We’ve said it before and will say it again, but breeding a young broodmare off with proven stallions in her first few years gives that mare’s owner the best line on her abilities as a producer. As such, and after visiting a first-year stallion for her first mating last year, Luna will get a shot with our favorite Kentucky value sire Jimmy Creed in 2022.
We have been on the Jimmy Creed bandwagon for a couple of years now, and with his biggest and best-bred crops now having just turned 3YO and 2YO, his profile is poised for enhancement in the next year or two. As it is, in 2021 he picked up his first G1 victory as a sire (5YO Casa Creed in the Jaipur), and only three stallions topped Jimmy Creed’s 8 black-type juveniles in 2021 (led by Kaufymaker, who placed at the Breeders’ Cup). He has another 87 2YOs coming to the races in 2022, conceived at his highest stud fee so far ($20,000).
And although TrueNicks gives this mating “only” a “B+” (thanks to three stakes winners from 43 runners by Jimmy Creed out of AP Indy-line mares, including the wickedly fast G2 winner King Jack), there are 10 more black-type placed runners on this nick. That means 30% of the runners bred this way have won/placed in a black-type race, which is an astronomical figure. With Malibu Moon mares specifically (MM being the sire of Luna’s own sire, Orb, who is too young to have stats of his own as a broodmare sire), Jimmy Creed has nine runners and six winners, two of whom are black-type runners. It is also worth noting that the aforementioned King Jack is out of a daughter of Tapit, who is bred quite similarly to Orb, as Tapit and Orb are by Pulpit and Malibu Moon, respectively, both of those being sons of AP Indy with Mr. Prospector dams, and both Tapit and Orb are out of Unbridled mares. So that hopefully bodes well for Orb’s chances as a broodmare sire with Jimmy Creed.
Physically, whereas Jimmy Creed is a beautifully balanced, medium-sized horse with plenty of mass and muscle, Luna is a big, stout mare very much in Orb’s mold. So she will hopefully provide a little bit of size and scope to their foal, which we’d expect to run at around a mile on either surface once it makes it to the races.
Jimmy Creed wins the G1 Malibu