Day At The Track

Washington VC - Continuing excellence

08:12 AM 13 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Washington VC is one of the best performing stallions available to NZ breeders but seldom gets the accolades or mares his record suggests he should.

As a racehorse he was smart without being a standout. Going US1:52:3 and earning $560,000 is not the record of a champion. He is a son of Presidential Ball who earned over $3,000,000 and also stood in NZ. 

At stud however Washington VC has a far superior record to Presidential Ball.

When you try to ascertain how the inferior racehorse is the far superior sire, you are drawn to the dam side of Washington VC. He is from a full sister to the brilliant Dexter Nukes who was renowned for leaving great gaited and wickedly quick stock, traits which Washington VC is also known for. 

Imported to NZ by Keith Norman and syndicated  amongst a group including noted yearling sales vendor  Brian West, Washington VC was based in Southland at Norman's stud. Right from the start he has had issues with his semen traveling which has resulted in mares having to be served on farm which has meant he hasn't had access to a lot of the commercial mares in NZ, especially from the North Island.

That has not stopped him from establishing a fantastic record of leaving top quality stock who are both quick and durable.

The limestone country in Southland has always had a reputation for producing stock who handle the ravages of hard racing better than most and the stock of Washington VC are no exception.

His flag bearer is the superstar I'm The Mightyquinn ($4,377,000) and he would have to rate up there with the best horses produced in the Southern Hemisphere.

Horses of the caliber of Dasher VC ($630,000)  Foreal ($623,000)   Georgetown ($610,000)   I'm Victorious ($540,000) are prime examples of the kind of stock he leaves.

His American record is outstanding. He only has 11 horses to have been exported there, all have won with 10 earning $100,00 plus for total earnings of $3,067,000. His stock to have excelled include Report For Duty ($847,000)  Steuban ($382,000)  VC Atom ($376,000) and Ruling VC ($266,000).

As with a lot of NZ sires a big proportion of his stock are exported but he has still managed to leave over 255 winners in NZ with 148 in 2:00 including such smart types as It's Ella ($291,000) and Vice Chairman, whose wins at the recent NZ cup meeting stamped him as a grand circuit star in the making. 

All things considered Washington VC has a stud record the equal of any. If his semen would travel his book would double overnight. Which makes what he has achieved from his Southland base so notable.  Traveling mares to studs doesn't  happen much these days but in the case of Washington VC it is definitely worth the trouble.


This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia.

Elsu - Redemption awaits

McArdle - The quiet achiever

Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up!

Major In Art - Big and fast

Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion

Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed

Monkey Bones - All class

Tinted Cloud - Still going strong

Real Desire - The real deal

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