The footprint left on the harness racing industry in New Zealand by the brilliant Direct Scooter sire, In The Pocket continues to grow.
Not only have his sons made their mark as sires with Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire excelling in this role, and now Changeover is starting to make some impact with his first crop, but it is his daughters that have done just as well as broodmares.
With just six weeks to go to the end of the season, In The Pocket holds a handy $280,000 lead on his nearest rival Falcon Seelster and appears certain to claim his second broodmare title in the last three years.
And he has done that with broodmare numbers significantly less than his competition.
In The Pocket had fertility issues for most of his stud career and ended up only leaving 1381 foals in his time at stud in New Zealand.
Those In The Pocket foals managed to win $18,230,743 on the track and his daughters have already hit the $15,795,276 mark in the broodmare ranks with the promise of a lot more to come in the next few years.
In the current season In The Pocket broodmares have not had any huge stake winners but just a steady stream of high quality winners.
These are headed by Isaiah 1:54.6 ($241,778) while others to have had a good season include Sky Major 1:52.1 ($142,422), Linda Lovegrace 1:57.7 ($122,789) Kate Perry 1:56.7 ($116,872) Willow 1:56.3 ($110,265 and Besotted 1:53.5 ($109,296).
Isaiah (out of the In The Pocket mare EJ Becks) winning the sale series final
The main threat to In The Pocket as the leading broodmare sire in the next couple of years may come from the champion trotting sire, Sundon.
Sundon has made steady progress in the last three years and sits on earnings of $2,121,970 in the present season which is light years ahead of the next best in the trotting ranks, Chiola Hanover who has $499,420 on his card this season.
With his large number of mares yet to go to stud or just beginning their broodmare careers, Sundon may yet achieve the notable feat of topping both the overall sires and broodmare sires list in his siring career.
For a trotting sire like Sundon to achieve the broodmare title would be the crowning glory to what has already been a stunning stud career.