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POLLARD'S VISION

Stands for $10,000 at Wintergreen

 

Pollard's Vision is the stallion of the week for the week ended Monday, Dec. 21, based on the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes victory of his daughter Blind Luck Dec. 20 at Hollywood Park. To date, Blind Luck is the only 2-year-old filly in the US with two Grade 1 victories to her credit, and she is firmly in play for the juvenile filly championships, with her main competition coming from She Be Wild, who beat her in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She Be Wild is a daughter of Offlee Wild, the narrow leader on the first-crop sire list from Roman Ruler. Pollard's Vision is 3rd on that list by progeny earnings. He also is the sire of 4 SWs.

A son of Carson City, the sire of 98 SWs and predominantly a speed influence, one-eyed Pollard's Vision was atypical for his sire as a racehorse as a middle-distance, classic-type runner. He won 6 of 23 starts and earned $1,430,311, including the G2 Illinois Derby and the G3 Lone Star Derby at 3. At 4 he was placed in the G1 Pimlico Special and won the G3 National Jockey Club Handicap. He came by his stamina through his female family, which traces to Chris Evert in tail-female and also includes such stamina sires in the family as Pleasant Colony, His Majesty, and Nijinsky. Indeed, Pollard's Vision is actually inbred 4x4 to Nijinsky, 3x5 to Northern Dancer, and 4x5 to Native Dancer.

Pollard's Vision stood the 2009 season for $5,000, but he is at $10,000 for the 2010 season. Not a particularly strong sales sire, he has made it through the racetrack exploits of his offspring. Blind Luck, a winner of 4 of 6 starts and $709,050, cost only $11,000 as a yearling when her sire's yearling average that year was only $9,306. The stallion's other SWs include the good Italian SW Air Crew, who won a Listed race on Dec. 13.

Carson City has had several notable stallion sons on leading sire lists this year, including Cuvee, City Zip, Hear No Evil (also a first-crop sire with 2 SWs from 11 foals, including the highly regarded Jackson Bend), and Islam, a Peruvian-based sire whose son won the Peruvian 2000 Guineas this year.

--eMatings staff

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