As I was searching through the sim website I clicked on the Hall of Fame. I do not follow horses in real life, I may watch the Triple Crown races, but that is the extent of my horse racing viewing and knowledge. When I think of hall of fame, I initially think of Baseball and Hockey where only the best of the best get in. It is not the Hall of Very Good, it’s a place for fans to pay homage to the greatest there ever was in a field they are passionate about. I may not care too much about horse racing, but I am loving simhorseracing. As I become my own trainer and start to focus my resources, I have become intrigued with dirt sprinters and hope to one day have a horse worthy of being considered for the Hall of Fame one day. With that said, I was looking at the recent inductees and would like to expound on of the DS in this year’s class.
As a relative newbie to the sim, I was familiar with only a few of the horses elected this year. St Longinus stood out to me, not because I knew him for his racing, but that I had seen his name in the pedigree of some of the amazing horses I was researching in the dirt sprint class.
St Longinus is a current rodeo horse but was a dirt sprinter bred by Xander Zone and currently owned by Graylynn Farms. He was sired by Villify and Laguna was his dam, with Leitmotif his dam sire. His grand sire was Look Close, a fellow hall of famer inducted in Y49.
St Longinus had 20 starts on the track with a record line of 6-7-4 (3 G1 wins) and career earnings for $1,233,600. Very respectable numbers, but hall of fame worthy? The most impressive feat of this horse are his progeny. He bred 1,445 horses that have career earnings of $40,888,730 (and it is still growing). That is the reason St Longinus has been inducted into the hall of fame. He sired Walk off Grandslam (WOG) who is arguably the best current dirt sprint sire in the sim. WOG hypos extremely well and I use him to gauge the value of some of my broodmares as I know if they do not hypo at least an A- with this super sire, then they may be below a star level (I’m new and 10k to BSA the mare is expensive).
The top three progeny in career earnings are:
Plenty of Fire - $3,478,500
WOG - $2,282,500
Front Row Seats - $1,981,000
Front Row Seats is only 4 y/o but has yet to race in Y53. Abe, let’s get this amazing colt on the track! Based on the current stats St Longinus seems to be a great producer of studs. As mentioned earlier WOG has been excellent but do not overlook Plenty of Fire whose progeny will hit the track next year. Plenty of Fire has produced an impressive amount of allowance+ horses in his first crop (40.9% from 44 horses).
Also, WOG progeny have started to become sires as well, Gangsters and One Look Back are sporting great percentages and have become some of my favorites to breed to. Long story short, St Longinus has cemented his legacy in the sim through his impressive breeding and ability to produce sires. I’m sure we will be seeing St Longinus in the pedigrees of some future hall of fame inductees. The sim will feel the positive impact of this family line for many many years to come.