Day At The Track

Jug winner's progeny to be highly sought

02:25 AM 18 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Million Dollar Cam
Million Dollar Cam

The first Australian crop of the Little Brown Jug and Adios winner Million Dollar Cam 3, 1:50.4 ($969,792) seem certain to attract plenty of interest at next Sunday's Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale at the Bathurst Showground.

Vendor interest in the handsome Cam’s Card Shark horse, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), has no doubt been buoyed by the success of his first racing crops in North America.

From 361 foals of racing age Million Dollar Cam has amassed progeny earnings of almost $18-million, an average of $49,741 per foal!

Nearly 80 percent of his total foal crop has raced and they have earned $63,227 on average.

To date Million Dollar Cam has sired six in the 1:50 list, 79 in 1:55 and 183 in 2:00 and 55 $100,000 winners, according to the US Trotting Association website on Monday.

His progeny includes four individual Ontario Sires Stake Gold champions, a Nassagaweya Stakes winner, a Canadian Breeders Championship victor and numerous Stakes winners.

At Bathurst Million Dollar Cam will be represented by 11 youngsters – five colts and six fillies – the second largest draft of the 44 sires at the sale, and his draft comprises 10 of the 12-strong Yirribee consignment.

There’s a colt from the dual NSW Sires Stakes heat winner Kyallarama, a half-sister to the Gloucester Park winner Rigatoni ($144,874), a filly out of the APG heat winner Eyes Of Courage, a colt very closely related to La Saint and No Ah Saint, and a filly from a half-sister to the great Christopher Vance.

Million Dollar Cam has been liberally patronised by breeders in his first three seasons at Yirribee and his first Australian crop of two-year-olds will add interest to the racing scene when they hit the tracks next summer.

by Peter WHARTON

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