation.
Sitting just .01% from being the third best behind Constitution and American Pharoah, LEA’s stats are to be envied with 6.66% stakes winners and nearly 60% winners to starters – showing he has found plenty of success with only a fraction of the starters as his heavy-hitting peers. LEA is a proven sire of all ages with both his juveniles and his older horses winning stakes in 2021.
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His group of veterans was led by Grade 3 winner Gibberish and stakes-winning Carlea’s Dream among his six 2021 stakes performers and four stakes winners across all ages while his juveniles kept his name in lights in their division as well.
His biggest and best-bred crop yet, LEA’S current crop of 3-year-olds gave a taste of what is to come on the track last season. That group included three stakes performers from his 37 2021 juvenile starters, led by Puerto Rican Grade 2 winner Media Luna and the stakes-winning Kavod.
Already earning stakes victories last year, both those runners started off their 2022 campaigns only hours after the new year was rung in with Media Luna adding another local graded stakes victory to her record. Running first or second in two stakes to finish her 2-year-old campaign, her four length romp in the Versets Jet Stakes (PR-G3) started her 3-year-old year on the right note.
Only a little over 15 minutes later, Kavod showed he could be one to watch on this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) trail. Putting in a juvenile campaign that saw him finish second in the Tremont Stakes last June and end the year with a win in the Advent Stakes in December, he was only a nose from hitting the board in the Smarty Jones Stakes last Saturday, to add his name to the list of point-holders in the Kentucky Derby prep series.
Making it clear LEA is also one of the best juvenile sires of his generation, last year he had the fourth highest percentage of juvenile stakes performers to runners of any stallion in his crop.
His 8.11% juvenile stakes performers put him above stallions such as American Pharoah (5.36%), Honor Code (7.69%), Summer Front (7.14%), Tonalist (7.32%), and Daredevil (4%).
LEA already has one runner on the Kentucky Derby trail with more set to make their run at the 2022 classics. Standing for $5,000 this year, there’s no doubt 2022 is the perfect time to capitalize on LEA’s success and competitive value among one of the top classes of stallions we’ve seen this century.