The dominance of the late Jump Start in Pennsylvania’s sire ranks has made his presence at the top of the year-end list practically an inevitability, and his returns have only improved with time.
In 2021, Jump Start led all sires by Pennsylvania stallion award earnings for a seventh consecutive season, and it was his eighth in a row finishing second or better. He finished the year making $206,579 for owner Northview Stallion Station, which was nearly $57,000 more than runner-up Weigelia at $149,591.
Perhaps even more impressive, Jump Start improved upon his 2020 incentive earnings, when he also comfortably led his contemporaries with $172,796.
Though there are no more Jump Start foals being produced, that does not mean his reign at the top of the list is set to end anytime soon. Jump Start died from complications related to colitis in 2019, meaning his final crop of foals will be 2-year-olds of 2022.
The owner of a Pennsylvania-based stallion at the time of a foal’s conception is eligible for stallion awards generated by that foal. Stallion owners receive 10 percent of the purse earned when a registered Pennsylvania-bred and- sired runner finishes in the top three in any pari-mutuel race within the state.
The leading contributor to Jump Start’s stallion award earnings was Miss Dillingham, a mare whose blue-collar 5-year-old campaign brought in $11,329. Owned by Madison Avenue Racing Stable and Jagger Inc., Miss Dillingham was a durable campaigner in 2021, winning five of 15 starts. Her season began at Penn National, where she notched a victory in the claiming ranks before moving to Parx Racing in June, where she became a regular in the starter allowance ranks.
Also making a large contribution to Jump Start’s stallion award total in 2021 was Start Meee, a gelding who brought in $10,756 in stallion award money during his 5-year-old season.
Start Meee raced the entire season at Parx, winning four of 11 starts, many coming in starter allowance and starter optional claiming company. He is owned and trained by Melecio Saldana Guerrero.
In total, Jump Start had four runners finish in the top 20 by stallion award earners in 2021, which tied him with Weigelia for the most last year.
Jump Start, a Grade 2-winning son of A.P. Indy, began his stallion career at Overbrook Farm in Kentucky, then he relocated to Ghost Ridge Farm in Felton, Pa., for the 2010 breeding season. He was moved to Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa., in 2012, all the while also establishing himself as a top sire in Argentina during the Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons, and he resided at Northview PA until his death.
Leading Sires By Pennsylvania Stallion Awards In 2021
|Jump Start||Northview Stallion Station||$206,579|
|Weigelia||Wyn Oaks Farm||$149,591|
|El Padrino||Northview Stallion Station||$98,626|
|Uncle Lino||Northview Stallion Station||$90,907|
|Talent Search||Glenn Brok||$77,543|
|Smarty Jones||Patricia Chapman||$50,257|
|Well Spelled||Godstone Farm||$37,189|
|Albert the Great||William Solomon, VMD||$35,894|
|Last Gunfighter||William Solomon VMD||$35,760|