Dual Grade 1 Winners for Liam’s Map

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:39

Liam’s Map is off to one of the strongest starts at stud imaginable. From 30 starters in his first crop, the son of Unbridled’s Song has eight individual winners and a total of 10 victories. Liam’s Map leads all first-crop sires worldwide with an outstanding two Grade 1 winners. Basin, a colt trained by Steve Asmussen, won Saratoga’s G1 Hopeful S. by an emphatic 6 1/2 lengths to give Liam’s Map his first graded score. Wicked Whisper, who was named a TDN Rising Star in her career debut at Saratoga, went wire-to-wire in Belmont’s G1 Frizette S.

Not only do these top-level successes rank Liam’s Map amongst the best current sires, but it puts him alongside some of America’s top stallions in history. Since 1983, just eight other first-crop stallions have sired two Grade 1 winners, with only Danzig and Uncle Mo having sired both Grade 1 fillies and colts. An elite group of just five other stallions have sired winners of both the G1 Frizette and the G1 Hopeful—A.P. Indy, Storm Cat, Mr. Prospector, Bold Ruler, and Nasrullah.

With the Breeders’ Cup right around the corner and two of the top contenders in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FIllies, there’s still plenty of time for more graded success for Liam’s Map.